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Why Homeschool? Our Family’s Story

Homeschooling wasn’t something I was familiar with growing up. My first real encounter with someone who was homeschooled was in college. One of my college friends and her siblings were homeschooled until 4th grade.

She was grateful that she and her siblings learned to read and do basic math with confidence before entering the school system. They were also given more time to play creatively, relax at home with each other, and learn school skills at their own pace.

Her description made it seem pretty ideal. And clearly, she was a fully functioning college student so it didn’t appear that homeschooling for a few years harmed her too much. HA!

I had no idea at the time, but our friendship planted a seed that would later blossom into our own family’s decision to homeschool.

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Homeschooling, Parenting

But What if my Child Doesn’t Have a Passion?

It happened for each of my homeschooled girls around the age of 12.

Boredom.

They began to lose interest in the activities that made their childhood full of wonder and delight.

Playing at the playground. Making crafts. Hanging out with siblings. Playing pretend. Exploring science museums.

At the same time, they weren’t sure what to do with their free time and they didn’t want to fill it with more schoolwork.

Go figure.

I know that “they” say boredom is good for kids. And I am sure it can be. But that doesn’t mean that a bored teen is going to suddenly find new interests and passions simply because they were left to be bored.

Sometimes it takes more effort than that. And that is where I found myself.

At home with bored tweens. And they weren’t finding their passions through boredom.

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Homeschooling

A Homeschool Planner That Works

Over a decade of homeschooling has taught me that I am a pretty relaxed homeschooler.

  • I don’t get too hung up on the daily checklist.
  • I have no problem tossing everything to chase inspiration.
  • I love to find events outside of the house even if it means we skip math lessons.
  • And I have no problem completely altering a curriculum or adapting it to my needs.

But I have to admit, that I can only make these relaxed choices when we have established goals, a regular routine and a weekly plan of attack.

That’s why I take time to create a plan for our year, even if I know we will change things along the way.

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Homeschooling, Poetry, Uncategorized

The Ultimate Guide to Poetry Collections for Kids

A good poetry collection throws open the door to the wide world of poetry by exposing the reader to a wide variety of poems and poets.

Over the years we have enjoyed reading various poetry collections and I’ve collected most of the titles to create this Ultimate Guide to Poetry Collections for Kids.

It’s here just in time for National Poetry Month (April), but you can (and should) pull them out all year long.

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