Summer Tip #3

Aug 19

Summer Tip #3

Summer Tip #3 Stretch your summer! One of the beautiful things about homeschooling is the freedom and flexibility that you have with your schedule. The days are yours! If you havent already, consider starting your Family School a couple days after all the neighborhood kids go back to school. One of the least crowded times at your favorite hangouts will be during these wonderful days. Most pools and outdoor waterslide attractions will still be open as well as amusement stations. Imagine, having your kids undivided attention as you set out to explore the neighborhood together without the distraction of neighborhood kids calling to the kids. They can play with their siblings and you! Kick off your school year with a couple days where YOU and your kids can unwind. Best of luck as all of our amazing mothers prepare for another year! The LDL...

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Summer Tip #2 – Discover the World Around You

Jul 30

Summer Tip #2 – Discover the World Around You

Josh, age 11, was excited to take a road trip with his family to the outskirts of Phoenix, Arizona. He happened upon a book at the library about edible plants of Arizona. On the long drive down, he skimmed through his book and by the time the family arrived he jumped out of the car and immediately started searching for the plants he had just read about. He was able to find many different kinds that he sampled along with his family. It turned out to be an education for everyone! Do you have a child who like to eat things that typically isn’t found in the kitchen? Are you taking a trip or exploring your surroundings more now that its summer? Here is a fun idea for a day trip or a road trip that will most definitely get the attention of your children. Did you know that there are hundreds of different edible plants? Just think about the spark that can be ingnited within your child as they make these new discoveries as they explore. Children love to be outside and hunt for treasures. It can provide an opportunity to better understand our earth and maybe even provide a chance for your child to contribute to tonights’ salad. An activity like this can excite, engage and shhhh…. even teach your child! Try checking out a book such as one of these:                 You can also find lots of great ideas from fellow homeschoolers to help you get going: A Beginners Guide to Foraging for Wild Edibles With Kids     Have fun with your...

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Summer Tip #1

Jul 14

Summer Tip #1

Engage those Teenagers! We all know this is an extremely hard thing to do. We recently met two girls who had their interest peaked in cake decorating! With a little help from their mother, they found a new talent and hobby to develop this summer. Naomi and her sister Annah told us how it all started… Naomi – “When my mom made luau cupcakes for my birthday last year, it looked really fun and I wanted to try it. My mom bought the ingredients for me and my sister and I attempted our first cake. It was harder than I thought it would be, but still lots of fun. When I want to make a cake now, I just give my mom a list of things I need to make it and then she lets me create my own designs. Annah – “Coming from a family of 8, we have holidays and events all over the place and that means cake! I love being creative and love decorating so I decided to create cakes on my own. I use cake shows and my mom’s help for inspiration, but then the designs are always my own. From local classes at Hobby Lobby to a fun show about cake decorating, there are many ways to introduce a fun new activity to your teens! Good luck!...

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