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Beyond the Stick Figure Art School Review

Disclaimer: I received a FREE copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.

I was excited to receive Beyond the Stick Figure Complete Drawing Course PLUS 3 Bonus Courses from Beyond the Stick Figure Art School because I believe art offers numerous benefits for all ages and stages. Art is one of those subjects that often gets put on the back burner – whether it’s because moms are just too busy, or because art can be messy, or as kids get older, art class takes a backseat to other academic subjects. Art is something where there really are no wrong answers, art provides an outlet to be creative, and usually lends a sense of accomplishment. This is especially important for teens.

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Review Crew Posts, Tips for Homeschooling Mamas

Fermentools Starter Kit Review

Disclaimer: I received a FREE copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.

I usually get to review products such as curriculum, educational games, and books. When I saw the opportunity to try out a Starter Kit  from Fermentools, I was excited to give it a try! I know absolutely nothing about fermented foods, except I’ve heard that they are great for the overall health of your gut. I thought this would be a fun learning experience that would get us in the kitchen to try something new!

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Curriculum, Reviews, Planning & Products, Review Crew Posts

Perfect Reading, Beautiful Handwriting Review

Disclaimer: I received a FREE copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.

Neat handwriting is something I take notice of and appreciate. I can’t help but wonder if our frequent use of technology is taking away the beautiful art of handwriting? I have an older child that can still use some help in that department. When Perfect Reading, Beautiful Handwriting ebook from Everyday Education, LLC came available to review, I was eager to sign him up!

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Fanatic News Flash by the Month, Tips for Homeschooling Mamas

Fanatic News Flash – May 2020

Same thing, different month – right? We have still been plugging away at our homeschooling without field trips, co-ops, or park days. It’s been kind of nice not running around to every event, and for the most part, we’ve been doing what we have always done. Because the majority of our life does revolve around the home, it’s when we go out in public, it hits me. What everyone is calling the “new normal” is not normal at all! It is not normal for businesses I support to be closed. It is not normal for public areas like parks, playgrounds, and beaches to be closed. It’s not normal for people not to socialize. It’s definitely not normal for the majority to be walking around with their faces covered, then look at you like you’re the disease if you’re not masked! Well, it’s a new month, and it’s time to move on.

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Tips for Homeschooling Mamas

Scheduling Ideas & Tips to Control the Chaos

Homeschooling moms have several roles. Chaos Coordinator is one of them. On any given day we have kids of all ages at home, preparing three meals a day plus snacks – we must not forget the snacks! Then there’s the mountain of laundry, messes to clean, bills to pay, grocery shopping – which has recently turned more into a scavenger hunt, and this is just the beginning! Throw homeschooling in the mix, and I suppose “Chaos Coordinator” is a well earned title.

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Fanatic News Flash by the Month

Fanatic News Flash – April

What a difference a month makes, right? That’s probably the understatement of the century! Last month in Fanatic News Flash, my typical newsletter took a turn to the topic of time. In light of the clocks moving forward, I mentioned how I felt like I had been springing forward on a daily basis for several years, and we’re not even as busy as most families I know. I also wrote about how to get back a million minutes in the life of your child by choosing to homeschool. And here we all are!

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Fun Things - Field Trips, Games, Creative Ideas, Noticing Nature

Noticing Nature – March

This is a special edition of Noticing Nature! In a time of social distancing, practically everything is closed, and people are going stir crazy – I’ve got the perfect outdoor activity that can meet all the requirements for everyone’s new normal.

Would you believe there are millions of treasures hidden all over the world, just waiting to be found? What if I told you it’s very likely some of those treasures are right near you at any given moment? Keep reading, because I’m going to tell you about the ultimate game of hide and seek that anyone can play as well as another new extension of geocaching that we recently discovered!

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Tips for Homeschooling Mamas

Suddenly At Home?

At my last check, 45 states have closed schools, affecting more than 50 million students. I never thought I would see that in my lifetime! I am a strong advocate for homeschooling, and it’s no secret I wished everyone would homeschool, but not under these circumstances. Personally, I can’t imagine being thrown into a totally different world as many of you have this week. Homeschooling was a decision my husband and I made long ago, and it took time. Some of you may have entertained the thought, but to be forced to do so is no doubt overwhelming! Every year, it takes me months to plan and prepare for the year ahead. Truth be told, I still fly by the seat of my pants some days!

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