Hands On Activities

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Homeschooling a Child with a Learning Disability

Homeschooling my oldest son has always been a breeze.  He learned to read when he was 3, and my greatest educational challenge with him was poor penmanship. I was not prepared for the struggles I faced with our second son.  He wasn’t ready to read at age 3. Or at age 4. Or at 5. [...]

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Passages

We were so blessed this week to win tickets to the amazing exhibit Passages. This traveling exhibit showcases over 300 Biblical artifacts.  There are ancient fragments of Scripture from the Dead Sea Scrolls, papyri, early translations in many languages, rare and beautifully illuminated manuscripts, early copies of the Pilgrim’s Geneva Bible and John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s [...]

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World War 1: Boys’ Hands On Activities

Our younger boys have been longing to dig a trench in the backyard so they can play World War 1. They had visions of digging at least 7 feet deep and lining their trench with boards to make it just like the trenches they saw in our WW 1 books. This weekend they got permission [...]

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Alcatraz

I love educational vacations!  I wish I knew a good word for them.  Veducations?  Vay-keducations? Anyway, we’re having one right now, and it feels so good to be able to hatch two birds from one egg.  (My bird loving kids don’t like it when I say “kill two birds with one stone”).  We are relaxing [...]

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Bunker Hill Chess

The boys have enjoyed many games of Bunker Hill Chess this spring.  They enjoy pitting the Americans against the British and fighting it out. You can almost hear the cannons booming!

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Historical Feasts

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Eastern Europe feast

Cabbage rolls in tomato juice My husband and I lived in Eastern Europe for several years when we were newly married.  Although we weren’t huge fans of cabbage rolls at the time, I got a yen for them last week and decided we would have an Eastern European feast. I didn’t know that my hankering [...]

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Costumes for the Medieval Feast

  It took a bit of doing to pull the costumes for this feast together. But it really wasn’t too hard. My boys already had a good bit of what they needed in their costume bin. Our oldest son has a Scottish William Wallace Claymore sword from Vision Forum that he wanted to wear to [...]

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Recipes for the Medieval Feast

  Menu: Wassail Selection of Cheeses Bread Potato and Leek Soup Pheasant from the King’s Forest (aka Roasted Chicken Legs) Wild Boar (aka Ham) apple tarts gingerbread Recipes: For the wassail, we just used warmed apple cider. You could put some mulling spices in it if you want to. Leek and Potato Soup One bundle [...]

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Decorating for the Medieval Feast

  We celebrated our Medieval Feast last night! Usually our feasts only involve our family, but we did something on a slightly larger scale this time. Another family joined in, as well as my dad. The children from both families met earlier this week and prepared a program to present during the feast. It was [...]

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Viking Feast

Beef stew, rye bread with butter, non-alcoholic mead, and soft cheese. No feast has been more highly anticipated in our home than the Viking Feast. My husband can trace his Norwegian heritage all the way back to Harald Hardrade, the Norwegian King who was killed in 1066 in the Battle of Stamford Bridge….and beyond. My [...]

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Homeschooling Methods

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Reading Challenge: Update June 2016

Here is an update of what I have read to date for the Tim Challies 2016 Reading Challenge, and what my 5 year old daughter and I have read together for the CounterCultural School Reading Challenge. We are a little late to the party, as we just discovered and started the Reading Challenge in late [...]

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Kids Reading Challenge

I recently found Tim Challies’ 2016 Reading Challenge post. Since I am trying to make a conscious effort to do more reading, I decided to jump in with both feet, even though 2016 is half gone. In his challenge he lists 104 categories of books to choose from and the idea is to read one [...]

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Classical Conversations: Modifications for Doing the Challenge Program with a Learning Disability

My 10th grade son started the Classical Conversations Challenge program last year–in Challenge III. This is a pretty rigorous program for any student, and it was a bit daunting for him to start there, with no previous challenge background (we have a new challenge program on our campus). Also, he has dyslexia, dysgraphia, and slow [...]

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Classical Conversations Challenge Program with a Learning Disability

After a year of Classical Conversations with my younger set we decided to take the plunge and enroll two of our older boys in the Challenge Program, which was new on our campus last fall. Our 10th grader was in Challenge III and our 8th grader was in Challenge A. Challenge A and B are for [...]

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Homeschooling the Dyslexic Child: Technology

Ipod: I could write a whole post on the iPod and great apps for dyslexics (and I will try to do so soon!), but for the sake of brevity I will just say that my dyslexic son uses his iPod daily for school.  He can write emails using voice commands (eliminating the need for typing). [...]

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