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…]

Amida’s day in a life (with a 3, 7-, 12- and 15-year-old)

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Written by Amida of Journey into Unschooling.

If you are following a traditional school calendar, then your year may look something like ours: fall semester, winter break, spring semester, summer break. And if you’re like me, then you hit fall semester running and start losing steam around December.

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In our family, December marks the countdown to birthday and holiday celebrations, crafting, gift making and shopping, with school falling to the bottom of the priority list.

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Diana’s homeschool day in the life (with a 4-year-old)

diana'sdayThe following is a guest post written by Diana Stone of Diana Wrote.

Homeschooling an only child wasn’t ever our game plan. We both wanted 4 kids, but although that’s how many we’ve had, only one has stayed here with us to raise.

Nevertheless, we decided to still stick to what we felt God had called us to do with her, and possibly more in the future.

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I formerly taught Pre-K and kindergarten before my daughter Bella, 4, and it’s taken a few years, a lot of books and trial and error in the early years for me to wrap my head around learning at home.

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Donna’s homeschool day in the life (with 11-year-old twins)

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The following is a guest post written by Donna Ashton of The Waldorf Connection.

We are eight years into homeschooling and having “tweens” is a bit different than when I was schooling seven-year-olds.

Also, running a business from home definitely has its challenges and rewards.

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We are not perfect, but we get to what needs to be done, most of time. I have an established rhythm/schedule to our days so things ebb and flow nicely now.

Here’s my life today.

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Kara’s homeschool day in the life (with a 6- and 9-year-old)

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The following is a post by contributor Kara Anderson of Quill and Camera.

A whole bunch of years ago, before I was a homeschool mom, I was a newspaper lady.

And my absolute favorite part of the job was that no two days were ever the same.

Some days were slow and easy. Some days, I found myself chasing down cops in high heels. (Me, not the cops.)

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But every night, we put the paper to bed.

And every morning, we started all over again.

It was good training for this work we do as homeschool moms.
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