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17 Statements of Gratitude

While it’s easy at Thanksgiving to be grateful for our blessings and bountiful harvests, author Cindy McMenamin provides 17 statements of gratitude that help remind us to “be thankful in all circumstances” (1 Thessalonians 5:18).

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2017 Thanksgiving Travel Preview

Americans are projected to travel more than 50 miles this Thanksgiving at the highest rate since 2005, as estimates predict over 50 million will take to the nation’s roads and skies for the holiday weekend. Before you travel, see which major airlines had the highest percentage of flights that arrived on time.

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Free Printable Leaves for Gratitude Tree

This Thanksgiving, use our free printable leaves to create a gratitude tree. Simply create a tree trunk using markers on poster paper and add the leaves to your tree to create a visual to display and share all your family’s blessings this year.

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Lakota Words and Phrases You Can Use in Your Homeschool

Today, only 6,000 people can speak the Lakota language fluently, and the average age of a Lakota speaker is nearly 70 years old. To remember Native American Heritage Month this November, try learning these basic Lakota words and phrases you can use in your homeschool.

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The Pros and Cons of Ethanol Gas

In recent years, more gas stations are offering gasoline with a 15% ethanol blend. While you as the customer ultimately get to decide if that’s a good thing, Popular Mechanics recently compiled the strongest points from both sides of the argument.

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10 Quick Things You Can Do to Prepare for Winter

While northerners may grow weary over the winter months of the work involved with snow removal and winter driving, making sure you and your homeschool family are ready for the coldest season doesn’t have to be difficult. Here are 10 quick things you can do to adequately prepare for winter.

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Do You Play Video Games with Your Kids?

The stigma of video games may come from the lack of interaction parents often have with them. As a result, Sinem Siyahhan offers this practical advice, “Don’t just let your kids play video games, but actually play with them.”

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Top Reasons for Military Families to Choose Homeschooling

Homeschooling compliments a family’s lifestyle in a way that traditional schools can’t, and perhaps no group of people understands that more than those who have chosen to serve their country in the military. In the midst of Military Family Appreciation Month, here are our favorite reasons why homeschooling is the best option for military families.

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5-Ingredient Slime in Less Than 5 Minutes

While my kids are just as fascinated by slime as I was, as a parent, I’m no longer excited about the mess. Thankfully, there’s an easy way to make a homemade slime both you and your kids can love. Don’t believe me? Try this 5-ingredient slime recipe that you can make in less than five minutes and give your kids hours of mess-free entertainment.

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The Legacy of Martin Luther and the Reformation

While his intent was to reform the church, in his faithfulness to the Bible, Martin Luther’s act on October 31, 1517 instead ignited an entire Protestant Reformation. Five hundred years later, let’s take a look at a few of the main points Luther emphasized that still have relevance to our world today.

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How to Get Involved in Extracurricular Activities

Extracurricular activities are a great way to give your child a well-rounded education. However, they can also easily trap families into a busy schedule. That’s why homeschooler Vicki Bentley recommends remembering Luke 2:52 and asking one simple question: “What progress would you like your child to make in those four areas this year?"

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3 Takeaways from the Latest Home Education Surveys

The National Center for Education Statistics recently released the results of its quadrennial home education surveys. Featuring information gathered from 2015-16, the report offers the most comprehensive statistical information on homeschooling in the United States.

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Drug Prevention Activity: The Cookie Experiment

To help teach your homeschoolers how to just say no to drugs, use this cookie experiment taken from the teacher’s guide of the Horizons 6th Grade Health curriculum from Alpha Omega Publications.

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Homeschooling FAQs: Is AOP Curriculum Accredited?

Find a quick answer to four of the most commonly asked questions that the customer service team at Alpha Omega Publications receives about accreditation.

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Who Is LaVar Ball? A Brief Intro to the Newest Homeschool Dad

LaVar Ball made national headlines when he announced he would homeschool his youngest son, LaMelo, who once scored 92 points in a basketball game. True to his personality, Lonzo responded emphatically when ESPN employee Romana Shelburne asked him if he was going to teach his son himself. “Don’t act like I can’t be educated, too,” he said.

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Fall Acorn Craft

Add some fall decor to your homeschool and have fun with your child making this adorable acorn suncatcher craft. Best of all, this easy craft is made from materials you likely already have around the home, and it’s a colorful way recycle some of your old crayons!

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Printable Fire Escape Plan Grid

In the case of a house fire, your homeschool family could have less than two minutes to escape once the smoke alarm sounds, so having a home fire escape plan can literally be the difference between life and death. Find a printable fire escape plan grid to practice your family’s escape plan during Fire Prevention Week.

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Fall Break Ideas

Though not as heralded as its spring counterpart, a fall break offers a great opportunity for parents and students to relax and be rejuvenated. With a couple busy months of the school year in the rearview mirror, take an extended weekend to enjoy some of these fall break ideas.

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5 Tips to Declutter and Tidy Up Your Home

Best known as the author of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing, Marie Kondo has sold more than 5 million copies worldwide. While change is never an easy thing to do, here are five tips from the organizational expert that could make a huge difference in your homeschool.

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How Much Money Does the Average American Spend in a Year?

In a survey of nearly 130,000 Americans, the categories of housing, transportation, and food accounted for more than 60% of all financial costs. Of the major components, only spending on transportation and clothing fell from the previous year.

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