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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.

Are you a weird (enough) homeschooler?

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People ask me every once in a while.

They lean in close, touch the top of my hand and say it in a way that I think is supposed to mean,

“Of course I’m not referring to you … ”

“But aren’t some homeschoolers a little, you know … weird?” they ask wrinkling their noses or raising their eyebrows.

Yes. Probably.

BUT.

I often think that many of us are not weird enough.

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Kara’s homeschool day in the life with a 7- & 10-year-old

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Written by Kara Anderson of Quill and Camera.

It’s a funny time of year for me to share with you a day in our homeschool life, because I feel a breeze of change this season — it always seems like the holidays provide us with enough of a full stop that we can’t help but begin again a bit differently.

And so, I’m finding it a challenge to decide what to share – do I tell you about the last few weeks before our family took some time off to celebrate Christmas? Or do I tell you about our plans for the winter?

Maybe a little of both?

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Or perhaps even better, I should tell you about Dec. 22, the day that “officially” began our Christmas Break — the day my daughter came up to me, gently tapped me on the shoulder, and whispered, “Mama, when we start school again, I want more homework.”

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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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When something breaks your homeschool heart

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Written by Kara Anderson of Quill and Camera

It happened so quickly.

Just eight weeks ago we were part of a homeschool group we loved. A group that had been home for more than four years. A group that had become like family.

I write this post from a place a deep sadness, because we found ourselves stepping away from that group last week.

It had just become too much. I call it poison, although some disagreed with that analysis.

It doesn’t matter. What matters is that when we took some time away, just the four of us in our little family, it became crystal clear what we needed to do.

What isn’t as clear is how to deal with the resulting heartbreak, and what to do next.

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The homeschooling ‘string theory’

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Written by contributor Kara Anderson of Quill and Camera

My mom’s best pal Jan is a sort of unlikely homeschooling mentor.

Two years ago, she retired after more than 30 years as a second-grade teacher.

So you might expect her to voice some concerns about homeschooling or at least endorse the public school experience. But she’s never been anything but supportive of us and our stay-at-home path.

And she’s been a pretty indispensable source of advice. For instance, there’s her string theory …

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