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Homeschool Fiction

Follow homeschoolers Nadia and Aidan as they travel the USA! Each book in this series explores a new state and a new research topic. Along with their parents and pet turtle, they find adventure and learning everywhere.

...and just what is that mysterious device of theirs?

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Topics: travel,Webkinz

Have Webkinz? You can still travel!

Are you taking a trip this summer, yet are worried about your Webkinz pets? No worries!  They won’t “die”, even after weeks of not being cared for.  That’s the beauty of a virtual pet!  It’ll still love you even after a bit of neglect.  You shouldn’t go more than a month without taking care of […]

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Topics: Arizona,empowerment,food,travel,vegan,vegetarian

On the Road Vegan

My completely vegan family (2 adults and 2 children- ages 11.5 and 7.5) is currently “On the Road Again” traveling around northern Arizona, and eastern and southern Utah. This is why there hasn’t been a post for a couple of days. We had the highest intentions of bringing bags of food with us. Yet, we […]

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Topics: books,McDougall,PCRM,vegan,vegetarian

Try Veganism – It’s NOT as challenging as Oprah is making it

“Take Action: Be Like Oprah: Try a Vegetarian Diet” is what the headline states. Yet, yet, yet… It does not need to be as hard as Oprah is making it. If you follow an easy lowfat vegan diet, your health will improve. It’s that simple. Alcohol, sugar, and most especially wheat, do not need to […]

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Topics: education,empowerment,homeschooling,Unschooling,words

What’s the REAL goal with today’s educational systems?

Maybe I’m fixated on goals, as this isn’t my first post on the topic. I love goals. Without them, I wouldn’t finish a lot of things I’ve started. Who wants a half finished quilt or the first two chapters of a manuscript? Not many people. Who wants to go to a themed party or event […]

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Topics: travel,Unschooling

Seek Out Interesting Places to Visit

With vacation season approaching us, I want to talk about trips. My family and I really enjoy seeing “offbeat” locations (although we highly enjoy the luxury of our children not going to school, so we can visit them in “off seasons”). Check out RoadSideAmerica for roadside attractions in your area, where you’ll be on your […]

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Topics: crafts,education,food,guest post,homeschooling,interview,photographs,solar energy,space,Unschooling

Guest Post: Solar System and Interview With Its Creator

The following unedited post is written (and typed up) by my Always Unschooled 11.5 year old daughter, Zoë. She interviewed my Always Unschooled 7.5 year old daughter, Teagan, yesterday. Teagan, on her own with no prompting, took a variety of food ingredients and created a solar system on our kitchen table. All photographs are also […]

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Topics: Harry Potter,magic,party

Riddles for Our Triwizard Tournament Tasks

This is the final post regarding our Harry Potter Triwizard Tournament. My daughter made riddles for two different tasks. Here they are: For Task 1 (the Champions had to pass a mysterious “monster” who made them correctly guess who he was before they could pass): In the Forbidden Forest I hide, I have many legs […]

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Topics: crafts,Harry Potter,how to,magic,Unschooling

How to: Make Puzzles for Our Tri-Wizard Tournament Task 3

See “How to: Make Nifty Book Boxes for Our Triwizard Tournament Task 3” for the first part of this topic. We made two puzzles for Task 3 of our Tri-Wizard Tournament: a crossword puzzle and a cypher. The cypher gave directions to the Champions of what they were supposed to do in Task 3. The […]

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Topics: Arizona,crafts,Harry Potter,magic,photographs,Tucson,Unschooling,Webkinz

How to: Make Nifty Book Boxes for Our Tri-Wizard Tournament Task 3

For Task 3 in our Harry Potter class Triwizard Tournament, we decided to take a slightly different approach. The actual task was a search at Agua Caliente (a local park), a riddle from a Sphinx (my older daughter played this role), a race to the Triwizard Cup, and a duel with Voldemort himself (a dad […]

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Topics: crafts,Girl Scouts

How to: Make a Super Cool Zipper Purse

I made up the following directions, based on experimentation. For my older Girl Scout troop of 10-13 year olds, each girl took 3-4 hours to make her purse. None were very experienced at sewing, so consider this a “beginners” how-to (I just made two purses with flaps in about 3 hours time – writing this […]

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