Category: Homeschool: Random Thoughts

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Homeschool Goal Setting

Hi! Happy New Year!! I hope you have had a restful, joyous winter break! For those of you in Australia, I hope you, your family and friends have been safe from all the bushfires. I’m thinking of you! Do New Year’s Resolutions Work?”  That’s what one of the latest news headlines asks. An article I just read said that 80% of New Year’s Resolutions are abandoned by February. Another article...

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Course on Happiness and Well-Being for Teens

Recently, our family decided to dive into a (free) course on happiness and well-being. It was most popular class in the history of Yale and is available free online at coursera.org. It was called “Psychology and the Good Life” and was first taught in the spring of 2018.  It is now called The Science of Well-Being – Stuff That Makes us Happy.  Nearly a quarter of all Yale undergraduates enrolled...

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FREE Homeschool Planner

New! Homeschool Planner Printable Booklet We now have two FREE Homeschool Planners. One version is a 1/2 sized printable Homeschool Planner booklet, the other has full-sized pages. Grab them both with the links below! With the holidays coming up, family coming into town, and more on our plate than ever before, I needed to get everything down on paper.  I wanted something slightly smaller than the normal homeschool planners I...

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Inspire and Motivate Your Kids!

Becoming passionate, inspiring educators! This summer, we did a camping trip in the Great Smoky Mountains. On the way there, we stopped at the Civil Rights Center in Greensboro, NC.  We read about the sit-ins before-hand, but it was incredible to be at the Woolworths where the 1960 sit-ins began. But that’s not what this post is about! This post is about being a passionate educator, inspiring others, and encouraging...

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Homeschool Challenges – Organization, Schedules, and More!

As homeschoolers we wrestle with a lot of questions, issues, and challenges: planning, preparing, organizing, scheduling, juggling, managing (moods/squabbles) AND getting things done. Plus, we have the added challenge of having our kids watching us and learning from us every moment of the day! “Who dares to teach must never cease to learn.” ~John Cotton Dana As we look at a new year (or even when we look at the...

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Free Spring Homeschool Planning Pages

I am excited to share with you some bran-new spring planning pages. They’ve been add to our free 150+page Homeschool Planner! Over spring break, I’ve been doing a bit of homeschool organization. Not only have I gone through out books and pulled out things to donate, but also I printed out new pages for my homeschool planner and have been spending time planning out the last 6 or 7 weeks...

Facts about homeschooling - How many homeschoolers are there Why do people homeschool What are some of the challenges of homeschooling - Do homeschoolers get into college 0

Facts about Homeschooling – How Many Homeschoolers are There? Do Homeschoolers Get into College? and more!

As people begin to look into homeschooling, they want to find out some basics: How many homeschoolers are there? What are the benefits and challenges of homeschooling?  Will my child be able to  get into college?  How will my kids do if they haven’t been to a formal school? What about socialization? Will they have enough friends? Let’s dig in to some of these common homeschool questions! How many homeschoolers...

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Homeschool Life – Coming Clean about Cleaning

I like having a clean and tidy house… or rather, I dream of having a clean and tidy house, but I have always found that to be a challenge.  My friends will lovingly tell me that the house has a normal “lived in” look.  But, to be honest, it’s been a struggle over the years… Just check out this picture of our dining room table… not exactly tidy, is it?...

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Exploring Motivation, Control & Decision Making with the Kids

We are always trying to encourage our kids on this wonderful homeschool journey, right?! This semester we started off with a family discussion… a discussion that I hope will get to the heart of the kids’ own motivation, self-determination and the path they’ll/we’ll be creating for this semester. You guys know it, I am a planner. I am a curriculum creator… but when it comes to the day-to-day I am...

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Mid-Year Homeschool Assessment Packet: Evaluate, Reflect and Assess How Things Are Going

Free Mid-Year Homeschool Assessment Packet About this time of year, I get itchy.  I know that the holidays are coming up and we will take a well-deserved break! Right around the holidays, I also take the time to think about how things are going. Today, I wanted to share this Free Homeschool Assessment Packet with you (I updated and expanded it a bit this year.). This packet has several pages...

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What is a History Portfolio Project?

History Portfolio Projects have student focus on one theme, topic or time period and can include an array of writing, art, and geography assignments that are compiled together in a final product. While we did a couple of portfolio projects when the kids were in elementary (age 8 -10 or so), Portfolio Project really become a powerful tool during the middle and high school years! History portfolio projects require students...

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I just got a mean email which prompts me to write this…

Hey everyone, It’s a Sunday evening. It’s been an exhausting, though very fun family weekend.   But of course, as you can see from the title of this blog post, it’s been soured just a bit.  I got an email that is clearly a troll trying to make me feel bad and/or threaten me (well, or the website in general)…– accusing me of stealing (content I’m supposing?)…  May as well just...

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If you Were in my Living Room Right Now… I would tell you…

If you were in my living room right now… I would offer you a cup of coffee (partly because I’m tired from driving ED early in the mornings to her soccer games this weekend) and I’d have some cookies baking in the oven. That sounds overly domestic of me, but the truth is we had signed up to bring cookies yesterday and I ran out of time to bake the...

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Homeschool Week Wrap-Up – Grades 5, 8, 10… but mostly about my 10-year old’s week!

Life in Our Homeschool This was our first week back and it didn’t go quite as planned (though, when does homeschooling ever go exactly as we think it will?!) At the end of last week and into the weekend, I was quite sick.  My older two were away for the holiday weekend with some friends.  When Monday rolled around, ED was excited to start back.  We jumped back into homeschooling...