How to simplify your homeschool binder

Written by Kara Fleck

Clucky, worn out, coming apart at the seams. I use my homeschool binder almost every day and it is in sad shape. It is heavy and crammed full, to the point where using it can be perilous thanks to a bent prong. I live in fear of it popping open and raining out papers all over.

It is a three inch binder with papers in the pockets, loose in different sections. Thanks to that bent prong I mentioned earlier, I cannot turn pages smoothly.

This isn’t working! Time for a homeschool binder makeover!
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Your turn to share a homeschool day in the life!

Written by Jamie Martin of Simple Homeschool

Our 8th annual day in the life series is wrapping up, but first, we want you to share YOUR day! Tell us about what’s working now, and what your family has learned so far this year.

Remember, each of us does things a little differently, and there is no one perfect way – we want to know what makes your homeschool unique!
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Shawna’s homeschool day in the life (with a 12- and 15-year-old)

Written by Shawna Wingert of Not the Former Things

Every year, before sitting down to write this annual post, I go back and read my previous days in the life.

It’s a tremendous blessing to have such a wonderful record of my boys’ different ages and all the various homeschooling approaches we have used.

This year, I did the same.

Honestly, it made me really sad.

This day in the life is not recording one of our best, or even one of our average days. This day in the life is in the midst of a very difficult season for my youngest son – physically, emotionally and educationally.

I am recording it however, the same as I have our previous three years, with transparency and a whole lot of grace, for myself and for my boys.

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Kari’s day in the life (with a 9- and 11-year-old)

Written by Kari Patterson of Sacred Mundane

I mentioned before that this is our “Experiment Year,” but little did I know then that I’d be trying something else I’ve never done before: Homeschooling while pregnant!

Though I’m feeling great now, I spent three months wiped out with morning sickness. Thankfully, we were able to keep chugging along with our school routine, which tells me that our routine works for us, because our days went fairly smoothly even when I was couch-ridden. So grateful!

I’ve already shared about our Experiment Year, and the five key lessons I’ve learned so far. So what does this experiment look like? Nowadays it looks a little bit like this:

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Pam’s homeschool day in the life (with an 8-, 10- and 12-year-old)

Written by Pam Barnhill

I woke at 4:30.

No, I don’t do this every morning — not at all. But there are a number of mornings each month where I wake early, my thoughts whirling in my head, and I know it is futile to lie there and try to go back to sleep.

My first stop is the coffee pot and then I tiptoe upstairs and start to work. The thoughts won’t even let me have quiet time first thing.

My husband is the first to arrive. He is newly semi-retired and he cracks a joke about us being old and not able to sleep. He recently came home from his day-job to help me with the business and the kids. He still moonlights as a National Guard officer and that keeps our family hopping sometimes.

By the time the first boy stops in for a hug around 6:30 I am halfway through my to-do list for the day and feeling like a champ. If only I didn’t need sleep. Every day could be like this.

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