How to Keep Records in a Relaxed Homeschool or Unschool

Sometimes homeschooling in a strict state can be a real bummer. Don’t get me wrong. I’ve finally reached a point in our homeschool where I’m comfortable enough with what the laws really say that dealing with the bureaucracy no longer bothers me.

But it used to bother me.  Continue reading “How to Keep Records in a Relaxed Homeschool or Unschool”

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Take Your Kids on an Adventure with Jorie and the River of Fire!

As a homeschooling mom who adores reading to my kids each and every day, choosing our read-aloud books can be a bit tricky.

Sure, there are lots and lots of great books out there, but I want to find high quality books that I know are going to hold the interest of my adventure-seeking children. While some children will merrily sit for any read-aloud time, my kids like to make me work for it. 🙂 So whenever I come across a book or, better yet, a series, that will captivate my children’s attention, I am one happy mama.

Continue reading “Take Your Kids on an Adventure with Jorie and the River of Fire!”

Homeschooling: Why I’m Not Worried About What My Kids “Need” to Know

As a type-A homeschool mom who has been through burnout and the nightmare of temporarily putting my kids back in school, there are a few things that will literally make me cringe when they come up in homeschool circles.

This is one of them.  Continue reading “Homeschooling: Why I’m Not Worried About What My Kids “Need” to Know”

Are You Homeschooling with Textbooks, By Default?

Why is it that the things that should be the most obvious to us are those which we find so difficult to grasp?

Take textbooks, for example.

I’m honestly astonished at the number of homeschoolers who seem to cling to this holdover from compulsory schooling- you know, that form of education most homeschoolers are trying to avoid?? And I’m not approaching this topic in an uppity manner, since I was once one of those very people.

Thankfully, I have gradually realized how little textbooks have to do with an effective education for most children, and I think a good number of other parents instinctively know this, too. Despite this fact, however, I’ve increasingly come into contact with many, many other homeschool moms who are genuinely aware that textbooks aren’t working for their children, yet they beat themselves up over it and desperately try to get them to work.  Continue reading “Are You Homeschooling with Textbooks, By Default?”