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homeschool

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To homeschool or not to homeschool?

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As schools start to announce their re-opening plans for Fall 2020, parents have so much to consider! How much time have you spent trying to make this decision—send the kids back to school or take the stay-at-home option? This is a hard place to be: On the one hand, this, on the other hand, that. Being on the fence can quickly become an intolerable situation.  What if our minds are meant for researching and processing but not for making decisions?  After the mind has collected the data—in the other words, once you’ve researched your options and given[...]

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more for the suddenly at-home-schoolers

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You’re working from home. You’re managing meals and your kids’ education. You are socially isolated and figuring out how to live in this uncertain time. Of course you are overwhelmed!  Here are the tips I covered on the previous blog for new homeschoolers: Create a rhythm or schedule (without trying to turn your home into school)Add warmth to your home Today’s tip: Set up space Creating individual work space is nourishing and will help everyone function better. Your kids may have fun finding an area where they can easily stor[...]

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What to do when your a tired mom

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Last week was a bit bumpy in our household and homeschool. Between sickness and lack of sleep, tempers were lost. I should mention that I was the first to lose it.  I get triggered when I don’t feel valued. Wouldn’t it be great if my twelve year old could read my mind, and then go, “Thanks for doing all those dishes, Mom! Now that you’ve created a clean workspace, I’m going to get started on my work right away!”  It’s probably more accurate to say that I get triggered when I don’t value my own worth and my own needs. Instead o[...]

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Unschooling myself

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I remember this moment clearly: I’m in the third grade. I sit in my desk in the second to last row when the teacher announces, “We are ready to begin learning our times tables.” I think—This is it! The moment I’ve waited for! I begin drumming my desk and pounding my feet in excitement. Finally, I would learn something supremely fundamental about life and how it works. “Carrie, I know you’re excited, but please sit still,” Ms. Cantrall says. I always sat still. I was the most proper student any elementary teacher could hope for. This w[...]

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She Graduates

She graduates . . . and you want to post a picture, say something about how time flies but you know that this will never encompass what you feel and maybe this is why you find it difficult to post on social media but you try anyway. You sit in tender recognition of this thing called time and growth, of transitions and of new era’s, of looking back and moving toward the new. You recall the different shapes of her, the chubby, the slim, the dimpled, those bitty feet; and the old angles of you both around the house, holding on to coffee tables for balance, bending[...]