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My Biggest Homeschool Scheduling Mistake

My Biggest Homeschool Scheduling Mistake

Have you heard the advice about getting up early and getting your most important tasks done before noon? It’s great advice until it’s taken too far.

Since my family is composed of early risers who are up and moving before 7 a.m., I decided I could get homeschool and housework done in the morning. This arrangement would leave me and the children free in the afternoons for playing at the park and reading books together.

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A Homeschool Mom’s Journey from Lit-Based to Classical and Back Again

A Homeschool Mom’s Journey from Lit-Based to Classical and Back Again

Homeschooling is an adventure. There are so many paths that it is difficult to choose which is right for your family. It’s different from sending your kids to school in many ways with the most obvious being that you make all the decisions, including your teaching methods.

Maybe you are wondering if a literature-based curriculum can provide a excellent education? I’m here to tell you that it can and will. I should know! I’ve shifted from a literature-based (Charlotte Mason) approach to a classical one and finally back to literature-based with BookShark.

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My Journey Away from Faith-based Curriculum

My Journey Away from Faith Based Curriculum

In all honesty, I never thought I would homeschool my kids. I started because my oldest missed the cut off date for kindergarten and would have to wait a full year before starting school. She was beyond ready, so I knew I needed to do something. After a lot of research and many discussions, our family plunged head first into homeschooling.

We began our journey as unschoolers. The kids were young, and it worked well to have learning revolve around their interests. Then we moved.

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How to Survive Homeschool Mornings

How To Survive Homeschool Mornings

Mornings used to be a cause for dread, but I’ve learned the art of homeschool morning survival!  

I’ve been a night owl for as long as I can remember, never liking a morning routine or having to get up early. But when I started homeschooling, everything changed over time. Now I can’t seem to manage if I stay up late at night and start my day mid-morning.

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Taking the Groans out of Studying Poetry

Taking the Groans out of Studying Poetry

Have you ever mentioned poetry and heard a groan? Every single time I told my students we’d be starting a poetry unit, the room filled with a chorus of nos. My students, like many people, found poetry boring and hard to understand. Poetry was a language they believed they did not speak.

I understood exactly where they were coming from. Until I took a teaching writing class in college, I stayed as far away from poetry as I could. What changed?

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3 Ways to Encourage Our Children Outside of School

Our children are with us everyday yet, how often do we connect or encourage? How often do we break that teacher role and just be mom?

Our children see the best and worst in us; they get the brunt of our bad days and the joy of our good days. They spend more time with us than our friends, family, or spouse. Yet how often do we take the time to encourage them as children, as individuals, not just as our students?

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Shaking Off the Shoulds of Public School

a black backpack hangs from an open school locker

It used to be that the first question I’d get after someone found out I homeschooled was, “What curriculum do you use?” It’s probably the only thing most people know to ask that doesn’t come across as judgmental. Heck, I asked it back before I signed my son out of public school for good.

Over the last year, though, the questions have shifted. What used to be polite queries have turned into interested, informed, almost intense interrogations about how they could possibly homeschool, as well.

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Why We Use a Secular Homeschool Curriculum

There’s no doubt that there are very defined preferences among homeschoolers about whether or not to use secular curriculum. I've heard these very pointed questions when it comes to evaluating curriculum:

  • Does that science book espouse creationism or evolution?
  • Does your history curriculum align with the Bible?
  • What is the worldview of that program?

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Why It's Okay to Homeschool in the Afternoon

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Our mornings go a lot like this:

  • I wake up about the same time as the children. We have coffee and breakfast.
  • We do a few chores, and I do some work
  • Suddenly, it’s lunchtime.
  • After lunch, my youngest goes down for a nap, and we get down to the business of school.

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Why My 3 Children Homeschool at Different Times of the Day

Why My Three Children Homeschool at Different Times of the Day

I am not a morning person. It’s not that I am asleep in the mornings because I am not. I actually do not sleep well at all. I do however love the peace and quiet of my comfy warm bed in the morning. As soon as I break that plane and cross out into the hall, the noise and chaos begin.

We have a rule in our house that children are not allowed to leave their room until eight o’clock, and they must have their rooms clean and beds made at this time. I started this rule because my son would be up at the break of dawn and would inevitably make a mess or find himself in some sort of trouble.

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