Category Archives: homeschooling

Free Range Chickens & Free Range Learning

“Don’t help, Mom,” Claire says as I go to pick up the three-day-old chick. So I watch instead. It’s peeping helplessly at the side of the ramp leading up to the chicken coop. The mother hen and her other chicks … Continue reading

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Help Kids Learn About Business & Finance: 60+ Resources

Help kids earn money outside the home, learn through picture books, make mock investments, set up an entrepreneurial fair, create a “flying the nest” budget, enjoy finance-smart games, and many more ideas for raising money-wise kids. Continue reading

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Five Ways to Transcend the School Mindset

When we think of education, we tend to view school as the standard even if we simultaneously realize that many parts of that school model aren’t really working. Get past the school mindset to foster wider learning. Continue reading

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No Parrots Here

Parenting would be easier if kids parroted our interests, but that would be indoctrination instead of exploration. Continue reading

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School Violence Led Us To Homeschooling

We became homeschoolers suddenly. One morning our oldest son, a freshman in an award-winning suburban high school, called home saying, “He’s got a gun.” The teen who’d been harassing him just said he wouldn’t live through the school day. Continue reading

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How To Learn From Experts

Learn directly from people who are passionate about what they do. Continue reading

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Growing Up Sarcastic & Self-Sufficient On The Farm

Natural learning and all sorts of friends serves as an antidote to cultural factors relentlessly trying to pressure young people into sameness. Continue reading

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Homeschool Worries: Erased With Research & Experience

Here are all sorts of studies that dispel homeschooling myths. Plus what we experienced as we jumped from schooling to homeschooling. Continue reading

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Getting Science On Everything

Toddlers have scientific curiosity. So do teens. For both, there’s a key element to keeping that curiosity alive. Continue reading

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