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Introverts

The dreaded participation grade…as a mom of an introvert, I tend to get a little fired up when I see this. News Flash! Participation is more than talking or answering a question. Participation is also: Listening Collaborating with classmates Taking notes Discussing classwork with a peer Asking the teacher a question after class Non-verbal gestures […]

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September 11th

I love homeschooling because it offers flexibility. Especially when we want to explore important topics at length, we are able to make this happen because we dictate the flow of our day. Especially on days like today. For all children born after 2001, September 11th is a historical event, not a memory. Subsequently, as parents […]

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Misconceptions

If you had said 15 years ago I would be homeschooling my children, I would have told you that you were crazy. Back then, when I thought of homeschoolers, three things came to mind: Homeschool kids always won the National Spelling Bee. Homeschool families didn’t have televisions. Homeschool kids made their own clothes, lived on […]

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A New School Year

Despite our inability to travel outside of the province, we have had a wonderful summer exploring Nova Scotia. It’s been gloriously sunny and warm, spent together as a family, enjoying a slower pace of life. I have the best tan ever. Summer, please don’t end! Regardless of my desire to have an eternal summer, fall […]

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Summertime

I hope this blog post finds you enjoying the last few weeks into your foray as a homeschool teacher. I am sure it wasn’t all lollipops and roses, but I can assure you, homeschool, when done outside of a pandemic, is a rich and rewarding educational experience for you and your children. Most kids (and […]

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How Are You Doing?

By now, most families are well into their new, home learning adventure. It is quite the adventure! Although everyone is learning at home, remember this isn’t typical homeschooling…cut yourself some slack. The kids and I definitely have days where we struggle to get into a routine; days where we feel foggy, unmotivated and not wanting […]

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Poetry

April is National Poetry Month and who doesn’t love poetry? Especially right now, reading and writing poetry (at least for me) comes as a welcome change to the monotony of current life. With spring, I find myself thinking in haiku, which is why the kids and I will be reading one of my favorite haiku […]

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Picture Books

I was saddened to hear my favorite children’s author/illustrator, Tomie dePaola, passed away yesterday. As a child, I would ask my dad to reread Strega Nona over and over again and today I will do the same with my children. Bubble, bubble, pasta pot Boil me some pasta, nice and hot, I’m hungry and it’s […]

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File Folders

During the first year of my teaching program at the University of Minnesota, we were tasked with creating a file folder game. I don’t recall what my game consisted of (something with rabbits??) and I am sure it wasn’t overly creative, but I had fun making it! Geared toward preschool and lower elementary aged children, […]

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Getting Started

Over the course of the year, our middle daughter, Elsa, had asked repeatedly to go back to homeschool. She loved her friends, her teacher and the school community, but she no longer enjoyed school and at times didn’t feel safe in the classroom. In listening, we made the decision to pull her out after spring […]

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