Travel during COVID: Everything you need to know about COVID testing on arrival in Anchorage Alaska.

My experience with the COVID testing process on arrival back home to Alaska was quick and painless! I was done with the testing process less than 15 minutes after leaving the plane and I had my negative test results back in two days. Bottom line: If you are traveling to Alaska for a short period…

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How do I get a diploma for my homeschool high schooler? How do homeschoolers get high school diplomas?

Do Homeschoolers need high school diplomas? As I am now homeschooling a high school senior for the third time I thought I would answer a question many homeschoolers of high schoolers ask: How do I get a high school diploma for my homeschooler and do they even need one? The short answer is no. Homeschoolers,…

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Does Rosetta Stone really work for homeschoolers?

PencilTreks would like to thank Sarah Carroll, owner of Main Line French Tutor, for contributing the following guest post, “Does Rosetta Stone Really Work?” Please visit Main Line French Tutor to learn more. As a French teacher for over 15 years, I’ve been asked countless times what I think of Rosetta Stone language learning software. …

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Denali Park Hotel is a family and pet friendly hotel. It's a great hotel near Denali National Park.

Many people are absolutely shocked at the cost of hotels near Denali National Parks. To be honest hotels near any national park are expensive, but Denali seems to be even more so. Nevertheless, Denali Park Hotel offers clean, comfortable and charming accommodations at a family friendly price. Where is Denali Park Hotel? Located along the…

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Creating a mess free homeschool art area

As a follow up to my last post I thought I would talk a little bit on the dreaded topic of homeschool art messiness. Art is so important to a homeschool education because it fosters creativity and gives kids a great non-verbal way to express themselves. At the same time it is no secret that…

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What is the best homeschool art curriculum?

I originally posted my general method of teaching art in the homeschool as a guest blogger for the Inspired Mrs. L.. Here, I will update this elements of art based approach and add in some more details. This will give homeschoolers a bit more guidance in how to include homeschool art. Let’s start with some…

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We Moved to Alaska! A beautiful view of mountains and a link for penciltreks.com a travel and homeschool website

So here we are. We did it. We moved to Alaska. If you have been following our adventure all along you know what a journey it has been. If you haven’t then read my first post— we started this journey back in July with no idea where it would lead. It all happened so randomly.…

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Get some extra superfoods in your diet with this recipe for Your Super Baked Apples which honestly is great in fall OR winter.

Your Super Baked Apples While we are enjoying the first snowfall of the season here in Alaska, the lower 48 is in the height of autumn so I thought I would share my Your Super Baked Apple recipe which honestly is great in fall OR winter. SO where ever you are and whatever the season…

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The story of Benny Benson and the Alaska State Flag are a great way to see Seward with Kids

We had a great day yesterday in the beautiful port of Seward. We met with local vendors and got an up close look at all there is to see and do there. Whenever I do a research trip somewhere I always try to find a variety of options for all different travel styles, interests and…

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Mooseakas Serbian restaurant in Denali offers exceptional food right outside the park

One of the great things about living in the United States is that decades of immigrants from around the world have brought a wide array of international cuisine. Alaska is no exception. From an abundance of Thai cuisine to exquisite Philippine restaurants, Alaska boasts an incredibly diverse culinary scene. In fact, nestled in a cluster…

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