homeschool philosophies and why you don’t need to care
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homeschool philosophies and why you don’t need to care

Let’s get to why I’m writing about homeschool philosophies before a haze falls across your eyes as opaquely as the haze of smoke settling into my mountain valley homestead. I am not going to write a blog that details the homeschool philosophies in education. If you haven’t heard that there’s more than one way to … Continue reading

ten lessons from ten homeschool years
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ten lessons from ten homeschool years

I’ve been around long enough to hit the wall twice. Hit the wall, meaning, I was ready to put my kids into school. That says a lot for someone that is a home education advocate to the core. But I didn’t put them in school. Self-reflection revealed I wasn’t frustrated with homeschooling, I was frustrated … Continue reading

3 guidelines to choosing homeschool curriculum
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3 guidelines to choosing homeschool curriculum

I went to a homeschool conference last spring, and I didn’t buy a thing. I must be… a. No longer homeschooling. b. Already in possession of enough books to occupy a public school library. c. Homeschooling ten years and have learned that I just don’t need it all. C it is! (Oh, and obviously also … Continue reading

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

Everything. Though I have learned to let go of the notion of intentional educational opportunities in the summer, because as a near decade long homeschooler this mama has to take a break. Still, I see the education in most activities. Here are things we do in the summer, and how you might think of them as educational: Kids’ … Continue reading

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two seasons in our home: formal studies and project-based learning (unschooling)

I cannot call myself a true unschooler because there is a season where I pull out the workbooks, insist on essay writing, exponents and French verb conjugations. True unschoolers don’t insist on anything prescribed. I’m sure I’ll change my approach again, but I think I’ve found myself a tried and true balance. One that provides a lot of … Continue reading

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5 suggestions about buying new curriculum

“…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 on discovering individual talents of each child, to put students in an environment where they want to learn and where they can naturally discover their true passions.” Sir … Continue reading