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Week in Review — January 14-18, 2019

Week in Review — January 14-18, 2019

Hey everybody!  How was your week?  Ours was highly productive which makes me so happy! Even with some mood swings and crankiness, I’d replicate this week anytime for its sheer productivity. Here are a few things I hope you’ll take away from this post: Adjusting […]

Experience ‘cool’ history with your homeschoolers — ice harvesting demo 🗓 🗺

Experience ‘cool’ history with your homeschoolers — ice harvesting demo 🗓 🗺

Guys! I’ve found an educational event worth bundling up for! Let’s get our hooligans out of the house, release their pent-up energy and learn about local history and geography. I was so excited to find this event, as I’ve only ever seen ice harvesting on […]

The Daily Spark – 2019.01.18

The Daily Spark – 2019.01.18

“{Homeschooling}…recipe for genius: More of family and less of school, more of parents and less of peers, more creative freedom and less formal lessons.” Q ~Raymond S. Moore There are different kinds of genius, aren’t there? Even if we’re not raising a math genius or […]

AAR — Homeschool Curriculum for Dad — 2019.01.17

AAR — Homeschool Curriculum for Dad — 2019.01.17

After Action Report for Homeschool Curriculum for Dad – 2019.01.17 Decent educational progress. Difficult Noodle. Fun with stereo! Read Aloud Challenge again went well. The next level of BOB books are noticeably harder. The longer sentences seem to frustrate Noodle. For one thing, she can’t […]

AAR — Homeschool Curriculum for Dad — 2019.01.15

AAR — Homeschool Curriculum for Dad — 2019.01.15

After Action Report for Homeschool Curriculum for Dad – 2019.01.15 Yes, I’m behind. No, I don’t have a good reason. Sorry for the delay.Leah and I are still working on things like scheduling and sharing responsibilities. Shared homeschooling — shared child raising! — is not […]

Stop panicking and trust your child’s ability to learn

Stop panicking and trust your child’s ability to learn

There seems to be an epidemic of panicking parents. Trusting kids’ ability to learn has been schooled right out of adults for the most part. (Quite possibly because we weren’t trusted.) This article left me both shaking my head and extremely grateful that Tim and […]

The Daily Spark – 2019.01.17

The Daily Spark – 2019.01.17

“To be in your children’s memories tomorrow, you have to be in their lives today.” ~Barbara Johnson When you homeschool, you know the quantity of time you spend with your kiddos will be greater than average. But we’ve got to keep an eye on how […]

Homeschool Curriculum for Dad – 2019.01.17

Homeschool Curriculum for Dad – 2019.01.17

“To be in your children’s memories tomorrow, you have to be in their lives today.” ~Barbara Johnson When you homeschool, you know the quantity of time you spend with your kiddos will be greater than average. But we’ve got to keep an eye on how […]

The Daily Spark – 2019.01.16

The Daily Spark – 2019.01.16

“If we did all the things we are capable of, we could literally astound ourselves.” ~Thomas Edison The question is, “What are you truly capable of?” If you take away self-imposed limits, dare to hope for more and confidently do something, you just may be […]

Use your kids’ energy for math success

Use your kids’ energy for math success

Curb your frustration from energetic kiddos by using it for math. Pent-up energy is the name of the game for most homeschoolers in wintertime. But instead of letting the energy run wild (and therefore drive you mad!), try directing it into moving math. Your kids’ […]

The Daily Spark – 2019.01.15

The Daily Spark – 2019.01.15

“Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.” ~Helen Keller Optimism and hope give us a positive direction. Confidence motivates us to keep moving forward. Put them all together and you’ll really get somewhere TODAY’S GOAL: Write […]

Homeschool Curriculum for Dad – 2019.01.15

Homeschool Curriculum for Dad – 2019.01.15

“I am teaching the poetry of math.” ~Tim Massey Seeing the poetry of math and the math of poetry is an eye-opening experience. Once a child is shown this, they’re able to notice that math and science are full of art and beauty. They see […]

The Daily Spark – 2019.01.14

The Daily Spark – 2019.01.14

“Once we accept our limits, we go beyond them.” ~Albert Einstein Accepting our current limits in no way limits our future. By taking an honest look at what we think our limits are, we just might discover that our biggest limitation is inside us. When […]

Week in Review — January 07-11, 2019

Week in Review — January 07-11, 2019

Hey everybody!  How was your week?  Ours was disrupted but productive! I’m excited to be back to normal rhythms. Here are a few things I hope you’ll take away from this post: Always encourage your littlest students to feel a sense of belonging to your […]

The Daily Spark – 2019.01.11

The Daily Spark – 2019.01.11

“Laughing brains are more absorbent.” ~Alton Brown When someone makes you smile, makes you laugh, makes you catch your breath and wipe a humorous tear from their eye, they automatically have your attention. The most motivating speakers and teachers sprinkle humor and playfulness throughout their […]

AAR — Homeschool Curriculum for Dad — 2019.01.08

AAR — Homeschool Curriculum for Dad — 2019.01.08

After Action Report for Homeschool Curriculum for Dad – 2019.01.08 Leah set up a pretty straightforward school day for me. Which was gratefully appreciated. I came home to a house full of sick people, so of course I immediately got sick. Leah had scheduled an […]

The Daily Spark – 2019.01.10

The Daily Spark – 2019.01.10

“The things which are the most important don’t always scream the loudest.” ~Bob Hawke Moms are notorious for putting themselves last. We quiet our inner voices — our early warning systems — in the name of being a “good” mother. Quit being a martyr. TODAY’S […]

Customize your curriculum for homeschool success — Plan for joy

Customize your curriculum for homeschool success — Plan for joy

Welcome back! Yesterday I talked about editing your way to homeschool success by customizing a curriculum specifically to the needs of your family. I covered the first four of the following eight steps that I followed while planning my new curriculum. 8 steps to a […]

The Daily Spark – 2019.01.09

The Daily Spark – 2019.01.09

“It ain’t what you know that gets you into trouble. It’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so.” ~Mark Twain Ain’t that the truth? We always eat the most crow we’re sure we’re right. It’s gut-check time. TODAY’S GOAL: When you’re ready to argue […]

Customize your curriculum for homeschool success — A curriculum is just a starting point

Customize your curriculum for homeschool success — A curriculum is just a starting point

One of the perks of homeschooling is the freedom to customize your curriculum to your family’s personality and goals. No matter what curriculum you currently use, with a bit of tweaking you can create tailor-made learning rhythms that give you all plenty of room to […]

The Daily Spark – 2019.01.08

The Daily Spark – 2019.01.08

“Everyone you will ever meet knows something you don’t.” ~Bill Nye Isn’t that awesome?! From the guy stocking shelves at the market to the librarian to teller at the bank – everyone knows something you don’t. That’s both a lesson in humility and an inspiration […]

Homeschool Curriculum for Dad – 2019.01.08

Homeschool Curriculum for Dad – 2019.01.08

“Everyone you will ever meet knows something you don’t. ~Bill Nye No matter how smart you are, you can learn something from everyone. It may just be to learn their perspective of the world. Humility gives us the opportunity to be even smarter. TODAY’S GOAL:  […]

Use TV as your sick day savior

Use TV as your sick day savior

Keep your family’s learning going strong even through cold and flu season by making good use of your TV. If we use it wisely, screen time can be the difference between frustration over derailed schedules and celebration of learning during a rough patch. Screen time […]

The Daily Spark – 2019.01.07

The Daily Spark – 2019.01.07

“Uniformity is the plague of sameness.” ~John Coykendal Sameness really is a plague. It breeds anxiety, stifles creativity and mows down the population with the infectiousness of, well – the plague. Vive la difference TODAY’S GOAL:  Write down five ways that your life breaks free […]

Week in Review — December 31, 2018 – January 4, 2019

Week in Review — December 31, 2018 – January 4, 2019

Hey everybody!  How was your week?  Sickness and break time still featured prominently in our week, but we were happy to welcome Tim home and get our school space freshened up for a new school year. Here are a few things I hope you’ll take […]