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How a Simple Sharpie Can Make Your Kids WANT to Learn

There are moments where I have despaired of EVER getting my kids to want to do something. Practice handwriting … nope! Do math problems … nope! Practice spelling … nope! And then there are times when a kid will sit down and just do their assignment. No whining. No crying. No begging. I wish I […]

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The #1 Hack to Keep Your Homeschool on Track (Every Day!)

Do your kids get distracted while you’re doing school? Are you calling them back? Asking them to finish? Asking them to start?!? Sometimes it feels like I’m herding cats to get everybody into one place to try and do one thing all together. BUT … I also know that I tend to get distracted too! […]

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Will your homeschooled kids be weird? Here’s how you know.

I admit it. I asked the “question.” One of the first things I asked when I met a mom who homeschooled — years before I started homeschooling myself — was “Aren’t you worried your kids will be weird?” This was LONG before I knew the arguments about socialization and the benefits of homeschooling. All I […]

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Want college-bound kids? … Do THIS before anything else!

Do you want your kids to go to college? Or do you have dreams of them becoming an entrepreneur? I certainly did. But over the years, I made one crucial mistake that made my oldest not care about what she did after high school. In this video, I talk about the mistake I made and […]

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How to Answer the “What About Socialization” Question

If you haven’t had someone ask you “What about socialization?” … then wait a few minutes … it’s coming. This question seems to show up over and over again in homeschool conversations with people outside of the homeschool world. And knowing how to ANSWER that question can feel a little tricky! Today I’m sharing the […]

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#1 Top Question to Save Your Sanity in the Fall

I hope you’re in the thick of summer vacation — family trips, lazy days at the pool, late-night movie nights with the kids. But if you’re anything like me, you’re also heavy into thinking about the next school year. What you’ll study AND what you hope your school day will FEEL like. Every year about […]

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Free Time in Your Homeschool & Early Costco Readers {Review}

Are you free? As in … are you free to occasionally do something just for you? Free time can sometimes feel like a mirage for busy homeschool moms. There’s just soooo much that you have to do (even in the summer!). But making sure you get free time as a mom is super duper important! […]

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The Value of Carschooling

How much time do you spend in the car? Between lessons and co-ops and errands, I have spent HOURS and HOURS in the car over my homeschooling lifetime. Fortunately, I learned that my time in the car could be put to good use. And make the trip more enjoyable at the same time. Carschooling is […]

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3 Essential Writing Skills + Teach 1 with This Tell Tale Game {Review}

Ever feel frustrated because your kid doesn’t want to write? Or do you wish you could simplify your language arts curriculum, save yourself some time, AND still produce great writers? It’s totally possible to inspire a love of writing AND do it in less time and effort. Because writing breaks down into THREE essential elements. […]

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When Your Toddler Won’t Let You Read

Question: What do you do when your toddler won’t let you read with your older kids? Answer: This used to happen to us ALL THE TIME! My youngest was such a stinker. We would be sitting on the couch trying to read. He would run over and pull at the book … scream loudly … […]

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