Your Favourite HSI Posts from 2014

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Your Favourite HSI Posts from 2014

Your Favourite HSI Posts from 2014

As we move into a new year we reflect on the one we left behind and look forward into the year to come. In doing so, I thought I would take the time to share with all of you the Top Ten of Home School Innovation for 2014.     Here are your favourite HSI Posts from 2014:   Tips For Homeschooling the Early Years …You Can Do It! How To Rise Above the Negative 8 Homeschooling Methods Homeschooling Middle School and High School How I Teach Critical Thinking in Our Homeschool Spelling Help – Think Outside the Box and Have Fun! Think

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How I Teach Critical Thinking in Our Homeschool

How I Teach Critical Thinking in Our Homeschool

      Critical Thinking is an essential part of learning.  In order for us to be resilient and successful in life we need to be able to gather facts, process through them, know if we require any more information or help, and then make a decision to move forward. Learning how to “Think it Through” helps us in all areas of life: Academics Relationships Business Not to mention all the other little bits of life which happen in between the above three areas.  It is because of this I try my best to implement as much Critical Learning into our day

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Spelling Help

Spelling Help

Has spelling become boring and somewhat grueling? No matter what workbooks you use, or even if you make your own word list from books you are reading, sometimes we just need to be more creative. There is a time for pen to paper and copying out words, but what if we could make it more fun? What if we could get our brains firing and connecting more efficiently? Well, we can! We can make spelling fun and we can improve our brain function at the same time. (In this post I am not going to cover too much about the

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10 Homeschooling “Mistakes” You Need to Quit

10 Homeschooling “Mistakes” You Need to Quit

Ever feel like your happy home school has turned into a never ending roller coaster ride of emotions? Things roll along smoothly for a while and then the dips come…then the loooong climb back up to the top only to find you dive down once again; but this time with more momentum and speed.  There are many reasons for this, and one might argue “that’s life”, which can be true; another reason is, you could just be stuck in a rut.  You know what you are doing isn’t working but still plug along making the same old “mistakes”. Remember, there

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More Spelling Fun…video

More Spelling Fun…video

Here is a short video showing another way we make spelling more engaging and fun!  This is great for all children, especially those kinesthetic learners.  My kids get tired of writing out what seems to be endless  lists of words which means they are shutting down.  If they shut down, they are not learning; so break the cycle and take  a different approach. Using letter tiles and making little crossword puzzles is fun and takes very little time to do.  Get the list of words,  letter tiles, a camera (I like to document our work, I also like the kids

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