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...

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Making the Mayflower

Jillian has been watching and enjoying Liberty's Kids* over the past few days.  It's never enough for my interactive little child to just watch a video, though.  She's then got to turn her attention to making what she calls "paper toys" out of what she's just learned...

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The Homework Contract

Hmmmn...there seems to be a theme running through my blog lately.  Some article comes across my Facebook feed and I am just compelled to write about it.  And the other night was no different.  It was the "Homework Contract". I suppose that there could be some value in...

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Would You Do It?

Close your eyes and visualize the place in your home where most of whatever schooling your kids do takes place.  See the lighting.  Feel the temperature.  Notice the distractions.  Settle in, mentally, to the chair or the beanbag or the floor.  Wherever your children...

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What About College?

We're all familiar with the list of academic requirements for admissions into a college or university.  Each one has a list of courses that your child should have taken in school in order to be an acceptable applicant to that college.  So, if someone is directing...

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The Year of “No”

It's confession time here: I have a hard time saying "No"...especially if it involves something fun.   One of the things I love the most about living in the greater-Phoenix, Arizona area is that opportunities for homeschoolers to partake in clubs, activities, classes,...

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Kids will be Ill-prepared for the Real World

In Part One, I addressed the "lazy parent" aspect of this objection to life learning.  Up next - I'm setting my kids up to fail.  This one just drops my jaw.  It's simply nonsensical. My children learn the same way we learn as adults; they're just getting years of...

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Take that Elephant Away from the Tree

You've probably seen this meme going around.  It really actually borders on the ridiculous.  I mean, who would take an elephant and judge that elephant's intelligence (and worth) by its ability to climb a tree?  We all intuitively know that it's a preposterous...

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What Job Hires Without a Diploma?

The question smacked of derision when it was posed, because it wasn't really a sincere question.  The person who asked me, "What job hires without a diploma?...you really think this is best for your children?" wasn't interested or concerned.  She was angry,...

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