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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

Homeschool Week in Review: Renovation

homeschool week in review: renovation week one

It all started with a simple wish to paint the living room. Which quickly snowballed into a tiny kitchen addition/remodel, which quickly snowballed into a complete kitchen renovation. How does that happen? Needless to say, life has been hectic, and dusty this week, and we’ve managed to learn a ton in the process. Who knew … Continue reading

Homeschool Highlights: Halloween, Bagels, and Pioneer Woman

To say we’ve had an eventful week would be an understatement. We had plenty of regularly scheduled items as well as an impromptu field trip. Here’s the highlights. Monday, we spent the day figuring out the science of yeast, by baking bagels. It was tons of fun, and I learned a lot… oh yeah, Hanna did … Continue reading

Homeschool Highlights: The Week We Got Duke

homeschool highlights the week we got duke

What a busy week we’ve had, some planned things and some seriously unplanned events this week. Let’s just dive in. Monday our bookkeeper came out to work on the books and brought her adorable little kiddo. Hanna spent the morning entertaining her. What great practice for becoming a babysitter! That night we had parent’s night … Continue reading

Homeschool Week In Review (Year 1 Week 10)

Lat week we had some mysterious health stuff going on. We’ve figured it out though and we’re back on track this week. We learned a lot, and had a ton of fun doing it. 🙂 Here’s the highlights.  We started using the History Mysteries book to help pull more history into our days, and started with … Continue reading

Homeschool Week In Review (Year 1 Week 8)

Homeschool Week In Review Year 1 Week 8

Things seem to be settling down and we’re finding a rythym in our homeschool, which makes me very happy. 🙂 I love things to feel “normal”. 🙂 We accomplished quite a bit this week, learned some new things, practiced things we already knew, and discovered a couple new tools. I’m just going to share the highlights. … Continue reading