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Homeschooling High School: Our Mid- Year Update

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We're just about mid- way through my oldest son's first year of homeschooling high school and I thought it might be the perfect time to evaluate how our year is going.

When we started out on this homeschooling journey I never thought ahead to homeschooling middle school never mind attempting to homeschool high school, but as we began talking about what we wanted out of his high school years we soon came to realize that homeschooling offered the best options for him.



We have been able to meet him at his level in every subject and he still has at least one day a week most week that he heads off to work with various family members doing odd jobs to help out.  He's been screening dirt, clearing land, digging septic holes, and so much more.  He is loving it and is managing to keep up with his schoolwork too!

I decided I wanted to look back at what we had planned for this first year of schooling to look like and see how close (or far from) our goals we are.

I'm still worki…

10 Ways to Enrich Learning for Middle School Students

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While we have most definitely moved away from our unschooling roots (that never really seemed to take root in our homeschool!).  I still like to try and keep learning as hands on and as interesting as possible.

I have found that my kids learn best when we take what we've read about and build upon it.



Here are some of our favorite ways to enrich our lessons for middle school:

1.  Field trips! We all LOVE field trips and I am continually on the lookout for new places that we can go and explore together. In the meantime we keep visiting some of our old favorites whenever we want to take a break from our books.


2.  An art project--
my boys don't always enjoy getting messy with art but every now and then we try a new project that they just LOVE.  That's why I never stop trying to get them to do art with me.


3.  Watching YouTube videos or a movie-- while my kids not always pay as close attention to my reading or a book they are reading they will sit and watch movies and videos an…

Sloppy Joes Recipe

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We started making Sloppy Joes about a year or so ago when my husband suggested we try them.  I honestly don't remember eating them as a kid (I didn't like ground beef when I was younger; it's a texture thing).  
I did remember the cafeteria serving them often at school and that it was always a hit, especially with all the boys so I figured why not give it a try!  It soon became Evan's favorite meal and we've played around with a few recipes.  


We finally stumbled upon a favorite and I thought I'd share it with all of you.  Have you ever tried a Sloppy Joe?  They're fairly messy sandwiches; hence the name!  But with the right combination of flavors they can be quite tasty!
Ingredients: 1 lb ground beef (I like 93% lean but any kind will do) 1 Tablespoon dried minced onion 1 tsp mined garlic 1/2 cup ketchup 1/2 cup BBQ sauce 1-2 Tablespoon brown sugar (amount varies depending on the  sweetness of the BBQ sauce) 1 Tablespoon yellow mustard 1 Tablespoon Worcest…

Zesty Ranch Chex Mix

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My youngest son loves the Zesty Ranch Cheez-It Grooves and asked if we could come up with some sort of zesty Ranch flavored Chex mix.  He already loves our Cheesy Ranch Chex mix so I thought I might be able to take that same recipe and amp up the flavor a bit by combining it with some of our favorite flavors from our Traditional Chex Mix.



This was one yummy experiment and we now have a new favorite Chex mix in the house.


Ingredients: 
Corn Chex
Rice Chex
Mini pretzels
goldfish crackers
Bagel Chips
5 tablespoons butter, melted
1 Tablespoon mustard
1 Tablespoon lemon juice
1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
3 Tablespoons ranch dressing mix
1 Tablespoon Parsley flakes
2 tsp garlic salt
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese

Combine the Chex, pretzels, crackers and bagel chips in a large microwaveable bowl. In a separate container melt the butter and stir in the mustard, lemon juice, and Worcestershire sauce.  Pour over the Chex mixture and toss until evenly coated.

Sprinkle on the ranch dressing, parsle…