Our Odd Week in Review: Unicorns Have More Fun!

Our Odd Week in Review: Unicorns Have More Fun!

I had planned our school year through the end of July, taking two weeks off in August, but with everything going on right now (#CancerSucksDownpours & Sunshine) we are on a hiatus. Fortunately though, my kids have gotten pretty good finding their way around the definition of unschooling and there has been plenty of natural learning going on.

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The Unschooler’s Mathematics Skills Checklist

The Unschooler’s Mathematics Skills Checklist

We our working on finishing up my son's 7th year of homeschooling and in those seven years one key fact about education has been cemented into my mind, "A child will not learn something until they are ready." Not only do they need to be developmentally ready, but emotionally as well and they need to have a vested interest in the topic at hand. 

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In the Kitchen this Week - Sunday Family Dinners

In the Kitchen this Week - Sunday Family Dinners

"What ever happened to Sunday family dinners?" That was the question my cousin posted Facebook a little over a week ago. Maybe it's just a southern thing, and even though I didn't attend often, I miss them too. A matriarch of the family, whipping up a Sunday feast that brought everyone together for quality family time and happy, full tummies.

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Our Odd Month in Review: Breath in the Good

Our Odd Month in Review: Breath in the Good

Today was the first day I looked at this blog in three weeks. At the height of the ugliness surrounding vaccinations and the measles I decided I needed to stay away and avoid social media. I needed to stay gone, avoid the nastiness and lack of compassion that was exploding everywhere. I needed to just breath in the good before general dislike of people turned into an anger that consumed me.

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Our Odd Week in Review: Paper vs. Computer

After homeschooling for six years, I have learned that the way my kids want to learn changes as often as the seasons. Sometimes they prefer the computer, sometimes they want workbooks and more hands on activities. The constant flip flop has helped ease me into allowing for more interest led learning over the years, because, let's face it, I can't afford a new curriculum every time they lose interest in a method.

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Khan Academy and Common Core

While I am a strongly against the Common Core State Standards, I will not abandon Khan Academy because of their correlation and I want to tell you why.

I am a strong believer in delayed mathematics for children. This is just one of the many reasons why I believe the Common Core standards are a bunch of crap. However, this does not negate the fact that the math portion of Khan Academy is an invaluable resource for children that thrive on being able to work independently and in an environment suitable for visual and auditory learners.

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