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Blossom and Root Early Years, Blossom and Root First Grade, Our Homeschool Week in Review series

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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Blossom and Root Early Years, Blossom and Root First Grade, Brave Writer Lifestyle, Our Homeschool Week in Review series

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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Blossom and Root Early Years, Blossom and Root First Grade, Our Homeschool Week in Review series

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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Blossom and Root Early Years, Brave Writer Lifestyle

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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Blossom and Root First Grade, Homeschool Planning

Nature-Based Homeschooling: Our 2018 – 2019 First Grade Curriculum Picks

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Our first grade year is upon us and I couldn’t be more excited about the curriculum and resources we will be using this year! A quick heads up: it may seem like a lot going on here, but we actually have a very relaxed approach to homeschooling. We like to use multiple resources, but we plan for flexibility and make plenty of room for inspiration. Continue Reading

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Blossom and Root Early Years, Blossom and Root First Grade, Our Homeschool Week in Review series

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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Brave Writer Lifestyle, Homeschool Planning

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