Clearing the Reading Chasm

Teaching sequential grade levels has been a great eye opener for me. With this I am able to see growth and understand things I would never have learned by teaching the same grade level year after year. This is a great benefit to being a homeschool mom!  One phenomenon I find interesting is the reading

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Lock Box Escape Room #2

When my kids wake up to a lock box their excitement is tangible! I love to sit back to watch them use logic and team work to solve each puzzle. I love creating lock box experiences for my kids! Weekly or even monthly would be ideal! In reality I create a lock box only a

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Star Wars Multiplication

Star Wars Shining Moments from the Barnes Family Homeschool: Since these are NOT the droids they were looking for… we can proceed with the purpose of this post. Math! One of my favorite subjects! Multiplication facts are foundational to math education. Consistent practice is the key! Over the years we have used a variety of

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Hands on math

This week’s Star Wars Shining Moment: When the Imperials attacked the Christmas tree & Nativity they over ran the rebel position. The Rebels had to call in an airstrike. Moving Forward More often than not my kids rush through bookwork to get on with their day of play and adventure. Over time, finishing language arts,

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Spicing up life with reward systems

This week’s Star Wars Shining Moment: the re-enactment of the trash compactor scene. Now… moving forward to the topic of this post… Our Star Wars Reward System. I love reward systems! Acknowledging hard work, effort, and goodness always helps to improve the morale of every day life. We kicked off the year with a ‘Star

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The Cat

Last spring, Jozlin brought me a page of lyrics and told me she was writing a song. Naturally, I jumped on the opportunity. A project like this is my dream come true. A real life application of knowledge! The words she developed were mind blowing! We slimmed it down to verses and a chorus that

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The Barnes Family Jedi Academy

The start of school is a magical time! New school supplies, a new classroom, and the anticipation of what the year will bring. Would my kids miss out on the excitment of a new school year because we homeschool? I have learned there is no need to fret. The excitement of my children for the

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