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To Kill a Mockingbird Activities for Learning

Learn about prejudice and why it's wrong with Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird

To Kill a Mockingbird is one of those books I’ve probably read 10 times. I love everything about the story, from Scout’s childhood to the trial to Atticus as a father and a lawyer to the mystery of Boo Radley. I love the message inherent in the story. I love the history in its words. I love that my boys enjoyed reading it as much as I do. And as I read back through it to create these activities for your kiddos, I cried more times than I can tell you–for the sweetness of childhood, good parenting, and basic human rights.

You really can’t ask more from a single book.

There’s a lot to digest in roughly 280 pages, though, and some grownup stuff that your kids might need help understanding or dealing with. Scout and Jem’s childhood antics, their fascination with the local recluse, Boo Radley, and the trial that shakes their small southern town (defended by their own father), can be pretty heavy stuff.  But there is such an incredible array of very real characters in the novel, so many opportunities to laugh, and maybe even more opportunities to study ourselves and human nature, that this one is a can’t-miss.

So, assign To Kill a Mockingbird for personal reading if you want to, but if you read it aloud together, you get to relive the story, too. Or (and what is wrong with you?!) for the first time.

I’m kidding.  There’s nothing wrong with you. You just seriously need to read this book.

You want your kids to glean as much from this story as possible. There’s a lot of history, sociology, and human wickedness and kindness in the novel. So let’s get your kiddos reading To Kill a Mockingbird like pros. Because we want them to get it.

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Earn College Credit for Homeschoolers with DSST Exams

Your high school homeschool student can earn college credit by taking these exams. Save time and money off your child's college education.

As we gear up for the new school year, those of us with homeschoolers in high school are already worrying about our kids’ futures.

College is an important step toward success in today’s world, and we want our kids to excel from the very first moment.

I’ve already told you about CLEP exams and how they can help your kids earn early college credit.  Couple those exams with DSST  exams, and you could shave more than a year off your child’s secondary education.

At a much cheaper price.

How is that not a win?
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The Benefits of an Online Homeschool Convention

Register today for the 2018 Digital Homeschool Convention July 8-14

Last year, I drove all the way to Virginia to attend my first homeschool convention. It wasn’t too bad–only a 9-hour drive and my bestest friend in the whole wide world went with me.

Side note: Can you believe we never once turned the radio on during that whole 9 hours? Not once.  Yeah, we like each other.

And attending a convention in person was awesome, I must admit.  But this year, I have neither the time or funds to attend a convention in my own state, let alone another one.
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