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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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The Best Months to Buy Popular Fruits

While some fruits like lemons and oranges are readily available in the United States year-round, other fruits have a much shorter primary growing season. Based on U.S. seasonality, check out our monthly fruit guide infographic to help you purchase the fruits you love when they are the most delicious and least expensive.

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Johnny Appleseed: The Name You Know, 10 Facts You May Not

While Johnny Appleseed may be a name that everybody knows, you may not know the true story of the frontier folk hero. To celebrate Johnny Appleseed Week, here are 10 facts you may not know about John Chapman.

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How Much Your State Saves Thanks to Homeschoolers

Homeschool families are saving U.S. citizens $22 billion annually by educating their children at home according to an estimate by the Pioneer Institute. “Taxpayers across America…should thank a homeschooling family today,” commented Alex Newman.

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Snapshot Comparison of LIFEPAC and Horizons

Find the perfect print curriculum for your homeschool family with this snapshot comparison of LIFEPAC and Horizons. By comparing our two award-winning print curriculums side by side, you can make a well-informed decision that meets your family’s needs and preferred learning styles.

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Number of Stay-at-Home Dads Has Doubled in Past 30 Years

The number of stay-at-home dads has nearly doubled in the past 30 years with the latest research estimating the number of stay-at-home dads in the U.S. at 2 million. Even if Dad doesn’t decide to stay home, fathers are still putting in more time with their children and taking greater responsibility with household chores.

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Homeschoolers Bribed to Boost Public School Enrollment

A South Dakota superintendent is receiving heavy criticism for offering a bribe to homeschoolers to boost his public school’s enrollment for a day. Superintendent Mike Lodmel sent a letter to approximately 30-40 homeschool families offering a laptop, Chromebook, or iPad in return for one day of attendance.

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Alpha Omega Academy Graduate Uses Technology to Prevent Suicides

Kasey Schlaudt, a graduate of Alpha Omega Academy, won a prestigious scholarship from Apple, Inc. Because Colorado Springs has one of the nation’s worst suicide rates, Schlaudt used his coding skills to incorporate the science behind preventing suicides into a short game.

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Top 10 Tips for First-time Homeschoolers

Opting to homeschool is a big decision; however, it doesn’t have to be a scary choice. Whether you’re making the transition from traditional schools to homeschooling or just beginning your child’s education, ease any anxiety you may have and follow these practical tips for first-time homeschoolers.

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2017 Coloring Contest Winners

Alpha Omega Publications’ 2017 coloring contest brought in 793 entries from students around the world ages 3-10. For the first time this year, we broke down entries into three age divisions, leveling the playing field and creating more winners. However, that didn’t make our decisions any easier.

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3 Pledges to Start Your Homeschool Day

Today, 125 years after it was first published, the Pledge of Allegiance is still recited daily in many schools and homeschools across the country. In addition to the historic oath for the U.S. flag, your family may also consider memorizing two other important pledges to recite at the beginning of your homeschool day.

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How to See America’s National Parks for Free

All current U.S. military members and families with a child starting 4th grade this school year are eligible for a free pass to America’s National Parks. The one-year pass for 4th graders is valid from September through the August following the completion of their fourth-grade year through the Every Kid in a Park program.

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Electives That Impress Colleges

Although you want to start with meeting the basic course requirements, consider taking your high school education to the next level with these top electives that impress colleges and prepare you for success in college and beyond.

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