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Why We Chose Homeschooling- A Letter to My Son

D, In three more days, I could be sending you, my four year old son, off to Kindergarten.  Your carefree days would be replaced with homework, inflexible schedules, and demands.  You would no longer get to greet your five month older sister…
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How Pokemon Sealed our Unschooling Fate

My son was six when Pokemon entered our world. The cute and odd-looking characters quickly became his thing, his focus, the topic he explored in as many ways as possible. For a little while, I was like the Pokemon themselves--using my 'special…
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Class Dismissed- Movie Review

I was able to see Class Dismissed in my hometown back in December. A local homeschooling mom took to social media to spread the word about the movie and to gather supporters.  The response was swift from the homeschooling community. I imagine…

The Future of Education

The current educational system is old, tired, and in desperate need of reform. Anyone who has been a part of the system--the students all the way up to the administrators-- have witnessed the failings, the troubles, the glaring issues; have…
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Getting out of the Way

We parents like to help. It's what we do. When our children are struggling we feel compelled to assist, direct, or support. Sometimes, all this 'help' is counterproductive and inadvertently sends the message that you don't trust your kids to…
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Got Math?

Mathematics isn’t just about adding and subtracting; it is so much more than that. It is about symbols and patterns, quantities and relationships, structures and space. All of us are constantly ‘doing math’ with our children and like reading,…
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Learning to Read the Natural Way

I know it is hard to trust, but trust you must. Children can and will learn to read without school. This has been proven time and time again, yet it is a difficult concept to accept in a culture that spends billions of dollars on curriculum…

Daydreaming: A Portal to Insight

You're sitting at your desk. The teacher is in front of the class excitedly talking about past participles and gerunds when your head starts to get fuzzy and your eyes gloss over. Your mind is at the beach, where your family just took a vacation.…