Back-to-School Sale: Bring History to Life!

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Just in time for your back-to-school planning: Our eBook “Making History Personal” is on back-to-school sale for 50% off! Learn how to add genealogy to your history studies this semester and bring history to life for your students like never before!

 Making History Personal is a new eBook by NextGen Homeschool Author Rosanna Ward. Rosanna draws from more than 20 years of genealogy research experience in this 50-plus page genealogy eBook guide for parents & teachers. Making History Personal provides step-by-step instructions on how to conduct simple & practical genealogy research for use in History study for all ages, including timeline project guidelines, field trip & semester project ideas, and unit study planning guides.

Making History Personal includes:

  • Simple Genealogy Research Step-by-Step
  • Create a Timeline with Family Genealogy & History in Context
  • Field Trips & Semester Projects
  • Genealogy as a Unit Study: Tips & Guidelines
  • Final Projects for History & Genealogy Study
  • Templates, Sample Questionnaire, Web Resources List, Vocabulary, and more!

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To help you get the new school year off to a fabulous start, you can purchase “Making History Personal” for 50% off until the end of August: That’s just $4.98 through Sunday August 31! With this guide, you can delve into your family’s genealogy this semester and add a more personal point of view to the events and stories you are learning about. Your history studies will never be the same!

Sale ends Sunday August 31 at midnight Pacific time. Shop today!

NextGen Homeschool author Rosanna Ward, wife and mother of four, is a homeschool graduate and a graduate of Oral Roberts University who has been homeschooling for eight years. Rosanna loves to study History and Genealogy: Her genealogy blog is called “Rosanna’s Genealogical Thoughts.” She has been researching her family’s genealogy since she was a teenager. She and her family currently reside in Sand Springs, Oklahoma.

When Back-to-School Isn’t Picture Perfect

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What do you remember most about the back-to-school season of your youth? The smell of freshly sharpened pencils, perfectly tipped crayons and a clean backpack? Picking out a cooler lunchbox? Laying out your first day’s wardrobe, complete with scuff-free school shoes & coordinating hair accessories? Making plans to sit next to your best friend before someone else does?

I’ll tell you what I don’t remember: My mom snapping a photo of me on my first day of school every year and sharing it with everyone she knows.

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Don’t get me wrong — I would have loved to have those memories captured in print to show my daughters now. I am sentimental that way. I love photography, enjoy scrapbooking (though now it’s mostly digital) and today, I’m the proud, snap-happy mama at all of our important occasions. And I have happily joined the masses of Instagram savvy mamas capturing (and hash-tagging) our back-to-school milestones so that Internet friends can “like” them as much as I do.

Thanks to the convenience of smart phone cameras and social media, the fresh-faced first day of school photo has quickly become a treasured back-to-school tradition, and it’s growing in ceremony each year. No need to wait for the bland, awkward and often cheesy school “portrait” that commemorates your child’s step up the school grade ladder to distribute to a few lucky family members. Now we have beautifully designed Pinterest printables, crafty chalkboard props, and Instagram filters to create classy, artistic snapshots that can be instantly shared with everyone simultaneously.

Here’s my not-so-Pinterest-pretty example:

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But what if your back-to-school experience isn’t looking picture perfect? What if you’re confused by your new curriculum, overwhelmed with a schedule that’s bursting at the seams, or struggling with a special needs student? As lovely as those first day of school photos might be, what are the chances that there’s an exhausted, unshowered, over-caffeinated mama behind that camera?

This year, that’s me. I broke my left foot on July 31st falling down a standard flight of stairs in my house. Thankfully I’m in a removable boot (and hard shoe) that makes showering easier, but nothing is easy about six weeks of hopping on crutches in a two-story house with three daughters homeschooling and a husband that travels often for work. Rather than spend the rest of August enjoying outdoor adventures and the last days of summer by the pool, we are back to school a few weeks earlier than planned. And we aren’t even using the tidy, reorganized school area I wrote about a couple of weeks ago — although I’m so glad we finished that project before all of this!

For now, a lot of our teaching time is taking place in my bedroom upstairs. The girls are working with me one on one in the mornings, often in our PJs, and taking their independent assignments to the desks in their rooms or downstairs in the dining room, if extra supplies and space are necessary. We’re holding off on our group lessons with Trail Guide to Learning for now, and I’m grateful for the lull in homeschool group activities, which won’t start back up until mid-September, to minimize driving around.

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At the same time, I’m reminded how close my Heavenly Father is walking with me during this bumpy detour through His gracious daily gifts. Whether it’s the timely visit of my in-laws to take the girls on some of those outdoor adventures while my husband traveled, or a gift bag of get-well treats and fresh book to read delivered by a caring sister in Christ, or a daughter who cheerfully brings me breakfast and coffee in bed, or a love note left for me to find in a writing journal, these gifts remind me to forget about the imperfect details and see the beauty in His big picture.

 “He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also He has put eternity in their hearts, except that no one can find out the work that God does from beginning to end.”
— Ecclesiastes 3:11

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“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” — Romans 8:28

Yes, day to day is still a challenge. But we’re making the best of it — even fulfilling a few of my summer wishes despite my limited mobility. We might not be on schedule with some of the curriculum I chose, but we are fulfilling our homeschool mission — which is bigger than to-do lists on a lesson plan. And I’m looking for those precious gifts, because I know God has a purpose, even in the pain, and that He’s working behind the scenes in our lives to paint His masterpiece, no matter what it looks like on the outside.

That’s the perfect picture I look forward to seeing in our eternal home someday.

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Are you struggling with an imperfect back-to-school start in your homeschool? Where do you find support when you are in the midst of homeschooling challenges? What can you share about how God is working behind the scenes in your journey right now? We’d love to agree in prayer with you!

Join us at iHomeschool Network’s Not Back-to-School Blog Hop, where this week is student photo week! See what others are sharing and share your own back-to-school student photos too.

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Planning Our 1800s America Unit Studies

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I decided to spend this entire school year immersed in 1800s American history. To say that I am excited about this would be an understatement! When I started planning for this upcoming rotation of history last year, I was struggling with how to teach through all of American history in one year when there are so many […]

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Homeschooling in a Dual-Purpose Room

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Welcome to our family front room slash dining room slash daily homeschool area! We have been homeschooling in a dual-purpose room for the past four years, and I have reorganized this room every summer to better combine its many functions. For starters, it’s the first room you see when you walk in the front door, which isn’t ideal […]

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Guardian Academy Curriculum Plan, Part 1

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I love new beginnings! I had started planning for this new school year even before the last one ended. This coming year I will be teaching my son Joel (4th grade), Leif (almost 4 and loves to be included), and two of my neices (9th and 8th grade). And I will be working with all stages […]

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Revisiting Our Homeschool Mission

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When we first started homeschooling, I believed I was homeschooling for the right reason… and I was. More than anything else, I wanted my children to love God, to have a personal relationship with Him, and to live their lives for Him. But back then, I had no idea how to go about implementing this mission, […]

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Does Common Core Affect Homeschoolers?

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As a homeschool blogger and leader in my local homeschool support group, I get a lot of questions about Common Core. Questions like: “What’s the deal with Common Core? Why should I be concerned? Does Common Core affect homeschoolers?“ I’ve even met parents who’ve decided to homeschool or are considering homeschooling because of Common Core. Even […]

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Encouragement From Teach Them Diligently

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It’s my turn to share about the encouragement I received from this year’s Teach Them Diligently Convention. I realize this is coming late: Teach Them Diligently Dallas was about a month ago! However, it took me a while to process everything I learned at the convention. Now that it’s back-to-school time, many of those lessons are having an influence […]

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Last Day to Build YOUR Bundle Homeschool

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PLEASE NOTE: THIS SALE HAS ENDED. THANK YOU FOR SHOPPING & WE HOPE YOU VISIT THE PARTICIPATING PUBLISHERS!   Today is the LAST DAY to shop at the Build Your Bundle Homeschool Edition sale — where you can save up to 92% on bestselling homeschooling products, including MANY from Cathy Duffy’s Top 100 list!  Did […]

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Review: Well Planned Day Wall Calendar

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Back-to-school time is upon us, and most parents — homeschooling or not — are in planning mode for the coming school year and semester. Just in time, I had the opportunity to review the Well Planned Day Wall Calendar created by Home Educating Family Publishing (HEDUA), creators of the Well Planned Day line of beautifully […]

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Build Your Bundle Homeschool 7-Day Sale!

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PLEASE NOTE: THIS SALE HAS ENDED. THANK YOU FOR SHOPPING & WE HOPE YOU VISIT THE PARTICIPATING PUBLISHERS! The Build Your Bundle Homeschool Edition sale is here — and NextGen Homeschool is excited to be on the team bringing this amazing homeschool bundles sale to you! For one week only, July 21-28, save up to […]

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Build Your Bundle Homeschool: $100 Giveaway

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The first ever “Build Your Bundle” Homeschool Edition sale is almost here — and NextGen Homeschool is excited to be a part of the team sharing this amazing homeschool bundles sale with you! Although the sale doesn’t start until July 21, you can enter to win $100 towards your purchase to use when the sale […]

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Win ABeka Grade 7 Curriculum Set This Week

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Curriculum Cleanout: A Beka Grade 7 Giveaway We at NextGen Homeschool are excited to share with you a giveaway that gives your family the chance to win an entire ABeka grade 7 curriculum! Carlie Kercheval of Today’s Frugal Mom was cleaning out her homeschool curriculum and decided to give it away. Her and husband decided […]

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Review: Picture Smart Bible K-3rd Grade

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We’ve been homeschooling for four years, and until recently, I have always struggled with finding the best way to include my youngest daughter (who’s now 7) in our Bible study time. Even when our curriculum or study book has questions and activities that she is old enough to participate in, it’s been more difficult to […]

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