Homeschool High School, 10th Grade Plans | 2018-2019 School Year

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Here we go: Homeschool High School, year 2! First, let me say: If you have a seventh grader (i.e. a 12-year-old) and you’re despairing that he (usually he) will ever be independent or motivated or trustworthy, let me tell you: hang in there, stick it out, hold the line – it will happen. Don’t give up. It will pay off. Usually I post these plans for the year before we begin, but this year that didn’t happen. Instead, we’re in … Read More

Classical Education’s Map (Norms & Nobility Notes, ch. 2 I)

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Part of an ongoing, slow series through David Hick’s Norms and Nobility. Previous: Classical Education: Dialogue Next: Chapter 2, section 2 planned for August 21 In the first section of chapter two, Hicks introduces us to another productive paradox of values in classical education: mythos and logos. However, most of this section reminds us why mythos – the part we as moderns are most likely to ignore and dismiss – is essential to having a culture at all. The logos … Read More

5 Things I Learned in July

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So I’m going to take a page from Anne Bogel and sharing 7 5 things I learned last month as a way to work in a personal, chatty post every so often (well, every month is the plan). Plus – watch for it – I plan to do Quick Lit also and post about July in Books tomorrow. For now, though, here are 7 things I learned in July (because we should, you know, always be learning and growing): #1 … Read More

July in Books

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We all need more book posts in our lives, don’t you think? I thought so. Here’s a new monthly series – and I hope you’ll share your July reads in the comments, too! My book budget, bookshelves, and husband might not thank you for participating, but I do. ;) Books I Finished Well, this is a poor way to start. Unless you count Acts and Romans, I didn’t finish any books in July. Was it July when I finished Deep … Read More

How to use personality to make a better homeschool plan

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Does your homeschool plan take each child’s personality into account (and yours too)? Build a better homeschool plan when you understand personality typing. When my homeschool plan met multiple personalities There was a time where every single one of our homeschool days began with tears. If it wasn’t tears, it was a fight. Why, I wanted to know, was my usually cheerful, obedient, good-natured son breaking down every morning? It made no sense to me, which made me more irritated. … Read More

2018-2019 School Year Plans: 8th Grade Plans for the 13-year-old

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My second son is entering 8th grade. Technically, he has entered it because we began last week. Usually I have all my decisions made by June and all I need to do in the summer is pull the materials and plans together for execution. That was not true this year. We had one piece still under discussion and only received the information we needed to make a decision last week: Our older two boys, 13 & 15, will join NCFCA. … Read More

Classical Education’s Dialogue (Norms & Nobility Notes, ch. 1 IV)

The slow series through Norms and Nobility, section by section. Previous: Classical Education’s Demands, chapter 1, section 3 Next: chapter 2, section 1 planned for July 23 Section 4 of chapter 1 explains that within the classical tradition, there have always been two different types of teachers, two different approaches. Hicks calls them the rhetorician and the philosopher. Both schools agreed that virtue must be taught, that teaching virtue was the aim of education. It was in how to do … Read More

2018-2019 School Year Plans: Elementary Plans for the 8 & 10 year olds

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I suppose my two middle kids would be in 3rd grade and 5th grade respectively, but as homeschoolers we know that such labels mean little when it comes to individual students; and it’s individual students we’re planning for and teaching. These two make a good pair to teach together, like my older two did, during the elementary years. So I’m combining them here in this planning post as well. When I was working through Plan Your Year Autopilot, I made … Read More

2018-2019 School Year Plans: K/1st for the 5 1/2 year-old

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I always feel a little silly putting grades on these planning posts (well, until we get to high school, I guess), because we’re really just doing the next thing, the most appropriate thing, for each child where they are. The grades are a shorthand that help us communicate with one another, but there is no official standard, requirement, or syllabus that comes with a grade level. Nonetheless, my youngest child will be a Kindergarten student (which really shouldn’t even be … Read More

The Magic of Morning & Evening Routines

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My bedroom was a wreck. Again. I might make my bed consistently, but I just can’t keep my room clean. Maybe I should not sigh so much at the children’s bedrooms. Usually, when faced with this situation, I set aside a morning or an afternoon and dig in. I take care of everything and get the room back in order. Then, inevitably, begins the slide all over again. But this time was different. I did not finish the “clean the … Read More

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