when you buy new homeschool curriculum: 5 clever suggestions

When you buy new homeschool curriculum, how do you know what you should buy? This all depends on how we understand what an education is anyway. “…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…

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why kids don’t need school socialization & why they need you instead

This summer I learned what my kids don’t need from a school: socialization. What I don’t provide my children at home (but schools can): marimbas, of every size, shape, or number. I don’t lead a children’s choir (nor could I). I don’t have a drama club (though I probably could). And I don’t oversee two hundred…

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why my family homeschools: the book (& the 8 reasons) that convinced me in one week

I was asked why I homeschool, again. Sigh. (How not to answer in essay format.) After eleven years, I have so many reasons now. So how do I be succinct? This is why my family homeschools. And I share the book (& the 8 reasons) that convinced me in one week. Why my family homeschools?…

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Homeschool Year-End Review

Every year I finish the homeschool year kinda lackluster. And you know what? I’m good with that. I recognize it for what it is: a season. (In this post, you’ll discover my approach to addressing the year-end: a Homeschool Year-End Review). Because, seriously, what are the chances I’m gonna love every dang minute of this…

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How to Facilitate Child-Led Learning in your Homeschool

There are things I want to impart to my kids, no question. But learning doesn’t necessarily happen because I said something out loud, or because I have the kids read through a passage, narrate a passage, do the math worksheet, complete the lab report, or watch the video. There were some days, I expected them…

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How does Brene Brown’s Atlas of the Heart Influence my Homeschool

Brene Brown’s Atlas of the Heart hearkens the homeschool mama to listen to her heart (& her kids’ hearts). Once upon a time, a friend introduced me to Brene Brown’s initial TedTalk. And that introduction changed my life. Quite literally. It changed my mind, my approach to myself, and to others. So how does Brene…

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