Are you a weird (enough) homeschooler?

karamainpicmoWritten by Kara Anderson of Quill and Camera

People ask me every once in a while.

They lean in close, touch the top of my hand and say it in a way that I think is supposed to mean,

“Of course I’m not referring to you … ”

“But aren’t some homeschoolers a little, you know … weird?” they ask wrinkling their noses or raising their eyebrows.

Yes. Probably.

BUT.

I often think that many of us are not weird enough.

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3 ways to raise kids with a mission

3 ways to raise kids with a mission
Written by Jamie Martin of Simple Homeschool

“The first time I really thought about what I wanted to do in life was a few months before high school graduation.”

My mom spoke those words on a recent visit, after reading through the kids’ compasses we’d completed in our homeschool.

She was impressed that her grandchildren, at ages nine, ten, and eleven, could articulate possibilities for their future–and that they recognized the way their lives could reach and touch others.

Shortly after Mom left last week I got a text message from her: “Could you email me more info about that compass? I’d like to do one myself!”

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Schooling Without a Mission

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4 words you really need to hear right now

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Written by Melissa Camara Wilkins

You know what? I’m proud of my kids.

They’re creative and funny, they’re interesting and curious, and they pursue all kinds of ideas I would never have thought to investigate. I bet you feel the same way about your kids. I bet you even tell them that.

Maybe you don’t use those particular words, but I bet your face lights up when they show you their latest creations. I bet you ask thoughtful questions when they tell you what they’re reading or writing or puzzling over.

I bet you celebrate their projects and their accomplishments, because they’re pretty great. I bet you let them know that you’re proud of them in a zillion little ways.
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THE best vs. YOUR best

THE best vs. YOUR best
Written by Jamie Martin of Simple Homeschool and Steady Mom

Instead of focusing on giving our children a complete education, or a perfect education (neither of which are necessary or possible), let us strive to awaken in them a love of learning. If we can help them to develop an attitude of lifelong learning, we will have done enough.” ~ Suzie Andres, Homeschooling with Gentleness

There’s a homeschooling mom who lives in my head, and she is simply THE best.

She does all the things and does them well. As a result, her kids progress in a straight, forward-moving line. She is organized, unfazed by emotion, doubt, outward circumstance, or moody children.

She is my hero, though I also despise her.

I am not that woman. Oh every once in a while, I come close. The stars align and the inspiration flows…for a few hours, maybe a day or two. But inevitably real life signals to me from the sidelines: “Remember me?!”, and here we go again…back into the realm of imperfections and inadequacies.

Yet incredibly, even then I’m still on track.

When real life comes along with tough times, it’s not THE best I give to my children, but it’s MY best all the same.
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A year of inspiration in one post: Best of Simple Homeschool 2015

The best of Simple Homeschool 2015: A year in review

Written by Jamie Martin of Simple Homeschool and Steady Mom

As we prepare to close out 2015, I visited the archives of Simple Homeschool and chose one of the most popular posts for each month of the year to share today.

I want to send a sincere thanks to the amazing contributors and guest posters who have helped me fill this virtual space with so much quality content over the past twelve months.

I’ll be bookmarking this post to come back to in the future and I hope you’ll do the same!

The Best of Simple Homeschool 2015
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