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

The Brave Writer Lifestyle {One Family’s Approach}

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the-brave-writer-lifestyle-the-homeschool-sisters-podcast The sisters are chatting with Julie Bogart! In this episode, we talk "Awesome Adulting" with Brave Writer creator and owner, Julie Bogart. How do we honor our kids' unique personalities and help them pursue their dreams? How do we hold on to our own dreams in the busyness of homeschooling and parenting? Julie's here with her signature support for all of us in the trenches, and it's wonderful. Be sure to tune in because we have news about a Rafflecopter giveaway for Brave Writer moms!

The Brave Writer Lifestyle

{One Family’s Approach}

Written by Caitlin Fitzpatrick Curley of My Little Poppies

Ever since our Fall Haul episode aired, Kara and I have been getting heaps of questions about Brave Writer. The most common question is about the Brave Writer Lifestyle itself. How do we implement it? What does it mean to us? What does it look like? Continue reading

Get fit with your sisters: A 31-day challenge

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Get fit with your sisters: A 31-day Challenge

Written by Kara Anderson.

So here’s the thing about goals. They generally seem like a good idea until you realize that you have 6 weeks to learn how to run.

And as I stated in our episode about exercise, this mama doesn’t run. I’ve tried to run. Plenty of times. But everything hurts and itches and I go back to power walking around my neighborhood, except just regular walking as fast as I can. Continue reading

Put it in your back pocket: Preparing for homeschool slumps

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Put it in your back pocket: Preparing for homeschool slumps

This summer, we started our mornings with Coffee and Books on the back patio. As the kids ate breakfast, I read aloud. For much of the summer, this was the extent of our homeschooling. I’d read until they lost interest, or until it was time to head to the pool.

Our days were fluid, open-ended, free. Continue reading