• Homelife, Homeschooling

    Parent Guide to Studio Ghibli Films

    When most English speakers think of an animated movie, they usually think of Disney and Pixar. While these powerhouses deserve their fame, in Japan you’d get a very different answer: “Studio Ghibli.” Adults and children alike enjoy these creative anime films, but here in the United States, many parents have no idea what to expect when it comes to Studio Ghibli films.…

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    Intentional Homeschool Planning with Put Your Year on Autopilot

    It’s time to plan another year of homeschooling. This will be round twelve. Twelve years of homeschool planning. TWELVE. You would think that I could do this with my eyes closed, but this process is rarely cut and paste. I change every year. I have new commitments, new interests, and new outlooks on education and life. My kids change every year. Probably a lot…

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    Our Homeschool Journey Continues with Big Changes

    Nothing is the way I thought it would be when we began this homeschooling journey.  Despite my plans in those early years, no one entered school in 4th grade. No one continued with a classical education. And we didn’t keep going with our memory work. No one has learned Latin….yet. Our history doesn’t cycle consistently or follow a predictable pattern at all. I rarely…

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    Why Homeschool? Our Family’s Story

    Homeschooling wasn’t something I was familiar with growing up. My first real encounter with someone who was homeschooled was in college. One of my college friends and her siblings were homeschooled until 4th grade. She was grateful that she and her siblings learned to read and do basic math with confidence before entering the school system. They were also given more time to play…