Our family loves to read books individually and together. Every night Tony or I read to our children. I personally LOVE when Tony reads to us. He reads books he enjoyed as a child, and excels at bringing these stories to life! We read the entire Hatchet series by Gary Paulsen. This series, different than anything …

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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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A Game a Day

This week’s Star Wars Scene… The Trooper on the Pooper! Now with that smidgen of Star Wars joy, we can move forward to the real reason for this post… Board and card games can be a powerful educational tool. Playing a game helps to develop critical thinking, problem solving, and decision making skills. In addition, …

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How Do You find the Time?

The other day while chatting with a kind ward member he turned to Zaylee and asked, “Was my niece, Mrs. Aullman, your kindergarten teacher?” Zaylee, a little confused, responded, “My mom is my teacher.” Realizing we homeschool, he asked me the sincere question, “How do you find the time?” I quickly responded, “Teaching my children …

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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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Canning Peaches

A new poem to help recall the joy of canning peaches.

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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