How to Build Homeschool Habits

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The following is a post by contributing writer Michelle of Raising Cajuns. You’ve probably heard that you need to turn actions into habits if you want to make lasting change.  The same truth applies to decluttering, health, or cleaning habits as well as learning activities.  I hear a lot of people say they’d like to […]

Homeschooling with the Seasons: Spring

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—– The following is a post by contributing writer Michelle of Raising Cajuns. Spring is a time of renewed energy.  It’s time to throw off the heavy blankets of winter and shake out the picnic blanket.  While winter invited reading and resting, spring invites us to run outside with our arms spread wide and enjoy […]

Homeschooling with the Seasons: Winter

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The following is a post by contributing writer Michelle of Raising Cajuns. While many homeschoolers take some time off from formal lessons during the beginning of winter to relax and process major holidays, the rest of winter is also a wonderful time to shift gears and adjust your learning rhythms to better fit with the […]

Start the New Year with a Weekly Art Session

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If I told you that scheduling a weekly painting afternoon completely transformed our homeschooling, you probably wouldn’t believe me.  But it has.  About halfway through our first year of homeschooling, I wondered why we weren’t doing more art activities.  Determined to change that, I made a resolution to prioritize art. We started small, scheduling one […]

Head, Heart, Hands: Daily Rhythms and Educating the Whole Child

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One of the things so many of us love about homeschooling is that we can educate the whole child, meaning we can assist in their physical, academic, spiritual, and emotional growth simultaneously.  No need for separate classes or teachers or complicated schedules.  Waldorf educators refer to this as head, heart, hands.  It is a simple […]

Breaking Down Your Rhythms

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Last year, I discussed my tendency to be chronically random and my struggle with developing routines.  A year later, things aren’t perfect (yes, some mornings I still forget if I’ve washed the shampoo out of my hair), but I definitely feel more settled and relaxed.  I decided to focus on larger goals and an order, […]

Homeschooling the First Year: Seeking Balance

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After stressing about our lack of rhythm, I think we finally have some daily and weekly routines that work for us. Our homeschooling has some regularity to it, and I’ve spaced out our weekly outings and household chores so we get things done while still feeling relaxed. I even printed an outline of our daily […]

Homeschooling the First Year: Routines for the Chronically Random

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With a few months of this new homeschooling lifestyle behind us, I feel much more confident. Sure, we have problems – the kids have meltdowns, I have panic attacks, we all lose our minds now and then – but we’re in a much better position to deal with those bumps along the way. We’re spending […]