the slump month: how to incorporate play into your homeschool day
family life / homeschool planning / homeschooling / self-directed learning / what is an education

the slump month: how to incorporate play into your homeschool day

The homeschool slump month demands a shift in routine. Easiest way to get buy-in from the kids when you’re trying to counter the slump month? Incorporate play into your day. Y’all know it’s the end of February and routine is getting a little too…well, routine. Since this is about halfway into the season of candy, … Continue reading

homeschool fatigue: how to deal with the winter blues
family life / homeschooling / self-care-practices / self-directed learning

homeschool fatigue: how to deal with the winter blues

Homeschool fatigue: tis the season to deal with the winter blues. The anticipation of new September plans has definitely disappeared. Christmas decorations have been packed away, though the outdoor lights are still on. The skies are dreary grey and routine seems, well, routine. This is the slump month. Thus begins the season of homeschool fatigue. … Continue reading

unschooling Christmas studies
book reviews / christmas / homeschool planning / reading, writing, rithmetic / self-directed learning

unschooling Christmas studies

Unschooling Christmas studies: a necessity at Christmas break? Not sure if we’re gearing down because we’re mentally gearing up for Christmas, but it seems to me that keeping everyone’s attention is getting more challenging. I don’t think it’s the increased sweets factor, the candy canes coming from every direction, the Hershey’s almond kisses, the gingerbread cookies … Continue reading

Christmas wish list: Brain Food for a kinesthetic, builder learner
christmas / self-directed learning

Christmas wish list: Brain Food for a kinesthetic, builder learner

Lego. (You knew I would add this product.) It’s so versatile, facilitates curiosity, and gets boys and girls thinking. Since it’s made of some form of hard plastic, I’m pretty sure this statement is accurate: a toy for the ages. Gravitrax. A new fascination of my eleven year old son’s. Building, physics concepts, creativity: it … Continue reading

entering homeschool high school
adolescence / homeschool in British Columbia / homeschool planning / homeschooling / self-directed learning

entering homeschool high school

Transition to homeschool high school There’s a bracing moment in each homeschool mama’s world where she realizes that the homeschooled kiddos aren’t staying kiddos forever. They are moving on, moving up, growing into their own persons and deciding to approach their lives independently.  Despite fully acknowledging that I knew I wasn’t going to be ‘mommy’ … Continue reading

homeschool: the traditional season
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homeschool: the traditional season

The homeschool traditional season looks like school. …In that we have formal study hours and are expected to do stuff… Otherwise, what the stuff is depends on who the kid is, what their goals are and what our goals are for them too. The study day begins at 0830. The kids meet in the Great … Continue reading