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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Our Kids each have Cleaning Zones

Laundry, washing floors, vacuuming, cleaning two bathrooms, and the up keep of a house hold often feels daunting. For us, a family of six, laundry is something we will never have to worry if we will have a shortage. Dishes will always have to be done as our stomachs routinely …

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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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Seeing Christ in the Holiday Season

As we approach the holiday season our kids excitement is gaining momentum. They can feel the chill in the air reminding them that snow will soon appear on their favorite sledding hills and that our local parks will soon have the skating rinks iced over. Our local store shelves are lined …

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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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Letting Go of What School Should Look Like.

This year our twins joined Maddie in “formal” schooling. I have felt more lost this year than the first year I began homeschooling. Adding two more minds, bodies, and emotions to our morning has thrown me for a loop. I have been grasping at straws for how to incorporate our …

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Simply Charming Ceramics in Albert Lea

Mark and I believe that art is as important to our children’s education as math, science, and handwriting. Art inspires, teaches, and relaxes our kids brains. Simply Charming Ceramics in Albert Lea inspired the artist in each of our kids. They each were able to pick a ceramic pumpkin in …

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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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