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Campfire Reading with Tom Sawyer

Engage your kids in reading this summer with a fun Tom Sawyer Campfire Reading and grab a free printable to help you get started

You know how summer is such a great time to light a fire in your fire pit or at your campsite and just hang out and tell stories?

Ever considered adding good literature to that mix?  Because you totally should.

Everybody loves to sit and be mesmerized by a merrily burning flame, which makes it a great time to whip out a classic book and let your kids get lost in Story.

No, I’m not making that up.  Seriously.
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15 Ways to Cure the Summer Blahs

15 fun activities to help your kids beat summer boredom

Want to know something that both frustrates me and amuses me mightily?  During the school year I have to wake my boysup at 7:30 to get chores done and breakfast eaten so we can be in class by 8.  And sometimes it’s HARD.

Sometimes it’s downright improbable.

They are teenagers now, after all, and their bodies are doing that weird teenager thing where they want to stay up all night and sleep F-O-R-E-V-E-R once they finally get to bed.

During the summer?  I can’t even get my first cup of coffee down without those boys rolling out of bed and bounding into the living room sometime between 6 & 7.

Talking.  Immediately. Incessantly.  Ever seen me before my 1st cup of coffee?  It’s not pretty.  And you really don’t want to talk to me at all.  Because chances are my response will be something along the lines of, “Please stop talking.  For like half an hour.”
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Conquering Your Homeschool Fears

Recognize your homeschool fears and learn how to conquer them to make it easier to start your homeschool journey

Staring down the end of our homeschool year always makes me think about the mamas out there who are still on the fence about homeschooling. Spring is crunch time for us mamas.  Are we going to enroll our littles in public school or take on their education ourselves?

The summer 2018 session will begin our 8th year homeschooling–my boys are now in middle and high school–and I’m totally willing to share what I’ve learned with you.  Maybe it will help you choose homeschooling more easily.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s a hard decision and a scary one.  You probably have valid reasons for considering homeschooling your kids, but chances are you’re struggling with the same fears I had in the beginning
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Better Than a Chore Chart

Replace your chore chart with the Homey App and get your kids chores more organized than ever before!

I don’t know how you spent your winter break, but I spent mine knee-deep in cleaning supplies.

Seriously.  The boys and I went from one side of our house to the other and cleaned out every. single. room.  We started in their bedroom (which once upon a time was our homeschool classroom), beginning with the floor-to-ceiling bookshelves and ending with the school supplies that needed to be moved to my office.
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