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Apology to the Masses

Apology to the Masses

I thought I would post some of our activities over the past couple of weeks in an attempt to assuage the guilt I feel that comes from knowing that my children lead such isolated; uneducated lives. I have listened to the naysayers out there that believe homeschoolers are not only thinking outside of the box…a dangerous perspective, to be sure…but that we are also dooming our children to a life of isolation, keeping them from those valuable experiences that school…

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Whirlwind Vacation – South Dakota

Whirlwind Vacation – South Dakota

Over the summer, we had an opportunity to take a short vacation to South Dakota.  We took our time getting there.  Two days drive there, two days drive home and two days to actually spend in the area of our vacation.  After all, there were 6 of us piled in the car and me, being pregnant and all, made for frequent stops and roadside stretches.  So, we decided to make the most of all that and sight-see along the way. …

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First day of school?

First day of school?

Well, today marked the official first day of school for our district, but I feel as though it is a bit of a misnomer…at least when discussing homeschooling, and even more so, unschooling.  It’s not as though my kids were home all summer and then this was the day I shipped them off for the start of their school year.  In fact, the way we do things around here, we never really stopped our “schooling”, or rather, our learning, all…

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Confession. I get high. A lot.

Confession. I get high. A lot.

I have to confess something.  For so long now, I have been suffering the side effects from a substance that I willingly injected into my body.  I knew full well the long list of these potential, and even probable, side effects before I did it and I did it anyway.  I don’t even feel guilty about it.  I mean, my goodness…I should, shouldn’t I?  After all, I have a family to consider!  I allowed this deterioration of my body and…

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Pinterest-Inpired Crayon Art

Pinterest-Inpired Crayon Art

Pinterest. I love you. I wish I could say you spark my creativity, but more often than not, you just make me spend excess amounts of time admiring everyone else’s. However, I’m pretty good at duplicating projects and then putting my own spin on them (when I actually get around to it).  Here is a fun example of a craft I had been wanting the girls and I to tackle for a while that we finally checked off the list….

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Parks, Pain and Pessimism

Parks, Pain and Pessimism

I have recently purchased a new bike for myself, as well as a two-seater trailer for the kiddos.  My first attempt on the bike was a success considering I haven’t really been on one since…oh…middle school.  I didn’t fall off or maim myself or anything!  However, it literally only took me a couple of blocks pulling the girls in the trailer to figure out that, ONE:  I needed a different seat.  Who knew lady parts could hurt so much from…

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It’s All About The Number, Baby!

It’s All About The Number, Baby!

I once had my palm read when I was young. I was told that I was going to have what, at the time, sounded like some crazy number of kids…6 or something like that.  Laughing, I pretty much wrote off palmistry from then on.  I mean, there was no way I was going to have so many kids!  Right? It certainly didn’t fit into my idea that I was going to have a set of twins and that would pretty…

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A Low-Tech Day

A Low-Tech Day

Okay, I admit it.  My family is plugged in.  It seems at any given time, somebody, somewhere in this house is either watching tv, playing a video game, piddling on the computer or blasting through Ipad apps.  The kids fight over who gets to do what and when.  My son disappears hours at a time due to the lure of a good video game.  My husband can be known to do the same (until he sees the look in my…

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Could This Be Education?

Could This Be Education?

I’ve been thinking more and more about the legitimacy and sense of unschooling.  I don’t know that I will ever fully quiet my fears of all the “what ifs” and “but, if I don’t do a, b and c…” types of thing that run through my head, but I am ultimately convinced that unschoolers have it right, at least where my family is concerned.  It is a difficult transition for me in some respects, because I enjoy planning unit studies…

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Am I An Unschooler?

Am I An Unschooler?

Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.   It has taken me a while to truly define what it is we do around here.  Part of my hesitation has come from the fact that we are relatively new to the life of homeschooling and I was waiting it out to see what method(s) seemed to work best for my family.  Part of my…

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