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Why I don’t worry about my homeschoolers’ socialization

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Written by Annie Reneau of Motherhood and More.

If you were to ask the two million or so homeschoolers across America which question they get asked the most, I’m sure most would say, “What about socialization?”

Before kids, I might have asked the same question. Now that our oldest homeschooler is high school age (craziness!), that question seems completely asinine.

No offense, if that’s a question you’d ask. But it’s such a non-issue, it seems like a silly question from this side of the fence.

Here’s why:

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10 ways you’re making your homeschool day harder than it needs to be

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10 ways you're making your homeschool day harder
Jamie Martin, editor of Simple Homeschool, also blogs about motherhood at Steady Mom

I woke with dreary eyes. The thought of the day ahead seemed pretty bleak.

At breakfast time I pulled out our latest read-aloud (an activity I usually love), thinking I’d rather go to the dentist than proceed.

But I plodded ahead through gritted teeth–I have a job to do after all, my inner drill sergeant announced–the result not at all inspiring for any of us.

We would have been better off that morning with a Sparkle Story to listen to over breakfast, a cup of warm tea for the mama, and a few extra minutes to regroup and plan peace for the day ahead.

Ever have a day like this?

Homeschooling can be hard enough, but I sometimes find I make it even harder on myself by falling into negative patterns or mindsets.

Here are a few ways you may be doing the same.
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5 ways to increase your child’s love of learning by the end of the day

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5 ways to increase your child's learning by the end of the day
Written by Jamie Martin of Simple Homeschool and Steady Mom

“Love of learning” can sound like a vague, mysterious, unattainable concept.

We desperately want our kids to have one, of course, but how do we kindle it in the midst of the busyness, routines, and responsibilities of homeschooling life?

Thankfully, a love of learning isn’t as complicated as it sounds, and we can take practical, small steps to nurture or repair it.

In fact, here are five ways you can increase your child’s love of learning by the end of this very day! (Feel free just to pick one or two and try the others later.)
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4 simple steps to stress-free homemaking

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I am documenting these homemade Easter pies as Internet proof that miracles do in fact sometimes happen in my kitchen! Considering I couldn’t make pasta when I got married, I can’t stop bursting with pride over these babies. 

A homeschooling lifestyle adds even more to the challenges of everyday homemaking: laundry, meal planning, organizing, and cleaning.

Does staying on top of piles of clothes needing to be folded, the ever-flowing cycles of dishes in and out of the sink, and the decision fatigue of dinner plans get you down sometimes?

Hand raised here!
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Keeping the spark alive in middle and high school

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Written by Heather Woodie of Blog She Wrote.

If you’ve been homeschooling a while, then you know that the early days of homeschooling are among the sweetest. What could be better than gathering young children around to work together on reading and simple projects?

But as our homeschooled children mature, so does our homeschooling. Pattern blocks and letter tiles are traded for long division and book reports.

Eventually research papers, calculus, and college entrance exams are on the horizon.

Mothers of young homeschooled children hear such truths, but we seldom take them to heart until it’s our turn. Perhaps many of you are reading this and thinking how far away calculus is – or wonder if your students will ever get there. I understand.

My children (we have four with a six and a half year span between them) were all little once. It wasn’t all that long ago that we were teaching reading and running to change a baby’s diaper.

But now, it sometimes seems like it’s all “nose to the grindstone” around here.

So this post is to encourage you to remember why you began homeschooling and to keep the flame ignited — even during the middle and high school years.

Perhaps it is the highly charged academic community we live in (homeschoolers included), but we are often tempted to leave behind some of the most sacred of our homeschool ideals the older our children get and the higher we believe the stakes are.

Resist the urge to chase the conventional and consider ways to keep the spark in your homeschool.

Here are four of our tried and true methods:

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