Elementary Lessons: Our Mini Homeschool Co-op
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I always thought I wasn’t a homeschool co-op sort of person. I’m an introvert. I have my own very strong opinions about what is and what isn’t a waste of time. And I hate being overscheduled or overcommitted. Moreover, I think kids should have plenty of free, unstructured play time – why not schedule play days instead of extracurricular school activities? However, it turns out I have a homeschool co-op. Kinda. It’s a mini co-op, and it provides accountability and … Read More

What’s the difference between school & education?
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I was intrigued with a tagline I saw online awhile ago: Don’t let school get in the way of your education. I sympathize. We make distinctions by saying we home educate rather than homeschool. We say “school-at-home” dismissively. Why do we do this? Is there a difference? What is the difference? Should we prefer the word educate? Should we eschew the word school? Let’s look at the words, their meanings, and their history while exploring what it is we’re trying … Read More

Year-Round Homeschooling Schedule: Break Week FAQ
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We have observed a year-round school calendar from the very beginning, 9 1/2 years ago. We begin our school year in July, do school in 6-week terms with a break between terms, taking off all of December and June. Read more: The Secret of Year-Round Homeschooling For us, the regular breaks – none of which are too long – help keep us refreshed and motivated without going through extended breaks which require lots of review time when we return to … Read More

Top Books for Homeschooling Moms
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There are so many books out there. How do we choose what to read? Should we read only in “our field”? Even in the homeschool category, there are so many books! And I’ve checked out our library’s selection. Not all of them are worth reading. We have limited time to read. We want to bring our best selves to this game of homeschooling. What’s a homeschool mom supposed to read? Here are my short lists in the categories I’ve read … Read More

5 Tips for Tutoring Writing
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Fourteen years ago, a fresh English major graduate, I was hired by a group of homeschool moms to teach their middle schoolers how to write and tutor writing with them one-on-one. They gave me the original IEW teacher-training VHS tapes and 3-ring binder, and I gave it a shot. A couple weeks later I had a stack of student paragraphs, which I stared at blankly. Sure, they had their adverb openers and they had retold the fable, but was that … Read More

Homeschooling is an art.
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Applying formulas will not work. But something does need to be applied: ourselves. We don’t need more tactics, different set-ups, or a new curriculum. We need a new attitude, a new approach – not in what we’re doing, but how we’re thinking about it. In Home Education, Charlotte Mason wrote that “Mothers owe a ‘thinking love’ to their Children”: We are waking up to our duties and in proportion as mothers become more highly educated and efficient, they will doubtless … Read More

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