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Ack! I’ve Got an Extrovert! An Introvert Homeschooling Mom’s Survival Guide

introvert homeschool mom survival guide

One of the scariest things, for me, when I thought about homeschooling, was the fact I would be with my kiddo all.the.time. This scared me for a few reasons. Our relationship had deteriorated to screaming matches over math homework, and she’s an extrovert; not just an extrovert… a spirited extrovert. If you aren’t familiar with … Continue reading

The Homeschool Day No One Ever Talks About

the homeschool day no one ever talks about

This homeschool thing is a roller coaster. I’m not talking about the long term, over weeks and months of the homeschool journey either… I’m talking the roller coaster days. The day no one tells you about. We have had a lot of amazing homeschool days. In fact, we’ve had a few perfect homeschool days. Those … Continue reading

Our Favorite Classroom: Car School

If you haven’t done it yet, you’ve got to try it. It is literally my favorite part of being a relaxed, eclectic homeschooler. What is it you ask?! Car School! That’s right, some of our most productive, and amazing homeschool days happen in the car. There’s something about the car, the confinement, the inability to … Continue reading

2 Things Every Homeschool Mom Needs

2 things every homeschool mom needs

As homeschool moms it’s easy to think about all the things our kids need. However, if we want to stay sane, we need to also think about ourselves. It’s easy to take care of the kids, and forget to take care of ourselves, but it’s imperative we do. So, besides coffee, here’s two things homeschool … Continue reading

Our Secular, Relaxed, Eclectic Homeschool System

Our relaxed eclectic homeschool system

We are cruising toward the end of our first year homeschooling. We’ve tried many *many* things along the way, some have worked, some have been abominable failures. 🙂 As a die hard “researcher” we’ve never been at a loss for resources. In fact, we’ve been a little overwhelmed with resources, and I’ve spent a good … Continue reading

Spark Schooling: How to Light a Fire In Your Child

spark schooling, how to light a fire in your child

In our short time as homeschoolers we’ve tried on a few different titles; eclectic, relaxed, unschooler… but none have been quite the perfect fit. Yesterday, in the middle of a conversation, on the way to see Hidden Figures with my mom and daughter the title hit me. Spark Schoolers. That is what we are. We … Continue reading

5 Lessons Every First Year Homeschooler Needs to Know

5 lessons first year homeschoolers need to know

I was just sitting here, thinking back to last New Year’s Eve. I realized, at this time last year, I was frantically scrambling trying to make a decision about pulling Hanna out of school to homeschool. She was so unhappy, and the new year in public school brings testing… lots and lots of testing. I … Continue reading

Homeschool Week in Review: Independence

Homeschool week in review: independent learning

The first floor reno continues. I’ve been feeling a little guilty because I’m not spending as much time with Hanna and her school work as I’d probably like. However, this lack created growth. 🙂 Hanna is still struggling to do anything on her own, take initiative, get out there and find the answers/solutions. It’s understandable. … Continue reading