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4 Long Audiobooks to Keep You Sane on Roadtrips With Kids

Ever since we’ve discovered audiobooks car rides have gone to being insanity inducing to actually pretty pleasant (as long as our 1-year-old isn’t screaming).  Our older two kids (ages 7 and 5) are completely enthralled with audio books, they are literally one of the best parenting “hacks” I’ve found.

So as we get ready to take a trip down to the Oregon coast, I’m thinking of which of our favorites to listen to next. I thought I would share some of the audio books that we enjoyed the most in case you too are bravely embarking on a road trip with kids and need some inspiration. Continue reading

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Interest-Led Learning: Making Homeschooling Fun Again

Isn’t it amazing how knowledgeable your children are in their areas of interest? Your dinosaur enthusiast can name dozens of prehistoric species that you haven’t even heard of, and your dancer loves to talk about famous ballets and their composers. Wouldn’t it be nice to incorporate some of that enthusiasm into your homeschooling?

Interest-led learning is an approach to homeschooling that seeks to do just that; it can augment any curriculum you’re currently following or be used as a complete educational method. The guiding principle is to bring your children into contact with fascinating resources and experiences, igniting their natural drive to learn. Here are some ways to harness the power of curiosity in your home education program. Continue reading

You are the average of the 5 parents you know best

Most people don’t put thought into forming friendships and let friendships move along organically. Certain friendships progress while others die away because of lack of chemistry, or whatever mystical force that makes friendships thrive.

Sometimes we hang out with a friend a feel uplifted by their positive attitude while on the other hand a more negative friend brings down everyone around them. Continue reading

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RV Roadtripping with Heather (Podcast)

RV Road Tripping with Heather on Homeschool Travel Connect

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Hi, you are listening to Homeschool Travel Connect. This is a podcast all about homeschooling families who travel or living internationally. Today, I’m talking with Heather who spent six weeks driving through 15 states with three kids, including a baby who was two months old. Heather shares a bunch of really great tips and tricks for anyone that is looking into RV travel, so stay tuned for that. And if you want to find her or traveling homeschoolers, make sure to join our Facebook group, Homeschool Travel Connect. If you want to find some links to the sites we reference in this podcast, go to sleepdeprivedinseattle.com/podcast which is my blog. That is sleepdeprivedinseattle.com/podcast. Alright, so without further ado, here is Heather talking about road tripping with her family. We start with my amazement of her bravery with traveling with a two-month-old.

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Day in the Life of a Homsechooler

We are not a family that ever thought we would homeschool. So I think it’s taken us longer to figure out what works for us and what doesn’t, and I’m sure we will still keep learning as we go.

When we first started homeschooling, these “See Me Homeschool” and “Homeschool Day in the Life” posts were so fascinating to me. I think they were actually one of the most helpful resources I found. I’m a person that learns by doing so seeing other people doing homeschooling was a lot easier for me to grasp than reading about it. Continue reading

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Kid Friendly Rentals in Lake Como, Italy

Italy is a wonderful place to travel with kids. Honestly, most rentals are kid friendly in Italy. Some of course, more than others.

Lake Como is in the Northern part of Italy and it’s a popular destination for vacationing European families. It hasn’t been discovered so much by Americans, so it’s not so overcrowded like more popular destinations like Cinque Terre.

I would recommend skipping the hustle and bustle of large cities when traveling with young kids in Italy. The Italy countryside is so beautiful and perfect for kids it would be a travesty to miss it. Setting up base in a nice Lake Como rental and then doing day trips to big cities like Milan is a great way to go. Continue reading

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How to Learn Spanish in 17 Days

Learning a language is something most of us want to do. Yet it’s something we never get around to. We buy the Rosetta stone, listen to a few lessons and then stop.

My theory is that we stop because:

  1. We see no progress
  2. We have no feedback

Progress and feedback are crucial to learning, and without them it feels like you are stumbling around in the dark. Continue reading

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Making an Indoor Kids Gym

I don’t know about you but living in Seattle sometimes puts me and the kids into a stir crazy mood. I’m not sure if you know this but it rains here. It’s not as much as people think, but it’s enough to not be able to go outside sometimes.

This is an issue even if your kids go to school, but when you homeschool everything is multiplied. Kids are home more often, therefore more craziness. Continue reading

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Homeschooler Homeswap: A New Way to Travel

 

Homeswaps have been around for a long time. Most people saw The Holiday and all the magic involved of leaving everything behind and living a different life for a couple of weeks.

As parents, we need to be more careful about these types of things, and homeswapping isn’t a travel tool we use very often.

Yet, with the popularity of Airbnb, we are all getting used to staying in other people’s homes. Homeswapping just takes this a little further and has those people stay in our home. The best part? You stay for free.

While with Airbnb you will be paying over a thousand for a week in most major cities, home swapping has no payment. The trick is to be flexible enough to find a family to swap with you. Continue reading

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11 Things to Do in Northern Italy With Kids

My husband is an Italian citizen, so a trip to Italy has always been inevitable. Although we don’t have any relatives living there right now, there’s always a drive to show your kids the country of your heritage.

We combined our trip to Italy with our trip to Switzerland by driving to the Lake Como area from Lucerne. Google maps may tell you the trip will only take a few hours, but Google maps has not seen the windy Italian roads.

We finally arrived at our destination, Trezzone, Italy, later than we expected. In typical Italian fashion the check in process was very informal for our rental. Read: I’m not sure they were expecting us. But all worked out in the end. Continue reading