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Our Homeschool Week in Review: September 24 – 30

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As a homeschooling parent, what you choose to expose yourself to matters. The words you read, the voices you listen to, the videos you watch–they all become a little Greek chorus in your head on the days when you’re nailing it and on the days when you’re losing it. We must be careful to choose words and voices and videos that empower us and remind us that we’re not in this alone. I treated myself to Julie Bogart’s A Gracious Space, Fall Edition at the beginning of this school year and there have been so many times I’ve been glad I did. Continue Reading

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Our Homeschool Week in Review: September 17 – 23

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““I cannot endure to waste anything so precious as autumnal sunshine by staying in the house.” – Nathaniel Hawthorne

This week started with blisteringly hot days and ended with the arrival of autumn, but only after a two hour haul into the mountains on Saturday to see the aspen gold. Every year, we drive up to Summit County to celebrate the equinox because it usually aligns perfectly with peek colors in high-country leaves. Autumn is my favorite season, and this day trip didn’t disappoint. Continue Reading

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What a Homeschool Day Looks Like For a Work-From-Home Mama

The picture you see above is not my desk. My desk is currently buried under a week’s worth of clean clothes waiting to be folded and put away. That steamy cup of coffee is also not mine. My coffee is almost always slugged back ice-cold, and I’m sure many of you fellow mamas can relate. Cold coffee and a pile of laundry are far from pin-able, but they are my reality. Continue Reading

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Our Homeschool Week in Review: September 10 – 16

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It was a wonderful, though busy, week. I had a lot of projects going on for work, which managed to fill every nook and cranny I had available, outside of homeschool time. By Saturday, I was exhausted. I’m sure waking up with Ringo-the-pup in the middle of the night has also taken its toll (a price I’m willing to pay for all those puppy-breath kisses!) Continue Reading

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A Day of Gentle Homeschool Pre-K, from My Daughter’s Point of View

We’re only a few weeks into our homeschool year, but I’m already loving the gentle season I’ve prepared for my youngest daughter. Our days are relaxed and pressure-free. I present her activities as invitations, not requirements, and emphasize free play above any academics. I’ve tossed all semblance of to-do lists for her–in fact, I don’t even really plan her homeschooling at all (other than a very loose idea of activities I’d like us to consider.) Continue Reading

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Our Homeschool Week in Review: August 27 – September 2

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Hello and welcome to another homeschool week in review! I hope you had a wonderful, relaxing holiday weekend! I wanted to thank those of you who have reached out to me about our “week in review” series already. It means so much to me to hear that these posts are helping and inspiring you. I truly love recording our homeschool journey through this blog and sharing it with such a supportive and warm community of fellow homeschoolers. I also love hearing your stories! <3 Continue Reading

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Nature-Based Homeschooling: Our 2018 – 2019 Pre-K Curriculum Picks

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My youngest daughter is turning five soon, and for the longest time I’d been planning to start kindergarten with her this fall. But something shifted in me this spring as I sat down to plan out the coming year. For my oldest, starting kindergarten at five made sense–she was very eager to learn to read, enjoyed sitting down to work at academic tasks, and craved the formal learning experience. But my youngest isn’t like that at all.

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Our Homeschool Week in Review: August 20 – 26

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Welcome back to our “week in review” series! The first half of this week, we were more-or-less confined to the house due to the thick smoke that had started to blow across Colorado from the fires to the west and north. But we made up for it in the second half by spending as much time as possible in our “creekside classroom” after the smoke cleared up. Continue Reading

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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