High School through Preschool: How We Manage Multiple Ages

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High School through Preschool: How We Manage Multiple Ages {A Guest Post from Alicia Hutchinson, Founder of Learning Well Community} | The Homeschool Sisters Podcast

Written by Alicia Hutchinson of Learning Well Community

I homeschool a freshman in high school. I also homeschool a preschooler. People ask me all the time how we homeschool multiple ages.

Hahahahahaha! I have no idea.

We just do. And somehow, the one-room schoolhouse thing actually works. I’m just going to be honest and tell you that we had a total groove thang going on with my then 11, 8, and 5 year old. But I went and threw another baby into the mix and yes, it’s been a little challenging learning how to mesh all these people.

High School Through Preschool {Guest Post by Alicia Hutchinson of the Learning Well Community} | The Homeschool Sisters Podcast

Now, we have a 15-, 11- (will be 12 this summer), 9-, and 4-year-old residing in the Hutchinson Academy of Learning and yes! It can be done!

I’m not going to say it’s easy, because it’s probably been the hardest part of homeschooling since my youngest was two or so. But I’ve also been at this homeschooling gig for long enough to know that each year is different and current circumstances don’t mean forever circumstances. And choosing to press forward rather than throw in the towel has it’s rewards.

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Summer plans: How to take a structured break {S2E23}

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Summer plans: How to take a structured break {S2E23}

In this episode, the girls are talking all things summer, and how to take a structured break.

Even if we homeschool year-round, we all need a little breather this summer! But how do we take a summer vacation that doesn’t turn into chaos and end with chasing a wet dog off the trampoline?

The sisters share their ideas, and what they’re doing this summer with their kids- outdoor projects, laid-back learning, and even a new idea for handling household chores.

And heads up sisters- this is the last episode of Season 2. Cait and Kara will be taking their own “structured break,” until early August- but don’t worry, they are working on lots of fun episodes for Season 3 and will be bringing you some updated episodes from the first two seasons this summer!

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The Homeschool Sisters Podcast | Season 2 Episode Guide

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Cait and Kara are two homeschooling moms doing this homeschooling thing out right beside you. On this podcast, we talk about real life homeschooling, books, caffeine addiction and surviving and thriving through these wonderful years.

We don’t have it all figured out, but one thing we know for sure is that homeschooling is a lot easier when you have a sister by your side.

So grab a cup of coffee or tea and let’s hang out … Do people still say that? Continue reading

Summer School for Homeschool Moms

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Written by Caitlin Fitzpatrick Curley of My Little Poppies

I’m sending myself to summer school this year, you guys.

First, allow me to back up a bit…

Last week, Kara and I had a chat about what I like to call Poolside Professional Development.

Before I was a homeschool mom, I was a school psychologist in Boston… and I loved professional development days. I always returned home feeling rejuvenated and inspired.

The problem is, homeschool moms don’t get professional development days. No one is going to pay for me to attend a conference in the big city.

But homeschool mamas need time to plan and feel inspired and rejuvenated too.

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Poolside Professional Development (plus fun books to read this summer!) {S2E22}

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Poolside Professional Development (Plus Fun Books to Read this Summer!)

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The sisters are chatting books! Yeah!

They’re sharing fun books, plus books to get you ready for homeschooling *next* year- what Cait calls, “Poolside Professional Development” books. (Doesn’t that sound so fancy?!)

The gals are going to help load your Amazon cart or make the librarian look at you a little funny, but you’ll also get a ton of ideas for books that take you away from it all, and then get you inspired for next year.

Warning: Don’t try to keep up with them all while listening- we’re linking to all of them in the show notes for this episode.

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Homeschooling Essentialism: Make Things Simple Again

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Written by Kara S. Anderson.

Cait and I post sometimes over at a place called Simple Homeschool. We both love it over there – we love the community Jamie has created, and the mission behind Simple Homeschool.

Still, sometimes I make homeschooling more complicated than it needs to be. I’ll see something another homeschooling family is doing, and think we need to do that too. I will forget about our particular strengths and weaknesses, and try to do something that isn’t our thing.

Or I’ll just try to do too much. I’ll set my expectations really high, and then get frustrated when we inevitably crash and burn.

And so recently, I picked up my worn copy of Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown, and I decided to read it specifically as a homeschooling mom.

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Easy Summer Learning for Homeschoolers, After-Schoolers, and Lifelong Learners

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Written by Caitlin Fitzpatrick Curley of My Little Poppies

We are year-round homeschoolers. We didn’t plan to homeschool year-round, but the again we never planned to homeschool.

Year-round homeschooling works for our family for several reasons:

  • Philosophy- I believe that we are learning all the time
  • Maternal anxiety reduction- I second-guess myself less often when we learn in the summer months
  • Cooperation levels- I have learned, time and time again, that my children do not transition easily from no structure to more structure. It backfires every time.

And although we homeschool year-round, our homeschool routine goes through seasons. 

Summer is just… lighter. Our summer homeschool routine is flexible. We can school on the patio, at the lake, by the pool, in the car. Continue reading

Blogging, Business, and Homeschooling: Chatting with Alicia Hutchinson {S2E21}

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Blogging, Business, and Homeschooling: Chatting with Alicia Hutchinson

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Blogging, Business, and Homeschooling

 

Are you a blogger, or working mama? Or, are you just curious how the business of blogging works behind the scenes?

The sisters are joined this week by one of their very favorite bloggers and owner of the Learning Well Community, Alicia Hutchinson!

Listen in as they chat about the myth of “balance,” and how Alicia and the sisters tackle homeschooling, work, parenting and homemaking without losing their minds.

Plus, learn why you shouldn’t blog for money. At least, not at first!

If you’re a working mama or interested in working from home, this episode is a great place to start!

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I’m not homeschooling AT YOU

Written by Kara S. Anderson

I’m lucky to Iive in a pretty terrible school district. Lucky, as in – people don’t really question our decision to homeschool.

“Oh,” they say nodding, “of course. The schools here …”

And sometimes, for the sake of peace and quiet, I don’t tell them that my son went to a small church preschool that was adorable, and then we tried a private Montessori-based school that was amazing, but that it was also expensive and would have changed our lives entirely if we had decided to send him there full-time.

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