What I really want my kids to learn this year

Okay, girls, it's almost here. The new school year. And it's going to be a busy one. All four of you will be in school this year (and Jackson will be into everything!). We'll be learning about American History -- about the Declaration of Independence and the Revolutionary War, the Underground Railroad and Civil Rights, each…

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The Two-Years-of-Kindergarten Approach for Fall Babies

Grade levels are a funny things for homeschoolers. They still matter on state forms and for church and community activities, but they don't really mean much otherwise. Yet grade-level decisions were still a source of stress for us as we began our homeschool journey, so I thought I'd share our approach for anyone struggling with…

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Why Memorization Gets a Bad Rap in Modern Education

It's inevitable. Anytime I read about the problem with modern education or any type of educational reform, there's a line slipped in among the rest that basically says there's no need/benefit/joy in rote memorization. It's rarely the focus and is often the only reference to memorization in the entire article, and it gets me worked…

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For Grammar Geeks: A Visual Map of the 15 Punctuation Marks

A friend and fellow Essentials tutor shared this a few days ago, and I love it! Designed by Curtis Newbold of The Visual Communications Guy, the infographic lists the 15 punctuation marks in order of difficulty (to learn and use) with the rules that govern their use. Click here to download a full-size poster version…

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My Top 10 Tips for New Homeschoolers

Daily checklists. This will be our 6th "official" year homeschooling, and the longer we homeschool, the more questions I get from other current and prospective homeschoolers. (Some of which I'm confident answering and some of which just make me laugh that they'd ask me for advice or an opinion.) Today  I thought I'd share my…

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You Can Do It Too! {Encouragement and Resources for Homeschoolers}

A couple years ago, Lorilee Lippincott brought together 25 homeschooling families to share their homeschooling stories and tips in a little ebook, You Can Do It Too! Although some of the details may have changed for our individual families, this ebook still represents a wealth of information and encouragement for homeschoolers. But the best part…

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Plan the Upcoming Homeschool Year with These FREE Printables!

Although we school year-round, this is the time of year when I get excited about all things homeschool. We've solidified our plans for next year, passed our standardized tests, and we're looking forward to next week's Classical Conversations' practicum and academic camps. I'll be sharing some more of my thoughts about homeschooling in the upcoming…

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