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School takes place in our kitchen, on the run, and out in the “real world.” Sometimes it’s magical, sometimes it’s maddening. One thing is for sure though- It changes every day.

Family Life, Homeschool

Internet Safety and Our Kids-What We Use & Why

I have a love hate with technology for my children.  I see the potential for technology to literally teach them anything they want to know.  Technology can connect them to the world in a way that wasn’t possible to imagine when I was a super awkward cool 12 years old walking around with my Discman. With a little internet safety savvy that big wide world/technology connection can continue being a positive!

Limits.  It's all about technology serving us and not the other way around.  We found a simple little tool that has helped us get a handle on internet safety.

Limits.  It’s all about technology serving us and not the other way around.  This is a difficult balance even as an adult.  We found a simple little tool that has helped us get a handle on internet safety and has ended the “five more minutes” argument.

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Best Growth Mindset Books for Kids

A fixed mindset implies that you are born with a fixed amount of talent and intelligence.  Whatever you can do today is pretty much what you will able to do in the future.  Kinda’ depressing, am I right?  A growth mindset implies that most skills and knowledge can be learned over time through perseverance and practice.  Keep trying and you’ll get it!  This collection of kids books  help to teach a growth mindset through fun stories.

Opening your children's eyes to a growth mindset is a great way to inspire a love of learning. These growth mindset books will help do just that!

Opening your children’s eyes (& maybe your own eyes) to a growth mindset is a great way to inspire a love of learning.  Practice, trial and failure, experimenting are all hallmarks of a growth mindset; and not coincidentally also qualities of the  great minds!

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Family Life, Homeschool, Printables

Growth Mindset Quotes for Kids & Parents

Growth mindset is kind of a buzz word lately.  I’m all in when it comes to self help or anything that will inspire me to be a better version of myself.  This growth mindset idea really struck a nerve in me because it’s something I struggle with and I see popping up in my own kids.  These growth mindset quotes are just little snippets I like to remember to keep myself looking forward!

I love that what you know & what you can do can change at anytime!  This is exciting news, right? These growth mindset quotes are good reminders of just that

I’m not good at trying new things.  Let me rephrase that; I’m not good at trying new things in front of other people.  I love learning new things but I prefer time to process and practice them without an audience.  I hate being the center of attention and being at the center of an audience because I’m failing at something is something I try to avoid at all costs.

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Homeschool Evaluatiuon Preparation, Encouragement, and Printables

Last year this time I was just beginning to think about wrapping up our first homeschool year.  Here in the state of Ohio we must notify the state each year of our intent to homeschool.  At the end of said year we can either choose a homeschool evaluation or  have our student take a standardized test.  I chose to have my four kid’s work evaluated by a local licensed teacher and here’s how that went down. (Hint, there’s a lot of hand wringing and pukey stomach stuff involved.)

Homeschool evaluation- scary right? We ended our first year as homeschoolers with an assessment by a local teacher. Here's how that went down!

Homeschool evaluations shouldn’t leave you feeling nauseous.

I’m not here to tell you how to organize for having your kiddos work looked at by someone else.  (Although I DO love organizing & have some fun printables you might want to use if you’re the kinda’ person who calms themselves by organizing!!)  I’m here to be your cheerleader!  You can do this!  Yay you!

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Homeschool, Homeschool Art Class

Homemade Harmonica

This homemade harmonica is a blast if you don’t mind a little background noise. Even if you do, they are such a hoot they are worth making!  Open the back door and kick your kiddos outside to enjoy the fruits of their labor!

This homemade harmonica is a blast if you don't mind a little background noise. And if you do kick the kids and the harmonicas outside! They are a hoot!

I used to teach art in the public schools.  As a homeschool mama I am all over including the creative arts in our days.  Well, the visual side of the creative arts anyways.  We look at art, talk about art, make art.  But music???  Ummm, we do listen to it.  Does that count? When it comes to music my biggest talent is turning on Pandora.

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Family Life, Homeschool

Books about Homeschoolers for Middle & High School Students

My memories of middle school and high school basically subsist of trying not to draw attention to myself. While I was figuring out what was going on around me my go to strategy was to fly under the radar. Who wants to be different?  (It wasn’t me.)

Everyone wants to fit in somewhere.That's why I set out to find  books about homeschoolers as characters appropriate for your middle and high school student!

I think that’s somewhat of a universal experience for kids as they mature.  Everyone wants to fit in somewhere.  That’s why I set out to find some books about homeschoolers as main characters that would be appropriate for older kids; specifically middle school and high schoolers.

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Books Featuring Homeschoolers for Elementary Students

When we first started homeschooling and people asked which school my four kids attended I would kind of mumble the words “We’re homeschoolers”  under my breath.  Saying they didn’t go to school and sit in a classroom all day just seemed weird.  Two years later and I’ve come to adore the label of “weird homeschooler.”  As proud as I am of our families educational choices it is nice when my kids can see our lifestyle reflected in the books they read.  I set out on a mission to uncover some children’s books that feature homeschoolers.

I set out on a mission to uncover children's books featuring homeschoolers. It's nice when my kids can see our lifestyle reflected in the books they read.

Reading books featuring homeschoolers make my little homeschoolers feel connected!

Homeschooling is becoming more mainstream all the time and I was shocked at the amount of books I was able to find that feature homeschoolers as characters.

How homeschool is portrayed in these books varies as wildly as homeschool does in real life.  I love that.  Homeschool looks different in every family!

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My No Plan Homeschool Plan

When we began homeschooling the idea of planning the entire education for four little people was a little overwhelming.  Okay, overwhelming may be an understatement in my case.  My public school trained brain was having a hard time believing that one person could be in charge of such an undertaking.  I set off in search of a “homeschool plan” that was achievable and would give my kids what they needed.

When we started to homeschool I was excited about teaching & learning with my kids. Spending evening and weekends on a homeschool plan was not so appealing!

Anyone that homeschools or has thought about it for half a second know that the resources available to homeschoolers today are amazing.  As in a person could read about pedagogy, philosophy, planning, and encouragement just for homeschoolers for literally hundreds of hours and not even touch the surface of what’s available.

(I surely didn’t do this.  It was, ahem, a friend.)

No matter how much you read it’s hard to know just how homeschooling is going to work in your home until you jump off the cliff and try it.  I was willing and excited about spending hours teaching and learning with my kids.   However, spending my evenings and weekends planning and strategizing the following days lessons was not so appealing.

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