Entries Tagged as 'Fun'

Have a produce market in your backyard

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by Susan K. Stewart
AHEAD Blog Content Manager

Each morning, just at first light, I go out to tend my garden. Since I live on eight and one-half acres, you might get the false impression that I have an acre or two planted in nice neat rows. No, my plot is six feet by twelve feet. This size is enough to supplement the grocery budget, even when five people lived in our home.

I learned to garden when we lived on a 60-foot by 90-foot lot, barely room for our three-bedroom house. I could have used the entire backyard, but then where would the kids play and conduct science experiments. It is possible to have a vegetable garden no matter where you live.


Summer Fun Doesn't Need To Be Expensive

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by Joyce Herzog
Speaker at Network of Iowa Christian Home Educators Convention

Joyce Herzog shares some ideas for your family to have fun this summer on a budget.

Fireworks. Do outdoors or on a protected surface. Use food color or any liquid paint. Make 3 to 5 small puddles on paper. Blow through a straw into the puddles. The paint will explode onto the paper looking like fireworks. Try it with different colors of paint and paper.

Eat outdoors. Have a picnic in the backyard or the park. Make it simple (peanut butter sandwiches and an apple) or fancy (fried chicken and the “fixins”) or even cook out (hot dogs on a stick and “s’mores”). For added fun eat watermelon and have a seed-spitting contest.


Handwriting practice can be fun

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by Denise Eide
Speaker at MassHOPE Convention
April 24-26

Letter Dictationgirl writing in the sandProvide students with a whiteboard, chalkboard, sensory box, or paper. Say the sounds of one of the letters. Direct the students to write the letter.

Blind Writing
Direct the students to close their eyes and write the letter five to ten times without looking. Without visual cues, the students must rely on muscle memory. Instruct the students to open their eyes and choose the letter which is written the most legibly.


Vocabulary Fun

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by Nancy Manos
AHEAD Partner Blogger

Over lunch at a restaurant, when the girls were about nine and eleven, our oldest daughter Olivia said she wanted to get her hair cut in a particularrandom words? style. I wasn’t in favor of this and a conflict arose between us. My husband—ever the problem solver—began asking each of us questions to help us understand the other’s position and hopefully come to an agreement. When neither of us would bend, our younger daughter, who had been pretty quiet during most of the discussion, chimed in and stated that it seemed we had reached an impasse. 

James and I were duly impressed with her appropriate use of this word at a very unexpected moment. “Impasse” was a vocabulary word Alex learned through our Words of the Week vocabulary activity.  We all had a good laugh together and enjoyed the rest of our lunch. I don’t recall what we decided about Olivia’s hair, but I’ll never forget Alex’s use of her vocabulary word at just the right time.


Starting a Small Homeschool Co-op

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by Nancy Manos

Would you like to add a little extra “spice” to your homeschool? Do you find that you don’t get around to those interesting hands-on projects you envision? Have you found yourself wanting to develop friendships with other homeschoolers and just don’t know where to begin? Consider starting a small co-op. It can be an enriching, rewarding experience in the home education journey.


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