Creative and Educational Ways to Celebrate Patriot Day with Kids

September 11 is a National Day of Service and Remembrance, Patriot Day, in memory of those killed during the attacks on the Twin Towers in New York City. It is not a federal holiday so schools and businesses typically operate on a normal schedule, but many of us want to share a time of remembrance …

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Fantastic Learning Ideas for The One and Only Ivan

One and Only Ivan Learning Resources

Meet Ivan.  The One and Only Ivan.  The Mighty Silverback of Exit 8.  Whose tiny domain existed in a mall for 27 years. (This post contains affiliate links.  Read the full disclosure here.) His story is told in Katherine Applegate’s engaging book, The One and Only Ivan. Of course, Ivan isn’t just a character in her book.  He …

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Simple Middle School Plans for a Fantastic Homeschool Year

Our plans for homeschooling middle school include a year of American History, Earth Science, fantastic literature, and math. In addition, we have some fun electives planned to keep things interesting and keep the kids engaged in their unique interests. These particular plans are for my youngest two children – yes, my youngest is now in …

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12 Fabulous Books to Read in 8th Grade: Our Homeschool Booklist

A fabulous booklist for 8th grade should include a variety of titles so your middle school child will encounter various time periods, genres, character types, and themes. Middle school is a great time to begin to explore Young Adult titles, but you don’t have to stop including great literature in the children’s category. There are …

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8 Fantastic Books for your Middle School Book Club

Our Middle School book club has planned a new school year of reading and we are so excited about the list of books we selected for the 2020-2021 school year. Middle school is such a fun age to begin dabbling in young adult literature while also enjoying a few good children’s titles. Our list includes …

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Water Games to Play with Friends While Social Distancing this Summer

This summer of social distancing has certainly made things tricky when it comes to our kids having fun with their friends. Kids aren’t content to sit around in a circle and talk for a few hours, but activities and games can get out of control quickly when the kids start moving around. So when it …

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