Homeschooling Blog

Why a 6-Year Homeschool Veteran Loves AOP

With six years of homeschooling experience under her belt, Caroline Belliveau took a few minutes from her summer to answer five questions about why she loves homeschooling and using Alpha Omega Publications curriculum.

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Homeschool Tax Credit Proposed in New Jersey

If a proposed bill passes in the New Jersey legislature, homeschoolers in the Garden State may soon be eligible for a tax credit up to $1,000 per student. “The State…has an interest in supporting the development and access to educational opportunities for all children residing in the State, irrespective of the method,” bill A4971 says.

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15 Nature Items to Start Your Outdoor Scavenger Hunt List

Take advantage of the nice, sunny weather this summer to plan a scavenger hunt for your homeschool family. To get started, use our printable checklist of 15 nature items and simply add your own!

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Important Reminders for Preparing Homeschool Transcripts

Whether your child is just about to start high school or if your homeschooler is applying to colleges and getting ready to graduate, summer can be a great time to get your homeschool transcripts organized. Here are just a few important things to keep in mind about transcripts while you prepare for your homeschooler’s next journey.

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15-Year-Old Homeschooler Might Be the Next Einstein

Throughout his brief time in college, former homeschool student Grant Harter made quite an impression on his professors not just because of his knowledge in physics, but also because of his age. "When he told me he was 15, I was pretty shocked," physics professor Erik Sanchez said.

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DIY Father’s Day Pop-Up Card with Free Printable Icons

The most thoughtful gift for Father’s Day can often be something you create yourself. Here’s an easy way to make a DIY pop-up card to give to your dad this Sunday to celebrate Father’s Day and let him know just how much he means to you.

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Popsicle Flag Summer Craft

To celebrate Flag Day this year, create this cute summer craft with your homeschool family. Best of all, you can use these popsicle stick flags as repeat decorations when Independence Day rolls around next month!

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Does Pride Affect Your Recycling Habits?

More than ever before, Americans feel strongly about the importance of recycling; however, recent research indicates we may want to keep some of those emotions in check. “Recycling is so good that it makes us feel virtuous, and that can lead to problematic outcomes,” said Shankar Vedantam, an NPR social science correspondent.

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Travel Entertainment Ideas for the Whole Family

Since no one has yet found a way to teleport and development of the Hyperloop super train is still in progress, here are a few ways to keep everyone entertained throughout your family’s summer adventure.

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Savvy International Traveler Tips and Destinations

Not far from the beaten path, many countries offer just as much history and scenery as their more famous European counterparts, but at a much lower exchange rate. Here are just a few affordable countries for international travel with your homeschool family.

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Social Media and Your Child’s Mental Health

Comparing how Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, and YouTube impacted their health and well-being, nearly 1,500 young people ages 14-24 ranked each of the popular apps on a scale of -2 to +2. The photo-sharing Instagram outdistanced itself as the most negative, especially in terms of body image.

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DIY Fidget Spinners

Fidget spinners are the new popular toy your child may be asking you to buy. However, they are also relatively simple to make and can be a great craft project for you and your child to make together.

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15 Facts You May Not Know About JFK

Despite his short presidency, JFK continues to rank highly in the hearts of Americans. Had John F. Kennedy lived, he would have turned 100-years-old on Memorial Day 2017. To celebrate his birthday, here are 15 facts you may not know about JFK.

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40 Years of Real and Imaginary Space Explorations

While Star Wars received a lot of attention when it premiered in 1977, the spacecraft NASA launched that same year did not. In 2017 those same spacecraft, Voyager 1 and Voyager 2, continue to explore space and NASA plans on launching the first all-sky exoplanet survey satellite, TESS.

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Best Series for Starting Chapter Books

As your children grow, both you and your children can easily make the leap beyond picture books to chapter books. While each child’s interests and attention spans vary greatly, here are five of the best chapter book series we’ve read that have our own children asking for just one more chapter before switching off the light.

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A Month of Mom Hacks

A well-known retailer has dedicated the month of May (M.O.M.) to celebrating moms (and dads) by offering a helpful parenting tip each day of the month. Here are five of our favorite creative solutions from Babies “R” Us.

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Follow-up Movie Questions to Get Beyond “It Was Good”

Seeing a movie provides an instant topic of conversation that should engage both you and your child no matter the age range. However, if you would like a more detailed response from your child than the general, “It was good,” after asking how he or she liked it, here are a few other question ideas.

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Can You Memorize These 3 Learning Songs?

By learning through song, children and adults alike can absorb facts that otherwise would be much more difficult to memorize. Best of all, using music is not only beneficial for education, but it’s also a lot of fun. Challenge yourself and your children to see if you can memorize these 3 learning songs!

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Tim Tebow Writes Book for Homeschoolers

Popular Christian athlete, philanthropist, and author Tim Tebow has written a book to help homeschool parents and children discover their true identity. "I know being homeschooled may not be the easiest thing in the world, so I wanted to write a book just for you,” Tebow wrote.

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3 Volunteer Ideas That Could Open Your Child’s Eyes

Though there are literally thousands of places you could volunteer, here are three volunteer opportunities that could open your child’s eyes (and your own) to see the daily circumstances of neighbors in your community and how they vary from your own.

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