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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.

April 17, 2017

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 growth mindset books  for kids help to teach a growth mindset through fun stories.

March 22, 2017

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.)

February 23, 2017

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.

January 31, 2017

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.

January 2, 2017

Best Homeschool Supplies

Although we are only on our second year of homeschooling we are on our third homeschool writing curriculum.  I’m not sure that we’ve found the perfect fit even yet.  History programs; we’ve seen two.  You get the idea….what we do is fluid.  (That’s fancy talk for I change my mind.  A lot.)

December 27, 2016

Strewing in Your Homeschool

As a homeschool mom I get the chance to know my kids pretty well and I love being able to present them with opportunities to learn that really mesh with their passions.  Seeing their appreciation and enthusiasm about their educational choices is so affirming.  Ha, ha, ha.

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