Our Homeschool Week in Review August 13
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Our Homeschool Week in Review August 13 – 18

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Over the summer, I received many requests to do a regular “glimpse into our homeschool” feature. After some consideration, I’ve decided to try my best to do that this year. I love reading “journal-esque” blog posts of other homeschoolers, myself. These make me feel connected in a world that can feel somewhat isolated at times, and they can be more relatable than the “big picture” posts that typically fill the news feeds. So here we are. Welcome to our first “homeschool week in review” post! Continue Reading

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How I Plan My Homeschool Part 4: Establishing Our Weekly Rhythm

Welcome to my favorite part of the homeschool planning process: establishing a weekly rhythm! The concept of using a “rhythm” over a rigid schedule was first introduced to me by Julie Bogart through the Brave Writer blog and podcast. What I love about her particular approach to rhythm is that it’s there when you need it, and can take a step to the side when you don’t. Continue Reading

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Homeschool Planning

How I Plan My Homeschool Part 2: “Do the Next Thing” Subjects

Welcome to part two of my homeschool planning series in which I attempt to write many words describing a painfully simple process. (If you missed Part 1: Big Picture Planning, click here to read it!) Once again, I want to throw it out there that this is not a post for people who need beautiful planners, loads of cute stickers, and marathon planning sessions drafting out the details of every week of the school year. No. This is a post for people who want to get the job done quickly and without stress, and who need a lot of flexibility in their homeschool year. Continue Reading

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How I Plan My Homeschool Part 1: The Big Picture

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I keep getting asked to write a planning post. I get it–it’s the end of summer, it’s really exciting, and planning posts are all you see on Instagram right now. I’m not sure how to tell you this, but…my homeschool planning is super un-pretty. It’s incredibly anti-climatic. And it’s a far cry from Insta-worthy.

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Homeschool Planning

Our Eclectic Homeschool: Favorite Elements of Waldorf

In my last post, I described our relaxed, eclectic homeschool approach as a recipe–one that starts with a Charlotte Mason and Waldorf foundation, throws in a a generous helping of unit studies, sprinkles in some classical education, and occasionally gets ignored in favor of periodic unschooling. This recipe also changes often with seasons, interests, and with the phases in our lives. We are far from purists of any of these approaches, choosing rather to take what we love about each and combine them in a way that fits our homeschool rhythm perfectly. Continue Reading

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Homeschool Planning

Our Eclectic Homeschool: Favorite Elements of Charlotte Mason

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Like many homeschoolers, we embrace an eclectic approach that combines multiple philosophies or approaches. I often describe our homeschool as a kind of ever-morphing stew that starts with a base of Charlotte Mason and Waldorf, throws in a heaping spoonful of unit studies, stirs in some classical education, and occasionally gets ignored in favor of periodic unschooling. And it’s always changing–sometimes with the seasons, sometimes with our interests, and sometimes because life happens and we are okay with adapting as needed. Continue Reading

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Nature Study

Our Favorite Books for Nature Study

Here’s the thing: there is not a used book store, regular book store, library, book pile at a rummage sale, or Scholastic sale I can walk by without stopping and stacking up more books than two people can safely carry. I have a weakness, and her name is books.

It has always been, and will always be so. I’m pretty sure that’s why the Charlotte Mason philosophy resonated with me so strongly. I want shelves and shelves of books. And I want the rolling ladder so I can do that “Belle move” every morning as I swoon over my shelves and shelves of books. Continue Reading

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Homeschool

Tour of Our Homeschool “Room”: Spring Edition

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I love homeschool room tours and videos where mamas share their homeschool spaces. It’s always fun to peek into the learning spaces of other families and see how they have everything organized and set up.

We’ve always been a bit on the casual side when it comes to our own homeschool “classroom.” In the winter, we curl up in front of the fireplace in the living room. In the summer, we spread out on the balcony between the calendulas and the zucchini (yes, we’re trying to grow zucchini on our balcony–it’s a science experiment.) The kitchen table features prominently throughout the year. Other than that, we’re talking stacks and bins of books everywhere, games tucked under our living room couch, and a modest IKEA rolling cart rip-off that houses our math manipulatives and art supplies. Continue Reading