• 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…

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    #HereIsOurHomeschool An Instagram Prompt Challenge

    There is only one more week until the #HereIsOurHomeschool Instagram prompt challenge kicks off! I ran this challenge last May for the first time and had so much fun with it I ran it in September again! I’m using the term “challenge” very loosely, you can feel free to share something for all the prompts or just some of them, no one is going to give you a grade or care if you miss a few days. Last year I found it to be a good exercise to look back on our school year and I found so much inspiration from others who joined in. Because I know we are…

  • A Homeschool Inteview
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    Interest-Led Learning as a Family

    When we first started homeschooling things here looked a lot like school at home. There was a fair bit of sitting down and book work. What we learned about was dictated by me and a bit by the provincial curriculum. Over the last few years we’ve changed from school at home to a more interest-led approach. Our days are heavy on the play and learning to love each other well (because #siblingconflict is a great learning opportunity). And the idea of “learning” being something you do when you are sitting down in a quiet room has gone out the window. Learning is something we do all the time and everywhere…

  • Famous Canadians Free Notebooking Pages - great for learning Canadian history
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    Free Notebooking Pages – Famous Canadians

    One of the things I love about homeschooling is following the interests of my kids. I am really looking forward to the day when they “know what they want to be when they grow up” (or you know, at least an idea. I’m not even sure if I know what I want to be when I grow up) and we can take those interests and run with them. Raeca has been wanting to create some printables/books with me and so the other evening we sat on the couch and did some brainstorming. We both came up with ten ideas and she narrowed it down to her favorite. The next day…