Aligning your Academic Year with the Calendar Year
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Aligning your Academic Year with the Calendar Year

Homeschooling affords much freedom. One of many options is the running of our Academic Year. Traditionally in the US, school runs fall to spring with summers off. This is a wonderful option, one which many homeschoolers follow for their Academic Year.  I would like to present another option, which is to align your Academic Year…

Our Weekly Amble for March 2-6, 2015
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Our Weekly Amble for March 2-6, 2015

Before this week I would have written that I liked essentially everything about six weeks on, one week off routine.  I found something I don’t like: the first week back. It is surprising how quickly good habits about doing lessons can go by the wayside with one week off. The week wasn’t terrible by any…

Our Weekly Amble for February 16-20, 2015
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Our Weekly Amble for February 16-20, 2015

We have officially finished our first half-term of six weeks.  What a great first term it has been.  Don’t get me wrong, we have had token fighting over school work and bad attitudes have been righted on a daily basis.  There is still a lot of detraining of bad habits to be done and retraining…

Weekly Report: January 12-16, 2015
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Weekly Report: January 12-16, 2015

I am so completely thrilled.  This was the week – the homeschool – I hoped for.  Oh, it was not perfect.  We still had children pushing back over assigned work, some.  Monday was the best day of school we’ve had in years.  Tuesday was harder.  Wednesday, early, we had a “Come to Jesus” moment.  Things…

2015 Homeschool Changes: Narration Changes
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2015 Homeschool Changes: Narration Changes

One of the similarities between Charlotte Mason and WTM is the idea of narration.  One of the big differences is how narration is done. We have done written narration as one sentence per “grade” in school for each reading.  So, first graders write one sentence.  Third graders write three.  We’ve done this for literature, science,…

2015 Homeschool Changes: Philosophy Changes
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2015 Homeschool Changes: Philosophy Changes

Whew. First, I had to admit that I was clearly wrong. Broken. Then, I had to admit that my devotional life was clearly lacking. Today, I have to tell you that I have changed my mind. I thought I was going to be one of those Well-Trained Mind all the way, philosophy laid out, hardcore…

2015 Homeschool Changes: Spiritual Changes
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2015 Homeschool Changes: Spiritual Changes

This one isn’t entirely homeschool related, but enough that it fits into the discussion. I have tried over the past couple of years to read the Bible for personal devotions using Grant Horner’s Bible Reading program (described here by Tim Challies).  And when I’m in it, I love it.  It is a fantastic way to…