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

homeschool: child-led learning
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homeschool: child-led learning

“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

homeschool mama self-care: living the balanced life
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homeschool mama self-care: living the balanced life

Living the balanced life + homeschooling = Oxymoron? Lots of juggling. Lots of interruptions. Lots of squirmishes. Too busy, they say. (Hard to argue.) Not a lot of hours in the day unaccounted for. (Definitely true.) A generous share of time devoted to kid’s struggles, complaints, arguments. A generous share of time devoted to math, writing, languages, current affairs … Continue reading

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The one parenting struggle I’d rather live without.

There is one parenting struggle I would gladly live without. You could remove it from my life and I would not care, but I would definitely notice.  If I could live without it, I might even give up coffee, travelling adventures and chocolate. Ok, no…not all of that…but I would give up coffee. It is this: … Continue reading

doubt in your homeschool choice
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doubt in your homeschool choice

Doubt: that five letter word that occasionally occupies parents minds when they choose a less than conventional educational route for their children. Really though, you don’t have to be a homeschool parent to have parenting doubts. Have a child? Have doubts. Am I giving him what he needs? Am I influencing him in the right … Continue reading

the homeschool diet
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the homeschool diet

Everyone eats differently. I know I couldn’t possibly represent everyone’s diet JUST because they homeschool. Most homeschoolers’ goals are to equip our children’s brains to enable them to learn and build those neural networks. How to do that? French Kids Eat Everything, the memoir by Karen Le Billon, was an inspiration in my early parenting. … Continue reading