December 25, 2013

My 12 Favorite Posts from 2013

My 12 Favorite Posts from 2013 at The Holistic Homeschooler via @tmichellecannon
2013 is quickly coming to an end.

And I mean quickly.

Seriously. Is it me or did 2013 absolutely fly? I feel like we're only a few months into the year and yet the year is passing away in another week. Crazy!

Well, it is and it's that time when we find ourselves looking back at our year. I debated post "Most Pinned" or "Most Popular" posts for this title. The thing is you can find that in my Top Posts right on the blog.

I've decided, instead, to share with you my 12 favorite posts from 2013. One per month. So, let's get on with it.


How a Charlotte Mason Education Helps Special Needs Kids (Pt. 1)

How do living books, family studies, outdoor time, narration and short lessons help a child with special needs? Find out in this two-part series.


5 Ways Homeschooling Helps Kids with Bipolar Disorder

In this popular post, I discuss how the flexibility and freedom of homeschooling benefit children with bipolar disorder.

Ah, the places one finds inspiration. For me it happened to be in a cartoon one morning. 


Screen-Free Family Activities

This is not a post, but a series of posts. In this 10-day series, I covered the many ways we can reduce or eliminate screen-time from our children's lives. Replacing screen time with music, art and a list of 50 outdoor activities were just a few ideas I shared. 


Homeschool Bloggers: We Don't Have Perfect Lives

Wow. May was a tough one. I have a few favorites. I'm settling on this one because I feel it was the most helpful and encouraging post of the month. We homeschool bloggers can sometimes accidentally lead others to think we have perfect lives. I certainly don't, as you'll see in this post.


8 Steps to a Successful Nature Walk

This post was actually part of a 5-day series. I like this one the best because it shows how easy nature study can be. 


10 Unexpected Benefits of Homeschooling

While this was not my most popular post in July, it is a favorite. There things we expect from homeschooling and then there are the benefits that surprise us. That's what I've listed here - the surprises.


Our Learning Spaces 2013-14

One doesn't need a homeschool classroom, a certain area, for doing lessons. Homeschoolers are often heard saying, "The world is our classroom." This post proves it.


Homeschool Socialization: An Imaginary Problem

In a previous post, I had discussed the fact that all children are socialized, no matter their situation. In this post, I show the many ways children socialize (there's a difference, ya know). 


A Great Day in Our Backwards Life

I love this post. It's a beautiful memory of a day when we broke the chains that bind us. We were able to break free of the crazy sleep patterns for a day and enjoy life in the sunshine. 


Homeschooling: You Can Do It

We all have challenges. This encouraging post lets you know that you can do this homeschooling thing under nearly any circumstance, no matter how adverse. You can do it!


5 Reasons I Use a Kindle in Our Homeschool

The purchase of a Kindle was one of the best things I ever did for our homeschool. It saves money, makes book collecting easier and enhances our nature studies, among other things.

Which of these posts did you enjoy? Please share in the comments.

Happy Homeschooling!


  1. I especially enjoy your posts on special needs. My kids dont have special needs but my youngest is a 28 week preemie, now 5 and has devolpmental delays and vision loss as a result. He has speech, OT, PT and now vision therapy and homeschooling has really helped him. We are not true to one method, but I find doing short lessons and narrations help him.(They(narrations)take away his frustration with writing and as a bonus work on speech). I also have two daughters 7 and 11. The 11 year old is the reason we homeschool. She is very smart but shy and got very bored in school plus she was bullied. So I started homeschooling her in 3rd grade. It was not easy starting as I also had 4 and 2 year olds but we now in our 4th year love this journey.

    1. I'm sorry your child was bullied, but I'm happy to hear that homeschooling has been successful and joyous for you.


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