5 suggestions about buying new curriculum
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5 suggestions about buying new curriculum

“…education doesn’t need to be reformed — it needs to be transformed. The key to this transformation is not to standardize education, but to personalize it, to build achievement on discovering individual talents of each child, to put students in an environment where they want to learn and where they can naturally discover their true … Continue reading

3 guidelines to choosing homeschool curriculum
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3 guidelines to choosing homeschool curriculum

I went to a homeschool conference last spring, and I didn’t buy a thing. I must be… a. No longer homeschooling. b. Already in possession of enough books to occupy a public school library. c. Homeschooling a very long time and have learned that I just don’t need it all. C it is! (Oh, and … Continue reading

homeschool readalouds we love
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homeschool readalouds we love

There’s nothing like a readaloud to remind us why we love homeschooling. The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba & Bryan Mealer. It’s been five years since we travelled to rural Ghana, five plane flights, four kids, boxes of dried pudding and a full sized chocolate bars for kids’ Halloween treats. This story … Continue reading

unschooling for the uninitiated
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unschooling for the uninitiated

Unschooling, or as some call it, child-directed learning, eclectic homeschooling, relaxed homeschooling, or self-directed learning…what other phrase describes the notion of letting go and just letting the kids learn? And by the way, that’s the reason to talk about unschooling. Unschooling helps us let go of the control in our child’s education, and juts let … Continue reading

Homeschooling Teenagers
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Homeschooling Teenagers

Devise a plan for engaging emotional challenges with your teens.  Teresa Wiedrick You know why? So you’re not just reacting. Not that I would know what I’m talking about… (PS I’m in the thick of this myself, so I may or may not be researching, devising, experimenting, and experimenting again, with these strategies.) These thoughts can … Continue reading

Supporting New Homeschooling Families with Teenagers
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Supporting New Homeschooling Families with Teenagers

Assume that your teens’ aptitudes and curiosities have purpose and long-term value. Teresa Wiedrick We haven’t done what everyone else has done so far, so we’re not going to start now. (Stuff parents of teenagers say…) Here’s what I’ve learned about helping homeschool teenagers: Be super flexible. Teenagers want to be separate from you, so … Continue reading