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Rethinking Plans | Paradise Found

Rethinking Plans

I think as home educators we are constantly re-evaluating what works and what doesn’t. We’ve been struggling around here with a lack of “enoughness.” The kids feel like they’re not doing enough. They are asking for more from me in the way of guidance than they have in the past. And, in spite of all of the great stuff that’s going on, homeschooling has just been a little flat for us. What to do, what to do?

THEN I happened across this post by Miranda. Exactly!

Time for us to do a major revamp of what we’re doing to make sure that we’re moving forward instead of sideways.


  1. by debra, on December 13 2009 @ 7:58 pm


    And this is one of the beauties of home educating, I think. We can change things as our families change. An ever-evolving process.

  2. by Teresa, on December 14 2009 @ 5:52 am


    I just scanned Miranda’s post and I think I will need to read it carefully because that also sounds like our family.

  3. by Deborah, on December 14 2009 @ 10:11 pm


    I found the post very interesting also, and also the comments…because we are traveling in the opposite direction for the same reasons! We started our homeschooling journey over a dozen years ago with some expectations and structure that turned out to be at odds with our long term educational goals. Bit by bit we became “unschoolers”, then “radical unschoolers” (an as yet unfinished process) because it was more compatible with our lifestyle and philosophy. My daughters (12 and 16) don’t intend to attend high school (so far), and I’m continually amazed by how they are shaping their lives in the absence of formal academic expectations. We all occasionally become mentally becalmed, but these periods of lassitude/inactivity/doldrums (ok, downright laziness!) are usually followed by bursts of intense creative/intellectural growth. Collaboration and motivation and self discipline are at all time highs; conflict is almost nonexistent. It’s anti intuitive (at least for me), but it seems to be working for us.


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