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I Made Play-Doh!

Ok ok, I know that making play-doh is not a huge deal as far as homeschool crafts go, but it was the first one that I have attempted and it came out amazingly well, so i’m proud of myself and inspired to try our next project! Continue reading I Made Play-Doh!

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Super Piñata Activity for Toddlers

If you’re looking for a toddler friendly activity to provide hours of entertainment, here’s a great one!

Piñatas are huge here in Nicaragua. Every major holiday event seems to involve a swarm of kids swatting a hard stick at each other’s heads as they dive in the dirt for candy. Luna is still intimidated by the crazy scene and I’m not thrilled about the bags of disgusting candy we end up with afterwards. But piñatas are too fun to give up for those reasons alone.

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To Homeschool?

I’m a nerd, a school lover. I enjoyed going to class for the most part. I was self-motivated to work hard and proud of my straight A’s through most of middle and high school. I attended a prestigious, top ranked public high school thanks to my parents moving to an affluent community for just that purpose. I took it for granted of course, until entering college and comparing myself to others, realizing how much better prepared I was than many.

Now I’m the parent living in a place that couldn’t be much more different than where I grew up. Nicaragua is the second poorest country in Latin America  (after Haiti). Illiteracy is rampant and the local schools outside the cities are atrocious. Imagine underfunded 1 or 2 room elementary schools with barely adequate classrooms taught by mostly untrained teachers who only show up 50% of the days school should be in session, to write lessons on the board that students just copy. The local non-profit that we support is striving for improvements but I’m not going to waste my kids’ time. Continue reading To Homeschool?