There was one particular week this Fall that was an attitudinal crap fest in our house. School went okay, but interpersonal relationships were, shall we say, “not flourishing.”
I finally ditched the spreadsheet and integrated my bullet journal into our homeschool planning and tracking. Here's what happened.
I recently stumbled upon a quick video from Will Smith about skydiving. He said that all the fear leading up to the dive is actually useless because the point at which you jump is actually supremely blissful. So all the build-up of fear beforehand served no purpose. Then he said, “God places the best things … Continue reading Fear and the Best Stuff in Life
Imagine you’re in a van with 6 sweaty, disgusting people for 40 hours, getting out only to run, eat, and use the restroom. Add another van with 6 more runners on your team and that pretty well sums up the Ragnar--a 200-mile relay race through Kentucky’s Bourbon Country. Instead of doing what most people do … Continue reading How Homeschooling is Like a 200-Mile Race
The idea that everybody took a year to a grade, no matter what! Was so fixed in her mind that she felt as though the teacher had said: “How would you like to stop being nine years old and be twelve instead?” Continue reading First Day of School Misfits
Homeschool planning is tough, when there are so many resources out there. Here's one helpful way to think about it.
The success of our homeschools is primarily a result of what habits we, as homeschooling moms, have formed for ourselves. Of course, it's our responsibility to help our kids form good habits, but it starts with us. After some false starts and a whole lot of practice, some habits, like reading more, have taken hold … Continue reading Three Tips for Better Habits
We've hit springtime homeschool restlessness hard. All we want is play outside. The weather's great, the backyard is calling. Even the dog is vying for our attention: "Just one, maybe two races across the yard? Pretty, pretty please?" How can we sit here at the kitchen table and focus on book work when there is so much more fun to … Continue reading Homeschool Restlessness: 1 Great Trick, 5 Things I’ve Learned
The nitty-gritty details on how to do Morning Time in a classical, Charlotte-Mason homeschool.
Sometimes you have to take a break from the online world to make things happen in the real world. A balanced life moves in seasons like that...