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5 Experiences You Can Give Instead of Things

Parents love to buy toys for their children, but a 2010 study concluded that while the average 10-year-old child owned 238 toys, only 12 were played with consistently. This year, in an attempt to avoid wasting your money (not to mention cutting down on the clutter in your home), consider these five experiences you can give instead of things.

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What Homeschoolers Should Know about the Tax Reform Bill

After passing through the House and Senate, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is on the verge of becoming the most significant revision of the federal tax code in more than 30 years. As an American citizen, it’s important to educate yourself on what the proposed tax reform bill does and how it could potentially impact homeschoolers.

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Charitable Giving Checklist

With so many opportunities to give and the clock inching toward a new year, how can you know who best deserves your charity? Ask these five questions to make sure you’re comfortable and confident about your year-end donations.

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Free Counting Money Worksheet

Help teach your child the valuable life skill of counting money with our free printable worksheet from the Horizons 2nd Grade Math teacher’s guide. Plus, learn three tips for teaching your child about money values.

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The Most Popular Christmas Candy in Your State

This Christmas season, Americans are expected to spend $1.93 billion on holiday candy with the average consumer spending $110. However, not all parts of the country will spend that money on the same items. Based on a survey of more than 50,000 CandyStore.com customers, check out the most popular Christmas candy in your state.

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10 Recommended Apps for Homeschoolers

With over 3.3 million apps available, it can definitely be a challenge for parents to find the best apps for their children. To help, check out these 10 apps for homeschoolers as recommended by Meg Grooms, a long-time homeschooling mother of six, including two homeschool graduates.

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The 5 Best People in Your Homeschool Support System

You’re welcome to try as long as you want, but eventually, everyone realizes that you cannot homeschool without help. While there are many helpful resources out there, here are the five best people to have in your homeschool support system.

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Homeschooling in Paradise

While the latest home education surveys reported a slight dip in the overall number of homeschooled children the last three years, homeschooling in Hawaii has bucked the national trend with three-year figures in the Paradise of the Pacific up 3.8%.

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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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