how to deal with dashed homeschool expectations

We need to attend to our dashed homeschool expectations. No question, the parenting experience isn’t entirely as we imagined it would before we birthed our first children. Neither is homeschooling after our first year. In both camps, I have had far more frustration and confounding moments than I conceived were possible. And in both camps,…

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Great Expectations: My Homeschool Life in Fairy Tales

The fairytale of the little girls in the white dresses, living happily ever after, well, I’m still searching for that. I’ve learned that little girls in lacy white dresses get dirty. And that mom does a lot of laundry. It’s been my experience that parenting is like that: at times, the fantasy fades. In the…

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Self-Directed Learning: the Art of Independent Homeschooling

Self-directed learning: a new term evolving from the unschool movement. I’ve spent my early homeschool years lapping up all things John Holt and John Taylor Gatto. I even radically unschooled for six solid months until the three youngest kids were bored and wanted something more. We gradually transitioned to a self-directed learning. For a long…

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How to Simplify Your Homeschool Life & Find Your Thing

Simplify your homeschool life. WHY make homeschool simple? Cause you got no time for complicated. And complexity ain’t fun. First of all, we can’t do all the things. So, don’t try. Here are principles to live by in your homeschool life: 1. Don’t overthink it. Homeschooling isn’t that hard. No, it’s not. No really, it’s not. (Parenting…

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the Homeschool Home & the life-changing magic of tidying up

Simplifying life & enacting dietary changes is a typical January goal every year. Perhaps you are one of the 3 million that has purchased the book, “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: the Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing” by Marie Kondo. She’s the samurai of tidy. We can learn from the Samurai warrior of cleaning up.…

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Dedicated to You, Homeschool Mama: Today is an Ordinary Miracle

Do this homeschool thing long enough and you’ll begin to take it for granted. You’ll take for granted the ordinary miracle of your homeschool days, the freedoms, the children, the lifestyle. Recognize that there’s no homeschool utopia, there are a whole bunch of ordinary miracles in our homeschool lives. There’s nothing like an ordinary day…

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