Category: Lifeschooling

Lessons From Our Animal Adventures
Lessons From Our Animal Adventures

Lately, I’ve been clearing out old materials from earlier in my homeschooling journey. As I’ve packed up early readers, puzzles, games, and leftovers from kits, I stumbled on some unusual items. A ladybug farm. A butterfly enclosure. The triops tank. Oh, yes. A smile grew and I closed my eyes. Memories of all the critters…

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Symbiotic Ecosystem with a Mini Aquaponics

One of my favorite parts about lifeschooling is getting to turn regular projects into epic learning adventures. And this month was no exception for our family. This month, we taught the kids about symbiotic ecosystems with a mini aquaponics. What is a Symbiotic Ecosystem? A symbiotic ecosystem is an ecosystem in which the plants/animals work…

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Schedules vs. Routines: A Day in Our Lifeschooling Life

Schedules vs. Routines… Do you know the difference? When I think of a schedule, I think of set times and little flexibility. A routine is more of a rhythm and there is some fluidity with it. I definitely work better with a routine and I thought you may benefit from hearing about what that looks…

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The Benefits of Planning for Lifeschoolers

When you’re lifeschooling, unschooling, or you have a relaxed homeschool, using a planner may be something you’ve never considered. After all, the beauty of these methods is that you can go with the flow and let creativity and passions lead the way, right? You may not want to get bogged down with a plan, keeping…

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3 Homeschool Phrases That DRIVE. ME. CRAAAAZY!
3 Homeschool Phrases That DRIVE. ME. CRAAAAZY!

I realize I can be a bit overzealous when it comes to lifeschooling, but there are several phrases I see tossed around in the homeschool world that really make me nuts. Like seriously nuts!! These are the verbal viruses of the traditional school mindset that have crept into modern homeschooling and are part of what led me…

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The Beauty of NOT Getting It All Done
The Beauty of NOT Getting It All Done

I never get it all done. I never have and I never will. And guess what? Neither will you. Despite all those lies beautiful, perfect images of home interiors on Pinterest and Instagram; despite all the perfectly organized lesson plans and schedules on various homeschool blogs; and despite all the “highlight reel” status updates on…

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The Value of 'The Plan' - Keeping Family, School, and Business on Track
The Value of ‘The Plan’ – Keeping Family, School, and Business on Track

Homeschool planning…when you have a job, too There is not much point arguing against the cliché “Those who fail to plan, plan to fail.” At the very least, don’t you find yourself jotting down a “to do” list when you have a big event coming up? Or the holidays are upon you? My mantra these…

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How to Plan Your Children's Learning Based on Their Strengths
How to Plan Your Children’s Learning Based on Their Strengths

Oh this program looks so good!  And this one looks amazing!  I can’t wait to start this new science curriculum!  Are these words coming from my son?  Alas, no, they are coming from me (and lots of other mom’s I bet!).  We get starry-eyed looking at all the fantastic homeschool curriculum out there and can…

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I Run an Early Childhood Development Center
I Run an Early Childhood Development Center

So my title may be a little tongue in cheek here, but hear me out. All the hype these days starts them earlier, teach them more and you need a specialized place to do that. Children are beginning “preschool” or “early childhood development centers” sooner than ever before. This supposedly accelerates their learning and puts…

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The Middle School Monster
The Middle School Monster

There’s this thing that homeschool moms never talk about. It’s called the middle school monster, and if you aren’t prepared for it – like I wasn’t – you may beat yourself up thinking it’s your fault. I LOVE my children! Truly I do! And I’m not on board the bus full of moms who are…

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