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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.

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Caitlin Fitzpatrick Curley, My Little Poppies

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Never Board Learning features a private community forum (not Facebook), guest speakers, Q and As, day-in-the-life family spotlights, a private blog, and access to a growing resource library filled with actionable resources and printables.

At Never Board Learning, we believe homeschooling can be *almost* all fun and games. Join today and have more fun tomorrow!

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Learn how to create super-simple, effective, and completely engaging unit studies that the whole family will love.

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Gameschooling: Add more play to your homeschool day 

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We all know play is an essential part of child development, but how do you fit it in when you have a huge homeschool to-do list?

Homeschooling can be almost all fun and games.

Gameschooling is the intersection of play and homeschooling and it can change your entire homeschool atmosphere for the better!

Play can boost connection, fuel learning, and revolutionize your homeschool routine.

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How to Rock THe Most Important Part of Your homeschool Day


Reading aloud is the single most important thing you can do for your child's future academic success. (And we have decades of research to prove it!)

Reading aloud also offers a host of non-academic benefits. Plus, reading aloud makes lifelong family memories!

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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!

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What Readers Are Saying...


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.


When you join the My Little Poppies community, you will learn to embrace your child's unique learning style, explore creative resources, and play more.


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!!