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    Why do I homeschool? Why DON’T you?

    The Kidd is entering 4th grade this year and apparently this is the year people believe that school is getting “serious” and we need to stop “playing around” with his education. Because, you know, middle school starts soon and he’ll never “fit in” because he’ll be weird and unsocialized. He also won’t know how to take standardized tests or learn…

  • 10 Black Homeschooling “Extras” {List It Tuesday}

    I’m always looking for fun, interesting, and ‘different’ things to add to our homeschool experience. Here’s 15 things I hope to be able to add to our year. Not necessarily to be used all the time, maybe not even regularly, but things I’d like to have around the house to use when we’re looking for some kind of change–oh, and…

  • Curriculum Planning 2014-2015

    It’s that time again! Can you believe it?! This school year really has flown by. I can’t believe it’s March! In fact, it’s almost April, which means that current  curriculum will be done soon and it’ll be time to start new stuff. Such is the nature of a year round schedule. Our goal for the year is I-N-D-E-P-E-N-D-E-N-C-E. All together…

  • Why We’re Leaving HOD

    You ever totally second guess yourself about your curriculum choices?…Don’t lie! I do it all the time. But in the end, I love Heart of Dakota. How do you not love pre-planned lessons that tell you exactly what to do, great books, and an all around fabulous company? I have nothing but fabulous things to say about HOD. “Well then…

  • Can You Tell Me How to Get…

    This post created itself. I was on YouTube looking for a few videos on an idea that I had for a COMPLETELY different post. I came across some old Sesame Street videos….got nostalgic…and then had to completely revamp my post because it quickly got out of control. Several hours later, here we are. Sesame Street has been on the air…

  • 15 Cool Apps We’re Using This Year – {List It Tuesday}

    I am a techie girl at heart. It just runs in my veins. I can’t remember ever NOT having a computer…and I am an 80s baby. I remember using DOS long before there was Windows. I remember having Prodigy before AOL and balking at Google because I loved my Yahoo searches.  I remember Lycos and Tomagotchis, Alphie and Walkman, Lite Brite and Teddy…

  • A Day in the Life

    I find that new homeschoolers are always curious as to what a homeschool day looks like. The general consensus is “organized chaos”. I have a great routine down, and our days are really smooth…but remember, I’m only wrangling two kids, and one of them I get to leave behind around dinner time….. 6:15am – I wake up, pray, and get…

  • Home (Pre) Schooling

    When do you begin homeschooling? Don’t say ‘birth’. I know that technically it’s true, but when do you really start working with your kids academically? Two? Three? What do you use? An actual curriculum? Random links and printouts? I’ve just started using Easy Peasy Getting Ready 1 for my nanny babe, D, who will be 3 in a few months.…