Transitioning into the Big Kid Years

Written by contributor Sarah Small of SmallWorld at Home

Let’s face it. Very few of us are completely untouched by public opinion, whether it’s barely beneath the surface or just an occasional niggling feeling. Even the most die-hard unschooler must wonder at some point: Are we on the right track? Am I doing enough?

If your students are under 11 or 12, keep relaxing. Please, oh please, enjoy these days. Snuggle together reading, spend hours doing crafts, take long walks and bend down to examine every insect. Bake a cake and call it science. Go to a museum and call it history. Go grocery shopping and call it math.

I have now graduated one student, who is in his first year of college, and I can say with assurance: I do not regret one single day that we spent decorating cookies instead of doing a math worksheet.

But the time does come to transition.

Generally around seventh grade, you and your student will be ready to ease into what I think of as the academic years—the move toward independence.  This road to independence should be a purposeful one. We have deliberately cultivated a relaxed approach to our lives, and in homeschooling and parenting, this translates at one level to relinquishing control little by little. Your child cannot become independent if you do everything for him because it’s the way you want things done.

So how do you make the transition from playdough to research papers? Slowly, but deliberately.
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Giveaway Winners

I hope you’ve enjoyed Home for the Holidays as much as I have. It’s been fun introducing you to some amazing companies and products and choosing the winners (at random, of course) feels a bit like playing Santa!

If you see your name on the winner list below, look for an email from me later today. Reply quickly and our vendors will get your prize to you before the holidays!

So without further adieu, I present the five Simple Homeschool giveaway winners:
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Giveaway: Wooden Treehouse from Imagine Childhood

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Welcome to Simple Living Media’s Home for the Holidays! We’ve got 25 giveaways across the entire network this week to give you plenty of chances to win a great gift, just in time for the holidays.

Today I’m giving away a Wooden Treehouse from Imagine Childhood. This is the perfect toy to spark the imagination of your little one.

Valued at $150, this treehouse creates a lovely spin on the idea of a traditional dollhouse–its branches invite fairies, gnomes, and dolls to spend hours having adventures with your child.

I’m completely thrilled to have the chance to review it, as it will be my seven-year-old daughter’s gift under the tree this Christmas. She’s going to love it!

Learn more about how you can win this sweet toy.

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Giveaway: Artwork from Red Letter Words

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Welcome to Simple Living Media’s Home for the Holidays! We’ve got 25 giveaways across the entire network this week to give you plenty of chances to win a great gift, just in time for the holidays.

Today I’m giving away a 12×12 Gallery Wrap Canvas Art Print from Red Letter Words. This is meaningful artwork with a purpose–made to lift your spirit.

Red Letter Words uses inspiring phrases in all their creations. The scripture art encourages those waiting for a promise, the travel art brings back memories of a favorite location, and they even have a holiday line of artwork as well.

Find out more about Red Letter Words and how you can win.

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Giveaway: Curriculum Package from Oak Meadow

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Welcome to Simple Living Media’s Home for the Holidays! We’ve got 25 giveaways across the entire network this week to give you plenty of chances to win a great gift, just in time for the holidays.

Today I’m giving away a complete curriculum package (valued at over $300) from Oak Meadow Curriculum and School. Oak Meadow has offered innovative, creative, and independent learning materials for homeschooling families around the world for over 35 years.

I wasn’t actively looking for a new curriculum for our family, but back in the summer when I had the chance to review Oak Meadow’s First Grade Program I truly felt drawn to their approach.

For today’s giveaway Oak Meadow generously sent me their Kindergarten program to review, and I’ve been using it with my kids for five weeks now. It meets a real need that I didn’t even realize was lacking in our homeschool–the need for creativity.

Learn more about Oak Meadow and how to win.

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