10 Reasons Not to Homeschool

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Perhaps you are two or more weeks into your homeschool year and you’re wondering who thought this was a good idea. Not that you need them, but here are some reasons not to homeschool you might not have thought of yet. Then again, you probably have. At first, homeschooling seems fun and simple. But it ratchets up in intensity the more children are added to the student pool and the older those children get. It’s no longer mornings outside and … Read More

The Best Homeschool Techniques

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Everyone wants to know the best homeschool techniques. That’s what Google is for, right? To tell us. When homeschool days go bad, we wonder if we are missing something or if there are better ways out there we’re missing. We want a lovely homeschool lifestyle, full of laughter and joy and definitely lots of learning – without tears. How’s a homeschool mom to make that happen? These techniques are how I work toward a better homeschool every day. Best Homeschool … Read More

The Importance of a Sense of Humor

A sense of humor is mandatory if we want to escape or recover from homeschool burnout, or even simple motherhood burnout. A homeschool lifestyle requires our attention – and the attention we give our kids will either be critical or humorous. Which do you think will be more effective? Let’s look at how to cultivate our sense of humor. A sense of humor connects us Science has proven it. Laughing together, sharing a joke, being amused at the same thing … Read More

2019-2020 School Year Plan for First Grade (with the youngest!)

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Again with the pesky grade levels. Geneva will be seven in November, and although she would be entering first grade if she were entering school, at home she’s in first-and-a-half grade. Just one more reason to love homeschooling. Math Geneva is already nearly finished with the first Math-U-See book and will likely finish Beta this school year, too. So I have Beta and Gamma ready on the shelf for her. Finishing Beta isn’t a goal I have for her – … Read More

2019-2020 9th Grade Homeschool High School Plans

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My second son is starting high school this year, and I have already this summer seen the hopeful glimmers of the corresponding jump in maturity and responsibility – the kind mothers tend to despair of happening during 7th and 8th grade. When we met after the end of last school year, he had good insight not only into his own preferences, but into what actually helps him do his best work. We brainstormed ways to build in effective accountability and … Read More

2019-2020 Morning Time Plans – without memory work binders

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I’ve written much over the years about our memory work binders. I have loved them, even when the creation of 5 identical hundred-page binders gave me headaches. The headache in the summer was worth it because of the headaches they prevented every school morning (that we did Morning Time). But, their time has passed, with weeping and mourning. I still highly recommend the process and think it’s super helpful. But it no longer fits our goals or our format for … Read More

2019-2020 Homeschool Year Overview

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This will be a different kind of school year. Not all my children will be in my homeschool and I’m not doing any larger classes with other kids (besides our continued mini co-op with another family). My oldest will be taking a full load at the community college with their dual enrollment program. He’ll be out the door (driving himself, praise the Lord) at 6:30am. My youngest has been baby-stepping into school routines and will continue the next few baby … Read More

The best encouragement for homeschool moms.

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So, let’s be honest. How many of you have felt like you’ve failed your kids? Wait, what? I thought this was about encouragement for homeschool moms. It is. Hang with me, here. Before there is good news, we must recognize the bad news. Despite what you see (or interpret to yourself) on social media or during quick greetings at co-ops or church, you are not alone. Ask someone else this question. Ask a mom who has finished her homeschooling years. … Read More

Character Building Is Inescapable

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Yes, life is a story – it is a story God is telling for His own purposes and for His own glory. What does that mean for us? It means we are characters. Each one of us. Especially in homeschool circles we tend to speak of character as something that we create, something that we must form. We seek out curriculums and programs because character is something we want our children to have. But here’s the reality: They already do. … Read More

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