99 Acts of Kindness

The last few years, I’ve tried to promote a different way of thinking with my kids at Christmas. Instead of just being focused on gifts, and what material things they want to have, we’ve started a tradition of doing acts of kindness throughout the month for others. Each day we aim to accomplish something, no matter […]

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Handling Homeschool Opposition

Choosing homeschooling as an education method can draw a lot of heat from people who don’t understand exactly what you are doing. As you get started (and even when you’ve been homeschooling for a long time), you will discover that some people you encounter are prone to drilling you with questions about that choice, will […]

Unschooling: Personalized, Self-Determined Education

Unschooling is a method of education that people are often curious about. What is it and how do you do it? Today, guest writer Judy shares her insight and experience as an unschooling parent.  Jenny is sitting on the couch reading a book on alligators. She needs to research alligators for her school’s grade 6 […]

How to Homeschool in Canada

How to Homeschool in Canada: 6 Steps To Start Your Journey

These days, the homeschooling movement in Canada is on the rise, with more and more people accepting it as a viable option for educating their children. If you are researching how to homeschool in Canada, here is the information you need to get started.  There are 6 main areas that I’d consider important to examine as […]

Educational Neglect: What To Do If You Are Concerned About A Homeschooled Child

In the last few months, I’ve had a few messages from concerned grandparents wanting to know about how to handle what they feel is educational neglect of their grandchildren while they are homeschooled. While I don’t see the people they see or know the experiences they have witnessed that would lead to that question, I […]

Homeschool Dads, It’s All About Relationships

Homeschool dads tend to get forgotten or a least left out of the picture a lot in the homeschooling world. Today’s guest post is by Jayson, a homeschool dad who is committed to being an active part of his children’s education.  One of the many reasons, our family chose to homeschool was because we saw […]

Self-Care: 4 Ways to Get Back On Track

Wanna steal the exact steps I am using to get back on track when my life took over and I forgot my self-care? When I first start a new homeschool year I have GREAT plans. I thought getting back to homeschooling would give me more structure and time in my life. I was wrong. Life […]

How Much Does Homeschooling Cost?

One of the first questions considered when someone is researching homeschool is “How much does homeschooling cost?” The answer isn’t an easy one because it involves many elements. But let’s talk about it. This post may contain referral links. Please note that the links below are included as examples and don’t necessarily mean personal recommendation […]

Morning Basket – What Is It & How to Use It In Your Homeschool

Morning baskets are a popular way to add family learning time to your homeschooling day. But what is a morning basket and how do you use it? What is a Homeschool Morning Basket? This post contains affiliate links. The concept of the morning basket is derived from the ideals of the Charlotte Mason homeschooling method, […]

Homeschool Planning: The Ultimate Guide To Planning Your Homeschool Year

Are you trying to figure out exactly what you need to do this year for your homeschooling and pulling it all together? Well here is the ultimate guide to homeschool planning – a 5 step process to planning your homeschool year. I won’t say “easy” guide because there are parts of the process that take […]

5 Reasons People Oppose Homeschooling

Although homeschooling is quickly growing to a point where it’s being more accepted as a form of education in most communities, there are still a lot of people who stand opposed to it. Here are what I’d consider 5 reasons people oppose homeschooling. 1.  They think since a teacher is trained they should be the […]

3 Ways to Choose A Homeschool Method That Fits Your Family

So now that you know all about the more popular methods of homeschooling that are used in the community, you may be wondering how exactly you are supposed to figure out which style will work for your family. Here are 3 ways to choose a homeschool method that fits your family. 3 Ways to Choose […]

Homeschool Methods: Eclectic

Eclectic homeschooling is like a patchwork quilt – a little bit of this, a little bit of that – a mishmash of any other style of homeschooling that works for your family, typically using a variety of curriculum options to best fill in a homeschool day according to the things that you choose. Often families […]

Homeschool Methods: Relaxed / Minimalist Homeschooling

Relaxed or minimalist homeschooling is an approach where, like the same movement in life to remove the extras and keep the things that matter, learning is cut down to the important things only with lots of space and free time for additional learning. It’s kind of a cross-breed of unschooling with formal learning – although […]

Homeschool Methods: Waldorf

The Waldorf method of homeschooling was created by an Austrian man named Rudolf Steiner in 1919, when he opened his first school. He believed that education should be inclusive of the whole child: head, heart, and hands, while focusing heavily on the arts, folklore and mythology, and the natural world. Steiner himself believed in a faith […]

Homeschool Methods: Montessori

The Montessori Method of homeschooling aims to follow the standards created by Dr. Maria Montessori in the early 1900s. She believed in creating an environment that encouraged self-directed learning opportunities through hands-on, play-based activities. It focuses on experiences, not being taught. Dr. Montessori set up a series of standards and expectations for students in her […]

Homeschool Methods: Unit Studies

Unit studies are an all-encompassing, focused approach that uses resources from all areas of a curriculum whenever possible, and provides an in-depth learning experience. Often these studies start with a core resource book, then dig into extras, involve hands-on activities where possible, and expand through many subjects such as math, language, history, geography, etc. A unit study […]

Homeschool Methods: Unschooling

Unschooling is a child-led homeschooling method that allows children to learn through life and curiosity. It’s about finding answers and experiences to the questions they have at the moment, and discovering all they can learn about just from their everyday passions. It’s about providing an atmosphere of exploration and inspiration. Based on the ideals of a […]

Homeschool Methods: Charlotte Mason

Charlotte Mason was a British educator who lived around 1900. Her methodology of teaching focused on teaching the whole child – not just with academic facts, but also with habits and character development, living books, experiences in nature, communication, artists and composers, handwriting practice with a purpose, and more. This method is a parent-led approach […]

Homeschool Methods: Classical Education

The Classical education method of homeschooling is based on the historical concept known as the trivium, which focuses on logic and reasoning as the centre of learning. This is broken up into three stages: Grammar, Logic, and Rhetoric, focusing on different skills as children grow and develop. The Grammar stage is for the early years, up […]