Internet Safety Tips for Teens and Tweens

If asked, every parent would say they want to keep their kids safe online. However, statistics have shown that children are more and more at risk online than ever before. Teens and tweens are more at risk than any other age due to the fact they have increased independence, and are more likely to seek out relationships online.

So, what is the secret to keeping our teens and tweens safe online? Educating our children about the dangers online can be done a few simple ways. Here are a few internet safety tips for teens and tweens.

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How Much Does Homeschooling Cost?

One of the most common questions I hear from those interested in homeschooling is “How much does homeschooling cost?” The answer is always the same, “How much do you want it to cost?”

Homeschooling is a choice. You are choosing to educate your children at home. The reasons why you made that choice will vary, but the bottom line is when you homeschool, the ball is in YOUR court. You get to decide how much homeschooling is going to cost you.

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Creating Independent Learners

As homeschool parents, we are responsible for our children’s education. WE take on that responsibility oftentimes when our children are young. By the time they reach middle school we are educating younger siblings, and may be getting overwhelmed with the responsibility of educating so many different grades.
At this point it may be time to start easing our children into independent learning.  This is an important thing for our children to learn. Independent learning can help them learn responsibility, prepare them for college, and helps them truly engage in the material.

But how can we create independent learners?

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Homeschooling is a Lifestyle Choice

When I first began homeschooling I had no idea how quickly I would become passionate about it. Homeschooling has turned into a way of life. I am sure the same can be said for many of you. Homeschooling is a lifestyle choice. NOT just an education choice.


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Fall Learning Activities

Fall is my favorite time of the year. I love the beauty that surrounds this season, and one of our favorite things is to enjoy the evenings as the temps die down. As homeschoolers, we can take the fall season and turn it into learning activities. Here are some of our favorite Fall Learning Activities.

Fall Scavenger Hunt

This is something I enjoy doing with my kids each year. You can create a printable list of items found in nature during fall. Or, you can find one on the internet and print it out :). Ours includes different color leaves, acorns, blades of grass, and other misc items. This is a great activity for preschoolers and early elementary students.

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Misty Bailey is a wife to Roger and a homeschool mom to three. She loves helping new homeschoolers and has a free Homeschool 101 eBook for those getting started. She shares her struggles with time management, becoming unglued and finding joy in the everyday moments on her blog Joy in the Journey.

Preschool Fun With Mega Blocks!

In just about every home in America you can find something called mega blocks. Young children love playing with mega blocks! But did you know mega blocks can also be educational? If you have a preschooler they are the perfect hands-on learning tool! Here are a few ways that you can have fun with your preschooler and mega blocks.


Layout the mega blocks on the floor and have your child try to balance himself as he crosses the plank. Another fun game to try is using sharks or other plastic animals on each side of the bridge let the children take turns balancing the toys as they cross along the bridge.


this is the perfect game for young preschoolers. Dump the blocks and call out a color. See if your children can find the quality said. He did this a few different times in different colors you can also let your children take turns calling out the colors. Have the children try building certain color towers. Or even sorting the blocks by colors.


once a child has mastered their colors learning patterns is a typical next step. Start this out by modeling a pattern. For example red blue red blue. Save your child can finish the pattern. Once you have done typical two color patterns you can move on to three and eventually four color patterns with your mega blocks.


how many blocks can your child put in there tower? How high can you build a tower? Practice making different size towers with your child then count the blocks in each tower. You can also say count the colors that you’ve sorted. How many blue box do you have? How about red? Kelsey megabucks teaches a child one-to-one ratio and helps them enhance their counting skills.

Size and Measurement

You can teach big/small and tall/short with mega blocks! Make different size towers and ask which one is bigger and which one is smaller. Another idea is to try and make a tower as big as one of the children, then have them stand next to it and ask which is taller? Have a few of the children “measure” themselves next to the tower. Ask them are any of your friends taller than the tower?

Studies have found that children learn best through hands on experiences and by playing. These are just a few ways that you and your preschooler can have fun with mega blocks!

Making Family Read Alouds Fun!

Reading aloud together as a family is a great way to build family bonds. However, reading aloud is not always fun for mom and kids. The key to a successful family read aloud is making it fun for all involved. How can you do that?

Choose Wisely

Choose a book that everyone will enjoy. There are great classics out there that the whole family will enjoy.  Don’t choose a book that is over the youngest heads, but don’t choose a book that is too babyish for the oldest. The key is a perfect balance, which is often times found in the classics like Charlotte’s Web, Little House, Anne of Green Gables, and others.

Time it Accordingly

The family read aloud time needs to be at a time when the whole family is home and relaxed. This is often times before bed. But, it doesn’t have to be. Family dinner table may be a great choice, at breakfast before dad leaves for work is another option. You want to time family reads a loud at a time that works best for everyone. This will be a different time for every family, so choose the time that works best in YOUR home.

Make it lively!

Change your voice with the characters in the book. Let your voice show your excitement or disappointment. Stop at a place where it leaves everyone on the edge of their seat. Monotone voices are NOT the way to do family read a loud. You want them to be fun, upbeat, and engaging.

Encourage Conversation

Talk about the book before and after reading. What do they remember from the day before? Who are the main characters? What do they think are going to happen next? These types of questions get a discussion going and encourage conversation between family members. That is a great way to connect and bond.

Family read aloud time does not have to be “boring” choose a book that the whole family will enjoy, read at a time that works best for YOUR house, make the time lively and encourage conversation. These are the key to successful family read aloud time.

Author Bio: Misty Bailey and her husband have been married for over a decade and have three beautiful children. She shares her struggles with time management, becoming unglued, homeschooling and finding joy in the everyday moments on her blog Joy in the Journey.