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Character Matters

Character Matters

Character Matters When we started having children it wasn’t hard to keep track of undesirable behavior in one or two of them. As more children came along, we realized it was getting harder to keep track of each and every issue that could potentially produce bad character traits. We can plead, promise, talk or yell,

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Make Reading Lessons Easy

Make Reading Lessons Easy Welcome to my house! Today was a successful reading lesson. Today we spent a whole 15 minutes on a very successful reading lesson, in our phonics book. We are still working in Alpha Phonics, one of the best phonics books I know of. My little reader is 7, and only recently started

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Logic of English Review

Logic of English is a great experience! For the past several weeks our children have been working through Essentials 2nd Edition from Logic of English. Upon opening the box, I was delighted to see the quality of all the materials, but I wasn’t exactly sure if this was going to be a fit for our family. The

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Native America – Review

I love unit studies. I’m not great at them. I need my hand held through most of it. I need the book lists, activities, vocabulary ideas, per subject inclusion and more. I don’t want to spend 5 months on one unit study, or neglect my current schoolbooks to incorporate one. I don’t want to have to

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Teaching Young Children – Let Them Play

Teaching Young Children [clickToTweet tweet=”I was stressed about my younger children not ‘doing’ school, until I realized they learned more by just playing.” quote=”I frequently stressed about my younger children not ‘doing’ enough school, until I realized they learned more by just playing.” theme=”style1″] Preschoolers are the young children I’m talking about. Just because some

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The Dragon and The Raven Review

Another G.A. Henty story comes alive in Heirloom Audio Productions,  The Dragon and the Raven! Reviewing this was delightful, and it has fast become a family favorite. Our children love a good history story, but they especially love stories told in dramatic form – stories like this stick to our conscience, produce good morals, and spur actions

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Hands-on History Lap-Pak: U.S. Elections

HISTORY Through the Ages Hands-on History Lap-Pak: U.S. Elections It’s always exciting when a new President of the United States is on the horizon! We have been blessed to review HISTORY Through the Ages Hands-on History Lap-Pak: U.S. Elections by one of our favorite homeschooling companies, Homeschool in the Woods! [clickToTweet tweet=”HISTORY Through the Ages Hands-on History Lap-Pak:

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The Election Process and Upcoming Review

The Election Process and Upcoming Review! Today we started on HISTORY Through the Ages Hands-on History Lap-Pak: U.S. Elections! The election process will be our history through the next several weeks. I’m so excited to be teaching our children about the process of elections, the easy way! Although the suggested grades are 3-8, I’m enjoying learning this over again!

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Yearly Membership Review from SchoolhouseTeachers.com

My post contains affiliate links. See our disclosure if interested. Yearly Membership In our world of technology, online learning has become easier and abundant in choice. So, I’m thrilled to review the Yearly Membership from SchoolhouseTeachers.com! There are a lot of options to enhance your children’s education online, and if you homeschool, or are in need of additional choices

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Fight for Freedom Books, Audios & Resources

  We will soon be celebrating the blessing of freedom! I love seeing homes all pretty in patriotic colors. However, we remember the cost of freedom – the toil, the bloodshed. Learn about the patriots, the men, and women who helped in the cause as a mighty God guided them. I love looking for older books. Elbridge Brooks

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9 Free Activities to Enhance Summer Learning

Outside Activities • Record when pumpkin flowers open in the morning (if you are growing them). Record when they start to close in the evening and how long closing takes. Watch them on a rainy day. • Count how many seeds are in a dandelion seed head. Count the number of blossoms and/or seed heads

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12 Fall Children’s Books to Read

      Our Favorite Fall Books for Children!  From Joyous Home’s bookshelves… posting this makes me want to go to the library. 🙂 Too Many Pumpkins, by Linda White We found this treasure several years ago, and it has been a favorite ever since. The children want to read it over and over again!

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Free Book Friday | Generations with Vision

Welcome to Free Book Friday! Ready for some great books? Two special books are included in our giveaway today! Great Christian Classics is written for older students, however, you can read-aloud to middle graders. Courage and Conviction is for 9-12 year old children, or a read-aloud for younger students. Great Christian Classics: Five Remarkable Narratives

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Free Book Friday | Write from History & The Oxcart Man

Welcome back to Free Book Friday! The break was nice, but we are excited to get the giveaway kicked off again with these great books! (This Giveaway is over) About Write from History “The Write from History series is an elementary writing curriculum designed to teach students to write via the Charlotte Mason Method, using

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Free Book Friday | Spelling You See Giveaway

Free Book Friday has a wonderful giveaway this week! Spelling You See is the newest sibling of the Math-U-See publishers and they are generously sponsoring their newest product! I cannot tell you how excited I was when I saw this! I was especially excited to see they use writing and reading to teach spelling. Being

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Free Book Friday | A Child’s Geography, Volume 3

Welcome to Free Book Friday! We love geography. I especially love map work days with the children. For years, we have used Knowledge Quest Maps for our studies. I’ve never seen anything better. The maps are easy to use and coordinate with other history programs. (I did a review here!) Today, Knowledge Quest Maps is

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Free Book Friday – Nature! | Watercolor with Children

Free Book Friday! Today is our Free Book Friday Giveaway! We are feeling a twing of spring and can’t wait for all the little critters to start creeping about, so we chose from some of our favorite nature guides! Caterpillars, Bugs and Butterflies explores the world of insects, caterpillars, and butterflies including identification information, educational

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Free Book Friday – Beatrix Potter The Complete Tales

Welcome to Free Book Friday! Free Book Friday is today! Free Book Friday is a twice-a-month children’s book giveaway here on Joyous Notions. We come across so many wonderful books for homeschool literature and curriculum, that we decided to start a giveaway. Each giveaway will feature one of our favorites, and you will have a chance to win!  It’s easy

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