Iterating on a school year – the results of my own homeschool audit

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This is our final week of homeschool lessons, then we’ll take half a week to complete our standardized testing and joyfully embark on our 7 week summer break, which will include a family wedding, swim lessons, and tennis camp. 3 things that worked this year Learning with friends. Sharing life and learning with likeminded friends is, by far, my favorite part of our homeschool year and a key in our consistency and much of our success. Other kids show up … Read More

High School Hits & Misses: 9th Grade

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Well, we have only 5 weeks left of our first year homeschooling high school. So far, so good. Honestly, I believe the tears sown in the middle school years are reaped as fruit in the high school years. The self-management and independence and work ethic issues we worked out when he was 11-13, and he set his hand to the plow for this year and has done so well. One thing that helps, I believe, is that I did not … Read More

How this school year will make the next better.

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There’s something about that last month of lessons – no matter when that last month is. The paper piles seem higher. The dust and bits seem to multiply from the corners faster. The chaos builds quicker. Maybe when your school year is over you want to totally abandon all structure and routine. Maybe you relish digging into those piles and throwing out as much as possible. Maybe you feel ready to simply peter out and languish on the couch for … Read More

Do a homeschool brain dump.

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Our school year is over and I know many of you are also winding up. There’s something about the last month of lessons – no matter when that last month is. The paper piles seem higher. The dust and bits seem to multiply from the corners faster. The chaos builds quicker. Maybe when your school year is over you want to totally abandon all structure and routine. Maybe you relish digging into those piles and throwing out as much as … Read More