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…

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How to capture your charmed homeschool (& address your challenges)

Everyone who homeschools hopes it’ll benefit their kids, by enabling success and motivation, but what do you do when homeschool isn’t working? We can quickly see the benefits and the charms of this lifestyle. (Because there are so many freedoms, but sometimes something isn’t working in our homeschool.) So how to capture your charmed homeschool…

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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.…

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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…

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

Can you get rid of the spelling program and teach the kids to spell anyway? (Because I have. And I can tell you what I’ve learned about ditching the spelling program.) How to teach spelling to kids? Let’s chat. A new-to-homeschool mama asked me: “Do you have any advice on how to teach a child…

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