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Instilling mindfulness in our homeschool

In his book New Pioneers, Jeffrey Jacob quotes a homesteader from Idaho’s description of the joy she has in the way of life her family has chosen: There is so much more to say, and all I can start with is–this is a most beautiful way to live.  We feel joy in just watching a gate we built open and…

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On socialization and learning where we fit in the world

Hey, did you know we’re Mexican? says the little girl at craft table at the library.  She couldn’t have been older than six.  Her little friend across from her dropped her scissors, mouth agape. Don’t you call me that! She was clearly insulted and the table fell silent, all eyes on the offender.  She averted her eyes, but there was…

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When teaching and learning styles conflict

A week and a half away from our formal start to the homeschool year and I’m feeling excited and apprehensive.  Excited because I’ve found some really good resources, the kind I’ve been lamenting the seeming non-existence of for four years.  Excited because who wouldn’t be excited at the door of a great adventure, especially one starting with an overnight trip…

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Not quite a homeschool room

I’m totally reposting an old post for My 3 Boybarians’ Blog Hop.  Not all that much has changed since the last time I posted on the topic, except that I have a fifth child now. And a kitchen table which is currently buried under their latest project. First, we have the independent learning center.  This is where children may come…

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Homeschool poll: How involved are dads in homeschooling?

After the discussion on my last post, I’ve been wondering just how involved the average homeschool father is in homeschooling.  And it looks like the discussion has already begun a bit with Homeschool and Etc., Zimmszoo, and Only Sometimes Clever sharing their thoughts.  So I thought I’d conduct a little poll.  Wholly unscientific, and from which no meaningful conclusions can…

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