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  • Affirming the Black Child
    In: Healthy Living, Homeschool
    Note: This is a list in progress.  I am kind and I deserve kindness in return. I am capable of anything I put my mind to. No one is allowed to steal my joy. I take responsibility of my mistakes without shame. I am beautiful inside and out. I am not a quitter, I will always keep trying. I deserve love and respect. My feeling are valid and do not mean I am weak. I am strong, I am powerful. I have a right to the universe. “Impossible” does not [Read More…]
  • Don’t Quit Homeschooling in February!
    In: Homeschool
    In the last 9 years, I’ve come to know that homeschooling has a VERY cyclical schedule, especially if you’re in your first year or two. February is quitting time. It just is. That’s when everyone has had enough and sits down to count their failures as they start researching school enrollment requirements, drop-off co-ops, and the furthest boarding schools. Why? A lot of reasons: You came in with high expectations and feel like [Read More…]
  • How Television Teaches Us Science
    In: Homeschool
    Warning: Spoilers included if you haven’t seen the show. Recently we’ve gotten into watching Black Lightning on Netflix, in order to start from the beginning before catching the latest season. After Anissa and Jefferson’s big reveal, The Kidd and I had a whole discussion on the way genes work and why there was NOT a 50/50 chance that each of the girls could’ve been born with powers. Enter the Punnett Square, ratios and [Read More…]
  • The Monday Mix-Up
    In: Crafting, Homeschool
    Mondays are rough for us sometimes. The kids get my full attention on weekends, so when I have to turn that attention back to my computer on Monday morning to get back to work, the littles sometimes melt down. I’ve been rearranging my schedule a bit to help ease their transition into the day, and as much as I loathe crafts, that’s what we’ve been using. We all sit together at the table and “make” together. This week [Read More…]
  • What You Need to Know About Deschooling
    In: Books, Homeschool
    We need to talk about this because it’s important. Not only to your entire family’s mental health, but to your ultimate success as a homeschooler. Deschooling allows everyone the time to decompress from all prior educational settings, gives parents a chance to watch and observe their children to discover who they are as learners, and allows children the chance for self discovery. You can’t deschool and still be expecting them [Read More…]
  • Gameschooling 101
    In: Homeschool
    Why do I homeschool? Because there’s no way the above would be considered “curriculum” in a public school classroom. My 5yo doesn’t need a stack of work books (though we have a few and she enjoys them), she needs to play and create. Have you considered “gameschooling” or incorporating it into your days? It’s a thing! Children often learn concepts faster when they’re playing a game, so this way of [Read More…]
  • Self-Directed Teens (A Day in the Life)
    In: Homeschool
    “What does homeschooling older kids look like?” I hear this a lot, from worried parents of older elementary students, middle schoolers, and high school aged-kids. I get it; by the time your kids get to this point, the local homeschool group has cycled back to a new batch of 5-10yos and the older kids have moved on to the local middle and high schools. It’s a tough road But let’s take a look, shall we? The Kidd is almost [Read More…]
  • 30 Graphic Novels for Kids that Prefer Comics
    In: Books, Homeschool
    Post contains affiliate links “What books do you suggest for a kid that doesn’t like to read?” I hear this a lot and I always follow it up with, “well, when they do choose books, what do they pick?” The answer is almost always the same: Captain Underpants, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Dork Diaries, and comic books in general. I have to be honest….there’s absolutely NOTHING wrong with this! If this is what it [Read More…]
  • The Library Card Benefits You Aren’t Using
    In: Books, Homeschool
    Raise your hand if you have a library card. I thought so. Most homeschoolers do, of course. However, are you using your library card to its full potential? Most card-holders aren’t. Library card benefits include borrowing wagon-fulls of books and other media every few weeks, but what else might you be missing? Does your library offer free classes? Ours has classes, clubs, and social events for people of all ages. There’s LEGO club [Read More…]
  • Circle Time at Home
    In: Homeschool
    I reel-in my littles with the age old tradition of “circle time”. And you know what? It WORKS. I was amazed. Try it. Tweak it. Embrace it. You might love it. We do circle time this way because it’s not at the beginning of our day. By the time we get to “school”, our children have been awake for 3-4 hours; they’ve eaten, and they have been allowed to wake up and get moving at their own pace. The progression of our circle time allows for us to [Read More…]