Encouragement

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Five Ideas for the Introverted Homeschool Mother

Solitude matters, and for some people, it's the air they breathe. ―Susan Cain, Quiet It feels redundant to mention the messy and loud work of motherhood, let alone with the homeschool. Whether by the practical work of our hands or…

fighting the lull

Around this point in every semester, my children and I tend to hit a lull in our learning together. The enthusiasm of fresh beginnings is waning and other areas of life begin to crowd in, diverting attention and easily sliding us out of…

preparing for another homeschool year

Everyone relates to planning differently. Some depend on it. Others despise it. I'm definitely in the "I love plans" group, but I also love change and spontaneity--go figure. I enjoy re-creating old ideas and nurturing self-directed learning…

on finishing

We just quietly finished our seventh year of homeschooling. We didn't have an award ceremony or any large posters or completed books or projects to show off this year.  Instead we simply wrapped up our lessons--some of them neatly at the…
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Finding Community in Motherhood

Finding friendship as a mother can be challenging.  Our time is so often filled with taking care of our homes and children and work that we can simply forget to reach out to our existing friends, let alone form new ones. Some friendships…

little zooey magazine

The other day, I spoke with a friend who recently pulled her children out of public school to homeschool. Only a few months into the semester she was now upset and questioning her decision, "I think I've made a mistake. I don't know what…
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on planners and plans

So many friends' children begin school this week, and as we fumble our way into our own year, I admit I'm a little sad to say good-bye to this care-free season of flushed cheeks and bare feet. I bought a new planner this weekend, a favorite…
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courageous and considerate parenting

I recently read a Twitter chat between a cluster of homeschooling moms mourning that one had recently been asked which curriculum to use for a three-year-old. Although these moms were well-intentioned in their encouragement of one another allowing young…