the two seasons in our homeschool

There are seasons of homeschooling in my homeschool. There’s a project season. And there’s an unschool season. But first, you need to know this about me: I haven’t always homeschooled. I haven’t always scheduled six months of formal studies. I haven’t always radically unschooled. I haven’t always used Charlotte Mason principles. Nor have I held…

Read More

How to Capture your Charmed Homeschool (and address our challenges)

Everyone who homeschools hopes it’ll benefit their kids, successful and motivating. They quickly see the benefits, the charms, of this lifestyle. But how do we capture our charmed homeschool over the long-term if we don’t know how to engage the challenges? Challenges like… What does it mean to be a teacher and a mom? Do…

Read More

structuring a thirteen year old’s academic education

Structuring a home education for a thirteen-year-old? Your thirteen-year-old and MY thirteen-year-old aren’t the same. In fact, I’ve had three thirteen-year-olds living in the same family and they aren’t the same either. So take my suggestions with a grain of salt, but gather ideas. You can’t teach the same way to each child. They’re different.…

Read More

how to structure a twelve year old’s personalized homeschool education

Structuring a home education for a twelve-year-old? Your twelve-year-old and MY twelve-year-old aren’t the same. In fact, I’ve had four twelve-year-olds living in the same family and they aren’t the same either. So take my suggestions with a grain of salt, but gather your ideas for your twelve-year-old. You can’t teach the same way to…

Read More

get rid of the spelling program and teach the kids to spell anyway

How to teach your homeschool kiddo spelling? A new-to-homeschool mama asked me: “Do you have any advice on how to teach a child spelling? My daughter is a terrible speller. She loves to write stories, but I can’t even read them because the words are so badly spelled. I have tried All About Spelling, but…

Read More