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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Queries and Quandaries: What You’re Asking The Sisters [Part 1] {S2E20}

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Queries and Quandaries: What You’re Asking The Sisters [Part 1]

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The sisters are answering your questions in this episode- from dads who distract (often with plans that are more fun!), to testing, to weekly homeschool planning.

They also chat about homeschooling kids with special needs and how organizational systems save their bacon. So pour yourself a cup of coffee or tea, and listen in as Cait and Kara share their ideas.

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Screens- Monsters or Manageable? with Mary from Not Before 7 {S2E19}

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Screens: Monsters or Manageable? with Mary

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Screens- Monsters or Manageable? with Mary from Not Before 7 | The Homeschool Sisters Podcast

The sisters get questions about screens all the time! So in this episode, they’re phoning a friend- The amazing Mary Wilson from Not Before 7!

Mary has a great strategy in her home and she has found peace with this topic, so you’re going to love hearing what she has to say.

Cait and Kara chat with Mary about all the most common screen questions they receive: How much is too much How do you find balance between “learning” screen time and “play” screen time? Is technology a monster? Or manageable?

And finally, is homeschooling moving more toward technology? If so, how can we embrace that?

There is so much wisdom from Mary in this episode! It’s like a deep breath for worried parents!

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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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