Homeschooling Blog

The Safest Cities in America

California is home to nine of the top 25 safest cities in the United States according to new ratings from the ranking site Niche. While the Golden State dominated the rankings, it was not home to the safest city in the country. See which U.S. city took home that honor.

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DIY Solar Eclipse Viewer

This year, 14 states will experience totality in a narrow 70-mile wide corridor, while a partial eclipse will be visible in all 50 states. To make sure you’re fully prepared to view this grand spectacle, try making this DIY eclipse viewer to see a reflection of the sun from a cereal box.

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Homeschool Swimming Lessons

Learning how to swim is a life skill that all children should have for their own safety and personal enjoyment. As a helpful guide for starting your homeschool swimming lessons, try these five practical activities suggested by Lizzy Bullock, a Red Cross-Certified Water Safety instructor.

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How Advertising to Moms Is Changing

Parenting isn’t easy and advertising geared toward moms is beginning to frequently reflect that as well. “Trying to be a perfect parent is impossible, and frankly, the best parents are the imperfect ones,” said Adam Chasnow, an executive creative director at a Colorado-based advertising agency.

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Laptop Picks for Back to School

Though any computer at the store should work well with Monarch, check out four laptop picks from our technology team to help you choose a laptop that meets your needs and budget for back to school and beyond.

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10 Money-Saving Tips from a Financial Consultant

You can do many small things that can add up to make a big difference in your checkbook. Try these ten practical, money-saving tips based on Facebook posts from Trishia Herbst, a financial consultant at Tardus Wealth Strategies.

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The Average Mom Clocks a 14-Hour Work Day

The latest study of 2,000 working moms of children between the ages of 5-12 revealed that the average mom puts in 98 hours of work a week. Find out what moms listed as their most common sacrifices and life savers that help make such a busy lifestyle work for them.

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Watermelon Paper Pals

Watermelons have become a staple food for American summers, enough so that this tasty treat even has its own national day. Celebrate National Watermelon Day on August 3 by making this cute craft. Then, don’t forget to pair your creation with a few slices of the delicious fruit (or vegetable, if you prefer).

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Have You Been Mom-Shamed?

A recent study revealed that more than 60% of mothers say they’ve experienced mom-shaming or the public criticism of parenting choices. In responses from 475 mothers with children under five, seven in ten women said that their methods of discipline drew criticism, while nutrition, sleep, breastfeeding, and safety rounded out the top five.

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Entertaining and Educational Podcasts for Kids

Since its humble beginnings, the genre of podcasts has since exploded on the scene with a massive market of users with a voracious appetite for information on their favorite topics. Today you can even find numerous podcasts that are a good learning source for children. See if your children enjoy these entertaining and educational podcasts for kids!

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Q&A with a LIFEPAC Mom

When Jennifer Wilging’s only son Tyler was diagnosed with a progressive spinal cord disease, she knew there were going to be many changes ahead in their lives. Although Tyler had to give up things he loved like competitive gymnastics and trampolines, Jennifer didn’t know at the time how much they would both learn to love homeschooling.

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How to Organize Your Pinterest

Pinterest is a great place to find ideas, especially for homeschoolers. It can lead to inspiration for organization, daily homeschool schedules, science experiment ideas, and more. However, with so many inspirational ideas, it can be easy to lose track of all your pins. Here are a few ideas to get your Pinterest board clean and organized.

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Poll Supports Increased Oversight of Homeschoolers

A recent polling of 800 adults revealed widespread approval of increased oversight of homeschool children in the state of Iowa. Homeschooling regulations were loosened in the Hawkeye State in 2013 to remove annual evaluations and a requirement to submit paperwork to local school districts.

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Note-Taking Tips and Study Skills

Note-taking is an important and valuable skill. Taking well-organized notes helps you keep track of important information, better retain information, and even make studying more fun. To prevent you from having to re-read everything and to make it easier to study before a test, here are five note-taking tips to help improve your note-taking skills.

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AOP’s 2017 Coloring Contest for Ages 3-10

AOP’s popular coloring contest is back, and we’re handing out more prizes than ever! This year, we’re breaking down entries into three age divisions, leveling the playing field and creating more winners. Open up the crayon and marker boxes and start coloring today!

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3 Homeschool Room Hacks

One of the best parts about homeschooling is that you don’t have to have the traditional school setup and rooms can be multi-purposed. Here are three quick homeschool room hacks to help keep you organized throughout the school year!

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Think Twice Before You Hit the Snooze Button

Odds are good that you’re still in a drowsy state of mind when your alarm clock goes off, but a recent study is encouraging you to think twice before you automatically reach for the snooze button.

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Make Your Own Kinetic Sand in 5 Steps

Kinetic sand has become a popular toy for children in recent years, and its easy cleanup has made the silky creation a hit with parents as well. Follow this simple five-step recipe to concoct your own mixture of this magic material. Then, place it in a sensory bin and let the fun begin!

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The 7 Wonders of the Parenting World

The 7 wonders of the parenting world stand as monuments to the awesome responsibilities and enjoyment that come from becoming moms and dads. Rather than exotic destinations, they are instead just a few of the everyday sights of daily life in our homes.

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Finding the Right-Sized Bike for Your Child

Learning how to ride a bike is one of the great joys of childhood. After all, there’s a reason the phrase “it’s like riding a bike” is so famous. It’s because learning how to ride a bike is something you never forget, no matter how old you become. To make sure your child gets the most out of this experience, make sure you buy the correct bike.

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