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As a school psychologist, homeschooling was never on my radar... but life likes to throw curveballs now and then. Our curveball came in the form of a brilliant and asynchronous little boy: our oldest son.

He skipped off to kindergarten with a spring in his step, a sparkle in his eye... and the third book of Harry Potter tucked under his little arm. He'd arrive home at the end of the day and turn into a mushy mess of a little guy.

The public school failed our kiddo and we found ourselves suddenly, unexpectedly, homeschooling. I found myself relying on my background in education and child development... but in a new and unconventional way.

We spend our days immersed in nature, reading delicious books, playing incredible games, and exploring a patchwork of creative learning resources.


I truly believe homeschooling can be *almost* all fun and games.

Caitlin Fitzpatrick Curley, My Little Poppies

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Are you thinking about homeschooling?

I've got you covered, mama! Here are some helpful resources to get you started:


Uh-oh. I know  that face.

You’ve decided to homeschool… and now you are completely overwhelmed.

Come here and have a seat. I’m going to tell you what I wish someone had told me when I first started down this path...


Cait and Kara share tips and tricks for those just starting down this path, and impart their favorite piece of advice- that you DO NOT have to do it all, especially your first year.

Listen as they chat about deschooling, finding your tribe, and how your house will never be the same... but in a really awesome way. Do not worry if this is your first year. The sisters have got you covered!


One of the most common questions the sisters get is about rhythms and routines.

How to start one? How to resume one after a break? What about when your rhythm or routine is just NOT working?

Cait and Kara hash it out in this episode and share their tips and ideas. The biggest one? Start small!


Sometimes, the best ideas are the simplest ones. 

Learn how to get started with the easiest, most comforting morning habit of all: Coffee and Books!

Plus: Oodles of book lists because you know I can't resist!

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Homeschool inspiration, by academic subject:

Are you looking for inspiration for a particular academic subject? Below, you'll find our family's favorite resources, tips, and tricks. Simply click the images below!

My Little Poppies: Art Resources
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My Little Poppies: History Resources
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Thanks for all that you do.  Your posts keep me sane!



Thank you so much for sharing your journey with us. Striking out on a traditional route can feel lonely and frightening, and it really helps to see others online who have pursued this educational option and to watch their children thrive. Thank you for all that you do for the community.



I often find myself reading many of your old posts because my kids are a little younger than yours, but your new posts have so much value for me too! You are a HUGE influence on our homeschool lives. Our homeschool would look way different and I think not be nearly so harmonious if it weren’t for your site. 



I found you because I am also an unexpected homeschooler and your ideas for gameschooling appealed to me. Even though my son is a lot older than your kids, a lot of your tips are useful because my son has some developmental delays. I also love your perspective as a former school psychologist. I never expected to homeschool and I am fascinated by all the former school personnel and spouses that I meet who are homeschooling.


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When people find out I am homeschooling my children, they say certain, well-intentioned things.

And the truth is, while I don’t mind the comments, I never really know what to say.

I find that I’m not always honest. I shrug my shoulders and make a joke, or laugh, anything to change the conversation.

I’m rarely honest about homeschooling to the non-homeschoolers.


Never, in my wildest dreams, did I imagine myself as a homeschool mom.

Homeschooling was never on my radar and yet, in May of 2014, I found myself suddenly, unexpectedly, homeschooling.

Today, I'm sharing five things you should NEVER say to an unexpected homeschooler (and one thing that’s right on the money).


Your posts inspired me to trust my instincts. We can let reading guide our learning, and realize that all knowledge is relevant, regardless of the number of pages.

Thanks again for all that you do to inspire us weary homeschoolers.



First of all, I want to say that I rarely open blog post emails. Even rarer is that I actually visit the article linked in the emails. But I find myself opening each and every one of yours and being excited to read your articles. Your education philosophy is beautiful and gives me much hope on my homeschool journey. 



I love getting your emails. It’s like chatting with a friend!! 


Our must-have homeschool resources:

We use a patchwork of creative resources and they change from year-to-year. Here are some of the resources we've been loving this year:

Curriculum choices, by year:

I always say that we are curriculum dabblers, and this is so true! 

Want to see what I mean? Here are our curriculum choices by year:

My Little Poppies: Curriculum Choices 2018-2019 (2nd, 3rd, & 5th grade)
My Little Poppies: Curriculum Choices 2017-2018 (1st, 2nd, & 4th grade)
My Little Poppies: Curriculum Choices 2016-2017 (K, 1st, & 3rd grade)
My Little Poppies: Curriculum Choices 2015-2016 (pre-K, K, & 2nd grade)

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    my biggest homeschool regret

    I used to dread kindergarten pick-up.

    My little guy would board the bus at 7:50 am. He looked adorable climbing up those big steps with his oversized backpack and book in hand. The book was as oversized as his backpack. In kindergarten, he read big books: Percy Jackson, Harry Potter, The Hobbit.

    He didn't notice that people noticed...

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    If you've been following us for any length of time, you already know how I feel about this resource.

    CuriosityStream is hands-down the best $2.99 I spend each month. Let me tell you why...

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    How to create an amazing homeschool portfolio for free!

    My best tips and tricks for creating a year-end homeschool portfolio.

    You don't need to spend much to have a visual keepsake!

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    exploring nature with children & DIY nature explorer packs!

    One of my all-time favorite resources is Exploring Nature with Children: A Complete, Year-Long Curriculum. 

    I've been meaning to write about how we use it for years... and I finally got a chance!

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