3 Ways We Combine Novelty and Structure in Homeschooling

My kids need novelty.  I need novelty.  Doing the same thing every school day would make us all quite frustrated and bored.  Every day needs to be different.  We also need our days to be structured.  Structure and novelty seem like opposites, but we have found some things that have…

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5 Ways to Promote a Love for Learning When Formally Schooling

I love learning.  I pretty much always have.  My 18 years of formal education didn’t drive it out of me either.  I remember one of my college professors telling me that I was one of the most intrinsically motivated students she had had.  I think it is just innate in…

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The Power of Questions

Asking questions can be a powerful method for helping a child learn how to think and process ideas.  Questions associated with school are often questions that show you have read and understood the material covered.  However, those types of questions often involve recall rather than thinking processes.  I ask my…

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Formal schooling combined with unschooling

Formal schooling and unschooling don’t often go together.  In fact, they often are perceived as opposites.  However, I’ve found that formal schooling and unschooling can work well together.  For many unschooling is defined by the absence of formal schooling.  My definition of unschooling is somewhat different.  I define unschooling as…

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Our Approach to Homeschooling

So this is my second year homeschooling and the first year was quite the learning experience. I had assumed that I could buy the curriculum I needed to start the year and I’d be set. I had purchased a set-up that broke everything down for me and I had daily…

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