25 Traditional Toys to Buy This Christmas Season

Although it’s 2018, lately I’ve been reminiscing about older American traditions. Whether this has been brought on by the now common spectacle of  kids as young as 2 staring at screens all day instead of playing with toys or always feeling like I’m going to multi-task myself into exhaustion, I don’t know, but I’m certainly convinced that something has got to change.  Continue reading “25 Traditional Toys to Buy This Christmas Season”

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First World Problems: The INSANITY of 21st Century Parenting

You know, when it comes to 21st century parenting, let’s admit that we have an epidemic of people who simply aren’t interested in being a part of their kids’ lives.

Am I talking about deadbeat dads? Nope.

Absent mothers? Uh-uh.

Unfortunately, I’m referring to something that is often considered mainstream and is all too often heralded by the mainstream media.

Any guesses? You’ll have to watch the video to find out!

Homeschooling and education are my passion. It is my fervent hope to one day devote more time to creating content for you. If you’d like to support this ministry, consider supporting me on Patreon


Thank you so much. I appreciate each and every one of you!

How to Homeschool with Living Books

I love homeschooling. And I love books, so what better than to combine the two?

Now I’m not talking textbooks here – no thank you! As a homeschool mom, it is extremely important to me that my kids are learning in a way that is interesting and engaging, and, unfortunately, textbooks just don’t fit those criteria in my humble opinion.  Continue reading “How to Homeschool with Living Books”

The Secret to Cutting Homeschool Clutter This Holiday Season

Christmas can be a crazy time of year. Between the shopping, the baking, the crafting, and the wrapping, keeping any house organized can be a bit of a struggle, let alone a homeschooling household.

We live in a world today that touts the importance of doing it all, but the cold, hard truth of it is that no one can do it all.

No one.

So today I’m not going to share with you how to homeschool all day and keep a perfectly organized home. Instead, I’m going to share the secret that’s kept our home in one piece over the holidays for the ten years we’ve been homeschooling:  Continue reading “The Secret to Cutting Homeschool Clutter This Holiday Season”

5 Common Reading Mistakes Made by Homeschool Moms

I love books. Are you with me? Chances are, if you’re a homeschool mom, books are as much a treasure to you as they are to me. Let’s face it. When a child learns to read, it opens up an entire world of knowledge to them.

Today I’m going to help you not to sabotage that. 🙂

One of the hardest things for us homeschool moms is to realize that you simply don’t have to replicate school in order to give your children a quality education. Unfortunately, that mentality is often all-encompassing and can potentially turn a child’s love for reading into a loathing of reading.

Take it from me. I’ve been there.  Continue reading “5 Common Reading Mistakes Made by Homeschool Moms”

Teaching Your Kids Reading and Math Skills Just Got Easier!

Sometimes I feel like I was born in the wrong century. As a homeschool mom, I often look around at all of the online possibilities for educating my children – especially for reading and math – and feel intimidated instead of comforted.

Because of this, I’ve always tended to shy away from educational websites…until about 6 months ago.  Continue reading “Teaching Your Kids Reading and Math Skills Just Got Easier!”

Here’s What Every Homeschooling Parent NEEDS to Know

Learning the history of public education will change the way you homeschool.

In this day and age, coming across homeschooling advice is as easy as the press of a button.

While tons of useful guidance of all kinds is available, there’s one thing I haven’t seen mentioned thus far. I’m going to tackle it today because I believe it can be vital to the well-being of any homeschool, and it’s something that I don’t think a lot of people give much thought to.

Okay, here goes.  Continue reading “Here’s What Every Homeschooling Parent NEEDS to Know”

What If Public Education Never Existed?

As a homeschool mom, I spend an inordinate amount of time thinking about school – public school, to be exact.

No, I haven’t been thinking of sending my kids back – perish the thought! What I have been thinking about is what life today would be like if the public education system never existed.

Ever.

To be sure, proponents of government schooling would claim that society wouldn’t be where it is today without it, and I’d have to agree with them.

But that isn’t a good thing.  Continue reading “What If Public Education Never Existed?”

There’s No Place Like Home: Vlogs and Livestreams

If you’ve been here before, you may be aware that besides my blog, I also have a YouTube channel

A few weeks ago, I made the decision to start sharing not only some DITL vlogs, but also to start a weekly livestream. (Thursdays at 10pm ET)

Today I’m going to share with you the links to those videos, just in case you’re interested. 😉

Thanks so much for being a part of my life, and Happy Homeschooling!

Here are my latest vlogs:

 

 

 

And here are my livestreams:

 

 

The Year-Round Schedule That Saved Our Homeschool

Back-to-school time is here for both traditional school students and a good portion of homeschoolers. 

When we first started out on this journey, I thought I was obligated to follow the public school schedule for our district, so that’s exactly what I did. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the best fit for us, and it ultimately contributed to my bout with homeschool burnout in which I gave up and sent my kids back to school for two years.

Worst. decision. ever.

Fortunately, when I came to my senses and pulled my kids back out, I was armed with a new philosopy of homeschooling and a new schedule.

Today I’m going to share that schedule with you. 🙂

 

Homeschooling and education are my passion. It is my fervent hope to one day devote more time to creating content for you. If you’re interested in helping to make this a reality, consider supporting me on Patreon.

Thank you so much. I appreciate each and every one of you!