Books that Changed My View of Education

    Books have always been a huge part of my life. Not too long ago I wrote post about books that had a lasting impact on my life, which got me thinking about books that have affected change on the way I homeschool. Sometimes I read a book and immediately know that its story has impacted my core values. Other times it takes a while for the value of the narrative to sink in. …

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An Honest Assessment

I shared over on Instagram that it’s Laurel’s assessment day. Meaning, she has to complete a series of tests highlighting her abilities as well as her disabilities. It’s pretty stressful. It requires about four hours of sitting and doing.  For a homeschooled student who does not do standardized testing it’s a lot. A whole lot. I spend the time in the waiting room. It’s not bad, really. They have wifi, I’ve caught up on writing …

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When to Push

I try to remember the first time I thought that my kids might have learning issues. It’s hard to pinpoint exactly when the light bulb went off. That’s the beauty of homeschooling. You figure out how your kids learn and you keep moving forward. At first it was hard for me because I’m a rule follower. If the instructions say to do it a certain way I tend to believe that’s how it must be …

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Education is Not an Emergency

I don’t think I’ve ever had a conversation with a fellow homeschooler where the conversation doesn’t fall into our curriculum choices, where we’re at, and what we’re working on. It’s to be expected. I mean, we’re somewhat isolated, no one taught us how to homeschool, unless you count the school system you were educated in. The best thing that ever happened in my homeschool life was meet homeschoolers who would tell me the truth. They …

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How I Added Hygge to Our Homeschool

Homeschooling in December is my favorite. I enjoy the holiday routine of staying up late, sleeping in, and eating whatever food is available in the refrigerator. We tend to stay in our jimmies more, read more, and play lots of board games. There’s a more relaxed feel in the air during December January and February feel like slogging through wet mud. There is so much resistance, mainly from me, to get back to normal. The …

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What Works for Me

I’ve always been like this, as long as I can remember. I am a flibbertigibbet. A dillydallier. A loafer. If I have something to do, something I really need to do, I put it off. Pathological procrastination. I had it beat a few years ago but it’s definitely a rut I can fall into if I’m not careful. This August I find myself doing it again. I think it’s because I graduated my first homeschooled …

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Looking back…looking forward

Now that I have graduated one homeschooled kid and successfully gotten her to college, I feel like I can breathe a little easier. Suddenly all the things I worried about are diminished and all the ‘mistakes’ I thought I made look like they were meant to happen.     The last few weeks have given me some time to look back on Kiley’s homeschooling and reflect on what went well, what didn’t go well, and …

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When You Think You’re a Pro

Have you ever have one of those moments where you think, ‘I’ve got this figured out.’ Maybe you even pat yourself on the back, congratulating yourself for being so smart. Isn’t that the worst move ever? I did that this year with homeschooling. I thought I was a pro. I thought that because I’ve been doing it for so long that I had found the perfect formula and that I could coast through with my younger …

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