Top Homeschool Posts of 2014: Hands-On

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Welcome to NextGen Homeschool’s Top Homeschool Posts of 2014 Series! This week we’ll be sharing the top homeschooling topics — and most viewed posts — of last year based on the number of reader views and pins at NextGen Homeschool. Pin this page so you can refer back to each topic as needed: It’s a great resource as you tackle the New Year!

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One of our most popular topics at NextGen Homeschool is Hands-On Homeschooling: This past year, we shared ideas on how to homeschool in your backyard, while traveling, at local historical fairs and farms, and more.

Here are the Top Ten “Hands-On Homeschooling” posts of 2014:

  • Planning our 1800s America Unit Studies – History is the perfect topic to explore through many hands-on learning experiences. One NextGen Homeschool mom shares how she prepared her interactive unit studies.
  • How to Plan for Homeschool Travel – Taking a vacation or road trip will never be the same when you’re a homeschooling family: How to prepare for on-the-road learning opportunities.
  • What’s Working: Preschool Busy Boxes – Making school time interactive and captivating for your toddlers, while keeping them occupied so you can work with older children.
  • What’s Working: Group Presentation Days – How a homeschool presentation day (with a group or another family) can foster public speaking and social skills for your children.
  • Hands-On Homeschool: Making Corn Husk Dolls – A simple project to bring history to life that is ideal for a Little House on the Prairie book club or historical unit study!
  • Hands-On Homeschool: Medieval Fair Trip – How to utilize local historical fairs to step back in time with your children while studying the time periods.
  • Hands-On Homeschool: A Backyard Farm? – You don’t have to live on a farm to experience some aspects of farm life in your own backyard. You never know what you might enjoy!
  • Hands-On Homeschool: Living History Days – How “living history” events and attractions can give your children a chance to experience first-hand the life of historical characters you’re studying.
  • 31 Days of Homeschool How-To: Use Co-Ops – Homeschool co-ops can be a great way to add hands-on learning to your overall homeschool plan. Here’s how to choose a co-op that’s right for you.
  • New eBook: Bring History to Life for Your Children with Genealogy – NextGen Homeschool Author Rosanna Ward 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.

Thank you for joining us as we take a look back at the Top Homeschool Posts of 2014 here at NextGen Homeschool! Stay tuned for the next post in this series: Top Homeschool Posts of 2014 on The Heart of Homeschooling.

Renée Gotcher is a wife, writer, editorial consultant, and home-educating mother of three daughters. She has been married for 26 years to her best friend Kenny, whom she met while attending Oral Roberts University in the early 90s. Renée was homeschooled during her last two years of high school and started homeschooling in 2010. A former journalist, she is currently editor of NextGen Homeschool and blogs on personal topics at A New Chapter. Her family lives in Castle Rock, Colorado.