Here's a question I received recently - "I saw a photo of your son diagramming sentences - I don't know how to do this but lots of people talk about it on homeschool groups. Where do I even START teaching something like that to my children?" Steph. Ah, that would be this photo. I'm only too happy to answer this question because it talks about one of my favourite subjects - grammar! Here's how I've turned out family into grammar nerds with no knowledge myself. Seriously. After 13 years of full-time education, my total grammar knowledge could be…
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Using Lists in your Homeschool - how to stay organised, not forget the important things, and make reporting easy!
  Lists are the only way I keep track of anything. To-do lists, meal lists, to buy lists, wishlists – if it’s not on the list it really doesn’t get done. So it makes sense that lists are invaluable in our homeschool, too. We use lists to keep track of what we’ve done, to remember what we’d like to do, and to make sure everyone’s doing as much as they planned. Personally, I’ve found paper lists are my best friend. I’ve tried digital, but it’s just not concrete enough for me, and seeing as I usually don’t know where my…
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Homeschooling with Depression - my story + 7 tips to help you cope.
  Homeschooling without depression is like a bushwalk that's a little beyond your fitness level. It's hard. At some points you want to quit, but the regular glimpses of beauty are reward enough to keep plodding along.   Homeschooling with depression is like climbing Mount Everest. With no Sherpa. In a blizzard. Wearing a bikini.   There's no great view. There's no positives. Just a really hard slog that seems neverending. And sometimes it's so difficult that laying down in the snow and drifting away permanently seems like a good idea. Homeschooling requires the parent to stay positive, to carry…
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Homeschoolers aren't always at home! Learning while out and about - a homeschooling day in the life
  Sometimes, people think us homeschoolers are always at home. And while we do love being home, we're also regularly out and about, doing all sorts of interesting and mundane things, and learning from them. After all, living in the real world is how we learn to live in the real world!     Today, Rex has his yearly hearing test. He's moderately deaf and has been wearing hearing aids since he was two. A paediatric audiologist is only available in our regional centre, so we decide to make a day of it, as family, and a do a few…
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5 ways to build your homeschooling confidence so that criticism doesn't destroy you.
Welcome to the second article in the Homeschooling Criticism Series!     It’s no good looking all calm and serene in the face of criticism if you then go home and collapse into a snivelling heap, all confidence destroyed, convinced you’re setting your children up for a lifetime of failure. Here’s how to build your homeschooling confidence so criticism enters one ear and sails straight out the other, never thought of again. Except for a giggle with your homeschooling friends about the ridiculous things people say to you, of course.   Be strong in your convictions Know why you’re homeschooling.…
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The three types of homeschooling critic and how to deal with each one - Fearless Homeschool
When I sent out my original request for questions to answer in my Q & A Wednesday series, I received quite a few asking me to talk about how to deal with homeschooling criticism. So many, in fact, that i've turned my response into a four part series! Here, I discuss the different types of critic you're likely to encounter and how to manage each one.     Sadly, homeschooling criticism is very common. While homeschooling has increased exponentially over the last few years, It’s far from mainstream. And when you do things that are a bit odd, you know…
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