Homeschool Podcast: A Brave Writer’s Life in Brief

I am honored to be a guest on Julie Bogart’s podcast, A Brave Writer’s Life in Brief. Join us as we discuss homeschooling using diverse experiences, child-led learning, curriculum modification and much more.  You can find this homeschool podcast, and all the others in the series, on iTunes.  You can also leave a review of the podcast there as well. Julie Bogart and her team appreciate your feedback! ...

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February is Make-Homeschool-Easy-Month!

February has a reputation in the homeschool world.  A bad reputation. The newness of that shiny curriculum and your best-made plans is long, long gone. Daylight is on short supply. Kids tend to bicker. If you live in a cold climate, you’re stuck indoors more. You all long for Spring. You just want to get through math and be done with it, for goodness sakes. I’ve been there, my sisters. And I’ll probably go there...

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Positive Thought Cards for Kids

Here’s an awesome way to turn your day around when things aren’t going well with homeschooling or homework. It’s a total reset button. Because sometimes learning is frustrating and challenging. Kids bicker, math is too hard, they get overwhelmed. Learning becomes unproductive or stops altogether. It happens—in every single family, whether you homeschool or are trying to get through homework. It happens in...

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Late Reader or Learning Disability?

Why the wait-and-let-them-learn-to-read-naturally approach can be harmful to some homeschooled kids.  My oldest child was nearly 8, and still, he couldn’t read beyond cat-sat-hat. We made our way through reading curriculum but by age 7, he was still not reading and I was worried. And then one day, he picked up a Harry Potter novel and slowly but most certainly, he read.    It was a beautiful moment, one...

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Motivational Learning Quotes

This quote by Carol Dweck was so popular on the Creekside Learning Facebook page, that I made it into a pretty printable that you can download, print and hang up in your home or classroom.  This parenting gig often calls for a lot of cheerleading–enthusiastic encouragement when our kids need it most.  That’s why I love “The Power of Yet.” This is hanging up on our wall right now and we are referring...

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Homeschooling is a “Road Less Traveled”

Homeschooling is a “road less traveled.” It’s that simple. Everyone has something about their life that is just a bit different than everybody else, just a little outside of the main stream. Think about it. You choose a career path that was different or  didn’t go to college right after high school. You married someone that others thought was not going to be a good match for you. You have identical...

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