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.

Benefits of working out with teens

 

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The following is a post by Kris Bales of Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers.

An unexpected development has occurred this summer. After years of being slightly-interested bystanders of my running, my kids have decided that they want to join me. That excites me because not only do I recognize the health benefits for them, but I can also see a great many benefits of working out with teens.

I need to offer the caveat that, at the time of this writing, we’re only in the planning stages of running together. We’ve got one more summer camp to complete first. That being said, one of my kids has already joined me for a run and all are enthusiastic about starting.

So, what do I see as the benefit of working out with teens? [Read more...]

Homeschool superpowers

 

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The following post is from contributing writer Kris Bales of Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers.

I‘ve got this great shirt that says, “I homeschool. What’s your superpower?”

It’s become pretty worn-out from regular wear as my homeschool mom uniform. It makes me smile when I wear it because I know that being a homeschool parent doesn’t really endow me with superpowers.

I wish it did, though. I could think of some superpowers that would be awesome to have. [Read more...]

How to foster independence in your homeschool student

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The following post is written by contributing writer Kris Bales of Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers.

I‘ll go out on a limb here and say that the majority of parents who’ve homeschooled more than a year or two start thinking about creating independent learners.

Once our kids have mastered the basics of reading, writing, and arithmetic, we’re ready to start preparing them for learning on their own.

It’s not, I don’t think, that we are eager to get away from our kids. It’s just that, by that point, we’ve spent a lot of time pouring in to them and we’re ready for them to start working on their own a bit.

You know, long enough for us to do a load of laundry, put away the dirty dishes, or make a quick phone call.

Or go to the bathroom alone.

I don’t really expect a lot of independence from my kids until they’re about middle school age, but there are little things that we can start doing to prepare them before then. [Read more...]

Kris’s homeschool day in the life (with a 12-, 14-, and 18-year old)

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Written by contributor Kris Bales of Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers.

This homeschooling year, our 11th, has been one of the best we’ve had in a few years. I attribute that to the fact that I now have two middle school students and one mostly-graduated. (I’ll explain how “mostly-graduated” works in a bit.)

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The preschool years are so much fun. Everything is new and exciting.

Elementary is a time of delving into some of my favorite topics (American history, for example) for the first time.

The middle school years, though … well, for a mom who’s been at this for awhile, it’s a time of transitioning to having a houseful of independent learners. To some of you that may sound sad — like I’m not enjoying being knee-deep in school with my kids all day long. For others, it sounds like the light at the end of the tunnel. [Read more...]

5 tips for taking the stress out of Christmas

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Written by contributor Kris Bales of Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers.

As beautiful as the Christmas season is, it can also be an extremely stressful time of year.

There are often many more commitments than normal – plays, parties, service opportunities – and then there is the pressure to find special gifts for the people in our lives. Trying to maintain a normal school schedule becomes much more difficult.

How do you enjoy the season, individually or as a family, without all the stress? [Read more...]