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

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

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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What Every Homeschool Mom Really Wants This Holiday Season

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Written by Caitlin Fitzpatrick Curley of My Little Poppies

Kara and I were going to take the month of December off, to do all of the things Melissa suggested, and to work a little bit behind the scenes here at The Homeschool Sisters Podcast.

But, we received a question this week and, after chatting about it, it seemed like the time is NOW to answer it.

Because this is the time of year when we tend to acquire a lot of stuff and, unfortunately, a lot of the stuff isn’t necessarily helpful. And so if this post can help you politely suggest an alternative when your husband/mother/sister-in-law inquires, that’s wonderful! If not, just save it in your back pocket and use it as a wish list. Start small and go from there.

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Support The Homeschool Sisters

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Did you know that you can support The Homeschool Sisters Podcast via purchases you’re already making?

Many listeners have asked how they can support The Homeschool Sisters Podcast. Well, guess what? You can support us … and doing so is super-simple!

Do you shop online? Click our link first. You won’t pay any extra, but a small percentage goes toward The Homeschool Sisters Podcast to help offset our expenses. Every little bit counts, and we are so grateful for your support! Continue reading

Homeschooling in December without losing your cookies

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Written by Kara S. Anderson

This week, we officially enter a time of year that many people refer to as “the holidays.”

And then they sigh. And then they stuff down a panic attack.

Because “the holidays” in our culture has come to mean a time of busyness and stress – a time when all of our shortfalls feel so obvious and our chance to make memories feels so short.

We all feel like we are doing it wrong, and everyone else is doing it better, and then when you add homeschooling to that … it’s sort of a Christmas miracle that more of us don’t end up passed out under the tree, full of eggnog and self-loathing.

Let’s not let this be us this year – OK? Continue reading

Guide to Gameschooling: Learning Through Play

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Guide to Gameschooling: Learning Through Play | The Homeschool Sisters Podcast

Written by Caitlin Fitzpatrick Curley of My Little Poppies

In our most recent episode, Gameschooling: Learning Through PlayKara and I talked about how to add more games to your homeschool day for both learning and fun. We shared our family’s favorite games and discussed challenges to gaming, such as cruddy instructions, sore losers, and cost.

Since the episode aired, we’ve received a number of questions about the specifics of gameschooling, and also about how to get started if you have never had a family game night before but want to start the tradition. Continue reading

How awesome adulting impacts your homeschool (and your whole life)

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Written by Kara Anderson

I have met moms who have let themselves go.

Now before you think I mean fashion, or eyeliner, what I’m talking about goes so much deeper than that.

I mean moms who have become so passionate about momming; fallen so in love with their babies; moms who are so desperate to do it all right, that they let themselves go. Continue reading