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Getting Started in Homeschooling: Creating a Daily Schedule or Routine

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Creating a daily schedule or routine can be a great thing to add structure and direction to your homeschool day. There are families who will be drawn to a minute-by-minute schedule, while others will lend themselves to a basic outline that can be tweaked on a day-to-day basis. What you choose will should ultimately be determined […]

Getting Started in Homeschooling: Tools to Use

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photo source Navigating the waters of homeschooling can be complicated. Not only is there dangerous weather to avoid, but there’s also much good to see and do. There are so many ports and so many islets to visit. You can’t do them all, so you just have to choose. Last week we talked about building […]

Getting Started in Homeschooling: Building Your Academic Calendar

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Years ago at an education conference, a homeschool attorney shared some of the basics to record keeping. I really appreciated his straightforward approach: Keep a calendar. Keep an attendance record. Have a written, prepared curriculum, or course of study. Record testing and other assessment scores. Maintain a record of lesson plans. While you need to […]

Getting Started in Homeschooling: Knowing the Laws in Your State

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photo source A few months ago I started this series about Getting Started in Homeschooling. I am, by no means, an expert on the topic. But, I do love spending my days learning with my children. We’ve been living this lifestyle for almost our entire parenting stint since shortly after our eldest son was born. […]

What We Learned About Edible Wild Foliage

It all started with a little red berry. A little red berry and a toddler. I had taken my children to the park to play. My daughter, a toddler at the time, was roaming about the playground, just a few feet away, and then disappeared from my view around a corner. I was after her immediately, […]

Homeschooling and Food

If I had a maid, a chauffeur, and private chef, homeschooling would be a piece of cake. Ok, maybe I exaggerate a little. We know that even the best laid lesson plans sometimes meet with reluctant learners. But what can break a homeschool mom at the knees are those regular household tasks. Molding young minds and […]

Celebrating The End of the School Year

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photo credit: Jamie Getskow Voeltz Today is the last day of our school year. We began in early August and have clocked more than 180 instructional days. So, today wraps up the end of our “formal schooling” for the year. What this looks like at our house is that the kids can sleep in a […]

Thoughts on Teaching High School at Home

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I’ve been teaching my kids at home for nine years now. When FishBoy13 was born, I quit my job at a California high school, intent on being home with my children, however many there would be. FishPapa and I had it in our minds to teach them at home, in part because of what I […]