Be Awesome, Quit for the Summer

Summer started early around here. Stress levels were at an all-time high, the sun was shining, and we’d hit our state-mandated 180 days of school for the year. So I hit the QUIT button and immediately heard, “Mom you’re the most awesome mom ever!!” I don’t know what you intend…

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A Two Towers Kind of School Day

The forecast in Mordor according to an iPhone: unflinchingly hot for the upcoming week

You know, the kind full of battle scenes. The good guys face hopeless odds. The women and children are crying. Only a wizard and group of mystical Ents can rescue the halflings from despair. “What can men do against such reckless evil?” “Ride out and meet them.” Let’s just say…

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A Day in the Life of a Classical Homeschool

notebook page that lists Bubba's assignments & chore for the day

This is part of the series: Classical Homeschooling Those of you who have read any of these great books about classical homeschooling have, if you’re anything like me, shut the book and said something like, “Yeah right.” All of this sounds fabulous, but real people like me can’t possibly accomplish all…

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The Challenge

If you’re considering giving your children a classical educaction at home, you might as well be aware of the challenges you’ll face. This may be depressing, but read on homeschooling mama:

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Mom, CEO. (Leadership Principles for Homeschooling Moms)

stuffed animal board meeting

There are some striking similarities between being a homeschooling mom and being the CEO of a major corporation. Okay, I’ve never actually been the CEO of a major corporation. Out of the yearly boatload of books published on leadership in the corporate world, I’ve only read a handful, but I’m finding…

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When Homeschooling Focus is Hard

long- distance view through scope looking down the road

My living room looks like some disorganized, second-rate library. I haven’t counted, but I’m sure there are no less than 1,136 half-read books stacked on the end tables, bookshelf, bench, and usually one or two on an armrest. My kids are usually each reading four at a time and have…

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How to Relax in a World of Overwhelmed Homeschoolers

Overflowing Laundry Room

As early as a month ago, a lot of moms in my local homeschooling group began talking about feeling overwhelmed and discussing strategies of how to do everything that needs to get done in a day.  Frankly, I wouldn’t be surprised to hear non-homeschooling moms have a similar conversation.  Some…

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Tips for Homeschooling with Toddlers and Babies

A true homeschool day isn’t complete without a little tumult, but during some seasons of your homeschooling life the chaos seems to take over.  Amidst babies and toddlers, homeschooling can easily descend into complete disorder and a cacophony of small voices clamoring for your attention.  Here are a few tips on how to…

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Serving Your Students

Today I want to draw a comparison between business and homeschooling, with a focus on service. Let’s pretend a company, “A-Z Widgetmaker,” is going to fire a lowly, underperforming salesperson. Sales girl, Jan, just isn’t the right fit for the company. She recites the script during her presentations, but hasn’t…

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