Archives for 2014

How small shifts can lead to big impact

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Written by Lisa Grace Byrne of WellGrounded Life.

All around us there are messages about the New Year — new possibilities, new opportunities for change, ways to set your resolutions and meet them!

Do you feel like you already missed the boat?

For years if I didn’t wrap up all my new year’s dreams, goals and action plans in a pretty little bow right when the clock struck midnight New Year’s Eve … I might as well just can my ideas and settle back into life as-is.

And when I did think about what kind of growth and change I wanted in the new year, I bought into the idea that either I had to go for massive change or give up shifting direction at all.

Because of course … that’s what it takes, right?

“Go big or go home.”

“If you can’t do it right, don’t do it at all.”

“Life’s too short to play small.”

Over the years, subconsciously, those messages ended up translating into massive stagnation for me.

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The best of Simple Homeschool 2014: A year in review

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Written by Jamie Martin of Simple Homeschool and Steady Mom

As we prepare to close out another year, I visited the archives of Simple Homeschool and chose one of the most popular posts from each month of 2014 to share today.

So many thanks to the contributors and guest posters who have helped me fill this virtual space with so much quality content over the past twelve months–enjoy the inspiration!
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Starting the new year with intention

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Written by Sheila Petruccelli of Sure as the World.

I always find it hard to re-start homeschooling in January. After our big break in December and all the festivities that month holds, January and February look long, dark and (if I’m being honest) overwhelming.

Even though the calendar is fresh and marks a brand new year, homeschooling is in that middle ground/no man’s land.

So we start small and we start fun. But most of all, we start with intention.
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A dose of homeschool inspiration

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Enjoy this week’s homeschool inspiration:

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A homeschool mom’s letter to Saint Nick

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Written by contributor Kara Anderson of Quill and Camera.

Hey there, Santa.

This is little Kara Anderson (Barbie Dream House, 1982).

I wanted to let you know that I have been pretty good this year, all things considered.

I have stopped trying to do all the things on Pinterest.

I have been generally responsible with my Amazon Prime account, forcing myself to wait 24 hours before impulse-ordering curriculum materials.

I currently owe the public library just $9.75!

(But I do have 16 items on hold …)

And so, because I’ve been a pretty good homeschooler, I was kind of hoping I could ask you for a few extra things this year:

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