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It’s that time of year….curriculum has arrived, supplies have been purchased, and the school start date has been set. As exciting as that all is, we can also find stress during this time too. Whether it is a reluctant learner, new curriculum and the learning curve that goes with it, or trying to shift from a summer schedule to a school schedule, it can no doubt create extra stress.
 
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Writing is more than just an activity that is reserved for Language Arts instruction. In fact, writing, like reading, when taught in isolation from content is less likely to be learned successfully. Writing spans curriculum, age, and subject area. So as you are teaching and developing those writing skills, consider the fact that if a child can express what he is learning in his writing instruction to other subject areas, his learning becomes more concrete and meaningful in those other subject areas. Here are some suggestions for writing across the curriculum.
 
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Besides placing your order with your HomeWorks Consultant, you also need to bring order to your home in the midst of homeschooling. Here are a few tips to get you started!

Food – Your kids are going to need to eat and heading for the fast food joint in the middle of your school day is not your best option.

For breakfast, set up a weekly menu and put in on the refrigerator. We like to make ahead some breakfast breads and freeze them. Oatmeal is quick. Eggs are definitely our staple food.

Bacon or sausage cooked in the oven requires much less tending. Greek yogurt is a treat and is super easy.

For lunch, I purchase disposable plates for the first couple weeks of school. We might eat breakfast in shifts, but we try to eat lunch together. I like to truly relax WITH the kids during the lunch break and strike up some interesting conversations. (I have to remind myself of this before I spend my lunchbreak on social media.) Lunches are my weak spot for using convenience foods, but we don’t do that every day.
 
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I love the sign for JOY in American Sign Language. You make the sign for the letter “j” with each hand and move them in front of you to show joy just bubbling up inside of you.

Are you excited and joyful about homeschooling?

For some homeschool parents, this joy and excitement just comes naturally. For others, they need some baking soda to go with that vinegar to get things bubbling. (I think this analogy will make sense to you. You’ve likely made a baking soda and vinegar volcano or two. If not, add it to your list of science experiments this year.)
 
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My husband and I are very different in terms of directions and driving. He drives by north, south, etc. while I drive by left, right and landmarks. He can look at a road map one time and know where he is going. I value the GPS on my phone to validate I’m going the right way throughout a trip. Either way, we accomplish the goal and end up at the same destination.
 
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I remember as a kid when that school bell rang and it meant summer break. It also meant we didn’t have to think about school or return until August. Instead, I was busy riding bikes, playing outside, going to the summer movie series, swinging as long and as high as I could, and swimming at the pool every afternoon. When August finally rolled back around, I was refreshed and excited for school.
 
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The study of science knows no season change. There are plants, animals, weather patterns, and more to observe year-round! But summertime does afford some extra time to get more hands-on learning in the backyard.
 
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I have a bag weakness. Whether it be a purse, a tote, laptop bag, or really any type of fabric/leather bag, I may just start swooning. For me, there’s something about a colorful, attractive, well-sewn bag that just makes whatever you are using it for seem more doable or at least more fun.
 
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Are you finding the best way to keep track of all your homeschool materials now that they have arrived? Ideas are everywhere via Facebook, Pinterest and blog posts. Searching to find what will work for you and your family can be tough.
 
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Happy 240th birthday, America! Most everyone has plans for July 4th in this country. The date usually reminds us that summer is in full swing and is filled with fun, food, fellowship, and fireworks! We are blessed as Americans, and celebrating our country’s birth and God’s sovereignty over our nation is very important. We are reminded about our heritage and our future daily. Our national news, local news, social media keep these ideas present in our prayers, the way we vote, and the way we educate our children.
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Natalie Smith lives in Fayetteville, NC – the home of Fort Bragg 82nd Airborne and US Army Special Operations. She graduated from Bob Jones University with a Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Counseling and a Master of Arts in Teaching in Elementary Education. Natalie met her husband, Germaine, at Bob Jones University working in the University Cleaners. They have been married for 13 years. The Lord has blessed them with two girls. ...
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