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Flip the Energy in Your Homeschool

Flip the Energy in Your Homeschool: 3 Tips

Has the initial high of the start of the school year faded? The math books are worn. You can’t find any pencils. The kids are bored.

What do you do when homeschool goes all wrong? We look at this big topic in the recorded broadcast below. We cover these 3 ways in depth:

  1. Introduce surprise.
  2. Chase life.
  3. Trust that home education is a marathon not a sprint.

Bonus Tip: Repair the damage.

Watch the video below to learn more.

Hacks for a Homeschool Day Gone Wrong

Are you doing too much copywork?

Are you doing too much copywork?

Remember: the key to copywork is depth and immersion, in addition to repetition. If you do too much, your kids will let you know by complaining, dragging their feet and doing inferior work.

Charlotte Mason talks about asking your child to give a full effort (with attention to excellent output) and then to stop. So even if all a child can muster in one sitting is a single beautiful letter of copywork, that can be enough while the child builds stamina, attention to detail, and commitment to excellence.

What that means is that if your child is giving you daily pages of handwriting or copywork and it is sloppy or not well executed, you are actually doing too much! You can ask your child:

Copy this passage and give me your best effort. When you feel your attention flag or you notice you aren’t wanting to continue, tell me.

Then you can stop and we’ll pick up tomorrow (or the next day).

What you are aiming for, then, is copywork that leads to growing ease and accuracy, not copywork and dictation every day that wears out the young writer.

I would round out the copywork/dictation practice with Poetry Teatime, read aloud, and conversations about words (word play, word games). I usually expected that my kids could do some form of copywork or a handwriting page most days when they were young (3-5 times a week). I only did French-style dictation or true dictation once a week and reverse dictation once a month.

Less is more. 🙂

Everything You Always Wanted to Know
about Copywork and Dictation

Raising World Citizens

Raising World CitizensJacob and Johannah in Thailand

The world needs to be known, not ignored! We discuss giving our kids a global perspective in the video below.

Book Suggestions for Raising Globally Aware Kids

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Great to take with you to the library!

Raising World Citizens Book List

Sometimes it’s not easy to be a world citizen when you’re homeschooling full time and trying to pay for math and science books. You can create an environment, though, that gives children a window of insight and also an appetite for pursuing global experiences when they’re adults.

Watch the video below to learn more!

Combine global awareness and language arts:
The titles above are available as Arrows and Boomerangs!

The Natural Stages of Growth as a Home Educator

The Natural Stages of a Home Educator

What does it mean to be a home educator? In the recorded broadcast below we discuss the natural stages of the homeschooling parent. In a nutshell they are:

  1. Jumping In
  2. Playing School
  3. Following the “Method”
  4. Swapping Curriculum
  5. Trusting Yourself
  6. The “Re-Upping” Moment
  7. Us-Schooling

Remember, this is all fluid. These are just my observations of working with thousands of families. You may or may not comport with all of them.

But the takeaway: It’s totally worth it!

Learn more about the “Re-Upping Moment”

What to say when asked about “socialization”

Homeschooling and Socialization

Ways you might respond to questions about homeschooling and socialization:

Homeschooling really is different than traditional school. I totally get why you have those questions. I had to do a lot of research before I felt comfortable with it myself. And I’m still learning.


Yeah, that’s a great question. I get it a lot. I’m still figuring it out. But I take heart that homeschooling has been around now for 50 years and lots of those kids are grown. Seems like they’re doing all right as adults.


You can share what you do too. I used to give a day in the life to questions like “What do you use for…?” I had a bunch of public school moms as running partners and they asked lots of questions. So one run I just told them a typical day in our lives. By the end, they were all saying, “That’s so cool. I don’t know if I could ever do that. Sounds really fun.”

Like that.

Need more encouragement? Check out these posts:

Is it confusing? Is it difficult? Are you worried?

The cumulative effects are good (aka: it all works out in the end)

What are they doing now: The Bogart Kids 2013

The Homeschool Alliance