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    My Top 6th Grade Homeschool Curriculum Picks!

    Since we typically school year-round, I take a few weeks off during the summer to gather curriculum, fish, and plan out the year. Because this is the first year I’ve fielded legitimate interest in what we teach and how we teach it, I thought I’d share a little about what we’re learning this year. Welcome to our first 6th Grade Curriculum Day! I’ll post more about my educational philosophies, but I don’t believe in traditional education until about 6th or 7th grade. Depending on the child, I start a more formal approach in early middle school. It doesn’t mean we unschool in the traditional sense, but it does mean that…

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    Homeschool: Getting Started in 4 Steps

    A month ago, an old teacher friend and I talked about homeschool during COVID and whether or not schooling at home was indeed homeschool or if it was even possible to get started. He was frustrated and grasping for answers like so many parents. States and school districts have offered vague ideas about what school will look like or whether school will exist at all. Maybe it will be delayed? Maybe not? Maybe some will hang out online while some come to the building? Who knows. We’ll figure it out and let you know. Try running a business like that. Worse, try running a family like that.       “Rob, why would you ever homeschool…

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    How to Make a Homeschool Dad

    Every popular television show in the last two decades perpetuated the dorky dad motif — the bumbling, goofy husband who means well but seems essentially incapable of overcoming the shadow of his uber-capable wife. King of Queens, Home Improvement, Everybody Loves Raymond — they all feature the same dad. Not surprisingly, my wife says that the clumsy boy she married tries really hard at being a homeschool dad but is probably making things up as he goes. It’s a circus, she says. And she’s absolutely right. Maybe pop culture has a point? If COVID-19 has a sunny-side, it’s that families are slowly re-acquainting themselves with the home and what it means to be home.  As an August without school…