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Make homemade raspberry lemonade without toxic sweeteners and preservatives. Instead, start with fresh or frozen raspberries, lemons, and filtered water. Add real sugar, honey, or agave nectar to sweeten to taste. This is a delightful beverage full of nutrients and flavor.
This easy to make walker tote bag is held on with two strips of hook and loop tape (Velcro). It is a fast sewing project, perfect for beginner sewers who want to sew for charity. The tutorial teaches you step by step how to sew a walker bag.
Although your homeschool language arts curriculum doesn't have to include a study of diagramming sentences, there are some advantages to teaching your children how to parse. Visual spatial students especially benefit from diagramming sentences.
Christians are not immune from the gloom of seasonal affective disorder. Meditating on God who is the True Light can help a Christian face SAD or winter depression and overcome it with hope.
Children with good manners are a delight to be around. When your child is invited to eat at someone's home, help him express kindness to the host with these four basic rules of dinner etiquette.
Cinnamon applesauce ornaments are an easy craft that look like traditional gingerbread cookies and smell fantastic. The recipe for non-edible dough is made from applesauce, cinnamon, and glue. Use Christmas cookie cutters to make shapes and string with red ribbon for an old fashioned look.
When choosing a handwriting curriculum, you should consider the unique benefits of each one. Some focus on hands-on experiences, others on the meanings behind the passages, and yet others on a special style of penmanship.
Selecting a language arts curriculum is a hard choice to make. As you evaluate different programs and resources, keep these thoughts in mind to choose a good fit for you and for your children.
Learning Language Arts Through Literature is a popular homeschool curriculum. This gentle, whole language approach is available for grades 1-8.
Creating a comprehensive language arts program for your homeschool is a challenge just because language arts is such a broad field. Make it easier by crafting integrated lessons that touch on many areas at once.
Blogs can be categorized into two types -- hobby blogs and professional blogs. The difference is in the blogger's intent. A blogger who blogs for self-expression is a hobby blogger, but a blogger who blogs for his audience has the professional blogger mindset.
Writing a review of an online service or website is different from writing a product review. Through experience writing website reviews, I've discovered some things that help.
How to choose Bible scriptures for your children to memorize in homeschool lessons and tricks for actually memorizing them.
If your child has a hard time paying attention, there are some things you can do to motivate and train your child's attention.
By following some simple rules of hand-me-down etiquette, you can navigate the complicated situation of giving and receiving hand-me-downs.
Enhance learning from field trips by writing a field trip report. What to do before, during, and after a field trip can make writing the report easier.
Take your Charlotte Mason nature study into your own backyard with a study of squirrels. Read living books, observe squirrels, and keep a nature notebook.
Cleaning suede and sheepskin slippers is not difficult if you follow a few simple rules. Don't put them in the washing machine; instead, use special techniques to get them clean.
My personal and thorough product review of Calphalon's stainless steel Dutch oven, an 8.5 quart pot that will last a lifetime. Also links for where to buy new or used Calphalon dutch ovens.
Help! I'm behind in homeschool! What can I do with these feelings of guilt over our homeschool lessons? How can we catch up after being behind?
Sometimes a homeschool mom doubts herself and asks, "Am I doing enough?" There are some ways to test that fear and address it.
Copywork, also called transcription, is simple but offers many benefits to homeschool students, especially in the area of language arts.
Homeschoolers use a book called a curriculum spine to offer structure to a unit of study such as history or science.
Store your favorite recipe cards in a unique and beautiful recipe card box that add style to your kitchen.
A triarama, or pyramid diorama, is an easy, hands-on, 3D project for homeschool narration, unit studies, or book reports. Learn how to make a triarama with these easy steps.
Learn American geography and the fifty states through fun hands-on and real life projects.
Map drills are short, daily exercises that teach geography through repetition and fun. Charlotte Mason espoused using map drills for homeschooled students.
Timelines are one way to narrate learning in homeschool. Especially good for history lessons, timelines can come in different formats -- one page printed templates, accordion folded minibooks, wall charts, and more.
A good dish drainer is a necessity for a busy cook. I love chrome plated, two-tiered dish drainers for their stability, appearance, and space saving features.
Cootie catchers are a fun papercraft that can also serve to teach your children in a creative, hands-on way. No matter your lesson plans, you can integrate a cootie catcher into it.
Movies can be educational if you take a few extra steps before, during and after watching. Films work well to complement a homeschool curriculum for science, language arts, and history. Here is how to get the most from watching movies.
Index card timelines are a perfect low-cost timeline choice, especially when space is limited. Store them in a box or clipped along a line.
Living books are the foundation of a Charlotte Mason homeschool. What is a living book and what it its opposite -- twaddle? Living books are alive with ideas and images which speak to all readers regardless of age.