do you know how to take a summer break?

Why is it I’m in the thick of a sizzling summer, lakes surrounding our community, beaches minutes away, waterparks in abundance, but I still want to do homeschool readalouds? When, instead, we could spend our days leisurely playing at a watering hole. Is it my deeply embedded desire to school year-round? Is it a deep-seated anxiety…

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Capturing your Charmed Homeschool: Homeschool Mentoring Group

capturing the charmed homeschool: creating clarity, confidence and vision in your homeschool

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Homeschool: Self-Directed Learning & Free Play

Do we allow self-directed learning (aka free play) in our homeschools? More importantly, do we recognize that free play is actually learning? Cause you and I both know that if we can understand whether our children are actually learning while they’re playing, we are just fine with them playing a whole lot more and we’re…

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Self-Directed Learning: the Art of Independent Homeschooling

Self-directed learning: a new term evolving from the unschool movement. I’ve spent my early homeschool years lapping up all things John Holt and John Taylor Gatto. I even radically unschooled for six solid months until the three youngest kids were bored and wanted something more. We gradually transitioned to a self-directed learning. For a long…

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what you need to know about unschooling

Unschooling, or as some call it, child-directed learning, interest-led 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 them learn…

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unschooling Christmas studies

Unschooling Christmas studies: a necessity at Christmas break? Not sure if we’re gearing down because we’re mentally gearing up for Christmas, but it seems to me that keeping everyone’s attention is getting more challenging. I don’t think it’s the increased sweets factor, the candy canes coming from every direction, the Hershey’s almond kisses, the gingerbread cookies…

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