Part 3: Homeschool Tailored to Passions not Textbooks

Mark and I  have always taken a classical approach/CharlotteMason/unschooling/Thomas Jefferson Education approach in teaching our kids. We have always believed that our relationship with our kids must come first, then discipline and guidance, and academics follow after both of those. Kids are smart, they don’t care what we know until …

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Part 2: What Our Days of Learning Look Like

The key to homeschooling with as little stress as possible is to learn to become flexible. Time is not your keeper, you are not held to eat breakfast at 8am every. single. day. If math takes twice as long as normal it is ok to skip science, reading, history, or …

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Part 1: Relationship, Discipline, and Then Academics

When I have parents ask me for advice in where to start in their first homeschool year, the answer is never academics. I actually suggest the family take a year off of academics, especially if they are pulling their kids out of public school. This sounds backwards, but as backward …

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Are my Kids Where They Should be Academically

It seems over the last three years I have been challenged and continue to be challenged in everything I thought homeschooling would be like. To be honest the first couple of years we homeschooled it looked like a reproduction of public school. I had created a circle time and a sit …

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Looking Back at our First Year of Homeschooling

Mark and I had talked about homeschooling our kids from the very beginning. It was when we began receiving letters in the mail from our school district remind us to register our daughter for preschool that the final decision was made. I researched in preparation for beginning our journey! I …

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Why We Have Chosen the Thomas Jefferson Education Method

What is Thomas Jefferson Education (TJE)? It is the learning theory that kids learn best when they are inspired and not required to learn. Which in this day and age sounds crazy. The question any sane adult would ask is “will kids choose to learn when not required to do …

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How we picked our home school curriculum for 2014…

Every year without fail around December or January I begin to pray about what we want and need our curriculum to look like for the next school year. I like to have our curriculum picked out and bought before spring. This allows me to go through the teacher book and write down …

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