New to Homeschool? Here’s how to spend eighteen years with your kids
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New to Homeschool? Here’s how to spend eighteen years with your kids

New to Homeschool? Here’s how to spend eighteen years with your kids. I don’t mean the years where half the day is spent finding everything for their backpack, dropping them and their permission forms off at school for 0830, then seeing them again at 3. I mean eighteen years, 8 am – 3 pm included. I … Continue reading

episode #8: what is an education anyways?
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episode #8: what is an education anyways?

What is an Education anyways? Why you homeschool matters more than how you homeschool. But why you homeschool is very influenced by what you think an education is anyway. Teresa Wiedrick So what is an education anyways? What I’ve come to understand the goal for an education: An education is enabling a human to live … Continue reading

Teach Your Own
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Teach Your Own

Teach your own? Really? I taught a homeschool co-op class of twenty 8 to 14 year olds about Africa. I asked my teacher-turned-homeschool-mom friend to teach me everything she knows about classroom management in five minutes. (She was a schoolteacher before her homeschool days). Turns out, classroom management skills weren’t required because the kids were … Continue reading

fresh from the homestead: keeping Chickens
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fresh from the homestead: keeping Chickens

I spent ten years reading, researching, and anticipating chicken keeping. I might have been as excited to meet my chick babies as I was my human babies. Turns out, they have been very easy to care for and I didn’t need to spend ten years researching. I’ve raised three batches of laying hens, enjoyed learning … Continue reading

summer homeschool ideas: what is an education in summer?
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summer homeschool ideas: what is an education in summer?

What is an education in summer? I have learned to let go of academics in the summer. After thirteen years homeschooling, I need a break. This is the season to dabble in project-based learning or unschooling. Learning opportunities abound.  Here are things we have done in summer. Are they entertainment or learning opportunities? Kids’ summer … Continue reading

If you’re considering homeschooling: what about socialization?
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If you’re considering homeschooling: what about socialization?

What’s the most important thing new homeschoolers need to know? Early on as homeschoolers, we most frequently hear the questions:  Are homeschool academics adequate? Will the children be socialized? Years later, my own top two questions are: If I’m homeschooling, how do I ensure time for myself? (Because parenting every moment of the day expends a … Continue reading