• 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…

  • Why we quit using the Charlotte Mason method and what we are doing instead
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    Why We Quit Using the Charlotte Mason Method

    If you have been following around here for a little while you may know that we (well, I) decided to give the Charlotte Mason method a try for this school year. I love the Charlotte Mason method, I love all the photos I see and really agree with most of the method. But I am just unable to follow it. Seriously, we maybe did one month of a revised version of the method before it just simply fell apart.     The truth is, I’m more of an organic homeschooler and we all do better when we view homeschooling as a lifestyle, not something we “do”. My goals for homeschooling…

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    What is the Charlotte Mason method? And Why We are Switching to it

    I know many of you have already started your homeschool year. Here where we live the school system doesn’t start back until the day after Labor Day and while we usually start our homeschool year earlier this year we are delaying until at least the Wednesday after Labor Day. A large part of this delay is the fact that we (I) recently decided to switch things up and we will be following the Charlotte Mason method this year. Our previous method I dubbed Homeschooling as a Lifestyle and while I still really love this method there are a few different things that have us switching to Charlotte Mason this year. I…