Putting the Homeschool Schedule in the Kids’ Hands.

Homeschool ScheduleI’m an accountant by trade, a methodical person by nature, and I love spreadsheets.  The first couple years of our homeschooling journey, I would schedule out our assigned courses by day and week using spreadsheets.  I still do, but in the beginning I was very stingy with my spreadsheets!

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Have you ever wanted to Duck Tape your child to a chair?

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Duck Tape Child ChairHave you ever wanted to duck tape your child to a chair? 

I’ll wait a minute for you to stop laughing…..

Hehehehehe

Well, I have a legit reason for you to duct tape your child to a chair!!  For reals-ies!!

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Getting Out Of Bed – The Struggle is REAL! – How do you Deal?

 Getting Out of BedGetting out of bed – the struggle is real, folks.

There are many reasons I am grateful that we homeschool.  One of which, is the flexibility of time and sleep.

Do you remember your mom telling you something like “You just wait until you have kids, it’ll come back to you.”

Lord, that is true on SO MANY levels!

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Fabric Blackberry Dye and the Invention of Synthetic Dye

Blackberry DyeThis semester, one of the classes I’m teaching at our co-op is “Inventions-It was intended for What!?”. This Blackberry Dye was our latest Invention class experiment.  I wrote a few weeks ago about our cheese-making fun, check that out if you missed it – super yummy!

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Keeping Science Interesting (For Teacher and Student)

Keeping Science InterestingKeeping science interesting has never been something I feel that I can attest to.  But, our science lessons have been improving over the years.

I found this radio show on a several hour drive through Washington D.C. about two years ago.  The kids were asleep, their movies were finally off and I needed something to listen to.  Don’t ask me why talk radio helps me stay awake.

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Making Cheese with Kids (It’s not as hard as you think)

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How to Make Cheese With KidsOh cheese, how I love thee…

Do you like to include cooking in your homeschool?  I do, it’s totally a relevant skill, and everyone has to eat!  My daughter’s current go-to when I don’t feel like cooking dinner is from-scratch hash-browns with sunny-side eggs.  Yum.

This semester, one of the classes I’m teaching at our co-op is “Inventions-It was intended for What!?”.  I find myself including food items, because they are fun, yummy, and easy to experience! Continue reading

How do you measure success?

Free Range LearningHave you heard of Free Range Learning (FRL)? Basically, it’s the idea of learning while living.  Of exploring the world around you.  I want to cultivate that in my children.

When we first moved to the country and were starting to homeschool, my children would not go anywhere without shoes, or without me.  DD was 6 and DS was 5.  It was just what they were used to.  I would try to get them to tickle their feet in the grass, walk in a puddle, go outside on the swing while I did laundry, all to no avail.

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