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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: Arizona,empowerment,holidays,homeschooling,photographs,travel,Tucson,Unschooling,video

Indoor Skydiving in Arizona

For my birthday this past week, my family and I decided to go indoor skydiving again at Sky Venture Arizona in Eloy, AZ (halfway between Tucson and Phoenix, just off of I-10). We went last year for my youngest daughter’s birthday and I wrote about it in “Fly like a SUPER HERO with Indoor Skydiving”. […]

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Topics: cookbook,food,photographs,vegan,vegan recipe,vegetarian

VEGAN RECIPE: Runza Hot Pockets

A delicious and hearty recipe for home or on-the-go food is runzas.  These are originally made with ground beef.  As vegans, we go without the animal.  Here’s our veganized version of this classic recipe. Lisa’s Lowfat Vegan Runzas: 3 packages Morningstar  Boca Vegetable Crumbles (TVP and/or Boca brand work great, too) [NOTE: Morningstar crumbles are not […]

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Topics: Arizona,art,cactus,crafts,photographs,saguaro,Tucson

Saguaro Costume

My 12 year old daughter has come up with some of the most interesting Halloween costumes over the years. Since she has been old enough to decide her own costumes, she’s been: a black cat (twice), Laa-Laa (from Teletubbies), Madeline, a spotted bat, a computer (with working parts), a Borg, and a scarecrow. But this […]

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Topics: art,computer,crafts,holidays,how to,photographs,Unschooling

Robot Costume

My 8 year old daughter is going as a robot this Halloween. She created a cardboard box head with eye holes and toilet paper roll ears. We stapled stretch elastic to keep the box on the sides of her head. She then drew circuits with pencil all over the box and I hot glued over […]

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Topics: Arizona,homeschooling,photographs,prickly pear,travel,Unschooling,vegetarian

Arizona Ghost Town: Pearce

South of Willcox and east of Benson, AZ, is the little ghost town of Pearce, AZ. Some Unschooling friends of ours wanted to check this little town out on our recent visit to Annie’s Orchard (for pumpkins and a corn maze). The old gold mining town is easy to find and quite quaint (and had […]

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Topics: crafts,education,homeschooling,how to,photographs,Unschooling

SCIENCE CRAFTS: Rockets and Volcanoes

My kids are big fans of scientific crafts. Part of a successful homeschooling household is to keep a lot of ingredients on hand so that experiments can happen whenever the kids want them to. Our ingredients for experiments arsenal has hundreds of things right now, but the core consists of: baking soda vinegar pipettes test […]

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Topics: Arizona,books,holidays,homeschooling,mindful parenting,New Mexico,photographs,Unschooling,vegetarian,writing

Willcox, AZ: Apple Annie’s Orchard and Pumpkin Patch

This past week, my daughters and I went to Apple Annie’s Orchard and Pumpkin Patch in Willcox, Arizona, with some Unschooling friends of ours. We’d been to this pumpkin patch seven years ago and had found it hot and dry and full of decaying pumpkins that looked so sad we could barely find one we […]

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Topics: movies,television,Unschooling,words,writing

Anatomy of a Great Television Series

As a writer, I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about the entertaining medium of storytelling. With every fall season’s new television shows, I’m reminded again exactly why some fail quickly, others fail slowly, and why some are huge successes indefinitely. Want to create a fantastic long lasting television series? Then take the following into […]

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Topics: homeschooling,Unschooling,words

No. My kids really don’t “do school” — ever.

An adult recently asked my younger daughter what she’d been learning lately. She stared at the adult and was silent. Duh, what hadn’t she been learning lately? I thought to myself, not in sarcasm either since I knew the adult had my daughter’s best interest in mind, she is just naive about how learning actually […]

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Topics: cheese,cookbook,dairy,food,guest post,how to,photographs,Unschooling,vegan,vegan recipe,vegetarian

Guest Vegan Recipe: Enchilada Casserole

My 12 year old daughter came up with (and made) these recipes on her own. She even took the photos. It is similar to my Mexican Lasagna Casserole, but different. Zoë’s Enchilada Casserole Version 1: Green chili peppers – two flat layers Corn tortillas – one layer Vegan Nacho cheese – one layer Boca Chicken-less […]

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