Category Archives: Homeschool – General

I Love This Child So Much!

A “new” outfit we just bought at Savers. She’s grown two inches in eight months and was busting out of all of her clothes! This past month has really seen some changes – maturity, thoughtfulness, responsibility and accountability. I want … Continue reading

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Three Day Homeschool, Sly James and the Zoo

Monday and Tuesday were “homeschool free” days, but we’ve been packing in the learning today! Our “Three Day” Homeschool Week Balancing work with homeschool is tricky. I had originally envisioned working in the afternoons and homeschooling in the morning, but … Continue reading

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The First Week of Sixth Grade

A Decent First Day Ah, the return to homeschooling! It certainly had its fits and starts. I knew I had a cleaning later in the afternoon and I also had some errands to run, but I expected we had the … Continue reading

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Enter the Seesaw – the Push and the Pull

It began the last day of school. The doubt. The longing. Em was suddenly unsure what she wanted to do – return to homeschooling or return to public school in the fall. And I will admit, I was of two … Continue reading

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First Day of Fifth Grade

First Day of Fifth Grade The “first” day of school is rather a misnomer around here. After all, we school year-round, so I consider the 4th grade school year to officially end on July 31st, followed by the “first” day … Continue reading

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Word Nerds! (and other stories)

Word Nerds! The call went out for class proposals with my local homeschool co-op and I immediately responded with the class I’ve been planning and talking about for several months. Word Nerds is part┬áspelling bee, part etymology, part writing and … Continue reading

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Real Life Math

There were plenty of moments as a child and teen when I bemoaned having to learn mathematics. Especially algebra. So I prefer to use real-life examples. This past weekend, I woke up to see in the weak morning light a … Continue reading

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Do We Have Mastery?

Talking About Mastery I watched a TED talk by Sal Khan a couple of months ago and I have been referring back to it, time and again, ever since. You can watch it here. Much of the homeschooling we do … Continue reading

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Talk to Me

If I have learned anything from the past five years of homeschooling, it is this: There is no set way to homeschool, no perfect curriculum, no exact fit. Change happens, and it sometimes happens on a daily basis. This morning … Continue reading

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Meanderings and Miscellany

Sometimes, seeing a picture, or reading one of my homeschool friends’ posts reminds me that I need to step back and re-assess, yet again, how I am doing things. But first, a funny story… Ode to Phred My friend Bethany, … Continue reading

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