how to homeschool more than one grade: a tale of four grades
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how to homeschool more than one grade: a tale of four grades

I don’t have four kids homeschooling anymore. But for many years, I did. I have four children. Let me tell you about them. I have a teenager, finishing her final year of high school, who is very much as independent as a college student, waking herself for early morning online classes, tracking her study hours, … Continue reading

the basics of the charlotte mason homeschool philosophy
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the basics of the charlotte mason homeschool philosophy

I am, I can, I ought, I will. Charlotte Mason The above quote is directly taken from Charlotte Mason’s words. She suggested that kids do what they set their minds to. We used it as a daily affirmation in circle time for years. Before we officially took the kids out of school to home educate, … Continue reading

5 suggestions about buying new curriculum
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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 … Continue reading

unschooling for the uninitiated
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unschooling for the uninitiated

Unschooling, or as some call it, child-directed learning, eclectic homeschooling, relaxed homeschooling, or self-directed learning…what other phrase describes the notion of letting go and just letting the kids learn? And by the way, that’s the reason to talk about unschooling. Unschooling helps us let go of the control in our child’s education, and juts let … Continue reading

how to facilitate child-led learning in your homeschool
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how to facilitate child-led learning in your homeschool

“A schooled education is a mile wide and an inch deep.” 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 the kids read through a passage, or they watched a video clip. Some days, I expected them to be like … Continue reading

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trying to capture the charmed life

I’d found a folded paper on the floor of the school desk ahead of me. It was a poem written in calligraphic script. “If I had to raise my child all over again, I’d build self-esteem first, and the house later. I’d finger paint more, and point the finger less. I would do less correcting … Continue reading