Preparing our Homeschool for a New Year

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I love starting a new year. I am a big fan of resolutions, goals and dreams as well. For me, the new year feels like a chance at a new beginning. By December, my world has gotten somewhat out of control, the house is disorganized, my school goals have lost focus, and I am just […]

Black Friday: Money-Saving Tips for Homeschoolers

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Welcome to our special “Black Friday” edition of Money-Saving Tips for Homeschoolers, where we share some of the best and CURRENT deals we’ve come across recently. Some of the deals below come to you especially as NextGen Homeschool readers thanks to our affiliate partnerships with homeschool product and service providers who offer special discounts to our […]

Prayer Journal for Kids Prepares for Christmas

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This week as we begin to share tips and ideas to prepare your family for Christmas, we are reviewing a brand-new children’s devotional called My Christmas Wish: A Devotional Prayer Journal for Kids, by Hearts for Home founder Heather Bowen of UpsideDown Homeschooling. My Christmas Wish: A Devotional Prayer Journal for Kids (a printable e-book) is […]

How to Choose Homeschool Math Curriculum

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Math was never my best subject. That being said, this is my ninth year as a homeschool teacher, and I have had plenty of experience choosing math curriculum. From my wealth of experience, I wanted to share my thoughts on how to choose a homeschool math curriculum — without any personal bias. 1) Understand the […]

First Day of Homeschool at Guardian Academy

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In our homeschool this week… Today was officially our first day of homeschool here at Guardian Academy, as well as our first little co-op day, when my sister Elizabeth’s family comes over and we do school together. We got a late start but still had a great day. I had everything set out and ready […]

How We Make Homeschool Curriculum Choices

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Welcome to “Ask a NextGen Homeschooler…“ It’s your turn to ask the authors of NextGen Homeschool — four formerly homeschooled moms who are now homeschooling our children — to weigh in on your homeschooling questions. From the practical to the personal, all questions are welcome — whether you’re a current homeschooler or just homeschooling curious! […]

Ask a NextGen Homeschooler: What Textbooks or Curriculum Do You Use?

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Ask a NextGen Homeschooler

Welcome to “Ask a NextGen Homeschooler…“ It’s your turn to ask the authors of NextGen Homeschool — four formerly homeschooled moms who are now homeschooling our children — to weigh in on your homeschooling questions. From the practical to the personal, all questions are welcome — whether you’re a current homeschooler or just homeschooling curious! […]

Friday Flashback: Sunshine, golf & gladiators

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In my life this week… The past few days have been gorgeous here in Northeast Oklahoma. Today it is in the mid 70s and sunny. My husband came home from working at the Daylight Donuts shops we own and took our son Joel golfing. On Thursday mornings, Joel goes with his dad to get inventory […]

Identifying the learning styles of your children

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When I first started homeschooling eight years ago, I didn’t really know much about learning styles. I also didn’t consider the differences in my girls learning styles when choosing our first curriculum. However, I soon discovered that the way I learn was not the way my daughters learn. I am a very visual learner (or […]

Friday Flashback: A week of surprises

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My theme for this week is… Surprise! In my life this week… My husband had to take a last-minute trip to Dallas for work, leaving Sunday afternoon. I found out about it while he was at the airport coming home last Friday. Surprise! While in Dallas, he also had to change his flight home to […]

What’s Working: The Story of the World

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When my two eldest girls were in high school, we used and loved Diana Waring’s History Alive unit studies. I fully intended to continue to use the same curriculum this year with my seven-year-old son Joel. But I discovered that it was much more involved than he was ready for, and the audio lectures that […]

Hands-on Homeschool: How important is it to memorize basic math facts?

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I remember that when I was in third grade in public school (way back in 1980), I memorized math facts. My family had moved to Iowa from Oklahoma halfway through the fall semester, and the new school had a room at the end of the hall with a dinosaur of a computer (cutting edge back […]

What’s Working: Group presentation days

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Back when my mom began homeschooling, I was the eldest child and a junior in high school with lots of prior experience in public speaking. I was in drama club in middle school, in student government in high school, and even a part of the cheerleading squad for a year. So when I was offered […]

Friday Flashback: Reading spark from Captain Underpants

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This has been a very busy week for us, but great educational steps took place in spite of my crazy schedule. With my husband traveling and my best friend visiting from out of state, I was a pretty distracted teacher/mother. In our homeschool this week… Despite all of this, Joel read his first unassigned chapter […]

NGHS Students: Deer Poetry

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After our recent close encounters with mule deer in our neighborhood, the girls wrote the following poems to express what they learned about deer in our factual research, Biblical study and personal experiences with these beautiful creatures. The details of our experience and nature writing assignment can be found in this Wildlife Wednesday post, hosted […]

Elections night party and the morning after

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Another national election has come and gone: The results are in, and today, we move forward. For me, this election was significant not just because I had strong personal convictions about the issues our country faces, but because I was able to share that passion with my daughters and see them learn so much along […]