• Puzzle - Homeschool Week in Review
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    Homeschool Week in Review – Volume Six

    We finally started easing ourselves into homeschooling again this week. With Christmas and then spur of the moment dental surgery for one of our little guys and then pneumonia for another one we were kind of forced into a longer break than I had originally planned for. It’s just a good reminder for myself to appreciate once again the flexibility of homeschooling. I can’t imagine trying to get my school aged kids to school every day when we had all this other stuff going on. Of course, we jumped into homeschooling in what will probably be our coldest week of the winter. The temperature barely got warmer than -30 all…

  • Ideas to Help You Homeschool in the Winter When It's Too Cold to Go Outside and You Hit the Winter Slump
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    Ideas to Help You Homeschool In a Winter Slump

    January is a pretty terrible month for weather here in Saskatchewan. Looking at my temperature gauge right now I can tell you it is -35C (-31F) and -50C (-58F) with the wind. Needless to say we don’t venture outside much in January and we all start to get cabin fever a bit. With the cold weather also comes a bit of the winter blues and a bit of a homeschool winter slump. Knowing this would happen (because it happens every year) back in July, when the sun was shining and the air was still warm I decided to be proactive and I asked for some ideas over on Instagram on…

  • Our Homeschool Week in Review - what we did and resources we used with a toddler, preschooler, first grader and fourth grader
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    Homeschool Week in Review – Volume Five

    We’ve had a virus go through our house in the last two weeks that has slowly hit one kid after another and as a result it through off my December homeschool plan a bit. Thankfully I didn’t plan for an intense academic month, my main focus for the month was the Christmas season and we have been able to do that. But because of the sickness I thought it would make sense to put our light two weeks into one review. Also due to the sickness we relied more on technology for our academics, I am thankful that we have the ability and resources to turn to things like YouTube…

  • Our Homeschool Week in Review - what we did and resources we used with a toddler, preschooler, first grader and fourth grader
    real homeschool stories,  week in review

    Homeschool Week in Review – Volume Four

    A few words I would use to describe our homeschool this week: worn out, uninspired and boring. Ha! Sounds too good to pass up, doesn’t it? Don’t worry, not every week is like this one! Most of the reason for the feeling worn out was due to our two foster boys, I was just plain out overwhelmed this week and that feeling just flowed over into our homeschool. Since we are Canadian I can’t even blame our lack of academics this week on Thanksgiving like my American friends can . . . 😉 Even though it feels like we didn’t do a whole lot this week I still like to…

  • Our Homeschool Week in Review - what we did and resources we used with a toddler, preschooler, first grader and fourth grader
    real homeschool stories,  week in review

    Homeschool Week in Review – Volume Three

    I think we are slowly getting into a bit of a home and homeschool routine with a preschooler and toddler in the mix! Thankfully we all got more sleep this week than last week so that obviously makes a big difference in our homeschool.     OUR HOMESCHOOL WEEK IN REVIEW   For reference, here’s the low down on all the kids: The Daughter – she’s 9 and in grade 4 The Son – he’s 6 and in grade 1 The Preschooler – he’s 3 The Toddler – he’s 1 (almost 2)   + My son did multiple TYCTR lessons this week and even did two in one day! + We got the…

  • Homeschool Myth: Homeschoolers are Socially Awkward - tackling the issue of homeschooling and socialization
    homeschool myths,  real homeschool stories

    Homeschooled Kids Are Socially Awkward – Homeschool Myth #2

    Last week I shared the first homeschool myth and while that is the one people (non-homeschoolers) mention to me the most, this one is probably the hottest topic in regards to homeschool myths. Today’s myth is on the topic of socialization.     Generally when I’ve had people ask me about this they usually say something to the effect of:   “But aren’t you worried about socialization?”   My regret is that I have not asked these people to clarify what they mean by socialization. Though I think they are getting at the fact that they think that homeschool kids won’t be able to function in social settings, especially ones…