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Weekend Getaway — Nantahala River and National Forest

We’re just weeks away from summer and, if you’re like me, you’re already starting to think about fun things to do out of town. For the last few years, we’ve done smaller trips close to home instead of longer (and more expensive) vacations. It works best with our schedule and budget. One of the places Read More

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Around Town (and Beyond): April 2017

It’s no joke! We’ve put together a list of great, family fun adventures to have around town and beyond this month. As always, April is FULL of great, fun things to do. Maybe we’ll see you at some of them? Enjoy! April 6-7 — Writers Festival at Agnes Scott College — teens/adults; distinguished writers visit the Read More

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March Love List

Here are a few of the things we’ve been loving lately: Books: We’ve just finished reading the excellent Freddy the Detective book by Walter R. Brooks. We enjoyed it so much, we’re now planning to read the whole series. My adult-read for the month is A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles. It’s not a book I’d Read More

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Around Town (and Beyond): March 2017

Though the month has already started, there are still so many fun, family-friendly things to do around town and beyond in March! And with spring right around the corner, it’s no surprise that many of them focus on flowers and being outdoors. It’s impossible to include every awesome event that our state (or even our Read More

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Around Town (and Beyond) — February 2017

February has already started, but there’s still a lot of fun to be had over the rest of the month. We’ve put together a list of family friendly activities and events from around town and beyond to help you plan your adventures. Ongoing through March 1 — Six Flags Read to Succeed — grades K-6; Kids Read More

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Homeschooling Spotlight On: Shi Curry

This month’s Homeschooling Spotlight is on Shi Curry, a talented and exuberant 12-year-old homeschooler in Atlanta who has turned her love of cooking into a successful business that includes a cookbook, website, cooking classes, videos, and more. She has been featured in Creative Loafing‘s People to Watch in 2017 issue, and has appeared on NPR, WABG’s Read More

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January Love List

Here are just a few things we’re loving in our homeschooling — and in our lives — right now (some Amazon affiliate links are included): Books: Z has discovered the Branches early chapter book line from Scholastic. So far he’s loving their Eerie Elementary, Dragon Masters, and Notebook of Doom series. I’ve been reading Meik Wiking’s Read More

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Alternatives to College

This article originally ran in Home|School|Life magazine. by Shawne Taylor There’s been a push over the last 20 years or so for everyone to go to college. Families start planning for it when their children are still in preschool. High School students are pushed to take the hardest classes, fill their transcripts with extracurricular activities Read More

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Ten Reasons Why I Play Minecraft

By now, everyone has heard of Minecraft. And most likely you either have a child who plays the game or know a child who plays the game. But how many parents are playing too? I started playing this year when my now-adult son and my seven year old both asked me to join in. I’d Read More

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Soul Cakes

Youngest son and I made soul cakes today, to take to the World History Grab Bag class that I teach on Mondays with our local homeschool group. We’ll be discussing the history and traditions of Halloween, so it seemed like a great time to get into the kitchen and try out a new (to us) Read More