Graduation – Early or Late? – MBFLP 291

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Homeschoolers have the blessing of flexibility on so many issues – and graduation timing is one of them. Should you plan to graduate your student at 18? What about the precocious kids who might earn a diploma by 15? Or kids with health or learning issues, should they graduate later? We’ve had all three situations – this episode we’re talking about what we decided and what we learned!

Getting Schoolwork Done – MBFLP 285

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Part 2 on getting our kids to work – What about school work? That’s really the daily job for our children – whether it’s homeschool or any other educational system. What can we do to overcome their natural resistance to school, and how can we encourage good habits in the pursuit of knowledge? We’ve homeschooled our eight children from the beginning and we have some practical ideas that have really helped us along the way!

0:55 – How our motivation affects the kids’

2:29 – The risk and cost of missing the actual point of education

4:54 – Protecting the love of learning

6:19 – Distinguishing a struggling learner from a lazy learner

8:36 – Temporary learning struggles happen, too

10:29 – a word from our sponsor CTC Math

11:44 – The trap of mis-placed goals

13:20 – Practical ideas to get the work done

Helpful Resources

Materials to help struggling learners available on our website

Our book No Longer Little talks about the common learning struggles of pre-teens in early adolescence – and how to work through them


Tips for Reluctant Writers | WriteShop

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Are you ready for REAL help to motivate your reluctant writer? Want fabulous tips from author and publisher, Kim Kautzer with

Kim shares her five tips as to why students are reluctant to write, as well as hope and practical help to overcome those obstacles.

(Please scroll down. The audio player for this podcast is found at the bottom of this post /page. Thank you!)

Show notes:

  • What is the definition of a reluctant writer?
  • Tips for children who are perfectionists
  • Ways to build confidence in young writers
  • Corrections and Meltdowns- what not to do.
  • Encouragement for writers


Reluctant Writer Round-Up 

“Join WriteShop for our special Reluctant Writer Round-up and find helpful tools to teach your own reluctant writer. We’re sharing our best blog posts, Instagram favorites, and Pins.”

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Additional podcasts with Kim Kautzer as a guest on Homeschooling IRL —  I Love Homeschooling but I Hate Teaching Writing

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You might also enjoy Kim’s blog posts on helping reluctant writers! Here are some of our favorites:

Why is writing so difficult to teach?

7 reasons kids should brainstorm before writing

8 kid-friendly writing warm-ups that spark creative writing