We make the rules: How we get it right

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Written by Kara S. Anderson.

When I was in second grade, I was in a split classroom with third graders.

Our school did this sometimes, and I try to imagine now how the teacher handled it. But at the time, I just knew that it allowed me to make friends with the coolest girl in school. Her name was Emily, she was 9, and she had blonde, curly hair that fell in waves down her back.

And she had her ears pierced.

She would wear tiny ice cream cone earrings, or dainty hoops; tiny gold stars, or fluorescent dots, and man – did I ever want to be just like her.

I asked my parents again and again if I could pierce my ears, and they told me “not until you’re older,” and “later,” and so I waited and while I should have been memorizing multiplication tables, I instead memorized the shape of Emily’s earlobes and her collection of tiny animal and rhinestone stud earrings, and I wondered if part of the reason Emily was so cool was because her parents clearly let her do whatever she wanted.

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Strengths, Weaknesses, and Homeschooling

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Strengths, Weaknesses, and Homeschooling

{Episode 18}

Strengths, Weaknesses, and Homeschooling {Episode 17} | The Homeschool Sisters Podcast

Is it normal for your homeschooler to have strengths and weaknesses in certain subjects? How much should you worry about keeping your child at grade level? Is there a way to know what your child “should” be learning?

This week, the homeschool sisters dive into these questions and offer up some thoughts about the “standards,” plus how to keep from worrying all the time.

They chat about kid quirks, dealing with state requirements, grandma doubts and dad concerns. And mostly, they remind you that all kids naturally develop on their own timelines, so don’t fret- you’ve got this!

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February Didn’t Break Me This Year: How We Survived the Longest-Shortest Month

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February Didn't Break Me This Year: How We Survived the Longest-Shortest Month | The Homeschool Sisters Podcast

Written by Caitlin Fitzpatrick Curley of My Little Poppies

February didn’t break me this year. 

There were moments when I felt like February was winning but, in the end, I came out ahead.

Today, I thought I’d share what helped just in case the Februaries are lingering in your home…

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Ladies’ Holiday: Hold On To Your Hat!

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Ladies’ Holiday: Hold On To Your Hat!

{Episode 17}

Ladies' Holiday:  Hold On To Your Hat!

Cait and Kara have been joking about this episode for months and finally made it happen. Warning: This episode might not be appropriate for tiny children, sensitive spouses, grandparents, pastors… Also, there is some giggling.

Because the sisters are getting REAL about being a woman, and how that can affect homeschooling. From cramps to PMS to whether or not being bloated and angry should earn you a sick day from co-op, the gals hope you’ll be able to relate to this episode.

And that you don’t run away screaming.

Because there are 16 other episodes where they don’t mention this stuff.

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Homeschool sisters; homeschool support (we’re on the Brave Writer Podcast!)

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Written by Kara Stephenson Anderson.

More than a year ago, when Cait and I had the crazy idea to start a podcast, the first person to reach out to us was Julie Bogart from Brave Writer.

In case you ever find yourself needing to put that in terms non-homeschoolers (i.e. my husband) would understand, I would say it’s about on par with announcing that you are going to make a small, independent film, and getting an email from Julia Roberts saying, “Way to go you two – let me know how I can help.” Continue reading

It’s a Nor’Easter!: Answering Your Homeschool Questions

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It’s a Nor’Easter!: Answering Your Homeschool Questions

{Episode 16}

It's a Nor'Easter!: Answering Your Homeschool Questions

In this episode, the sisters are answering YOUR questions! Cait and Kara get such great questions from you all, so they’re addressing several of them, from finding your tribe, to keeping homeschooling legal, to chores! They even share some ideas for other podcasts. Also, Cait is caught in a Nor’Easter, so Kara sends her a Saint Bernard with a barrel full of tequila. Snow margaritas! Pop the gals in your ears, and let’s have some fun!

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What is Your Homeschool Hell Yes?

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What is Your Homeschool Hell Yes?

Written by Caitlin Fitzpatrick Curley of My Little Poppies

I’ve lived in New England my entire life, and I’d rather be outdoors than inside, but somehow I never learned to ski.

When my husband and I were first married, he bought me ski lessons.

It was the perfect gift, really. I had always wanted to learn. My husband is an avid skier and this would be another outdoor activity we could enjoy together.

I wanted to love it.

I tried really, really hard to love it.  Continue reading

Finding Your Homeschool Tribe

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Written by Kara S. Anderson

I recently told Cait about one of my early homeschool mom friend fails.

It was pretty much a disaster that ended in the woman yelling into my voicemail, “I don’t know what I did to offend you!!!”

It’s a little funny now, because she had continually criticized everything in my life including my dog’s manners, but the truth is, I don’t get easily offended.

Instead, I wake up one day suddenly full of pluck: “Wait a minute …” I finally say to myself. “I don’t deserve this b.s.” Continue reading

The Longest-Shortest Month: Surviving the February Slump

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the longest-shortest month: surviving the February slump

{Episode 15}

The Longest-Shortest Month: Surviving the February Slump | The Homeschool Sisters Podcast

Oh, February. It’s a short month, but for homeschoolers, it can feel like it drags for about 2 years. But don’t worry, mamas- Cait and Kara have you covered.

In this episode, the sisters talk about how February is basically like homeschool PMS, “the husband shuffle,” lazy unit studies, and a ton of fun resources including one that Cait terms “math dessert!” Plus, the gals spill the beans about their MASSIVE February giveaway.

So don’t worry, homeschool mamas- February is notoriously hard, but you’ve got this, sister!

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Back-Pocket Games Will Save Your Bacon this Winter

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These Super-Fun Back-Pocket Games Will Save Your Bacon

Written by Caitlin Fitzpatrick Curley of My Little Poppies

I am a New England girl, born and raised. I absolutely love each of our four seasons. I look forward to each change and the traditions that each season brings with it.

That said, I’m just not happy when I’m cold. And I’m cold a lot. So, winter can be… tricky. And don’t even get me started on February…

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