Switching from the Deficit Mindset
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by Lusi Austin
1d ago
Switching from the Deficit Mindset ~ Written by Lusi Austin I love a good story. I love listening to them; singing them; writing them and bringing them to the theatre. But sometimes, the story I tell myself in my own mind is not helpful. Sometimes I lean too hard into the land of the deficit: the place where I focus on what we HAVEN’T DONE. Or who we AREN’T. I concentrate on just how far SHORT we have come, of all the targets and goals I had. Here in Australia, we are halfway through our learning year. And I find that my deficit mindset needs to be RESET about this time every single year. I h ..read more
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Stepping Outside the Grade-Level Box
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by SarahS
1w ago
Stepping Outside the Grade-Level Box ~ Written by Sarah Small of Small World Ask a homeschooled kid the innocuous “What grade are you in?” and you’ll often get a furrowed brow and an answer with a question mark at the end. “Fourth?” This response can be alarming to grandparents, non-homeschooling friends, and the cashier at Walmart. Their raised eyebrows ask, “He doesn’t know what grade he’s in?” Well, no. Not exactly. That hallmark of traditional schooling—the passing from grade to grade—isn’t of utmost importance in homeschooling. The age/grade correlation just isn’t necessarily present. If ..read more
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Encouraging Independence in Teens During Summer
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by Debbie Douse
2w ago
Encouraging Independence in Teens During Summer ~ Written by Debbie Douse of An Adventurous Education I have an honest admission to make here: I like to be in control, preferably with an efficient plan of action! Delegation and asking for help do not come naturally for me. I’m guilty of doing things for my teens that they could not only do for themselves, but would hugely benefit from completing without my input. This is especially true during term time, when our lives are at their busiest, as we juggle many extracurricular activities alongside their academics. During the summer however, we ta ..read more
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Weekend homeschool links: July 1st
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by Jamie C. Martin
2w ago
  Weekend homeschool links: Make the End of Your Homeschool Year Memorable With These Annual Tradions Multi-Sensory High School: Our 9th Grade Plan (2022-2023) AAL/AAR How to Balance Fun and Learning this Summer When Homeschool Doesn’t Go As Planned The Best Graphic Novels to Engage Early Readers 6 years ago on the blog: ABC books for elementary and beyond Featured Sponsors:     If you are a parent of a child aged 5-18 years old, your child can enjoy this free LifeSkillsNow summer camp!  This is a fun and encouraging program to assist building up and strengthening the ..read more
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A Homeschool Mom’s Fearful Experiment
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by Jamie C. Martin
3w ago
A Homeschool Mom’s Fearful Experiment ~ Written by Jamie C. Martin I’ve failed again; I know it. There are a million ways I’ve shown it. I’d been feeling so good about our progress, Then you came home and said you couldn’t fill out the form. All of the other kids did, but you weren’t sure how to spell the words. My heart smashed flat like a grape under siege at a winery. I could barely breathe. Sick to my core. Over-reacting? Yes, I’m aware. Does that make it stop? Never. You see, my child, I care so much and know so little. I have no real-life role models for this journey and you are my Mad ..read more
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Do we depend too much on our kids?
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by Kari Patterson
1M ago
Do we depend too much on our kids? ~ Written by Kari Patterson The wording might sound weird, but the idea resonates with me deeply: Once your child’s a teen, you’re no longer the star of the show. You might be thinking, Star of the show? What show? My daughter Heidi (15) is in youth theater and we have a running joke that I keep waiting for the artistic team to call and ask me to play some lead role. Come on, I can totally be Elsa! Give me a chance! Yeah not happening. I had my season on the stage. I now work backstage, and I love it! It’s my children’s time to shine. Most moms I know a ..read more
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Homeschooling on an Empty Tank
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by Amber O’Neal Johnston
1M ago
Homeschooling on an Empty Tank ~  Written by Amber O’Neal Johnston from Heritage Mom Having a relaxed family schedule with plenty of time to rest and recharge is one of the many reasons my husband and I wanted to educate our children at home. We try to foster a healthy, balanced, and enriching environment, and for the most part, I think we do that well. However, amid my efforts to protect the margin and downtime in my kids’ lives, there are seasons when I find myself ever-so-close to homeschooling on an empty tank. Recently, I attended a talk by a naturalist who shared a fascinating ..read more
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9 Educational Philosophies Defined (UPDATED!)
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by Jamie C. Martin
1M ago
9 Educational Philosophies Defined (UPDATED!) ~ Written by Jamie C. Martin, editor of Simple Homeschool and Introverted Moms Hi friends! I’m here again with another installment in my new Simple Homeschool series, in which I’m updating past content to keep it fresh and useful for all of you. This post was one of the most popular back in the early days of Simple Homeschool; it gives a helpful overview to the many educational philosophies out there. Originally this was Part I of a two-part series. As part of my update, I merged them and added several updated links to help you learn more about an ..read more
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Weekend homeschool links: May 31st
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by Jamie C. Martin
1M ago
I was beyond excited to have randomly discovered that right now my book Introverted Mom is 56% off on Amazon right now – woot! Perfect if you need a heartfelt summer read xo (afflink) Weekend homeschool links: Motivating Young Readers with Graphic Novels this Summer Homeschooling Success: The Role of Strong Family Connections Meal Prep for Busy Homeschooling Moms Encouraging Independent Learning In Your Homeschool 4 years ago on Simple Homeschool: The Enemy of Homeschooling: Guilt In case you missed it this week: Our Family Learning Diary: Recording Our Homeschool Journey This week on social ..read more
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Our Family Learning Diary: Recording Our Homeschool Journey
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by Lusi Austin
2M ago
Our Family Learning Diary – Recording Our Homeschool Journey Written by Lusi Austin from That Homeschool Life Even before we began homeschooling, I started keeping a learning record. A collection of loose papers with notes on them. I can’t tell you why, but I know I did it because I came across the papers in a box in my shed recently. My eldest (now 22) was 3 at the time and on this piece of paper, it says that we did an ‘underwater themed art activity’ . I wrote the song that we sang together and we played a magnetic fish game too. I think somehow I knew that homeschooling would be part of o ..read more
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