Homeschooling an only child is the only “normal” Gina and Christyn have ever known. Listen in as they discuss their favorite things about onlyschooling.
1:50 Allowing child-led experience and ownership of education can be simpler: it’s the ultimate private school
3:45 Flexibility with curriculum; and if you hit a roadblock in learning, you can just stop for a while
5:23 The logistics of extracurricular activities and learning opportunities are easier
We use labels all the time as a quick shorthand to frame and focus our ideas. But how helpful are labels when it comes to identifying ourselves, our homeschools, and our kids? And how can looking past those labels and listening with all of our senses make a huge difference in our relationships? Join Gina and Christyn as they dive into these homeschool themes and talk about how they use labels and multi-sensory listening.
1:35 Gina and Christyn give updates on their 2021 word/phrase
3:57 Labels help us frame and focus ideas
4:40 Labels can be helpful in communicating as long as we’re clear what the labels mean
4:55 Why do we label ourselves? How is it helpful?
What does labeling myself as a home educator mean?
Is it okay for us to label our kids?
How can the idea of labels help me communicate with others more clearly?
5:30 Christyn discusses why she labels herself: as a form of self-expression and a way to identify the parts that make up the whole
6:49 Gina identifies herself with a mix of labels that tell who she is and what she does career-wise
7:47 Labels can be helpful in interacting with other people, but just as a starting point, as a quick dip into communication
8:55 Christyn uses the example of Loki as someone who is known by one label, but who is so much more
9:55 Gina discusses the labels of Wyatt’s skating coach and how she identifies which is most important to her, how it helps prioritize information
11:30 Discuss what it means to choose home educator as a label
16:05 Be careful how we label kids: our words matter. Don’t limit them, don’t put your kids in a box
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20:01 Let your kids label themselves and grow! The way the label themselves helps us as parents see who they are
22:25 Listening is a form of communication; labels can play a part, but it’s a lot more
23:15 Differences between hearing and listening
24:30 Christyn talks about “listening to leftovers”
25:55 Listening with all your senses opens up a lot of possibilities for communicating with your kids
It’s the time of year when new opportunities and new goals — and maybe new pressures — are everywhere around us! How do you create focus so you don’t get overwhelmed? In simple terms, keep what you need and what you know works and when you need something more, steal ideas and make them your own. Listen in as Gina and Christyn offer their best ideas for being a keeper AND a homeschool kleptomaniac!
4:34 When we think of “keeping,” we’re talking about keeping records, keeping a schedule, and keeping your relationship in a positive place. When we turn to “kleptomania,” (and not taking the medical diagnosis lightly at all), we look at the casual cultural use of the word, as in basically taking ideas from wherever you can find them.
6:54 Gina talks about keeping schoolwork for a graduating senior, and her methods for saving and purging through the years
9:48 Christyn has what she refers to as her “Little Women” shelves of plastic tubs, all neatly labeled with what she’s required to keep by state mandate, and what she keeps for sentimental reasons
12:30 If you’ve got a system that works for you, keep it! Gina talks about the scheduling systems she’d had in the past and how that changed up recently when her son got a job
15:14 Christyn talks about the “two classes then a break” system she’s used since the beginning that still works in the high school years — and how the occasional siren call to switch up things for a new idea doesn’t always work out!
17:00 Once you find your fit for your homeschool style, routine, schedule, whatever, keep to it. Because in the end, that’s going to lead to the most important thing of all to keep: your relationship.
17:48 Gina talks about how prioritizing the relationship made a difference in homeschooling
20:44 Christyn talks about a “make it or break it” relationship moment in her homeschool
22:51 Moving to “kleptomania,” Christyn shares the ways she took parts of popular homeschooling trends and made them work for her over the years
23:58 Gina talks about stealing ideas from herself! She and her husband are self-employed and she realized some of their business practices would work well for homeschooling, too
26:55 Look carefully at ALL the options out there, then take all of that information and then make it work FOR YOUR HOUSE
27:15 Gina and Christyn talk about how they took ideas to create programs for their homeschool group, such as Geography Fair and co-op — and how, as they transition away from leadership roles in those areas, they fully expect new leaders to keep some ideas and steal other new ideas to keep those programs fresh
29:15 As homeschool parents, we’re the keepers of everything: documentation, routines, physical and emotional health. It can be hard, so when we see ways to make our job easier, we take them. We figure out how to use them. We keep what works for us. That’s how we homeschool