• How I Plan Our Homeschool Year Without a Curriculum
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    How I Plan Our Homeschool Year Without a Curriculum

    When sharing about our homeschool rhythm a few weeks ago I mentioned that I wanted to write a post about how I plan our year without a curriculum and I got a few online and in-person questions and comments on how I do it so here it is! When people find out that we homeschool and that our school division has zero curriculum requirements I can see the looks of concern and worry start to creep up on their faces. If I know homeschooling is not something they are interested in ever doing I’ll usually be quick to appease their fears by letting them know that I have my degree…

  • How we Bible Journal with Kids
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    How We Approach Bible Time and Bible Journaling in our Homeschool

    Welcome to a new series where I am going more in-depth on all the different subjects we will be tackling this school year! If you want an overview of our homeschool day/week/month you can take a look at our three-part homeschool rhythm. One area I knew I really wanted to do better this year in our homeschool was the Bible. I have tried a few different things (plans, methods, children’s Bible’s, etc) in the past and have not really been very good with sticking with them. One of the ways I plan on making sure I follow through this year is by having our family Bible reading at the beginning…

  • Our Homeschool Rhythm - Tea Time, Morning Loop & Afternoon Loop
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    Our Homeschool Rhythm – Tea Time, Morning Loop & Afternoon Loop

    As I was planning our homeschool year it became clear to me that this was the year to finally get on board with loop scheduling! My oldest is in grade four this year and I’ve really noticed an increase in the amount that I want her to learn this year and have decided that this is the year we start sitting down and having more focused “school time”. After our first few years being more on the relaxed/semi-unschooling side this is definitely a change. I’ll be honest, there has been a bit of push back on her part, especially since we “started” a light version of our rhythm a couple…

  • Our Summer Homeschooling - Heartschooling Ideal Rhythm
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    Our Ideal Summer Heartschooling Rhythm

    If you have been here for any length of time you’ll probably already know that I am not big on schedules. I mean, I’ve created broad annual goals each year to avoid them and my mini planner is perfect for those with schedule avoidance. But I wanted to go a little deeper into my heartschooling plan for the summer. I actually think this is more than a schedule, I think it may be . . . dare I say . . . a routine. Me and routine, we have a love-hate history. I’m not a fan of her but I see the benefits of getting to know her so I’m slowly…

  • Homeschooling the Heart - Our Summer Plan
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    Our Homeschool Summer Plan – Teaching the Heart

    Hey guys, so, I’ve been meaning to write this post for a few weeks now. Really, ever since I shared what did and didn’t work this past year in our homeschool, but I just had so many other things on my list I needed to get checked off and I just barely sent our stuff in to our school division and now I feel like it is officially summer! While I told the kids we were done school a month ago (cause I have that authority) I felt like I wasn’t done until those reports were done so now I’m done for the year too! Except, not really. While I may…

  • Our Homeschool Year Review - What Worked and What Didn't
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    A Review of Our Homeschool Year – What Worked and What Didn’t

    Yesterday morning I officially declared our homeschool year “over”. The truth is, we never stop learning (and I actually have some intentional learning planned for the summer) but it’s nice to have an official start and stop to the year. Plus, I like to start after the regular school kids and stop before them -because why not?! #benefitsofhomeschooling I am really excited for the plans I have for our learning this summer (and into the fall) I’m making some changes and I think it is going to be so good. But before I go into them I wanted to do a review of the last year. This review is good…