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Project Inspire Homeschool

The Myth of an Inspire, not Require childhood

The Myth of an Inspire, not Require childhood

A concern I hear a lot about letting go of conveyor-belt education, is that kids will struggle with college admissions and requirements if they are...
One word that is sabotaging your homeschool success

One word that is sabotaging your homeschool success

We have all been conditioned to believe a lie.

A one word lie.

How to teach kids to Work Hard, without killing their Love of Learning

How to teach kids to Work Hard, without killing their Love of Learning

I ended my last blog post Why Does a Love of Learning Matter? with this:  So help your kids fall in love with learning instead of simply giving t...
Why does a Love of Learning matter?

Why does a Love of Learning matter?

Why shouldn't we just give our kids a list of assignments and checklists and make them do the work required?  Why don't kids love learning whate...
50 Things Your Child Needs to Know Before Kindergarten

50 Things Your Child Needs to Know Before Kindergarten

It's that time of year. A new group of children are entering their schooling years, whether going to school away from home, or staying home to home...
Casually Encouraging Curiosity

Casually Encouraging Curiosity

Tonight as I was putting my 11 year old to bed, I had to keep clearing my throat, as I've just gotten over a cold, and it always seems to linger on my vocal cords (chords?). I commented that it's like there is something sitting on them.

"Are the vocal cords the two long lines on the outside of the neck?" he asked.

Always Leave them Wanting More

Always Leave them Wanting More

Have you ever had a great teaching moment come up that you then killed because you kept trying to make your point and you drove it into the ground?...
The Climb - Every path leads to the top

The Climb - Every path leads to the top

Susan stands at the base of a mountain. Before her a wide, straight staircase climbs up steadily. There are students marching up single file in gr...
What Does Inspiring Math LOOK Like?   

What Does Inspiring Math LOOK Like?   

Inspiring math is all about noticing, playing with and creating with shapes, patterns, numbers, proportions and more.

How to Inspire a Love of Math

How to Inspire a Love of Math

Math seems to be the biggest hurdle for most homeschoolers who want to inspire and not require their kids to learn.

“How do I get my kids interested in math?”

This is one of the top questions I get asked about homeschooling.

How to Have the BEST Field Trips Ever!

How to Have the BEST Field Trips Ever!

One spring day we met up with some homeschool friends and went to the Exploratorium in San Francisco, arguably the best, hands-on, science museum f...
13 Librivox Readers We Love

13 Librivox Readers We Love

I honestly don't know how I could homeschool without audio books, and with Librivox just about any great classic is free.  The tricky thing wi...