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.

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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Homeschooling teens: The hardest part of Kris’s homeschool year

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Written by Kris Bales of Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers

A year ago, I became the mom to a houseful of teens. My baby turned 13 and my oldest was 19 with a 15 year old sandwiched in the middle. Y’all, I thought parenting babies and toddlers was hard, but teens? They present a whole new reason for sleepless nights. And don’t even get me started on their meltdowns and temper tantrums.

Don’t misunderstand. Teens are really awesome people. Society and the media have given them a bad rap. The majority of the teens I know are thoughtful, respectful, amazing individuals who have some incredible insight to offer if you’ll take the time to listen to them.

That doesn’t mean that homeschooling – or parenting – them is a breeze, though.

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Slowing down and making summer memories

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Written by Kris Bales of Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers

I‘ve read a lot – and even written a lot – on the internet over the last few weeks about summer activities, summer reading lists, summer bucket lists, and so on.

I’m all for summer activities. I signed up for Kids Bowl Free a month ago. I’ve got a copy of the cheap summer movie line-up on my phone. My kids are away at church camp even as I type this and there is plenty on their to-do list for when they get back home.

I can’t help think, though, that we need to be sure to take time to slow down and savor the summer. We, as a society, are busy. All. The. Time.

I think it’s important for families to slow down, be lazy, and put “make memories” at the top of those summer bucket lists – and not the go-go-go sort of memories either, but the kind that are often born of an empty schedule and time together. [Read more…]