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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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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curiosity and education: how to facilitate it

Two guys played in their garage tinkering with computer stuff for years: they became rather successful. Do you know who they are? You’re very possibly holding their Apple product in your hand. Curiosity and education: we know they work hand-in-hand. A good long while ago, there was also a curious artist and scientist who wondered…

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What about gaps in my child’s home education?

Let’s talk about gaps in our kids’ home education. We can homeschool beyond doubt, uncertainty, and that not-good-enough feeling when we get clear on the question, “What makes you question whether your kids’ education isn’t good enough?” So what about gaps in my child’s home education? These infamous things called gaps: what even are they?…

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