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A Veterans Day Poem

For the past 55 years, Armistice Day has been known as Veterans Day to commemorate the heroism of our soldiers and dedicate a day to the cause of world peace. As you celebrate this Veterans Day, we encourage your homeschool family to reflect on the words of a poem by Cheryl Dyson.

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What the Berlin Wall Is Teaching Us 30 Years Later

On November 9, 2019, we celebrate 30 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall. To mark this historical anniversary, use these discussion questions with your homeschoolers for a focused mini-unit study.

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How to Occupy Kids at Restaurants

A fussy, rowdy, or unhappy child can sour any fun family outing, but it can feel especially frustrating when your child misbehaves while you’re trying to enjoy the treat of a dinner out. To avoid this for your next culinary outing, try one of these techniques to keep your kids occupied at a restaurant.

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Important Notes from the Latest ACT College Readiness Report

ACT results for the Class of 2019 recently revealed record-low rates for college readiness in English and math. Among the 1.8 million test takers from last year, only 59% reached the ACT benchmark of 18, while 39% reached the math standard of 22.

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Electives You Didn't Know We Have

If you’re thinking about adding an elective for your homeschool, check out a few lesser-known yet excellent electives from Alpha Omega Publications.

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Girls on the Run Teaches Physical and Emotional Health

With the desire to make a difference at a critical stage, Girls on the Run has developed a program to strengthen the confidence of young girls while teaching them the connection between physical and emotional health.

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What Parents of Successful Children Do Well

If there’s one universal truth in parenting, it’s that whenever we think we’ve figured out parenting, we are quickly humbled to learn that we don’t really know that much. Keeping in mind that there’s always room for improvement in parenting, the business magazine Inc. recently published these five things that parents of successful children do well.

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8 Family-friendly Restaurants

If you’re looking for a family-friendly outing for your next meal, check your area for one of these restaurants that are not only great for kids, but also for Mom and Dad!

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Printable Daily Schedule

While we know many families have flexible schedules, we also recognize that having a set daily schedule can be a huge help for many homeschoolers who already have a lot on their plate. To help simplify things, we’ve put together a customizable daily schedule, as well as a sample schedule you can use to keep your homeschool on track!

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Homeschool Family’s Appeal Hits State Supreme Court

Kirk and Kristen Sosebee’s fight for their homeschooling rights has reached Virginia’s Supreme Court and the decision could affect your family.

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Tips for Teaching Gen Z Kids from Dr. Billie McConnell

Understanding the changes in generations is especially important for homeschooling parents. Knowing what struggles our kids are facing and what qualities characterize our Generation Z kids can help us both to learn from our kids and also teach them the best we can.

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Does Your State Love Their Neighbors?

Do you have good neighbors or do you even know their names? More than ever before, Americans are lacking a connection with their neighbors and that change may have a negative impact on society as whole.

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Monarch FAQs: How Do I Know Where to Start?

If you’re a new Monarch user, you may find yourself with a plethora of questions. On our AOP YouTube channel, we have a series of Monarch FAQ videos, and today, we want to dive even deeper into placement tests to support first-time Monarch users.

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Most Popular Chores to Give Your Kids

What chores do you give your kids in your home? We wanted to know what the most popular chores were to give to kids, so we asked our AOP community on Facebook. If you are looking for some ideas or wondering what other households do for chores, here are the most popular chores our AOP community gives to their kids.

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What Every Parent Needs to Know About Vaping

With vaping-related illnesses and deaths in the United States skyrocketing, the U.S. Surgeon General has declared vaping among youth a national epidemic.In 2019 alone, over 800 vaping-related lung-injury cases have been reported with a dozen deaths linked to vaping as well.

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Cool School Tools We Didn’t Have As a Kid

As the world continues to change, it can be fun to take stock and note all the new gadgets and tools our kids have today that we didn’t have when we were in school. These are some of the latest cool school tools you may want to consider adding to your homeschool for a bit of fun and flare.

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5 Books Featuring Homeschoolers

To build skills of empathy and increase a child’s love of reading, it’s important to read books that your child can relate to. Pick up one of these 5 books featuring homeschoolers to help your little one read themselves into your next bedtime story!

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HSLDA Hosts Essay Contest

HSLDA is hosting an essay contest where students could win up to $500!The contest is split into three different age categories for students ranging in age from 7-19 based on their age as of September 1, 2019. Each grade level has a different writing prompt, and all entries must not exceed 700 words, excluding the title.

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Worldschooling with the Wingin’ It Family

In our recent blog about fascinating subgroups in homeschooling, we barely touched the surface of the fabulous lives of worldschoolers. Taking their homeschooling on the road full time, worldschoolers say goodbye to a consistent mailing address to fill their passports with exciting stamps from around the world.

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Learning Tools from a Dollar Store

In the age of Pinterest and Instagram, many parents find it overwhelming to keep their homeschool space looking and functioning like a gram-worthy post. While most of what you see on social media is an edited version of reality, it can be fun to equip your homeschool space with learning tools that keep things looking and running smoothly.

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