Category: The Daily Spark

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Daily Spark – 2019.01.04

The Daily Spark – 2019.01.04

“Homeschooling amplifies everything about yourself.” ~Kristen Rogers Homeschooling is seriously a journey of self-revelation. Our strengths are revealed to ourselves, our children and the world at large as our kids travel through life. On the flip side, so are our weaknesses. TODAY’S GOAL:  Choose one […]

The Daily Spark – 2019.01.03

The Daily Spark – 2019.01.03

“May your choices reflect your hopes and not your fears.” ~Nelson Mandela Hope moves you forward. Fear holds you back. Choose to move forward in hope. TODAY’S GOAL:  Make one hopeful choice today that moves you forward towards the person you want to be. See […]

The Daily Spark – 2019.01.02

The Daily Spark – 2019.01.02

“It just comes down to being decisive and doing something.” ~Unknown Paralysis by analysis is a very real thing. You can become so bogged down with information about different ways to homeschool that you don’t actually homeschool. Just remember, no homeschool plan has to be […]

The Daily Spark – 2019.01.01

The Daily Spark – 2019.01.01

“I am not a teacher, but an awakener.” ~ Robert Frost There are few more pleasant ways to wake up than to the smell of breakfast cooking. Gently rousing interest in our children has an effect similar to frying up some bacon. Our children will […]

The Daily Spark – 2018.12.31

The Daily Spark – 2018.12.31

“Eye contact softens your interaction instantly.” ~Julie Bogart There’s a fair amount of “commanding the troops” involved in keeping your family running smoothly. But issuing commands and barking demands gets exhausting for both parent and children. Looking your child in the eye before giving directions […]

The Daily Spark – 2018.12.28

The Daily Spark – 2018.12.28

“The person who does the work is the only one who learns.” ~Harry Wong When we jump in and solve all our kids’ problems, we get really talented at problem solving. But do they? We’ve got to let our kids struggle a bit so they […]

The Daily Spark – 2018.12.27

The Daily Spark – 2018.12.27

“Too often we give children answers to remember rather than problems to solve.” ~ Roger Lewin Solving a problem yourself is heady stuff. When you’ve had to work your way to a solution, the result is a sweet feeling of independence. What a gift to […]

The Daily Spark – 2018.12.26

The Daily Spark – 2018.12.26

“Don’t bother people for help without first trying to solve the problem yourself.” ~Colin Powell This is a powerful habit to get into, both for your kids and yourself. When we train ourselves to at least try to figure something out on our own, we’re […]

The Daily Spark – 2018.12.25

The Daily Spark – 2018.12.25

“When people really want a skill, it goes viral. You couldn’t stop it if you tried.” ~ Carol Black Have you experienced this with your kids? If they’re really into something, there’s seemingly no power strong enough to force their minds elsewhere. Whether it’s Legos […]

The Daily Spark – 2018.12.24

The Daily Spark – 2018.12.24

“When you’re motivated to learn something you can get a lot done in a short amount of time, and on your own.” ~Logan La Plant Logan La Plant was 13 years old when he said this. It is totally possible for kids to be motivated […]

The Daily Spark – 2018.12.21

The Daily Spark – 2018.12.21

“Homeschooling amplifies everything about yourself.” Kristen Rogers Our strengths, weaknesses and aspirations all get amplified in the course of a single homeschool day. They are reflected back to us in the faces and behavior of our children. Why do we focus so much on the […]

The Daily Spark – 2018.12.20

The Daily Spark – 2018.12.20

“Painting is easy when you don’t know how, but very difficult when you do.” Edgar Degas Beginnings are often exciting because of our naivete. Anything seems possible. But when you learn how people think something “should” be done, it puts the burden of expectation on […]

The Daily Spark – 2018.12.19

The Daily Spark – 2018.12.19

“Remember, the kids who need the most love will ask for it in the most unloving ways.” Russell Barkley It is unbelievably difficult to respond with kindness when our kids treat us with disrespect. But that disrespect – even meanness – just may be a […]

The Daily Spark – 2018.12.18

The Daily Spark – 2018.12.18

“Children need what we rarely give them in school – time for messing about.” John Holt Kids need to experience free time and boredom. When children have time and space to explore their own interests at their own pace and in their own way, they […]

The Daily Spark – 2018.12.17

The Daily Spark – 2018.12.17

“We don’t grow into creativity, we grow out of it, or rather we get educated out of it.” Sir Ken Robinson You have opted out of the public school model. This means that you have the opportunity to not just protect creativity, but to foster […]