Category: Practical Tips

Back to Homeschool

Sailing Back to Homeschool

Don’t let bad weather capsize your homeschool Getting back to homeschool routines is not always smooth sailing. When you start a new homeschool year there are a lot of new routines to pull into place. Although you may feel like you are going to sink back into a comfortable rhythm, the kids might see your…
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10 Things I Don't Regret After a Dozen Years of Homeschooling

10 Things I Don’t Regret After a Dozen Years of Homeschooling

My oldest is a senior this year. His journey through homeschooling is almost over, but mine will be going strong for another seven years as my youngest is 9. Despite the lack of picture perfect kitchens and quietly quintessential days, I am perfectly happy with what we have done together. I am content and happy…
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The Places and Spaces Where we Learn Jump Into Genius Homeschool

Homeschool Space Realities

Kids can learn anywhere, but that doesn’t mean you don’t need an organized space dedicated to the hard work of learning. Homeschool spaces look different in every home and family. But there are a few common threads you can see within the beauty of variation.. The Essential Needs of Every Homeschool Space Book Shelves Even…
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Bribing the Kids? The difference between good and bad reward systems.

Bribing Your Kids?

Today’s post is by teacher and founder, Nidhi Patel. She shares four rules for doing rewards right. I hear families both struggling and thriving with teaching kids at-home. Our new normal has changed a lot of typical rules: screen-time restrictions have been largely lifted and parents are using an age-old technique more than ever…. “Mommy…
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Homeschooling When Your Youngest Eats Crayons

Homeschooling When Your Youngest Eats Crayons

Do you dream of the day when your youngest will behave like the child in the picture above? Enjoying this part of your life requires a combination of mindset shifts and practical help to get through your days without feeling like you are being torn apart at the seams from being pulled in three different directions all day.

Teaching Teens Personal Finance

Teaching Teens Personal Finance

Whether you are homeschooling, your teen or they attend public or private school, personal finance is rarely covered in a typical curriculum. It is up to you, the parent, to make sure you are teaching your teens the personal finance skills they will need to be successful adults. Below you will find the main points…
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Confessions of a Lazy Homeschool Planner

Confessions of a Lazy Homeschool Planner

I admit it. Even though I insist everyone needs to have a plan, and write a schedule, even if it is a simple rhythm based schedule, I don’t like wasting a lot of time on the planning process. To me, the point of planning is to make my days run smoother. Sometimes planning itself becomes…
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Homeschool Essentials

Homeschool Essentials

Not all homeschool essentials can be bought. Some of the most important ingredients in a homeschool have to do with mindsets, attitudes, and lifestyles. There are many wonderful things you can include in your homeschool, but time and money are both limited resources. Knowing what you must have can help you use those limited resources…
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Which Type of Homeschool is Best for You?

Which Type of Homeschool is Best for You?

There are a lot of different ways of educating kids that fall under the term homeschool these days. While some homeschoolers might argue that some of these are not truly homeschooling, I want to include everything that is generally referred to as homeschooling in this post. The truth is, the world of homeschooling is full…
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10 Simple Tips for Building Stress Relief Into Your Homeschool Schedule

Building Stress Relief into Your Homeschool Schedule

Stress relief should not be saved or hoarded for ‘stressful times’. In fact, teaching our kids the ability to cope with stress on a daily basis is a crucial life skill. This is best done by example, not curriculum or preaching.