Keeping Track in a Busy Homeschool Day
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There’s a lot to keep track of when you’re homeschooling multiple kids. Chores, reading, math, writing, and various other activities all require some kind of accountability. If we think our kids don’t need accountability, we’re going to have a sad wakeup call eventually. They do need it. If we don’t care enough to check up on them and the quality and consistency of their work – regularly – they will not care enough to do it. And then the problem … Read More

SY 2017-2018: First Week Report
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July heat is upon us and for our family that means back to school! The way our year-round homeschool schedule works, we school for 6 week terms with a week off in between. On top of those break weeks, we take December entirely off as well as 6-8 weeks (depending on when we end in May and when 4th of July lands) in the early summer. This works for us because the weather is gorgeous in May and June and … Read More

9th Grade – Homeschooling High School | 2017-2018 School Year
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Crazy times. My oldest will begin high school this year. Our state has a program whereby high school junior and seniors can attend the community college as dual enrollment students, and it’s our plan to take advantage of that program. Both my husband and I graduated high school with an AA through our local community college, and it was a good experience for us both. All signs seem to indicate it will also be a good fit for our oldest, … Read More

Seventh Grade, second round | 2017-2018 School Year
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My second child enters 7th grade this year – crazy. But the good news is that I was about 85% happy with the 7th grade plan I created for my oldest, so all I had to do this time around was find solutions to the parts I didn’t like. If you’re curious what didn’t work for us in 7th grade, I wrote about that. Middle School Priorities As homeschooling moms, we have the ability (and necessity!) to plan not just … Read More

What Worked & What Didn’t for Our Elementary Kids
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So in my last post I shared what did and didn’t work for my middle school boys, and today it’s all about my elementary middle kids. This last year I had a precocious (in all but handwriting) first grader and a third grader. Next year will mostly be a continuation, because now on my third and fourth time teaching this age, I have pared down to what matters, figured out what works, and become more consistent. Even so, it’s helpful … Read More

Homeschooling Middle School Boys: What Worked & What Didn’t This Year
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When you hop in the driver’s seat, it’s always a good idea to first glance up at the rearview mirror and adjust it. It needs to be at just the right angle so you can see what’s coming up. Yes, you look behind you to see what’s coming. It’s easy to get fixated on the view through the windshield – what’s ahead?! Where should I go? What turn should I take? Is that a red light or a green light? … Read More

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