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   Oct 22

A New Education Adventure

A while back, I wrote a post basically stating that decision to send your kids to school or not was so personal and based on specific family needs that it was unproductive to try to elevate one as a better choice. Last month, I got to put my money where my mouth was. It started [...]

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   Aug 08

The Homeschool Room, or as we call it, The Study

I have never really been into the idea of a homeschool room, or at least one that looks like a classroom. We tend to work and learn and explore all over the house and outside it too! The reality, though, is that I L-O-V-E the idea of having a dedicated space for books, supplies, games, [...]

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   Aug 08

The rites of passage we didn’t have, and the ones we did.

During this season there is always an online flurry of activity from parents whose children are graduating from one grade to another, starting a new stage of their education and the pride and joy of the parents is palpable. I understand feeling that sense of love and excitement over my children’s’ achievements and I wholeheartedly [...]

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   Jun 19

Homeschool Planning Overhaul: Homeschooling while WAH

When I started Curiosity Hacked, I had no idea that it would become what it is now. I also did not know at the time that it would become a full time job. In the beginning, it was fueled by my desire to see kids fulfill their visions in making and hacking in our community. [...]

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   Jun 17

The Learning Circle: Spring

Spring! The earth coming back to life, the days growing warmer, the light returning! What a beautiful time of year as we turn outwards again. During the spring, all our activities revolve around strength and vitality, abundance and color.   In March, I focus on the theme of caring. This is an excellent time to [...]

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   Dec 21

The Learning Circle: Winter

Today is the Winter Solstice, and the beginning of the winter season! During the darkest time of the year, we find many celebrations of light, symbols of warmth, and gratitude for life. In many parts of the Northern Hemisphere, our activities are mostly indoor as the weather becomes cold and unpredictable. Still, there are many [...]

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   Sep 07

The Art of Death

This is a story I have been meaning to share: A year ago we lost a friend. He was the father in a family within our community and his death was sudden and unexpected. Understandably, this opened a conversation in our house that was both difficult and necessary, and in the end yielded beauty and [...]

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   Sep 03

The Learning Circle: Fall

The Autumn is a lovely time of year. The days get crisper, the light lowers, the colors change into hues of yellow, orange and reds. It is the celebration of the harvest and the preparation for winter, moving into the darkest part of the year. It is an excellent and appropriate time to focus on [...]

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   Aug 23

To School or Not to School…

That is the question. At least, that is the most frequently asked question I get around this time every year. The question usually is phrased something like “I want to homeschool but I don’t know if I have it in me” or “I want to homeschool but my partner isn’t convinced” or “I am torn [...]

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   Jan 22

Homeschooling the Spirited Child

From his birth almost seven years ago, my middle child has always been more sensitive, more sensory seeking, more- well- everything. He exemplifies Mary Sheedy Kurcinka‘s definition of a Spirited Child as being “normal children who are more intense, persistent, sensitive, perceptive, energetic, and uncomfortable with change than other children.” He experiences life in a [...]

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