How to Boost Your Creativity By Doing Something You’re Not Interested In

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Grab a piece of paper and write down ten things you have no interest in.  Ask your kids to do this, too. Are you finished? Ok. Here’s my list. -watching car racing -playing football -reading romance novels -understanding international business -watching horror movies -writing a computer program -making sales cold calls -zip lining -reading fashion [...]

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5 More Game Companies, 23 Games & 10 Awards You Should Check Out

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Last week I shared 5 game companies you should check out. Here’s the link in case you didn’t get a chance to check out that list. Today, I’m back to share 5 more companies with you. I’ve been impressed with the quality of games from these companies. The games I’m sharing with you I’ve either [...]

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5 Game Companies & 25 Games You Should Check Out

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Travel, both near and far, is our favorite way to learn about new things. But playing games is probably our favorite way to learn new skills, get creative, stretch our minds and have lots and lots of fun! We love all types of games- everything from pretend, made-up games and traditional board games to computer [...]

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Valentine’s Day Activity Wish List

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Last year the kids and I went to a Valentine’s Day party with a homeschool group. We spent quite some time filling out cards, making little candy bags to pass out. It was fun, but I must admit to feeling a little overwhelmed. This year, after a busy, hectic first month of the year, I’m [...]

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Our January Unschooling Activities & Resources

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January was a whirlwind of a month. The first start of the month started off with out-of town family members coming to stay for 4 nights for a wedding (Alexa was the flower girl!). And then after that came a flurry of the usual gymnastics and swimming lessons, a pulled tooth for Jared, bowling, playing [...]

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5 Ways Routines Can Lead to a Creative, Spontaneous, & Passionate Life

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I’ve held an aversion for the word routine for quite some time. The word routine for me conjured up the same feelings as the word schedule-restricted, limited, reduced creativity, permanence, and unchanging. All those feelings made me feel chained down. I wanted feelings like freedom, spontaneity, unlimited creativity, openness, and abundance. Having all those lovely [...]

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The Importance of Realigning Priorities

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Back in the fall, we signed up to be part of a Roots and Shoots group. Its group’s focus is on community service, usually in the form of environmental cleanup or nonprofit fundraising and collections. They also provide a lot of opportunities to get close to rehabilitated animals and do other outdoor activities. Sounds great, [...]

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The Messy Side of Interest-Led Learning

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*Today I have a guest post by Amy Dingmann. I recently read Amy’s new book The Homeschool Highway: How to Navigate Your Way Without Getting Carsick. It’s a short read (I finished in two days) that’s overflowing with great advice, practical ideas and lots of encouragement. I asked her to share some of her wisdom [...]

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Our December Unschooling Resources & Activities 2012

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I knew December would be a busy month, and it felt busy, but as I put the finishing touches on this list, I was amazed at how much we did this month! I’m sure things were the same in your house, too.  And this was after I worked hard and not letting us get so [...]

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My Top 50 Favorite Posts About Interest-Led Learning, Unschooling or Self-Directed Learning in 2012

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Throughout the year, I’ve kept a habit of bookmarking my favorite posts, videos and articles about those subjects. I don’t always get a chance to read them right away, but it’s so nice to have them all housed in one spot when I get a chance to do a little reading. Last year I shared [...]

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