How Leadership Education is changing our homeschool

In addition to reprioritizing, one of my top personal goals while we were in Florida in May was to complete the Focus & Align Masterclass. I was reminded through that process that while academics are definitely one of my top goals, book work isn't. As I went through the class, I thought these seven guiding rules would…

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What’s your rule of six {or seven}?

Sarah Mackenzie is quickly becoming a household name among homeschoolers, and for good reason...despite the fact that she's still in the thick of homeschooling (and raising toddlers!), she teaches with wisdom, humility, and joy and inspires us to "teach from rest" by her words and example. I've been a member of her Read-Aloud Revival membership site for…

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Discovering the joy of morning time

If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram, this post probably isn't a surprise to you; I've been a bit obsessed with this whole morning time thing for the past few weeks! But from the first time we sat down to intentionally do this, I've known it was exactly what our homeschool had been missing, and…

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How we’re using spiral notebooks to simplify

I've shared a few times on Instagram and Facebook already how spiral notebooks are helping us simplify. It's made such a big difference to our family that I can't help but give it its own blog post. You should know that this is not an original idea of mine, though; I'm really just passing it…

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Why we homeschool year round (yes, even in the summer!)

This post was first published in 2013, but it's one that I find myself talking about often in conversations with other homeschoolers who are facing the stress of trying to finish this year's work or burnt out at the end of a long year. We still "do school" all year long, and it's one of the…

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Why homeschooling is not a year-by-year decision for our family

It's that time of year when homeschooling families all around us are making decisions for the upcoming year—new curriculum, new co-ops, enrolling kids in private or public schools for the upcoming year. Many of my friends approach homeschooling on a year-by-year, child-by-child basis, deciding each year what is best for each of their children, an…

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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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