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Homeschooling Thanksgiving in a Culturally Sensitive Way

By Savvy Homeschool Moms   In this episode the moms chat about Halloween fun, the History Odyssey curriculum, and maintaining cultural sensitivity during Thanksgiving.         Some links in this episode: Math Wrap-Ups Kids Thanksgiving Books Google Art Project     To see the full show notes, including a LOT MORE links to all the resources mentioned, please visit our website: The Savvy Homeschool Moms, episode 22. To subscribe to or download our show, check us out on iTunes, or our website. This episode is sponsored... read more

Homeschooling with Chronic Illness

By Savvy Homeschool Moms     YOUR CONTENT/IMAGES GO HERE         Some links in this episode:     To see the full show notes, including a LOT MORE links to all the resources mentioned, please visit our website: The Savvy Homeschool Moms, episode 20. To subscribe to or download our show, check us out on iTunes, or our website. This episode is sponsored by Moving Beyond the Page – homeschool curriculum for hands-on, creative, and gifted learners. Learn more at www.movingbeyondthepage.com.       About Savvy Homeschool Moms The... read more

Top 10 Safe Websites for Kids

Many of us limit screen time for our children, but when we do want to allow them to experience a website we want it to be safe. Mothering has compiled a list of sites that are perfect for kids of many ages, educational, free to use, and completely without ads.   Starfall This delightful website is perfect for kids who are learning to read, or getting ready to read. With simple and fun books, games and activities that inspire the imagination, Starfall has earned its place as a top destination for discerning families.    NGA Kids A wonderful site from the... read more

Slowing Down the Homework Train

This is my first post for Mothering and I am excited to be among the ranks of so many thoughtful writers and parents! I have been working to help families slow things down for several years now and I look forward to sharing some of my ideas and inspirations here! As we are well into our first quarter of school here in Austin, TX, I thought I’d share a topic very near and dear to us right now: homework. For those with kids in school, this time of year can feel a lot like  jumping rope. There might be a few missteps at first but once you settle into the... read more

Healthy Attachment is the First Best Anti-Bullying Program

How perfect that October is Bullying Prevention Month and Attachment Parenting month — since healthy attachment is the first best anti-bullying program! Healthy attachment is the wellspring optimal brain development, especially the social brain circuitry that governs such anti-bullying capacities as self-regulation, empathy, trust, emotional and cognitive flexibility, and imagination. As I’ve written about in a prior post about the origins of empathy, my opinion (in agreement with many others) is that even the very best school-based anti-bullying or conflict... read more

9 Reasons I Have A Chronic Library Habit

  CC by 2.0 ricardo266 My name is Laura. I have a chronic library habit. Sure, I have other, less socially acceptable habits. We can talk about those another day. Right now I’m eager to turn other people into equally obsessed library fanatics. I’ve already been successful with my kids. The stacks of books my family brings home may be pushing up the state average. Now that my kids are older they are surprised most of their peers never bother with libraries, in person or online. And I’m surprised to see how many of my friends don’t... read more

How Fairy Tales Make Mighty Minds

Guest post by David Sewell McCann Sparkle Stories is offering a free story JUST for Mothering readers!  Visit their page here to listen to one of their favorite tales for free. When Albert Einstein gives advice about intelligence, we take it seriously. “If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.” We read his words, and all nod our heads in agreement because, well – he’s Albert Einstein – and because it simply rings true. We have witnessed our... read more

Raising Imaginative Children: A Grassroots Approach

This post is sponsored by Barefoot Books. Raising Imaginative Children: A Grassroots Approach Einstein famously said, “Imagination is more important than knowledge”. If he was right, it follows that good parenting is at least in part about supporting our children’s imaginative development – but how, especially in today’s fast-paced world where information increasingly dominates? Few products give the imagination center stage in children’s lives as effectively as a picture book. The simple act of being held spellbound by an... read more

Tame Back-to-School Stress with Simplicity (Pt. 2)

Four Ideas for Simplifying Life While Enriching Education Aside from some fall clothes, fresh notebooks and maybe a new backpack, how might you prepare yourself and your children for a back-to-school season that doesn’t slam you like a late-season ocean wave — smack!! — and instead lays a foundation for sustainable nurturance, sanity and joy in the family for the coming year? Picking up from the first two ideas in Part 1, let’s look at two more ways to deploy simplicity to enrich your child’s school experience. These ideas harness two of simplicity’s major values:... read more

10 Ways the Summer Olympics can Lead Families to Discover the World

The Summer Olympics, with the athletes’ dramatic personal stories, unbelievable athletic prowess and excitement about thousands of people from hundreds of countries unified through sport, inspire children’s imaginations like no other global event. But the Olympics aren’t just about watching amazing athletes and rooting for your favorites. It’s also a great opportunity to turn children onto world culture and geography. With 204 countries competing in the 2012 Summer Olympics, there are many important and fun things to teach children that go far beyond the... read more

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