• Homeschool Mini Planner - includes monthly planning sheets, weekly record sheets, unit study planner sheets and book lists sheets! Perfect for eclectic and minimal homeschoolers
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    The Intentional Homeschooling Mini Planner

    Today I’m excited to share something with you that I have been thinking about for quite some time: a homeschool mini planner! I am a planner girl through and through but traditional planners and most homeschool planners don’t work with our relaxed/minimal/homeschooling as a lifestyle ways. I like to have a little bit of planning but also a fair bit of just documenting what we did. I also knew I wanted there to be prompts for different areas of our homeschool because sometimes I forget how much the kids are learning as we go about our daily lives. Enter the Intentional Homeschooling Mini Planner:     I am super excited…

  • Relaxed and Minimal Homeschool
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    Math at the Swimming Pool and Our Homeschool Lately

    Back when I started this homeschool blog I used it more to share peeks inside of our homeschool journey and it’s been awhile since I’ve done that so here we are: here’s a little peek into our homeschool lately.   THE DREADED WINTER I first need to admit that this has been a hard winter personally for myself which definitely affects our homeschool. I really want to do some themed studies soon but this winter has felt like survival through the cold was as much as I could muster. Now that things are warming up here on the Canadian prairies I am getting excited to get outside and start getting…

  • How to Teach Math Without a Curriculum - easy ways to teach kids math
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    How to Teach Math Without a Curriculum

    As relaxed/minimal homeschoolers one of the big things we do to keep things relaxed is not follow a curriculum. So many times before I have heard people say “Oh, we don’t follow a curriculum . . . except for math.” For some reason parents often feel confident teaching all the subjects except for math. Have you ever felt that way? The truth is, teaching kids math doesn’t have to be hard and you don’t have to follow some pre-written curriculum for your kids to get it! Now, before I get into this post, let me share that math has never been my strong suit, I don’t find math easy to…

  • What does a relaxed and minimal homeschool look like? A peek inside our simple and relaxed homeschool
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    What is a Relaxed and Minimal Homeschool?

    To be honest, I personally cannot understand those other homeschool mothers who create a homeschool schedule at the beginning of the school year and stick to it all year long. My Type A side does like the idea but my Rebel side (which is stronger) can’t handle the idea. Our homeschool is constantly evolving as we are. We have tried a number of different homeschool styles in the last few years, from the more traditional school method, to unschooling to the Charlotte Mason method . . . I have nothing against any of those styles, if you’ve been around here for awhile you’ll probably actually know that I really wish…

  • What's in Our February Brain Box - Our take on a morning basket
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    Our February Brain Box

    A new month means it’s time to share what is in our Brain Box for the month! This is our third month with using our Brain Box and it’s so nice to have our main resources for the month so handy. If you missed the previous months you can also check out our January Brain Box and December Brain Box.     I feel like this month we have been getting back to the basics and really simplifying our homeschool. I know I’ve written a few posts in the past about minimalist homeschooling (or at least one), I’ve been meaning to share an updated post on the topic, hopefully in…

  • Our January Brain Box - our take on the homeschool morning basket for morning time
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    Our January Brain Box

    We are continuing to use our brain box and I changed up our contents from our December box. Our Brain Box has a few different purposes. First of all, it helps me to pull out some resources I may otherwise have forgotten about. It also helps me to be intentional in choosing a few different areas to focus on for the month. And because our Brain Box is out in the open the kids will pull out different things throughout the day.     While some months some of our resources will be repeated, this month I filled it with completely new items. One thing that I forgot to take…