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How to Build a Teepee-Style Fairy House

How to Build a Teepee-Style Fairy House

Last fall, Molly became determined to build a fairy house. She watched videos about fairy houses, and schemed for how to make one in our yard. When it seemed that nobody would offer to help her, she used a small tree stump in our yard and decorated it with things like twigs, leaves, and acorn tops. She called it her “fairy habitat.” One day when she was gone, I even sprinkled glitter all over it, … [Read more...]

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Free Piano Lessons Right in Your Own Home

Free Piano Lessons in Your Home

Okay, admittedly, that sounded like an infomerical, didn't it?  I'm sorry.  Forgive my inner Ron Popeil there for a minute.  Now, even though this is sponsored by FreePianoLessons4Kids.com, it's the truth.  They really are offering free piano lessons from the comfort of your own home. Fine.  I might as well embrace my inner Carnival barker here for a minute. "How does this work, Angie?" … [Read more...]

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10 Learning and Activity Boards to Follow on Pinterest

10 boards to follow for learning activities for kids

I have long loved Pinterest, and one of the reasons that I love it for is all of the amazing resources that I find for kids.  From homeschooling specific ideas to just general activities to do with children - Pinterest is chock full of ideas. Of course, sometimes that can be overwhelming though.  Here are ten Pinterest boards I would recommend following if you're looking for learning activities … [Read more...]

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Methods for Teaching a Foreign Language to Your Child

teaching a foreign language

This post is sponsored by TakeLessons.com. Learning a foreign language is one of those things that many homeschoolers feel that they should be adding to their curriculum, but it can be difficult when you aren't familiar enough with a foreign language to speak or teach it.  Even for non-homeschooling families, they may just want to give their child instruction in a second language before it … [Read more...]

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Every Education Has Gaps and Other Truths I’ve Learned

a love of learning is key to a life of learning

I'm sure that I'm like a lot of other homeschoolers in that I can't help myself but to worry about what we're covering and, more importantly, what we're not covering each year.  I don't have a school board or state board of education telling me what I should and shouldn't do in my lesson plans.  Instead, I'm piecing together an education the best that I can, and there's a lot of pressure that … [Read more...]

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Free Kindle Book of Educational Activities for Toddlers and Young Children

If you have young children (or work with them), you may enjoy the activities and ideas that are found in my eBook, Finding Educational Activities in the Most Unexpected Places.  Through the end of the day on September 27th, it can be picked up for free on the Kindle! You don't even have to have a Kindle to read it (or other Kindle books), you can just use a Kindle reading app which is available … [Read more...]

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Nous parlons un peu francais. But, we’re working on it.

metro

Okay, honestly - I don't even think I got that sentence correct.  I know it's close, but it's still probably off.  It's been a lot of years since I studied French. But, here we are, working on French anyway.  We finally decided (as you may have figured out on our curriculum post for this year), that we didn't really jive with Spanish when we tried Rosetta Stone, we liked Latin for scientific … [Read more...]

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Learning While Visiting the Farmers Market

Learning at the Farmers Market

We love going to the Farmers Market.  From the sights to the smells to all the wonderful things that are locally produced or grown, all just waiting for us to take home. Another thing that we love about the Farmers Market are all the opportunities to learn!  At The Happy Housewife, I am sharing ideas for many learning opportunities that abound at the Farmers Market. … [Read more...]

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Teaching Your Children Money Management Skills

teaching money management skills

Money management and budgeting can be a difficult concept to teach to kids, especially if money management is not your forte.  (Don't be offended by that statement if you're a poor money manager.  I only know it's hard because both Eric and I have a hard time being as responsible with money as we should be.) However, money management is an important home ec/life skill, and the earlier that … [Read more...]

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Why You Should Be Teaching Home Ec Skills to Your Children

Molly and a chicken

I would hope that it is obvious why you should be teaching home ec skills to your children, because, of course, they are life skills.  No matter where your children go to school each day (the local public school, a private or parochial school, or your kitchen table), they are depending on you to teach them how to function in life.  These are some of the skills they need! Before I get into my … [Read more...]