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Great Books to Read with Your Kids in March

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Just as the daffodils are starting to break through the dirt and everyone is adventuring more and more outside, we cannot forget to take advantage of all these amazing books! Between outdoor adventures, St. Patrick’s Day, and Dr. Seuss’ birthday, there are many titles to choose from this month.

Check out these great books to read with your kids in March…

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What are you waiting for? Let’s dive right in.

Great Books to Read with Your Child in March

100 Backyard Activities That Are the Dirtiest, Coolest, Creepy-Crawliest Ever!: First up on the list is written by yours truly. Since the weather starts to get warmer in March, this book is the perfect way to get outdoors and explore everything from bugs to animals. It is time to turn the great outdoors into a living museum for your kids!

Planting a Rainbow: This book teaches kids how to plant seeds and bulbs. It also gives them direction on how to care for those growing seeds. Big bonus! The illustrations in this book are amazing!

In Like a Lion Out Like a Lamb: An adorable book with rhyming text and an excellent description of March in the form of a lion and a lamb.

Puddles: What type of joy can a rainstorm bring? Puddles of course! Grab your rain boots and get ready to explore puddles of every shape and size.

    

More Books To Read With Your Kids In March

The Wind Blew: Huge gusts of winds carry away everything out to sea. Before it is out of sight, the wind decides to bring it all back.

Kite Day: Take advantage of those high winds and get outside to fly a kite. In this story, Bear and Mole have to build their very own kite.

The Tiny Seed: Follow the life cycle of a seed along with the bright illustrations that can only come from an Eric Carle book.

The Curious Garden: A young boys finds a neglected garden and decides to take care of it. As soon as he the garden starts to grow it changes everything around him.

    

Great Books to Read to Your Kids for St. Paddy’s Day

There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Clover: The old lady is back and hungry as ever in this classic with a St. Paddy’s day twist.

How to Catch a Leprechaun: This is a great book to read as you build a Leprechaun trap. Kids of all ages love to try and attempt to catch the magical Leprechaun who is impossible to capture!

The Night Before St. Patrick’s Day: There is so much anticipation the night before St. Patrick’s day. The Leprechaun trap is set… but will these kiddos be able to catch one?

   

Great Dr. Seuss Books to Read with Your Kids Anytime!

Dr. Seuss’ birthday is on March 2nd! Celebrate this incredible author by reading his silly yet wise stories. Here are some of our favorites.

Oh, The Thinks You Can Think!: Take a trip down thinking lane with this clever book that will get kids to explore their thoughts and all of the ideas that can come with it.

The Lorax: This book is a great way to introduce environmental awareness to kids. It shows the cause and effect of your actions when using up natural resources around us.

Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are?: What a wise man Dr. Seuss was. Share that wisdom with your kids and teach them how to be grateful for everything they have.

What Was I Scared Of?: Give your kids a reason to not be scared of the dark with this cute story of a pair of pants… Scaredy-pants to be exact.

    

With all of these wonderful books to read will there still be time to tend the garden, celebrate the great outdoors as well as the silliest authors of all time? Of course! We are always looking for fun and educational ways to keep those kids busy and these books are the answer!

Feel free to share with me in the comments. What favorite books do your kids love to read in March?

 

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Why Unit Studies Are Ideal For Gifted Learners

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When my daughter finds a topic she loves she latches on like a dog to a bone. She wants more and can’t seem to get enough. Maybe you can relate? This is where unit studies come in.

Unit studies are the perfect way to engage an intense kiddo.

Why Unit Studies Are Ideal For Gifted Learners

When we began homeschooling I tried to rush through her interests to get back to my homeschool plans. I never stopped to realize the damage I was doing by squashing her curiosity. I slowly saw her love for learning fading a little more each day. 

One day, that little girl looked at me with so much passion in her eyes I thought they would burst and said, “Mom, wouldn’t it be fun to do school with Jack and Annie?”. Jack and Annie are characters from the Magic Tree House book series. They were her favorite books and had become friends to her through their stories.

I immediately dismissed her like I always do. But later I started thinking about the passionate look in her eyes and how quickly it faded upon my dismissal. So, I did what any mom would do. I reread all of the books and wrote out a plan. A plan that would allow us to study the Magic Tree House books as unit studies.

I will never forget the joy she had when I told her that for first grade we would be doing Jack and Annie school. I had reignited her love for learning.

Related: 8 Ways To Foster A Love of Learning In Your Children

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Unit Studies Are Ideal For Gifted Learners

The following school year we did nothing but unit studies. We studied things like dinosaurs, medieval times, Ancient Egypt, pirates, and more. I could have never planned the rabbit trails we went down or the immense learning that took place. It was at that moment that I realized unit studies were the perfect way to homeschool her.

In the years that followed unit studies became our main form of learning. Unit studies focus on topics or themes my daughter is truly interested in. That way, she is more likely to remember the things she learns. It’s also a great way to satisfy her desire to know all the things on a specific topic.

This has made such a significant difference in her learning. It really is an ideal way to support a gifted learner. 

So, what does this really look like in our day to day homeschooling?

Why Unit Studies Are Ideal For Gifted Learners

 

My first step is always a plan. Some of them are much more involved than others, but my unit study plans usually follow the same basic process. 

How To Plan A Unit Study

Choose a Topic

I think it’s really important to focus on my child’s interests if at all possible. However, I think you can also pick something relevant such as a field trip you know you have coming up or maybe a holiday. 

Search Your Home

Collect all the things you already have that match the topic or theme of your study. I usually walk around my house searching for applicable resources such as books, games, hands-on activities, and manipulatives.

Don’t Forget Technology

Search all of your streaming services (Curiosity Stream, Netflix, Amazon Prime, Disney+) for documentaries that would compliment the topic you are studying about. Make a YouTube playlist. And look in the app store for a new app too. 

Getting it All Done

I like to place all of my unit study materials in a basket or bin and let my daughter pick and choose. I mean it is her education she should have some say in it. And because I am the one gathering the material I know it is all appropriate. 

I know chances are we won’t get to everything I have planned for us to do. But, that’s okay! We just work through the materials answering all of her questions and diving in as deep as she wants. When she is ready to move on, we do.

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The Incredible Advantages of Unit Studies

Love of Learning

Unit studies help an intense child love learning. Especially if you choose a topic they are interested in. It is like saying that you hear them and value their opinions and interests. You are helping them learn about things they love and in return they develop a love for learning in general.

Relationship

The frustration that came when I tried to force my plans was ruining our relationship. Many times our homeschool days ended in tears. Since incorporating unit studies as our main method of homeschooling the tears happen less frequently. That has allowed our relationship to flourish. Our relationship has taken such a big turn that she now knows she can say “Hey Mom, let’s spend a year at Hogwarts” and I will totally oblige!

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A Note From Colleen:

Isn’t Jessica an absolute natural in creating this type of learning? We have been using her unit studies off and on over the years and I am constantly amazed at what she comes up with and the professionalism of her products. 

She is a true friend in writing this for me here at Raising Lifelong Learners, but I also want to make sure you know that she is THE SOURCE for beautiful engaging unit studies on her own site, The Waldock Way. 

Jessica Waldock is a writer, photographer, and homeschool mom of one living in sunny Florida. She founded The Waldock Way as a way to give back to the homeschool community that she loves so much. At The Waldock Way Jessica shares tips, tricks, inspiration, and unique resources that help ignite a love of learning in children that will last a lifetime. She inspires families to engage in homeschooling as a lifestyle where relationships come first and interested led learning prevails. Jessica also has a fabulous collection of unit studies on her website and shares generously on her YouTube channel.

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You can find Jessica and The Waldock Way online at all the following sites:

Blog: www.thewaldockway.com
YouTube: www.youtube.com/c/thewaldockway
Instagram: www.instagram.com/thewaldockway
Facebook: www.facebook.com/thewaldockway

Take a look at all she has to offer. I know you will be as impressed as I am! ~ Colleen

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RLL #107: Learning as an Unschooling Family with Robyn Robertson

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I truly believe that the best way we can educate our gifted and twice-exceptional (2E) kids is through homeschooling with self-directed learning and unschooling.

Self-Directed Learning vs. Unschooling?

Self-directed learning is a self-motivated pursuit of knowledge not based on a required set of circumstances but learning for its own sake. Using an unschooling approach to learning simply means that activities and lessons are not structured or required.

Children constantly learn through their interactions and experiences with the world around them.  Many families find that creating their own flexible homeschool and allowing their kids to be the driving force in their learning is the very best educational option for our above-average kids.

RLL #107: Learning as an Unschooling Family with Robyn Robertson

Self-directed learning and unschooling is better for gifted and 2E learners

Our kids aren’t cookie cutter, why would we think a one size fits all of educating will fit them? An example might be a kiddo who loves math and excels ahead of his same-age peers but is also struggling with reading. We could encourage his reading through the “strewing” of picture books about math, making them available for him to discover. This would likely be more interesting to him than a remedial reading curriculum. 

A lot of gifted kids are energized by making “dive deeps” into areas of interest. In our family, there is a genuine need to go into detailed study! Just because measures like tests or projects show mastery has occurred doesn’t mean our kids are done with learning about the subject. With self-directed homeschooling, limits are easily removed in open-ended learning at home; there is no timetable to follow. By exploring those tangents, our kids are motivated to learn more in depth and with greater passion.

The benefits of self-directed learning and unschooling point to just how good it is for gifted and 2E kids.

There’s a confidence that comes to children when they have buy-in to their learning. Self-directed learners are motivated in their learning and hesitate less to investigate new things.

More flexible learning gives us a way where overexcitabilities and asynchrony are less of an issue. Home is a safer environment in which to learn strategies to handle differences and adjust behaviors.  Homeschooling parents are readily available to give our kids the support they need if they’re asynchronous. Scaffolding can provide for areas where our child might struggle, so that they can continue to learn and create at their level. Take for example the child who has difficulty with handwriting, but who has a great imagination and concocts wonderfully imaginative stories. Allowing her to dictate her story to a parent to record is a way of giving her space to explore her talent as a “writer” while supporting her as she works on penmanship.

Unschooling benefits the whole family by creating space to create.

Grace Llewellyn explains, “You don’t need a schoolteacher to get knowledge – you can get it from looking at the world, from watching films, from conversations, from reading, from asking questions, from experience. When you get down to it, unschooling is really just a fancy term for ‘life’ or ‘growing up uninstitutionalized.’” 

Unschooling gives us more room to explore interests and have wonderful life experiences in the safest of environments, within the family, those relationships will always be their very best teacher. Important skills like critical thinking, problem solving, fostering authenticity and lifelong learning take time and attention which we can adjust and focus on while we homeschool.

Ultimately, as parents of these “outside-the-box thinkers,” we learn to trust our children better and respect their learning needs. All kids have an intrinsic desire to learn and create; but our kids tend towards MORE of everything. In self-directed learning and unschooling, we can be our kiddos’ greatest champion, cheering them on to becoming the very best people they can be.

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Families who already use self-directed learning and unschooling provide support and encouragement.

This week’s podcast episode is a conversation with Robyn Robertson of Honey I’m Homeschooling the Kids. She shares the background of her unschooling family and makes an important analogy of self-directed learning as being a journey we travel on with our entire family.  Some of the ideas Robyn and Colleen share in this episode are:

  • Travel together as a family in your learning, even if everyone is learning about different things.
  • Keep going back to knowing why you’re doing it and adjust as needed.
  • Experience life together, share stories as a family. This will cause you to build connections through these shared experiences.
  • Take field trips, have family projects, attend independent classes and enrichment programs, enroll in online courses and exercise programs, and leave room for a lot of personal time. If the individual wants to pursue a formal class, that can be unschooling as well!

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Are You Worried About Homeschooling and Socialization?

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Do you know people who are still concerned that homeschooled children aren’t well socialized? Who believe that homeschoolers don’t know how to get along with others, have friends, and deal with real life? Or maybe you feel strongly about it, but your husband does not support homeschooling.

I’m here to tell you that it just isn’t true that homeschooled children aren’t well socialized! In fact, the truth is that many homeschooled students are extremely well socialized. (I hate the term socialized! But because that’s the term commonly used to refer to how well children and teens do in social situations, I’ll use it here.)

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Over my 20+ years of homeschooling, I’ve come in contact (both in real life and online) with many homeschooling parents whose relatives and friends are concerned that their homeschooled children aren’t properly socialized. They worry that these students won’t know how to get along with other children. That they’ll be awkward teenagers. (Imagine that!!) That they won’t be able to go to college and get married and have jobs in the “real world.” But it’s just not true.

Most homeschoolers are extremely well socialized!

The strange thing is that the majority of homeschooled students are extremely well socialized! In fact, I know more children who go to public or private schools who are socially awkward, extremely shy, don’t have many friends, and aren’t able to carry on a conversation with other students (much less with adults) than homeschooled students who fit this description. Many homeschooled children, in fact, are socialized in ways that are much more beneficial to them (both now and in the future) than students who are socialized by public or even private schools. In fact, part of the reason many people homeschool is to protect our children from the world’s standards, and that can be a very good thing!

Social awkwardness is not necessarily dependent upon whether a child goes to public school or is homeschooled.

Yes, there are some homeschooled students who are socially awkward and shy. However, there are also some public and private school students who fit the same description. In other words, people generally blame the awkwardness or shyness of homeschooled students on the fact that a particular student is homeschooled, yet when students go to public or private schools, they don’t blame those students’ social awkwardness on the fact that those students attend public or private school.

Homeschoolers are generally very good at socializing with people of all ages.

After having met and gotten to know homeschooling families all across the United States and in my local area, it is my experience that the majority of homeschooled students are able to get along with, talk with, and otherwise interact with people of all ages–not just those in their own peer group.

Think about it this way: Most students who go to public or private schools interact with students of the same age/grade level all day. This isn’t the case with homeschooled students. When we homeschoolers get together for field trips, co-op classes, sports, play days, book clubs, and so on, we usually bring all of our children with us. And of course we parents are in attendance too. This means our children are exposed to babies, toddlers, young children, older children, tweens, teens, parents, and grandparents on a regular basis.

It’s not unusual to see children of all ages chatting and playing with other children who are older or younger than themselves. They don’t think they can only be friends with other children who are the same age and grade level. One year at a family reunion, I actually heard a pre-teen girl complain repeatedly that she didn’t have anyone to play with that day. I looked around and saw ten or twelve other children there, so I pointed out that fact. She quickly let me know that she couldn’t play with those children because none of them were in fifth grade like her. But many homeschoolers, on the other hand, could comparatively be called socialization geniuses!

We’re preparing our homeschoolers for real life!

It’s not unusual to see tweens and teens helping to look after the toddlers and young children when we have a get-together. And it’s also quite common to see children and teens talking with parents or grandparents–their own and others’ too! Why is this? Because this is real life!

When our students graduate from our homeschools and go to college or get jobs, they won’t go to college or to work with only other people of the same age! They’ll be expected to be able to work with people of all ages. They’ll be expected to get along with and communicate with others of different ages.

In fact, I have to share some examples from my own family with you. My youngest child (who has been homeschooled since the beginning) is now 18 years old. From the time she was about 12 until she was 17, she served as an assistant to an art teacher in classes for children from kindergarten through about third grade. My daughter is a bit of an introvert, but she loves art and she loves children, and the combination of the two made her look forward to helping in those art classes for quite a few years! In fact, the art teacher was sad to see her go when she started her first “real” job and was no longer available to help teach the art classes.

And yes, that’s right. My poor unsocialized homeschooler started working at her first real job. (Haha!) She now works a couple of days a week at a locally-owned health food store. Because it’s a small store, she often has to work alone. She’s had to learn about many products, their uses, and where they’re found in the store. She has to talk with customers to find out what they need and to show them where to find products. She helps customers of all ages from teenagers to adults to elderly people, and she handles all of them very well.

She also works in the sound booth at our church with a couple of other teenagers, babysits on a regular basis, and fills in for the youth Sunday school teacher. And the truth is, being homeschooled is what allows her to do many of these things! Homeschooling allows her to build time into her schedule to handle these responsibilities.

It makes me proud that she’s able to get along with children and adults of all ages. It makes me happy that she enjoys the company of many other people–not just those of her own age/grade. And it’s fantastic that she has so many opportunities to build social skills in so many real-life situations. This should be the goal for all children–whether they homeschool or not!

Our Goal As Homeschool Parents:

What I really want you to take away from this article is that, even though the choice to homeschool sometimes leads people to (mistakenly!) worry that our children won’t be well socialized, the truth is that they usually are. They are being prepared for real life in a world with people of all ages. And as parents, that’s what we’re here to do–prepare our children to live their lives as adults. So next time a well-meaning friend or relative expresses concern that your children aren’t well socialized or you find yourself being criticized for homeschooling, remind them that you’re preparing them for real life. And you’re doing a great job of it!

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P.S. – If you’d like to see some research-based data about homeschooling, please take a look at our article Updated Homeschool Research by NHERI. You’ll be happy to find that there is research-based information supporting the effectiveness of homeschooling and the real-life success of adults who were homeschooled.

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11th Grade Mid-Year Homeschool Curriculum Review

11th grade mid year homeschool curriculum review

Hello friends! We’re knee deep into our 11th grade homeschool year and today I’m sharing my thoughts on our curriculum choices, what we love and what we don’t!

Overall we’re happy with our choices for 11th grade this year but we have had a few things that aren’t working for us. For two of my other kids we’ve used the Janice Campbell literature units and they did great with them. But for my son it’s not working as well. I honestly think he just needs something a little more structured. He’s doing “okay” with it, and so I’m not planning to swap it out, but I do have to have to stay on top of him a little more with it. Even though it’s a bit challenging for him to stay on track, I do think it’s beneficial for him to learn time management skills and so we’re sticking with it. I also think he could use a little more direction as far as the writing styles go. So for next year we’ll most likely go back to an IEW unit where he’s getting a little more instruction. There are samples and instructions in the Janice Campbell units, but it’s just not quite enough to get him to where I would like to see his writing.

The other thing that we did decide to try at the beginning of the year was BJU English/Grammar. It was kind of a last minute decision and it was something that I wanted to do since he was in high school. I really like other BJU distance online units, so I thought the English would be great. And I think for another student it is probably fine, but unfortunately he was struggling with it and it wasn’t working out for him. So after about two months in we switched back to IEW Fix it! Grammar Book 6 for him and we’re both quite happy with that choice. The IEW lessons make logical sense to him and he does well with it. Apparently I need to take my own advice and not try to fix something that isn’t broken! LOL!

Other than that he’s doing great with everything else we’ve chosen for him this year. I hope to have him moving into dual enrollment classes next year like we did with our older daughter, so I want to make sure he’s on track and ready for those.

Our 2020-2021 11th Grade Curriculum:

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Start a Business and Teach Entrepreneurship

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As homeschool moms, we tend to look at everything as a teaching opportunity, and starting a business is no different! We recently took the Rainmakers 7-day challenge to start an e-commerce business. We loved it so much we also joined their mastermind group! Want to find out more? You can take their 7-day challenge too. We believe you can start a business and teach entrepreneurship at the same time!

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Wendy and I have always had a desire to find a way to help homeschool moms supplement their income. Why? Because we often hear from homeschool moms who are struggling.

We hear how many moms are having to work outside the home and the stress it adds to your homeschool experience.

We hear how hard it is to work on somebody else’s schedule and homeschool around it.

We hear how you want to make a living while working around your other many responsibilities.

So we have been hunting for an idea that we believed in and wanted to do ourselves and would want to share with you… and we have found it! We are doing it ourselves! Did you see our diamond painting kits that we just launched this month? Those are due to the Rainmakers challenge!  They are offering a new 7-day challenge starting on Thursday, February 25, and we really want to encourage you to join it! It only costs $27, and you will get the tools that very first weekend to make your $27 back, immediately.

Take the Rainmakers challenge. You have nothing to lose!

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I know you have lots of questions!! We did too. Each day of the challenge Stephen and Chelsey, the challenge leaders, cover a different topic related to starting an online e-commerce business. If you have teenagers, get them to do the challenge with you! Here’s what you will learn each day:

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Here are a few moms who are launching products right now! They are super excited to give away their products and to share their journeys with us. We hope you will:

  • enter the giveaways below.
  • click over to Amazon and buy their products if you love them! (This is a great way to support other women who are just starting their own Amazon businesses.)
  • click over to Facebook and watch their interviews. (This is a wonderful way to find out more about the mom behind each product!)

Win Great Products and Support Moms Starting E-Commerce Businesses

Now let’s get to the fun part… the giveaways! One thing to note, as new Amazon sellers, these moms will want you to purchase the item you win on Amazon and then they will reimburse you for the entire amount. We are sure they will do it, because we know these ladies… but just in case, we want you to know, WE will reimburse even if they don’t. So no worries about that! And if you love the products, please be sure to leave reviews!! They are the lifeblood of new businesses starting on Amazon and only about 20% of buyers actually leave reviews.

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This is us! Wendy and I started Teaching Toys and launched diamond painting kits as our very first products. But they are not just diamond painting kits, we included beautiful unit studies for each African animal in the series. We hope you love them so much, you want to get them all!

Bookends for Kids – Dinosaur Decor Metal Bookends

Bookends for Kids

Astrid is the creator of the Bookends for Kids. You can learn more about her story in my interview with her on Facebook. (click here)

Animal Alphabet Wall Decor for Kids

Animal Alphabet Wall Decor for Kids

Emily is the creator of the Animal Alphabet Wall Decor for Kids. Learn more about why she chose this product. (click here) 

Röhmi Multipurpose Modern Leather Mat

Röhmi Multipurpose Modern Leather Mat

Shandi is a precious young mom who started the Rohmi brand. The name of her brand means something very special to her. See why she chose this name for her brand and learn about her beautiful Multipurpose Modern Leather Mats!

Tooth Fairy Pillow with Pocket for Boys and Girls

Tooth Fairy Pillow with Pocket

Falcon is the creator of the Tooth Fairy Pillow, and she is determined for this business to be strictly an Amazon business. I call her aggressively passive… see why!

Mitch Co. Extra Large Baskets for Toys

Mitch Co. Extra Large Basket for Toys

Diana saw a need for extra-large baskets for toys. Learn more about Diana and her products here.

Hopscotch Kids Rug

Hopscotch Kids Rug

Mamy created this product for her kids. Where she lives she could not draw hopscotch squares on the sidewalk!! Find out why they couldn’t draw on the sidewalks and more about her product in this interview on Facebook.

Matching Animal Felt Alphabet Flash Cards with Black Felt Flannel Board

Matching Animal Felt Alphabet Flash Cards with Black Felt Flannel Board

Cheri was homeschooled along with her two brothers. All three are now doctors! She married someone who was homeschooled who is a lawyer. Cheri is the only interview where I cried. Cheri is precious, her story is so encouraging, and her mission will touch your heart! Meet Cheri and hear some of her story here. 

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Kristin saw a gap in the offerings on Amazon for creative craft kits, and her desire is to fill the gap! She has created two so far. Learn about her kits and her story here. 

Elephant Tooth Fairy Plush Pillow

Elephant Tooth Fairy Plush Pillow

Flore created a fun little Tooth Fairy Pillow as her product. You can learn more about her story here.

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My Car Maintenance Planner Journal for Women

Cindy’s husband owns a repair shop, so her products are created from needs she sees every day in that business. All of her products are directed at Ladies Kar Care. Learn about her Amazon journey here

Rachael Is on the FAST TRACK!

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Rachael was part of the June challenge with me. She has not only launched 7 products, but she is also now a Rainmaker coach!! I love her energy and her story. You can meet Rachael here. 

Tooth Fairy Pillows for Girls

Tooth Fairy Pillows for Girls

Nicole has an interesting story too. Her story starts with her serving our country in the military. Find out more about her and the Tooth Fairy Pillow here

Zoe Frances Designs Pom Pom Garland

Zoe Frances Designs Pom Pom Garland

Zoe Frances Designs Pom Pom Garland – Blue, Green, & Mustard Gold

Jeni is so creative and organized! I wish I could hire her to help get my house in order! Learn more about her story and how she came up with the idea for her pom pom garland here.

Melissa has been BUSY! 

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Melissa is a serial entrepreneur!! She has started multiple brands and is really finding her groove already! It is exciting to watch her journey and see what she is up to next. Meet Melissa and learn about how she got started here. 

We hope these moms inspired you and that you are excited about starting a new journey… one where you can start a business and teach entrepreneurship at the same time!

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The Ultimate List of Dr. Seuss Activities for Dr. Seuss Day!

the ultimate list of dr seuss activities for dr seuss day
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Dr. Seuss is one the most beloved names in all literature, for adults and children alike! We love him for his fun rhymes, whimsical creatures, and the way that his stories share big ideas in simple ways. For all of these reasons (and so many more), we continue to celebrate this special author on the day of his birth each year, which is March 2nd–otherwise known as Dr. Seuss Day!

Dr. Seuss Day activities

Dr. Seuss Day is also a great way to kick off March as National Reading Month.  If you are looking for some fun ways to celebrate this treasured author in your homeschool this year, look no further! We’ve compiled a huge list of fun crafts and activities that you can use as you explore wonderful books like Cat in the Hat, The Lorax, Green Eggs and Ham (and more!) These activities are especially great for Pre-K – elementary ages. However, even your older kiddos may want to get in on the fun (after all, Dr. Seuss is pretty great no matter how old you are). Don’t forget to pick up copies of his books, too. We have links to all of the activities, and the books that go with them, below. Enjoy!

This wonderful story is all about  taking responsibility for the impact you can make on the world! Here are some wonderful crafts and activities to go with The Lorax by Dr. Seuss.

Free Printable Lorax Bookmark

This printable bookmark is perfect simple craft/activity to start out with when celebrating Dr. Seuss day because you can use it when reading all your Seuss-y books! Plus, the way that the lorax marks the page by biting it is pretty silly and sure to induce some giggles.

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Lorax Truffula Tree Seed Craft 

Young kids will love this craft because they get to make their very own Truffula tree seed to hold onto while listening to the story! The craft tutorial also comes with a wonderful printable of a quote from the book that you can tie onto the “seed.” 
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Handprint Lorax Craft with Salt Dough

Children always love working with salt dough, and this craft shows you how to turn your child’s salt dough handprint into a Lorax-inspired design. You even set in in the microwave to keep things as simple as possible. This super fun craft even leaves mom and dad with a sweet keepsake.

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Lorax Handprint Papercraft 

Here’s another Lorax craft that is inspired by the shape of your child’s handprint! This version, however, is more simple and uses paper (and a few other resources you probably already have at home). There’s also space inside to write “I speak for the trees,” inside the handprint, which will help your child think about and remember one of the book’s main themes.

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Watercolor and Oil Pastel Truffula Trees 

Young artists will love this Lorax-inspired Truffula tree tutorial, which uses watercolor paints and oil pastels! The final result is gorgeous!

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Everyone loves the mischievous Cat in the Hat who shows kids how to have messy fun (and pick up when they’re done).  Use these fun crafts and ideas alongside this classic favorite.

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Dr. Seuss Solo Cup Party Hats

Use this super simple tutorial to create party hats out of solo cups as you kick off your Dr. Seuss celebration– Cat in the Hat style!

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Thing 1 and Thing 2 Card Craft

This adorable Thing 1 and Thing 2 card craft is easy to make at home: all you need is colored paper, some little hands to trace, and the free downloadable template attached in the link.  Write  a special  message  or  a favorite  quote  from  the  book,  inside!

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Easy Cat in the Hat Paper Craft 

This easy craft uses materials you likely have at home already, and is a fun, quick craft to create your kiddos’ favorite, hat-wearing cat!

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Cat in the Hat Name Puzzle

This idea is both simple and clever: you can use the stripes on the cat’s hat to spell out words. This tutorial shows you how to use it to make a “hat” for each child that spells out his or her names, but you could even use this concept to practice spelling words!


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One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish is a great Dr. Seuss book to go through with your early reader and talk about the interesting and beautiful variety of things and creatures that exist in nature. We have some fun, Seuss-y fish-themed crafts that go with this book perfectly!

Red Fish, Blue Fish: A Dr. Seuss Inspired Paper Craft 

Paper quilling is a simple technique that creates a beautiful effect. It’s also a great way to teach your child about some basic shapes. Use this fun and easy quilling tutorial to make Dr. Seuss inspired fish to go with your reading of Reading of One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish!

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Edible One Fish, Two Fish Playdough Craft 

This craft is almost too many fun things at once: DIY edible (marshmallow) playdough, Swedish fish, bright colors and a Dr. Seuss theme?! Your kids will love this one, guaranteed.

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Dr. Seuss Inspired Origami Fish Craft 

This beautiful and creative 3D art craft will teach kids how to make their very own origami fish and get creative as they create an ocean scene with various materials.

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Red Fish, Blue Fish Rice Krispies  

These adorable Rice Krispies are fun to make and are the perfect treat to enjoy on Dr. Seuss Day!

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Green Eggs and Ham is so much fun to read aloud and opens the door for great conversations about trying new things! Here are some of our favorite crafts and activities to go along with this book.

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Green Eggs and Ham Inspired Slime!

Kids always love slime, and this slime looks like the green eggs from Green Eggs and Ham! It’s the perfect craft to enjoy making and playing with for Dr. Seuss Day. Just don’t eat it because – unlike in the book – it probably won’t taste good! (Check out the next activity if you’re looking for something edible!)

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Green Eggs and Ham Cupcakes

Now these are some green eggs that your kids will definitely want to eat! These Green Eggs and Ham inspired cupcakes have whimsical white chocolate toppers that look exactly like the green eggs in the story! Bake and eat them together in celebration of Dr. Seuss Day!easy dr seuss green eggs cupcakes 4

This book is about how important it is to care about others even (and especially) when it’s easier not to. Here are some wonderful crafts to go along with your reading of Horton Hears a Who!

Create your Own Horton from Horton Hears a Who 

This adorable cardstock Horton is simple to make and stands up on it’s own, making an excellent decoration for your Dr. Seuss party!

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Handprint Horton Elephant Craft 

Parents and kids will love this sweet craft which uses a child’s handprint to make an elephant. The resulting art helps tell the story of Horton Hears a Who!

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Horton Hatches the Egg STEM Activity

Kids of all ages will love this fun STEM experiment that goes along with the book!

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More Dr. Seuss Activities

Here are a few more Dr. Seuss Activities from various other books that you may know and love!

Put Me in the Zoo Paper Plate Craft

Young kids will enjoy the many textures and colors of this fun and simple craft that’s inspired by the Dr. Seuss book, Put Me in the Zoo!

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Daisy-Head Mayzie Inspired Headband

Got any Daisy-Head Mayzie fans at home? They will love getting to be daisy-heads, themselves, after making this wearable craft!

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There’s a Wocket in My Pocket Craft

Inspired by the book, There’s a Wocket in my Pocket!, this craft is all about embracing creativity as kids build wockets for their own pockets out of a few simple materials! The tutorial encourages kids to come up with rhyming words to describe their wockets, so this craft can result in a variety of different pocket-sized creations.

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Oh the Places You’ll Go Quilling Craft 

This bright and whimsical quilling craft will show kids how to create their very own hot air balloon as they read Oh The Places You’ll Go and dream about the future. Oh The Places you will go Paper Quilled Balloon Dr Seuss craft Main 3

We hope that you find some great inspiration here to use for your Dr. Seuss Day Celebration on March 2! Do you have any Dr. Seuss Day Traditions? Which of these crafts are you eager to try this year! Drop us a comment and tell us about it!

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Journal of a Not-So-Ready Homeschool Mom: Unboxing Our Homeschool

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Are you a not-so-ready homeschool mom like me? It’s been several months since our ready-or-not homeschool officially convened. I’m tempted to classify them as long, hard, slogging days. But if I take a step back and put on my objective lens, they haven’t been quite that bad. They just don’t look anything like the idyllic portraits of homeschooling I see on Instagram…it takes a hot minute before my objective self can remember that Instagram isn’t the standard I’m holding to. And sometimes I do have to remind myself to choose joy in my everyday homeschool. Because it is a choice. It’s not something that magically happens when everything is going according to plan…obviously!

Last month, I shared about the initial focus I’d set for our homeschool, and I’d say we’ve done well at it. We’re all getting into the flow of new rhythms, setting aside things that aren’t critical in this season, and building our gratitude muscle by constantly looking for things to add to our thankful jar. In evaluating the first few weeks of our journey, I’m struck by the transformation I’m seeing, even in these very early days. I might’ve once likened it to peeling away the layers of an onion; but having recently dived into our first new curriculum, the image of unboxing is much more appealing. Life is like a box, as the saying goes. Maybe it’s chocolate, maybe it’s books, maybe it’s the layers of yourself or your kids you thought you understood. We’re all unboxing something.

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Unboxing Me: The Not-So-Ready Homeschool Mom

I am still a mom trying to focus on kids, a household, graduate school, freelance work, and pandemic survival. All those layers, for better or worse, are still with me. Every. Single. One. Perhaps I can hold out hope for a few of those things to be unboxed someday. But for now, I’ll be grateful for these new layers of myself that I’ve noticed:

New Appreciation

I am becoming tuned into the unique perspectives of my children. My daughter sees life as one big quest to discover all the things, and she asks the most amazing questions. I spent three years of high school in a Socratic program and distinctly remember agonizing over my inability to ask questions. It’s fascinating to me how quick she is to question pert near everything. There are far more questions happening in our homeschool than there are answers, and I’m learning to be ok with that. I don’t need to have all the words. She is so quick and so sharp; I am learning to appreciate her innate curiosity and talent for learning. This is the beauty of our homeschool journey.

New Perspective

I am resting in the unconventional nature of my role during this season. While my husband’s career in live events is in a strange holding pattern and I’ve assumed the role of primary provider, I don’t get to do as much of the teaching as I’d like. And that’s ok. Everything we need for this day has been generously given to us: my opportunities to work, his opportunities to be here and participate in our homeschool journey. This won’t always be the case. Occasionally, I have to unbox the guilt that wants to grip my heart for not being fully focused on the kids. By unboxing it, I can name it and release it bit by tenacious bit.

Unboxing the Kids

I remember thinking when I was a brand new mom that I would not let anyone put my kids in a box. To be honest, I’m not sure I did so well with that; I’ve certainly learned it’s not as easy as it sounded back then. I have renewed that commitment to myself to allow my kids to explore the world on their terms and to discover and follow their passions free from conventional standards. This is quite a shift from the boxy classroom approach they’ve had the past couple of years; the sudden freedom to not conform has certainly taken some getting used to.

They’ve been such champions this season. Cantankerous? A little. Fidgety? Most days. Messy? More than I’d like to handle on occasion. But they’ve also pivoted on a dime, adapting as their ready-or-not homeschool teachers have gotten their bearings, and kept chins up despite the unfamiliar nature of all the things.

New Expectations

I knew that the expectations they’d formed during their time in a traditional classroom would take some time to undo, so I’ve not been concerned with packing our homeschool days with schedules or rigid structure; I just wanted us all to settle into a rhythm. And they’ve done that. I borrowed a concept they loved from our Montessori pre-school days: the workplan! It’s a flexible tool that provides the kids with both autonomy and accountability. Some sources list specific activities for each day, but I keep it simple and only list subjects since we don’t really have multiple options per subject these days. The workplan lets the kids know what’s expected and also allows them some control over the course of their day.

New Standards

Someone asked me this week if homeschool would be rigorous enough, and I was able to confidently reply that I’m just not concerned about rigor right now. There’s a time for everything, and eventually I will be concerned about how hard they’re working and what progress they’re making. But right now, I want to make sure that we reignite a holistic interest in the act of learning. How quickly they can recite math facts is far less important to me than whether they are learning to think mathematically. I could force them to spend dedicated time in rote memorization, but I’d much rather watch them unbox a love of learning and know that the math facts will come in time. When they ask if we can read more Life of Fred at dinner and again at bedtime…I know we’re on the right track.

Unboxing Our First Curriculum

Our house is a testament to my deep love affair with books. There are shelves in every room, and I am always overdue for a purge. But really, is there even such a thing as too many books? I think not! But I digress… When we unboxed our first curriculum, it was hard to say who was more excited, the kids or me. Side note: that they’re as excited as me about a box full of books may be one of my favorite accomplishments of motherhood to date.

So Many New Books!

My kids were skeptical at first when I told them our new schoolbooks had arrived from GeoMatters, but by the time they had all the books unboxed, they were begging to get started. From character studies to encyclopedias and atlases, this collection of books will take us through the early exploration of our country in a comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach unlike any I’ve seen elsewhere. (Note: No matter what curriculum you use, you really do need great books to homeschool successfully!)

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Paths of Exploration provides our framework for history, geography, science, language arts, and creativity. I was hooked from the minute I heard it was literature-based and only loved it more as I investigated, finding its roots running deep in Charlotte Mason philosophy of the natural flow of subjects for holistic education.

Learning how to think is one of my top priorities, and this curriculum is informed by the research of Drs. Benjamin Bloom and Ruth Beechick, both of whom studied the paramount nature of thinking skills in the learning process. At the same time, given the ready-or-not start of our homeschool journey, the step-by-step parent-teacher guide removed nearly all of the overwhelm I felt at the prospect of sourcing and crafting comprehensive lesson plans. Every single thing we need for each lesson is all in there…amen and hallelujah!

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They enjoy the variety of activities within their student notebooks. My son has even come to appreciate the copywork at the beginning of each lesson! Differentiation is built right in so that we can adjust for their unique needs from one activity to the next. I’ve enjoyed the ease with which we’ve all taken to this new framework; we were able to fully engage with it from the outset, no easing in required.

Always Something New

In reflecting on the past few weeks, I’ve realized that homeschooling will likely be a journey of unboxing one thing after another. Something will always be new and emerging: sometimes it will be new pieces of me, other times it will be new insights about my kids, and yet other times will be the excitement of discovering the new places our journey will take us next. The thing I need to do right now is learn to make the most of those unboxing moments because that’s the beauty of homeschooling.

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9th Grade Homeschool Curriculum Mid-Year Review

9th grade homeschool curriculum mid year review

Hi friends! We’re nearing the half-way mark for our homeschool year, and so today I’m sharing our 9th grade mid-year curriculum review, and letting you know what’s working and what’s not!

Since we’re doing mostly online work for my 9th grader this year, I knew it would be a bit intense and take more time than in years past. I think overall we’re happy with our choice, and I’m not ready to toss anything out at this point. But I will say that doing history, math, science, and Spanish, all online, has been a challenge.

Each of our online subjects take about an hour, and then of course she has English, Writing, and Literature on top of that. So she is definitely putting in some work this year! I think looking back I would probably choose the same curriculum, mainly because I want to keep her on track for graduation. However, I might have used something like Story of the World or Abeka (text book based) for history, or possibly skipped a formal writing curriculum for the year. I feel fairly confident in her writing skills, and since many of her subjects already require her to do writing assignments, we could have probably skipped it this year. As a matter of fact, as some of you may know, she’s already an author!

But in the spirit of not quitting, we have decided to go ahead and finish out the year! That said, I have eased up on some of the BJU assignments that are given out. If you’ve used BJU Press before you’ll know that they have several quizzes, reports, tests, essays, and projects due for each subject. As we go through our week we decide which of those we want to do and which we want to skip. I’ve also allowed her a little leeway on tests, so for example, she has had times where there were a few major tests scheduled all on the same day. If that happens I will usually allow her to spread them out and take one a day instead.

All in all she’s doing well with her schedule, and while I am giving her some leeway as I mentioned before, I also think it’s an good time to start teaching those important time management skills. When she gets to college she will be dealing with managing her classes, and most likely will have multiple tests per day. Especially around mid-terms and finals, so we’re working through that and making sure she has the necessary skills to manage her time without getting too stressed.

Our 2020-2021 9th Grade Curriculum:

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101 Reasons Eclectic Homeschooling Works for Gifted Kids

101 reasons eclectic homeschooling works for gifted kids

It started out an easy, relaxed conversation, and then the mom at the library asked me the question I most dread answering… “What curriculum do you use with your kids?”

I always stammer and then feel like a deer caught in the headlights. I mean, how can I possibly even answer that semmingly simple question? You, dear reader, can pop a search into the sidebar and find posts of curriculum past, but I’d have to warn you that those plans almost always changed right after posting them… we just don’t stand still around here, and we loathe ruts.

We’re eclectic.

101 Reasons Eclectic Homeschooling Works for Gifted Kids

We pick and choose from a bunch of different approaches to learning, curriculums, and styles — and we are very often following a child’s lead, diving down rabbit holes, and even leaning into more unschooling than schooling.

It suits us — a family with several gifted and twice-exceptional kiddos. Maybe it would suit you too?

I’ve compiled a bunch of reasons that an eclectic approach to homeschooling is right for gifted kiddos. What would you add?

101 Reasons Eclectic Homeschooling Works for Gifted Kids

  1. Eclectic Homeschooling allows you to incorporate your favorite aspects of other methods.

  2. You can settle into an ease of mind and enjoy homeschooling again once you let go of overly rigid programs and curriculums.

  3. Your children can explore their own passions freely.

  4. Eclectic homeschooling allows for gifted kiddos to embrace unschooling in their strongest areas.

  5. Delight directed learning is a natural way for kids to learn.

  6. When homeschooling eclectically, you can incorporate any curriculum you want to without worrying if it fits into a specific method.

  7. You can incorporate STEM into just about any lesson easily.

  8. Notebooking is a natural fit for documenting and letting kids take ownership of their own work when using the eclectic method. 

  9. Got voracious readers? It’s easy to “count” that independent learning as school when you let go and let the child lead.

  10. When you’re eclectic in your homeschool, it’s easy to incorporate unit studies and let the kids explore the rabbit trail-y topics they find interesting.

  11. You can easily design lessons to fit the individual needs of each of your kids with eclectic homeschooling.

  12. Learning happens in a more organic, relaxed way when you’re eclectic.

  13. There’s a lot of flexibility so you can adapt when your children have a variety of interests and activities outside the home making for crazy schedules.

  14. It’s a great method to use to teach kids of varying ages, skill levels, and passions.

  15. You can spend as much time as needed to fully research and understand a topic or concept.

  16. With eclectic homeschooling you aren’t held to specific time frames like 36- or 48- week periods so you can school year-round.

  17. It’s a great way to be purposeful and organized about the educational goals you set for your individual kiddos.

  18. Relaxing the choices and adapting to individual needs can make for a more peaceful home. 

  19. Being eclectic means you can pivot easily to meet the specific needs of your gifted or twice-exceptional kiddos. 

  20. Eclectic homeschooling allows for kids to learn through their own unique learning styles.

  21. The eclectic method of homeschooling allows families to create an atmosphere of learning that is all their own.

  22. Being eclectic means you can pick and choose from a bunch of different methods and curriculums to meet your kids where they are in each different subject.

  23. Passion-driven learning is lifelong learning.

  24. Your entire home becomes a learning environment when you homeschool in an interest-driven, eclectic way because you tend to start strewing things for your kids to find.

  25. Eclectic homeschoolers see learning opportunities all around them.

  26. It’s easy to teach kids of different ages and abilities with eclectic homeschooling as you’re already picking from various sources, you can adapt to different levels as well.

  27. You can tweak curriculum as you go to adapt to the ever-changing needs of your gifted kiddo.

  28. Anything can be a learning resource when you think eclectically.

  29. Eclectic homeschooling makes it easy to take time off whenever you need to.

  30. You can effortlessly foster that lifelong love of learning in your kids by encouraging them to explore their interests anytime during the day.

  31. Learning can happen anywhere when you’re an eclectic homeschooler.

  32. Eclectic learning might be right for you if you love to mix and match your curriculum.

  33. Gifted kiddos are asynchronous and don’t fit those boxed curriculums anyway.

  34. It’s a cinch to fill gaps when you find them when you’re not tied to a single curriculum.

  35. Eclectic homeschoolers can fill their days with the beautiful — books and nature

  36. Save money by not buying a boxed curriculum and focus on picking and choosing to suit your kiddos’ needs and interests.

  37. Eclectic homeschooling provides a perfectly custom education for your child. 

  38. Eclectic homeschoolers learn right alonside their kids.

  39. Incorporating lots of experiments is super easy with eclectic homeschooling.

  40. There’s more time for art and music.

  41. Eclectic homeschooling looks different for every family, so there’s no pressure to be anyone but yourself. 

  42. If you find yourself leaning towards several different methods of homeschooling, then you’re already an eclectic homeschooler… Embrace the adventure.

  43. Gifted kids get the freedom to pursue the things they love in an eclectic homeschool. 

  44. It never gets boring in an eclectic homeschooling home — there’s always something new to try.

  45. Gifted kids learn differently than their neurotypical peers, and eclectic homeschooling allows them to be themselves.

  46. Being eclectic means it’s easy to meet each individual kiddo where they are and allow them to learn new things every single day.

  47. Oftentimes families discover that what they thought would work well in the fall, is not a great fit by spring. Eclectic moms know it’s okay to switch things up mid-year.

  48. Being eclectic makes it easy to adapt to both strengths AND weaknesses.

  49. Rather than feeling frustrated that one curriculum can’t do it all for a kiddo, eclectic homeschoolers enjoy the journey of finding exactly the right materials for each varied subject.

  50. Learning through a variety of materials and methods means that the days never get boring. 

  51. Eclectic homeschooling doesn’t mean being random, it means being thoughtfully deliberate about what you want for your child then preparing a variety of materials to meet those needs.

  52. Eclectic homeschoolers have the freedom to choose co-ops and outside classes based on their kids’ interests instead of a specific curricular bent. 

  53. Eclectic homeschooling can be a lot more frugal than other methods. The library is a family’s best friend.

  54. When you’re an eclectic homeschooler it’s easy to tap into your kiddos’ unique learning styles and match their curriculums up with how they learn best.

  55. Interest led homeschooling with an eclectic bent means you can take time to listen to your kids and find out what’s already sparking their interests — and running with it. 

  56. It’s super easy to target specific areas needed. For example, we don’t teach language arts once our kids learn to read, but when my oldest needed help with grammar, we were able to pull in a workbook program that targeted the skills he needed to work on

  57. It’s easy to incorporate audio books from resources like Audible to let your child listen to learn.

  58. You can cover only the topics you feel are most important for your child to learn.

  59. Eclectic homeschoolers have an easier time accelerating as they’re not tied to a single curriculum.

  60. Acceleration in this way means it’s easy to look at dual enrollment options for high school, along with early college entrance opportunities.

  61. Field trips can be a big part of an eclectic homeschool.

  62. Eclectic homeschoolers drive their own schedule — perfect for non-morning people like us

  63. It’s easy to adopt the daily schedule that works best for your family when you’re eclectic.

  64. Got an eager preschooler or a gifted toddler? Incorporate learning into their day in a way that fits your family — without worrying about what others think.

  65. Play-based learning is perfect for young children — gifted or otherwise — and is easy to incorporate when you’re an eclectic homeschooler.

  66. Kids learn to read when they’re developmentally ready — you can be flexible and relaxed in your approach. 

  67. The eclectic method may be best for you if you feel learning happens organically when you’re relaxed.

  68. Eclectic homeschoolers know that learning can’t be forced, and they’re partners with their children in their own education.

  69. Learning happens organically all the time, and eclectic homeschoolers are able to embrace teachable moments.

  70. Eclectic homeschooling can bring peace to your home.

  71. The flexibility of eclectic homeschooling means that there’s more time for discovering outside passions.

  72. Celebrating creativity is an integral part of the eclectic homeschool.

  73. If your kiddo is a passionate artist, you can give them time, resources, and classes to explore their talents.

  74. For musical kiddos (like mine), it’s easy to take advantage of the off times at music studios to arrange private lessons.

  75. Morning Time (check out the NEW book by my friend Pam Barnhill) works perfectly with an eclectic approach.

  76. Flexibility and an eclectic approach builds your kiddos’ confidence as they learn to take charge of their own educations.

  77. Eclectic homeschooling allows you to use textbooks as a spine and jumping off point. 

  78. Incorporate documentaries into different subject areas to excite and engage your visual learners. 

  79. Embracing an eclectic, child-led style of homeschooling builds a family culture around learning, oftentimes eliminating sibling competition.

  80. Gifted kiddos tend to march to the beat of their own drum, so embracing an eclectic approach makes it easier for their quirks to shine.

  81. With an eclectic approach to learning, parents can adapt to things that cause their gifted/2e kiddos anxiety — like perfectionism — and structure the way they assess differently.

  82. With an eclectic approach, gifted kiddos can tackle several years worth of materials in a single year if they want to.

  83. Embracing a child-led, eclectic approach shows kids that learning is all around them.

  84. Eclectic learners can be self-guided… I give my older kids the teacher materials and let them run with them.

  85. Exploring a variety of topics lets kids find the things they love — and then run with them.

  86. Got unschool-y leanings, but aren’t completely comfortable letting it all go? Eclectic homeschooling is a great bridge to help you relax more and more.

  87. Being eclectic means you’re embracing the fact that homeschooling is a lifestyle of learning, and not necessarily a methodology.

  88. Gifted kiddos thrive on novelty, and the eclectic approach is a great way to incorporate new things into learning. 

  89. Eclectic homeschooling is a mosaic where you take the best resources, information, and opportunities and break them up into small pieces, creating something entirely unique to you.

  90. Being eclectic means that there’s no one path and that you can try new things throughout your homeschooling career.

  91. Being eclectic allows us to take advantage of some pretty cool resources like Around the World Stories.

  92. We love using kits from Groovy Lab in a Box when we need a break from the regular lessons.

  93. The kids have had the opportunity to dive into Minecraft coding with programs from Connected Camps.

  94.  Little Passports helped the kids get an introduction to geography when they were young.

  95. My ten-year-old and I are learning to knit and crochet through inexpensive online classes at Craftsy.

  96. It’s super fun to find ways to surprise the kids in an eclectic homeschool, and one of our newest loves is the subscription from Brick Loot.

  97. There is no such thing as a perfect curriculum — for you OR your kiddos — so letting go of the search for the one thing that does it all frees you up to pick the best part of each different curriculum you come across.

  98. Because we follow the kids’ interests, we can snag several workbooks around a theme when Dover Publications (a fave from way back in my teaching days) has a good deal.

  99. Eclectic homeschooling is great prep for thinking outside of the box and using unorthodox methods to help kids learn — kind of like our Alexaschooling.

  100. With an eclectic approach to homeschooling, parents can totally tailor things to be exactly what each child needs to be most successful in life.

  101. Eclectic, relaxed, child-led homeschooling creates the perfect environment for a gifted kid — and family — to thrive in peace.

Are you convinced that it’s okay to slow down, relax, and let your child (and your heart) lead your homeschool? What other reasons or benefits do you find in an eclectic approach to homeschooling? Share in the comments or tag me on social media.

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