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Updated: May 15, 2019

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Landscaping with a Green Thumb: Composting

Landscaping with a Green Thumb: Composting

Landscaping with a Green Thumb: Composting

Compost is a free gift of nature that all plants thrive on. As a soil amendment or mulch, it improves the fertility and water-holding capacity of soil, encourages healthy root development in plants, and provides food for the microorganisms that help to keep soil in a balanced condition. That is exciting news for the gardener and his garden.

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Developing a Curriculum for Homeschooling

Developing a Curriculum for Homeschooling

Once you have selected topics and understand the types of resources that are available to you, it's time to identify the curricula you need. As with the subjects you select, you will need a curricular for each topic for each student for the upcoming year. You should identify your needs using the subject list that you created earlier.

Curricula Needs by Student and Grade Level

Student: Jill
Grade Level: 5th Grade

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Updated: January 23, 2020

Learning About the Universe

Learning About the Universe

The International Space Station. The Mars Climate Orbiter. The Mars Polar Lander. Hot news topics are great vehicles to boost your child's interest in science. Why not use the current developments in space to launch a new family tradition? Once a week, choose an intriguing topic and have the whole family investigate it.

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What Is a Carbohydrate?

What Is a Carbohydrate?

Nutri-Speak

Legumes are vegetables in the bean and pea family that are rich in complex carbohydrates, protein, and fiber. They supply iron, zinc, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, and several B-vitamins, including folic acid. Because these provide both complex carbs and protein, they fit in the meat and beans group and the vegetable group.

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by: Trish Kuffner, author of The Children's Busy Book

Volcano Experiment

Use baking soda and vinegar to create a volcano

Volcano Experiment


Materials

  • Dirt or wet sand
  • Small shovel or spoon
  • Two teaspoons baking soda
  • White vinegar

Directions

  1. Build a mound of dirt ten inches high.
  2. Dig a deep hole in the middle of the mound with a small shovel.
  3. Put two teaspoons of baking soda in the hole.
  4. Then slowly pour in vinegar and watch your volcano erupt!
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High Achievers: What Price Are They Paying?

High Achievers: What Price Are They Paying?

A Harvard Interviewer's Honest Assessment
They come to me with SATs pushing 1600 and more awards than military heroes. The valedictorians. The student leaders. The super-jocks. They are applying to Harvard. They are the children you want your kids to become.

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Updated: May 15, 2019

Homeschooling on a Budget

Homeschooling on a Budget

You Really Can Do It
Most parents believe educating their children is an expensive proposition. According to The Homeschooling Book of Answers, public schools spend nearly $7,000 per pupil per year. What if I told you there were families providing an excellent education for their homeschooled child for $50 per year? And even for those of us who splurge on a few beautiful books occasionally, we can easily manage to keep our total expenses under $200 a year. Sound impossible? Here's how:

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Updated: July 20, 2021

8 Fun Food Activities for Kids

8 Fun Food Activities

Editor’s Note: This post is sponsored.

Summertime can be a stressful time for parents and kids. We find ourselves with bored kids on our hands and are always on the lookout for fun hands-on activities to keep them engaged. No one wants to be doing tedious worksheets and flashcards, and even though summer is about being outdoors and playing, we occasionally need a break from physical activity and a chance to cool off inside.

by: Erin Dower

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Is a Charter School Right for Your Child?

Is a Charter School Right for Your Child?

As of 2010, more than 5,000 charter schools have popped up in communities across the U.S. They are becoming a popular option for parents seeking an alternative to traditional public schools without the price tag of a private education.

While charter schools are on the rise, there are not enough to keep up with parent demand. In 2010, the number of charter schools in the U.S. grew by 9 percent, serving more than 1.7 million students, according to the Center for Education Reform.

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Three to Six Years: Dietary and Developmental Highlights

Three to Six Years: Dietary and Developmental Highlights

Around three, children become increasingly social, more independent, and even more fun to be with than they were before. Preschoolers are particularly playful people who can be quite jovial and entertaining. They love to run, jump, dance, climb, and roughhouse. They find humor in the ridiculous, often laughing easily at the drop of a hat. Clownlike behavior is par for the course.

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by: Jerome J. Schultz, Ph.D.

Q&A: ADHD and Assessment, Placement, Services, and Programs

Q&A: ADHD and Assessment, Placement, Services, and Programs

Read other parents' questions about assessments, services, placements, and programs for kids with ADHD.

1. How do we figure out if my eight-year-old has ADD, ADHD, or OCD? How do we get her help with math that she will understand?
Read the answer...

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Updated: January 23, 2020

Arts on the Outs

Arts on the Outs

artout.gifFor more than twenty years researchers have been uncovering positive relationships between arts education and cognitive development in children. With benefits ranging from the enhancement of vocabulary and math skills, to the development of spatial-reasoning, arts education has come a long way from the days when it was considered to be a lot of fluff.

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Updated: May 15, 2019

Social Studies in Sixth Grade

Social Studies in Sixth Grade

History and geography are distinct fields of study in the sixth grade, as they were in the fifth grade, although they should be linked whenever possible to what is being studied in language arts and in science. Sixth grade children are able to use several different kinds of maps; to use primary sources -- historical records, diaries, newspapers, and the like -- to enlarge their understanding of other people and other time periods; and to interview their parents and grandparents about other times.

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Updated: May 15, 2019

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Summer Homeschooling

Summer Homeschooling

As a homeschooler, you have the freedom to learn when and where you choose. So how will your family spend the summer? Will you continue to teach or will you take a break from learning for a few months? If you're like most homeschoolers, you've discovered that as families learn together, they develop a unique style of homeschooling that fits their needs. Some of you will choose to work through the summer, while others may not.

These and other homeschooling choices are explored here, as well as some new ideas on how to change the way you homeschool.

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Updated: April 28, 2022

Is Intelligence Inherited? A Genetic Explanation

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Do you ever wonder if your child's cognitive ability was inherited or if it's based on environmental factors? In fact, human intelligence is a fairly equal mix of genetics and environmental influences. Genetic differences in cognition are more likely to be passed on from mother to child than from father to child (so for all the moms reading this, you were right all along).

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Answering Questions About Your Adoption

Answering Questions About Your Adoption

After you've adopted your child and introduced him or her to your family, friends, and acquaintances, be prepared for an onslaught of questions—some of them quite rude. For instance, don't be surprised if someone asks you whether the child's birthmother used drugs or was an alcohol abuser, or how much the child cost. Of course, if the child had been born to you, no one would dare ask you those questions. You are under no obligation to answer them.

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Paper Tower

Make-A-Tower Science Activity for Kids

Paper Tower

Materials

  • Sheets of paper, 8½ x 11 inches
  • Paper clips
Directions

How high can you build a tower using only paper and paper clips? Your design should include a firm, broad base and some creative ways to make the tower as tall as possible.

Note: This activity can also be done with drinking straws and masking tape.

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