To the Pre-School Mom
Homeschooling Outside the Box
by Cindy Rinna
1M ago
While becoming a parent is the true beginning of the journey, the preschool years bring a certain amount of well, uncertainty…for those of us who embark on the adventure of homeschooling. When is “the beginning” of their education? What should education look like in the early years? The culture tells us more is better, and the sooner the better. But Charlotte Mason referred to these formative, early pre-school years as “a quiet growing time.” Children learn through play and experience and these years are best spent growing up alongside the example of mom, dad, and older siblings in the most na ..read more
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The Philosophy Episode
Homeschooling Outside the Box
by Cindy Rinna
1M ago
What is education? What are your family values? What type of family culture are you working to create? What type of people do you hope to help your kids become? Mark Twain once famously said, “I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.” Education means so much more than curriculum; it is the cultivation of a person and a philosophy of education needs to reflect the type of person you hope to help your child become (and the person you are working to become, for that matter). Read more on my Substack ..read more
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Essential Rhythms for Busy Days
Homeschooling Outside the Box
by Cindy Rinna
5M ago
With the holidays around the corner, there are bound to be some busy days that will rock your normal homeschool routine. Those days are not lost, though. There’s a simple way to stay productive and relaxed when a hectic schedule demands it. Tune in to see how we do it. SHOW NOTES Homeschool Rhythms: Get Ready Zone Work   ..read more
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How to Read A Lot Even As a Busy Mom
Homeschooling Outside the Box
by Cindy Rinna
5M ago
If you've ever struggled to fit reading into your life as a busy homeschool mom, this is the episode for you! Join me as I tell you how to fit a true feast into the nooks and crannies of your day. Show Notes Homeschool Rhythms: Morning Time Homeschool Rhythms: Rest Time Wild + Free Bundle Subscription Subscribe and get access to the booklists ..read more
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The Autumn Episode
Homeschooling Outside the Box
by Cindy Rinna
7M ago
Bring on the sweaters and boots and pumpkin spice lattes! Autumn is in full swing by now with falling leaves, crisp mornings, and night creeping in earlier and earlier.  I like to take time to reflect as fall begins in earnest; what changes do we need to make in routines and atmosphere to get ready for a new season? Which traditions are we looking forward to the most and are there any we want to let go of? And how can I bottle everything that makes fall the loveliest time of the year? The fragrance of spices, the glow of a candle, goldenrod swaying in a breeze that is still warm but warni ..read more
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How to Grow a Homeschool Group (and if you should) with Danielle Easley, co-founder of Connect
Homeschooling Outside the Box
by Cindy Rinna
9M ago
If you've listened to Part I of this episode (How to Start a Homeschool Group and why you should), you'll be delighted to hear this continuation on what to do when the group starts to grow and take on a life of its own! IN THIS EPISODE YOU’LL HEAR: How teens make a difference for the group How privacy plays into your group's growth Communicating with your growing group Membership fees and insurance All the legal mumbo-jumbo Icky issues like dress code and phone use Should you grow? Picking venues How to build sustainable leadership Working together as a group How events change as you grow Kno ..read more
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The Summer Episode
Homeschooling Outside the Box
by Cindy Rinna
11M ago
Doesn’t summertime bring out the child in us all? Swimming in the scorching heat, drinking lemonade, inhaling the wafting scent of the grill, listening for cicadas, watching for fireflies…there is a sense of wonder that comes with summer. Use this month to tap into your inner child: Stop and smell the gardenias and jasmine. Take time. Slow down. Play and explore the great outdoors. Soak in summer and all of its splendor.   IN THIS EPISODE YOU’LL HEAR: What summer looks like for us Rhythms we keep Books we’re reading Why you don’t have to do a summer camp Why being bored is a good thing ..read more
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I'm Back!
Homeschooling Outside the Box
by Cindy Rinna
1y ago
It's been a while...but I'm back and I'm so excited to be with you again! Catch up on what's new and what to look forward to. Or, if you're brand new, get to know a little more about Homeschooling Outside the Box. You are very welcome here! You can also check out the new Nature Journal and sign up for my free monthly "Everything" guides ..read more
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Homeschool Rhythms: Rest Time
Homeschooling Outside the Box
by Cindy Rinna
2y ago
So far in this “Homeschool Rhythms” series we’ve talked about morning time, narration, getting ready, group work, individual work, and read alouds. We’ve moved our way through morning activities and lunch so today we’re going to talk about rest time! I know some of you might have the urge to check out right now thinking your children have aged out of this time of day but I assure you, it is for all ages…including you, mama. Rest time is a beautiful hour of the day when you can take a few deep breaths, make a fresh cup of coffee, and reset for your afternoon ..read more
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How to Start a Homeschool Group (and why you should) with Danielle Easley, co-founder of Connect
Homeschooling Outside the Box
by Cindy Rinna
2y ago
For decades homeschoolers have been plagued by the question, “what about socialization” from well-meaning (and let’s be honest, sometimes not so well-meaning…) neighbors, family, and friends. The question chafes at us because it assumes that the minute we begin homeschooling, we hole up in our homes and avoid all contact with any other humans. That’s just not the case though; community is an essential part of the homeschool experience and a great homeschool group can be the place for you to find lasting relationships. Six years ago, I was struggling to find a community to fit my outside-the-bo ..read more
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