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