About Kris

Kris, who blogs at Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers, is a homeschooling mom to three amazing kids and wife to her unbelievably supportive husband. She enjoys photography, running, and drinking sweet tea. You can connect with Kris on her blog, Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Pinterest.

On letting summer break replenish and restore your kids

Letting a summer break replenish and restore your kids
Written by Kris Bales of Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers

I‘ve started to notice a pattern here. I’m always the one telling you to slow down and reminding you that it’s okay not to do all. the. things.

Just a couple of months ago, I suggested that you dump your writing program.  At Christmas, I said it was okay to cut yourself some slack. Last summer I suggested that you slow down and make memories.

See? It seems to be a recurring theme – one that either makes me the voice of reason in a go-go-go society or just a slacker.

Let’s go with voice of reason. I like that better.

I’m getting ready to do it again. Because especially in summer, we need to give ourselves permission to just be.

We need to take a lesson from farmers, who know that to restore fertility to soil, sometimes you need to let the ground lie fallow.

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What does letting the ground lie fallow look like for a homeschooling family this summer?

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Dump the writing program (& other tips for spring learning)

Dump the writing program (&other tips for spring learning)
Written by Kris Bales of Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers

I don’t know how it is where you live, but in my neck of the woods, spring has sprung! The sun is shining, the temperatures are in the low-sixties to mid-seventies, and everything is blooming, including the Bradford pears that are killing my kids’ allergies, but let’s not focus on that.

It’s spring!

And, because it’s spring, the last place that any of us want to be is cooped up inside doing school.

I know I’m not alone, so let’s look at some creative ways to embrace spring and still educate your children.

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Kris’s homeschool day in the life (with a 14-, 16- and 20-year-old)

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I‘m not going to lie – because I don’t do that: I was kind of dreading writing my day in the life post this year. You see, about this time last year, my teens decided to switch from our eclectic mix of hands-on curriculum to workbooks.

Workbooks, y’all. Bleck!

Not long before they decided to make the switch, I was in the homeschool aisle of our local used bookstore. I told my husband that it made me want to break out in hives – because the shelves are stuffed with used workbook-style curriculum.

Boring!

(Don’t take that personally if you use and love workbooks. It’s just not my preferred method.)

That means that this year’s homeschool day in the life post won’t include any fun hands-on projects. It won’t include any fun stuff that I am doing with my kids because the only thing I really do with them now is algebra and that’s no fun – well, except when we figure out the dreaded word problems together. That elicits some high-fives.

But, then, I thought that maybe somebody needs to hear this kind of day in the life. Maybe there are moms who are still in the trenches of teacher-intensive days who need to know that easier days with independent teens lie ahead.

Maybe there are moms who need to know that it’s okay to let your kids pursue a learning style that is the polar opposite of what you would choose for them. It is, after all, their education.

So, here goes – a homeschool day in the life with independent teens.

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This Christmas it’s okay…

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Written by Kris Bales of Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers

It’s official. The Christmas season is upon us and many of us are already feeling the stress of the holiday crunch.

It’s a shame that the time of year that should be focused on Christ, peace, and hope becomes such a busy stressful time – but that’s reality for many of us.

The truth is that Christmas is not a holly jolly time for everyone. For many, it is one of the most difficult times of the year. [Read more…]

5 high school truths I wish I’d known

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Written by Kris Bales of Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers

We graduated our first homeschooled student in 2014.

While homeschooling high school wasn’t a bad experience for us the first time around, there are things I wish I had known because I would have done them a bit differently.

They would have made our good experience an even better one:

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