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Goal Setting For Teens

 While we want our teens to move toward self-regulation and independence, it’s important to remember that executive function is not always at a consistent level in the maturing human. Teens are in a constant state of growth and development, and sometimes certain areas will fall back while others surge ahead. The child who efficiently managed … Continue reading Goal Setting For Teens

What We Learn When We Learn Trigonometry

Most students hate trigonometry, and for some reason.  It is hard for students to figure out what triangles, sines, and cosines have to do with anything else.  So we shouldn’t be too surprised when they push back a little bit on learning it.  While some trigonometry has real-life usage, the most significant benefit to trig … Continue reading What We Learn When We Learn Trigonometry

Leadership Training: Ownership

Everyone, at some point in their life, will take a leadership position of some sort.  Parents lead their homes and children.  Rookies eventually become leaders.  Even when someone is the low man on the totem pole, understanding leadership can improve their work within an organization.  Additionally, many leadership skills are helpful even for managing oneself … Continue reading Leadership Training: Ownership

Goal Setting in Your Homeschool

It’s a well-known fact that most abandon New Year’s resolutions by the end of the day on January 2. If we didn’t follow through today, we definitely can’t make it for 363 more days, so we should just give up. No doubt, many of us have seen that same concept sneaking into our homeschool goals … Continue reading Goal Setting in Your Homeschool

Homeschool like a Lazy Genius, part 4

Kendra Adachi’s book The Lazy Genius Way and her Lazy Genius Podcast, on which she applies her Lazy Genius principles to all sorts of different decisions, scenarios, and topics, are brilliant.  You can learn more at her website: One issue that she rarely addresses is how to apply those principles to homeschooling. That’s because she was homeschooled … Continue reading Homeschool like a Lazy Genius, part 4

Simple Beauty for September 2021

Here are the links to our suggestions for beautiful things for September, with a focus on beautiful words, sounds, and places that are old and beautiful and focus on early art and music as well as Ancient Egypt and the Fables of Aesop.

Aesop’s Fables

Fables Fables are short stories that have a moral. Aesop who lived in Greece from 640-564 BC, gathered many ancient fables into a collection to share with his community. We’ve chosen a few for you this month, and they are linked below. Read some or all of them with your students and talk about the … Continue reading Aesop’s Fables

Life and Times of Ancient Egypt

Let’s explore the ancient world. We’ve chosen folk tales, myths, biographies, and documentaries from different continents, and we have maps for you to download and trace or fill in too. There are many, many other societies in the area to learn about, but we are focusing this month’s suggestions on Ancient Egypt. If you have … Continue reading Life and Times of Ancient Egypt

Nature Study: Wild Herbs

Nature study can be as simple as a short walk in the neighborhood or as elaborate as a week in a National Park. Don’t make it hard. Just go outside. This month, we suggest you spend some time outside every day that is reasonable and observe what wild herbs you can find in your own … Continue reading Nature Study: Wild Herbs

Hildegard von Bingen

Hildegard von Bingen was a composer, poet, and saint who lived from 1098 until 1179 AD. She was a nun who wrote mostly liturgical music, but her Ordo virtutum is the oldest musical drama that was NOT written for church use. Her music was virtually undiscovered for hundreds of years; she was first recognized as … Continue reading Hildegard von Bingen