KonMari and Toys: Teaching Your Children a Valuable Lesson

There was stuff.  Stuff everywhere I turned.  Too many clothes.  Too many books.  Too many papers.  Too many toys.  Too many odds and ends that didn’t seem to have a real home (unless you count the junk drawer, which I am told doesn’t count).  The sheer volume of stuff my family owned was suffocating and overwhelming.  I’d look around my cluttered home, […]

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5 Bits Of Wisdom I Shared With My Son As He Considers His Future

You’re 18 years old now, and you have some big decisions to make.I don’t worry about you making those big decisions, though.  You’ve had lots of practice over the years making decisions that matter all on your own.  It’s not going to be such a big, scary world out there because you’ve already been living […]

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A “No Drama” Manifesto for Homeschool Groups

I’ve lost count of the number of different homeschool groups I have been a part of over the past 13 years. Christian groups and secular groups.  Groups that only meet for a park playdate, and groups that offer co-ops and field trips.  The one constant among all of the different groups I’ve participated in is […]

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To School Or Not To School: Why It Is A Question

I’ll come right out and say it: it was sheer morbid curiosity that led me to click on and read Brigitte Mah’s “To School or Not to School: Why Is It a Question?”I already knew what I was going to get.  Ignorance about what unschooling is and what unschooled kids are actually like.  Contempt and hostility […]

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It’s an Easy Out

Here we are at the third and final of three posts about one objection to life learning.  In the first post, the objection is that I am a lazy parent.  I’m setting my kids up to fail was covered in the second post.  And finally, we have reached the “easy out”.Someone who thinks that self-directed […]

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How to Eliminate the Clutter on Your Calendar

My calendar was packed.  Each person in my family had his or her own color for scheduled commitments, and I’m telling you, my calendar looked like a coloring book.  Each square was loaded with colorful scribbles that sent me this way and that way, ferrying children from one activity to the next.  At home, I […]

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10 Ways to be a Happier Homeschooling Family

Ever had a day when Mount Fold-Me and Mount File-Me both erupt…all over your couch and coffee table? The left-over cheese and enchilada sauce have crusted nicely on last night’s dinner dishes.  Six books and four DVDs are all four days overdue at the library.  Your budding scientist says, “Oooops” and you just don’t even […]

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The 6 Elements of “Student Engagement”, and How Educators Have It Wrong

“Student engagement” seems to be a new buzz-phrase going on in circles devoted to compulsory education. It has also crept into homeschools.  It’s a no-brainer (to me, anyway) that if students are interested in and engaged with what they are learning, they will learn the material more thoroughly and with greater ease.  It’s a sound […]

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School Teaches the Exact Things Needed to Learn Properly as Adults

Of all of the objections I have heard about self-directed homeschooling, this one tops the cake.  Apparently, school teaches the exact things needed to learn properly as adults, and when you remove a child from an authority-dictated, subject-by-subject approach to learning, you are setting your child up for failure.  I guess I should apologize right […]

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It Doesn’t Have to be Overwhelming to Homeschool a Dyslexic Child, and Here’s Why:

Shortly after Erica was diagnosed with dyslexia, inattentive ADD, and problems with her working memory when she was 12 1/2, I joined several Facebook groups that focus on homeschooling dyslexic, ADD/ADHD kids, because, let’s face it: homeschooling a kid who isn’t a typical learner is a huge departure from homeschooling a typical learner. Support from other […]

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