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What 5 Gurus in Personal Development and Entrepreneurship Can Teach Homeschoolers

Why do you homeschool the way you do?  How did you come to the style of homeschooling you use?Do you homeschool the way you do because it’s what you know and are comfortable with?  Did you research the different styles and choose one that resonated with you?

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7 Things I Want You To Know About My Late Reader

Having a “late” reader when you’re homeschooling brings with it some unique challenges.

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7 Things I Want You To Know About Homeschooling A Late Reader

At this point, I’m an old hat at this.  I’ve been there, done that, and earned the trophy.Not one, but two, of my children have been (or are) struggling readers.  Homeschooling them has brought us some difficult challenges which I talk about in that article.Here, though, I want to talk about the parent who’s homeschooling a […]

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9 Things I Tell My Struggling Readers To Encourage Them

Not much breaks a mother’s heart more than hearing her dejected, defeated child fold her arms on the table in front of her, drop her head onto her forearms, and mutter, “I’m so dumb.”I never thought I’d hear that again after I embraced unschooling. I heard it a lot from my oldest daughter when she was […]

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5 Things You Should Know About Homeschooling Toddlers And Preschoolers

 I know.  I get it.  I was there myself way back in 2003.  You’re so excited and nervous to homeschool your kids that you can’t wait to jump in.  You want all your ducks lined up in a row just so.  You’re wondering… Hamilton Beach 49980A Single Serve Coffee Brewer and Full Pot Coffee Maker, 2-WayWhat […]

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Homeschoolers, It’s More Important Now Than Ever: Build Community

This post is a call to action for each and every homeschooler out there: be proactive and build your community. We Americans cannot ignore the growing crisis in our country anymore. In the wake of yet another school shooting, we’re going to hear a lot about guns again.  But guns aren’t the problem.Guns don’t fire on […]

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How to Help Your Child Make Meaningful Decisions

If I told you an 8 year old is perfectly capable of making her own decisions about what to learn, what would you think?I’ve gotta be nuts, right?  It’s crazy to give a child that much control, right?  Unschooling is educational neglect, right?A child that young is too immature to make such weighty decisions, right?Wrong. […]

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A Relaxed Homeschooler’s Guide to Unschooling

While they are not the same thing, relaxed, eclectic homeschooling and unschooling share some common traits.  A lot of families, myself included, come to unschooling through relaxed, eclectic homeschooling. As you relax more and more, straying further and further away from the sort of structure and style of a classroom, you realize loosening the reins […]

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