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...]

4 keys to a good homeschool day

4 keys to a good homeschool day
Written by contributor Kris Bales of Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers.

In the day-to-day of life, every homeschool parent hopes for good homeschool days.

Sure, we know they aren’t all going to look like that photo on the front of the homeschooling magazine. We also know that bad days are inevitable. However, there are steps we can take to ensure that that good days outweigh the bad.

Our family works on a six weeks on/one week off schedule. Last week was our break week. You’d expect that it would have been a great week, but, surprisingly enough, the week before went more smoothly and was far less stressful than break week.

In considering what might be the cause behind break week being more stressful than a school week, I identified a few key factors that seem to contribute to a good day, homeschool or otherwise.
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Using technology in your homeschool

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Written by contributor Kris Bales of Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers.

A couple of weeks ago, I had finally saved enough money to do something that I’d wanted to do for several months – get my two younger kids laptops. We don’t spend a lot of money on curriculum and, now that they’re both in middle school, I saw a lot of positives to them each having their own computers (rather than using mine or the ancient desktop that’s on its last leg).

The two immediate benefits I saw were math and typing. We use computer-based math programs and both kids are going to be learning typing this year. The fact that the kids are now able to do those things on their own devices is definitely a sanity-saver. However, I’m seeing lots of other benefits as well.
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5 ideas for beating the summer heat

5 ideas for beating the summer heat
Written by contributor Kris Bales of Weird, Unscocialized Homeschoolers

Now that the season is in full swing, beating the summer heat can be difficult.

These suggestions should give you some ideas for ways to keep boredom at bay without sweltering in the hot sun.

Water fun

Playing with water, in some form or fashion, is always a great way to cool off during the hot summer months. Some ideas:
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