About Kara Anderson

Kara is a freelance writer and homeschooling mom, driven by an unknown force to write everything down. She takes too many pictures, and never leaves home without a notebook. Read about her adventures with her two amazing kiddos at Quill and Camera.

How to ROCK the last few weeks of your homeschool year

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The following is a post by Kara Anderson of Quill and Camera.

In our family, we have tried many school year schedules.

We’ve tried summers off, summers on, occasional month long breaks and once, a 6-week-on-one-week-off rotation that I never successfully kept track of, meaning that often it was more like 8.5 weeks on, followed by 1.5 weeks of too many DVDs (them) and too many novels (me).

And so please know, that I am not suggesting that you change your school schedule in any way. If you have found something that works, and doesn’t leave your family with a mess of library fines, then carry on!

But, if you follow a more traditional school year, the end is near, my friends. And that’s something fun to celebrate!

And so, I recommend the following to make the last few weeks of homeschooling, you know, ROCK:

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What to consider when you’re considering a homeschool co-op

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The following is a post by contributor Kara Anderson of Quill and Camera.

Before my son was born, I’m not sure I had ever heard the word “co-op.”

It speaks to the weird loner-joiner vibe that can hit new mothers, I think, that by the time my son was 2, I was co-op-ing like nobody’s business.

At one point my husband actually asked me: “Is everything we’re doing a co-op?”

Gently, patiently, with the sage wisdom that comes with being a part of something for two whole weeks, I explained that no – everything was not a co-op. Just our two separate buying clubs, and the place I had started doing a lot of our grocery shopping, and a parenting group I had joined that was taking a very democratic approach to its governing system.

Co-op is short for “cooperative,” and essentially means people working together toward a like goal. In the homeschooling sense, co-op means homeschooling families that come together to offer classes or programs, or sometimes just support one another.

It took us a bit of time and a few wrong turns before we found our homeschooling co-op.  But once we did, we knew it was the perfect fit for our family.

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Kara’s homeschool day in the life (with a 6- and 9-year-old)

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The following is a post by contributor Kara Anderson of Quill and Camera.

A whole bunch of years ago, before I was a homeschool mom, I was a newspaper lady.

And my absolute favorite part of the job was that no two days were ever the same.

Some days were slow and easy. Some days, I found myself chasing down cops in high heels. (Me, not the cops.)

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But every night, we put the paper to bed.

And every morning, we started all over again.

It was good training for this work we do as homeschool moms.
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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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Shutting down the homeschool fight (before it even starts)

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Written by contributor Kara Anderson of Quill and Camera

We were invited to our new neighbors’ house for a backyard movie night – and I knew it was going to come up.

Because we’re homeschoolers.

And he’s a public school teacher.

There was going to be that question – that “why?” that strikes fear in our hearts, because if you’re like me, you’ve been down that road, and you’ve gotten smacked head-on by a 18-wheeler of judgment and misunderstanding.

My semi-truck moment came several years ago with a man my husband knows crashed my mom’s birthday celebration. (Truly.)
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