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Why you shouldn’t homeschool

If you haven't read about why you shouldn't homeschool (by a homeschooling mom), you have to read it.  Be ready to laugh, because she goes through all the reasons that non-homeschooling people mention as to why we shouldn't do it. [caption id="attachment_1180" align="alignright" width="300"] Acting out one of our many Greek plays. Pink Panther is playing the part of one of the nephews of Thystes[/caption]

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Why play is important for babies and toddlers

     [click here to find toddler games] Play might not be the first thing on your list when you’re busy changing dirty diapers and getting up for 4 AM feedings. However, even the smallest forms of play early on are important for your baby’s development. Simple forms of play are ideal for babies and toddlers. It gives them a developmental boost that helps them the rest of their lives. Plus, what’s more fun than making babies laugh? Play Starts At The Beginning Play begins from day one. While your newborn can’t play with toys and run around like a toddler would,...

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How Young Children Are Wired To Learn From Play

Having fun and playing is actually educational.    You already know children love to play, but did you know that young children are actually wired to learn from play?    Play isn't just something enjoyable for kids. It's a vital educational tool that helps with their lifelong development. Their brains are made to experience the world in a playful way.    Children are born with 100 billion neurons. During the first few years of life, the brain goes through a variety of changes as children go through various experiences. As children begin to learn new things, the number of synapses...

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Hands-on learners

Some children learn better when their hands are busy.  The Homeschool Mom recommends Wrap-ups for math: "Wrap-Ups are grooved plastic cards with threads that learners use to trace from a multiplication fact to its solution.  There is a separate card for each math fact family.  You can check your answer by flipping the card over to see if the way you arranged the thread indicating answers matches the guide on the back. "Wrap-ups sound complicated and hard to imagine, but they were something the kids picked up on with little or no instruction from me and practiced on their own....

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12th-graders who cannot read

Since 1983, more than 1 MILLION Americans reached the 12th grade without having learned to read at a basic level. Don't wait till your child is in 12th grade and cannot read; do something today to help him...no matter his age.  If he's just starting to read, get him the My First Reading Library set, a fun collection of 50 books that begins with the easiest books (a normal page of text for mom to read followed by a few phonics words for the child to read, keeping the story moving along while enjoying snuggle time with mom.), then escalate to phonics...

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Dinosaurs!

Dinosaur Challenge (game with cards; avg. play time 10 minutes) My very first Dinosaurs book Feathered Dinosaurs Dinosaurs (Peterson field guide coloring book) Apatosaurus puzzle Shine-a-Light Dinosaurs Would you rather have the teeth of a Tyrannasaurus or the armor of an Anklyosaurus? Encyclopedia of Dinosaurs Baby dinosaurs with big eyes (9-piece puzzle with pegs)

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