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How to Create a Homeschool Yearbook

Once upon a time, people took pictures, had them developed, and preserved their memories in albums. In an age where everything is digital, I’m sad to say most of my pictures never make it off my phone. I’ve found an easy, inexpensive way to keep our school memories preserved, as well as a few other documents I like to keep for our school year.

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Twelve Teens & Two Nights in Washington, D.C.

Monuments, museums, metros, miles, and memories were made on our teen trip with our homeschool co-op.

On a Monday morning, two crowded vans left Eastern NC bound for Washington, D.C. For many of us, it was our first trip to our nation’s capital. As a first-timer, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I spent most of my time soaking it all in, not really worrying about seeing it all. Along the way, I took note of things that went really well, and things I might would do differently. I’ll share with you what we did, and some tips on how to take a small homeschool group of teens to D.C.

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The Critical Thinking Co. Middle School Math Games Review

I love teaching with games! Not only are they fun, they break up the monotony of textbooks and add what I like to call, “learning with glitter”. I was excited to have the opportunity to review Middle School Math Games  from The Critical Thinking Co. I have used some things from The Critical Thinking Co. before, and their material can offer a bit of a challenge for the average student. My ninth grader, who finds math a struggle at times, was who I had in mind to try this product with.

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Weekend Wandering

Beautiful lighthouses, sand as far as you can see, and a place that has forever changed history; these are some of the things my family and I got to experience a few weeks ago. What started as a field trip idea to enhance a book we were reading for review, has now become one of my favorite places. I am proud to call North Carolina my home. We have beaches, mountains, a rich history, and there is still so much I have yet to see! I hope this will be the first of many posts of the wonderful things NC has to offer. So pack your overnight bag, and check out how my husband and our two teens spent a memorable weekend!

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Stopmotion Explosion Review


I’m always looking for something fun to add to our homeschooling experience, whether it be cool art supplies, a new game, or a microscope. I wonder how I have been homeschooling for 10 years, and we have never tried anything with animation? When I saw we had an opportunity to review a  Stop Motion Animation Kit from Stopmotion Explosion, I was eager to try something totally new to us! I am at the point in my life where both my kids surpass me when it comes to technology. When our animation kit arrived, and all I really had to do was check the box to ensure everything was there, and say “have at it”!

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Fanatic News Flash – April

Happy Spring! We are in what I call the “short rows” of our school year. While we we continue our normal studies until Memorial Day, this time of year I like to do more games, unit studies, and field trips. Speaking of field trips – we just visited the Outer Banks of NC last weekend. Not that we needed an excuse for a get-away, my main purpose was to visit the Wright Brothers Memorial and museum for a book review I am writing next week. It’s awesome to see places where history was made and walk where such pioneers in history walked -and flew! We also visited two lighthouses in my endeavor to visit all the NC Lighthouses this year. I am looking forward to sharing a detailed post with you soon, in case you are ever planning a trip to the OBX.

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Tied 2 Teaching STEM Activities Review

For the past few weeks, our home has had cards all over the floor, balloons floating everywhere, and jellybeans all over the table! I won’t mention chasing the cats around to try on a hat – well, maybe I will. We have once again been able to review a great product. It is from Tied 2 Teaching  and our afternoons have been rather entertaining with their STEM Activities, Full Year of Challenges with Close Reading.

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Pi Day, Pie Day!

Math can be a struggle for many. Pi Day is a great day to take a break from the norm, have some math fun, and eat pie!

We have been celebrating Pi for three years now with a small group of friends. We normally play games, make art, and of course eat pie! It’s always a treat to do something different from our regular math routine. I have scoured Pinterest and Google for fun things with a mixed group (we have elementary-teens), and I have found a few things we have tried and that have been enjoyed by all ages.

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Twelve Terrific Things to Do Off Season In Myrtle Beach

This week marks twenty years since our first visit to Myrtle Beach, SC. It was January 23, 1999. The weather was warm, it was raining cats and dogs, and we were just married a few hours earlier that day. Since then, we have gone back to Myrtle Beach every couple of years in winter. The weather is great most of the time, and there are no crowds! We have noticed it gaining popularity in the winter months, but I’m sure it doesn’t compare to the summer season – which I’m not interested in finding out! I’d love to share with you our favorite places that we have visited over the years!

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Do The Things

My favorite holiday is finally here! No, it’s not because I will be sipping champagne and dancing until 2a.m. New Year’s Eve is much different for me and always has been. Our evening consists of celebrating my dad’s birthday (who will be 80) with soup, grilled cheese, and my mom’s homemade cake. We will then head to my hometown in Oriental, and run with the dragon. It lasts about 20 minutes, but it has been a tradition of mine since I was very young – and it’s probably the closest thing that I’ll ever get to Times Square.

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