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Education Reform Starts at Home

  For years now, our government has been lamenting the sad state of education in our country. So many methods of reform have been tried and have failed. As homeschoolers, we know that education reform starts at home. Education is not a one size fits all endeavor. The job market has changed and continues to […]... Read More

Pompeii

  The 2014 movie Pompeii is great historical fiction. I have found movies to be a great tool to use in the homeschool. Especially historical fiction. Pompeii got the boy and me (and his older brother!) discussing the AD79 eruption of Mt. Vesuvius. We talked about how volcanoes work. We discussed other events of the […]... Read More
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40 Books Reading Challenge

Somewhere in the last month I read an article about a 40 books reading challenge. A teacher had challenged her class to read 40 books for the school year. The theory is that this will foster a love of reading. It sounded like a good idea. I did a quick search so I could let […]... Read More

Planning for High School

We have been planning for high school for several months, now. Yak, currently taking a fun break, will spend a couple more months in “8th grade”, then start “9th grade” in or around September. According to conventional standards, he should be in 8th grade in September. The beauty of homeschool is not having to bow […]... Read More
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Working and Homeschooling – The Value of Routines

Routine helps increase self discipline. In high school, I would get up, throw on my clothes and go run for a couple miles before getting ready for school. Fifteen years ago I moved out to the country to live a less stressful, richer life. I decided that I needed to get up and have prayer […]... Read More
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Working and Homeschooling – Self Discipline

Working and homeschooling is a tricky balance. A child intensive curriculum, one in which the child is responsible for his work and corrections is wonderful in theory, but doesn’t always work the way it is supposed to in practice. Some children just want to be doing something else. Anything else. So they need a certain […]... Read More

Socializing on the Road

“Socialization” always seems to be the last-ditch argument about why all children should attend stix and brix schools. Smart homeschoolers know that’s exactly why they shouldn’t. As homeschool families, we choose who our children socialize with. However, as a full-time RVing family, this can get pretty interesting. We spend much of our time taking care […]... Read More
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10 Reasons I Homeschool Year Round

I’ve always thought year-round school was a great idea. When I was young, I was so bored by the end of July that I actually got out books and started reading for hours. That was after the yearly two week road trip vacation with my parents, in June, right after school got out. When my […]... Read More