Adopting Year Round Homeschooling, New Curriculum and Loving It

Adopting Year Round Homeschooling, New Curriculum and Loving It

Adopting Year Round Homeschooling, New Curriculum and Loving It

*This post contains affiliate links to products I use in our homeschool, see disclosure policy for full details. We have often kept up some sort of study throughout summer.  We are a family who embraces learning as a way of life v.s. something more institutional and dry.  Not to mention we live in Canada, so studying botany or entomology in the dead of winter (and -35 Celsius) just isn’t practical or rewarding.  Until this year however, our summer homeschooling has been quite unstructured. This year I made the decision to truly embrace a year round homeschool schedule. We still make

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Add Value to Your Homeschool

Add Value to Your Homeschool

We often think of value in terms of marketing or consumerism, but what if we thought of value within our family unit? Each and every member of our family has their own value they add.  We all have special talents which can enhance our family relationships. Have an evening or a rainy afternoon meeting with your kids to brainstorm and help one another recognize their own special gifts and talents? I’m sure your family has someone who: Can make you laugh Enjoys a good and lively discussion Is a caregiver Can fix or build things Bakes or cooks Is musical

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Enjoying Family Holidays and Christmas

Enjoying Family Holidays and Christmas

Are you swimming in your Holiday To Do List? Grabbing your coffee or tea on the run and feeling the pressure for everything to be perfect? During busy holiday seasons, or even seasons when family commitments abound and pile high on your plate, it is easy to be too focused on that looming to-do list. We can become so burdened with a whirlwind of errands, making the best Christmas cookies, or having the kids finish off their Math assignments before you declare “Christmas Break”, that we fall short in taking time to breathe and enjoy the season with our family.

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Organizing Your Homeschool Family

Organizing Your Homeschool Family

What kind of planner are you? I am a list maker, the “old fashioned” pencil and paper kind of list maker. There is something about a pencil or pen in my hand which helps me to own my to-do list.   When we physically write something out, it helps our minds to own those tasks a little more than if we write it via a keyboard, in a virtual way.    Although, having smartphones and apps certainly are useful too.     In fact, at our house we have a virtual calendar for our family where each member is colour coded,

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Planning Your Homeschool Curriculum – The First Steps

Planning Your Homeschool Curriculum – The First Steps

Do you love to look through catalogues, shop on-line, or do you need to get your hands onto your prospective purchases? Once you jump into this homeschooling pool you soon realize there is an even larger pool of amazing curriculum you can choose from! This post isn’t about planning out curriculum day by day, but focuses on the first stages of planning and choosing your curriculum. I usually start my curriculum search on-line.  Window shopping on-line is a great starting point to your search without adding the clutter of magazines to your desk or counter tops. While you are on-line,

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