Why you should consider ditching your set start time

 Written by Kara Fleck

This year in our homeschool the Fleck Academy is trying something new: no set start time. That’s right, we’re ditching it. The kids begin their lessons whenever they want to.

And it hasn’t evolved into total chaos.

No, seriously, it’s been a positive thing. All the boxes are checked at the end of the day. In fact, knock on wood, our mornings are going smoother than they have in some time.

I first read about this idea on Facebook when another homeschooling mom was talking about how it is better for her teens, who need more sleep. I was intrigued.

For years I’ve been dedicated to our rhythms and routines, including a set time to start the day. But I did wonder if this could have some benefits – especially for my teen, who I know isn’t getting enough sleep.

I also saw an opportunity to balance the needs of all four kids, who I imagined would naturally stagger their individual start times each day. I wondered if this would keep me from feeling spread too thin as a homeschool mom.

Could this possibly be a good fit for us?

It turns out that yes, I’m finding some solid benefits to this no set start time thing. Crazy at is sounds to me, the mama who normally sets many alarms on her phone to guide her day, this is working for us. Working well, in fact.

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How to create a simple homeschool portfolio

How to Create a Simple Homeschool Portfolio | Caitlin Fitzpatrick Curley, Simple Homeschool

Written by Cait Curley of My Little Poppies

It’s that time of year again, homeschoolers! A time when many of us need to complete required standardized testing, evaluations, and homeschool portfolio reviews.

Before I was a homeschool mom, I was a school psychologist. I have maintained my educator’s license and that means I can review portfolios in my state. Over the past several years, I have enjoyed these reviews. I love to see how other homeschoolers do this thing! We are all so unique and creative and our children are interesting and amazing.

But I know how overwhelming the homeschool portfolio process can be… especially if you wait until the very last minute.
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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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