10 Ways Helping Your Kids with Homework Can Be Harder Than Homeschooling

Anyone who has homeschooled for any length of time has no doubt heard this reaction to the news that they educate their kids at home:

You homeschool?? I could never do that.

This isn’t something I take offense at because I used to feel this way, too. While most people who make this statement don’t feel any inclination to homeschool anyway, unfortunately, I know there are many parents who would like to, but feel ill-equipped. Whether it’s a perceived lack of patience or a lack of confidence in their qualifications, they literally feel that they could never do it, to which I say this:

If you can help your kids with their homework, you can homeschool.

Here’s why.  Continue reading “10 Ways Helping Your Kids with Homework Can Be Harder Than Homeschooling”


Public Education and ADHD – A Question of WHAT IF…

Ever since I took off my kid gloves last week and finally addressed the truth about public education, I have been pondering the question behind why schools do things the way they do.

Take special education, for example – specifically, the education establishment’s approach to children with ADHD.

As a mom to a child who was diagnosed with ADHD when he was in school, I have had firsthand experience with this, but for the sake of time, I won’t be getting into our specific story today. Right now, I’m more concerned with the general treatment of these children in the school setting.  Continue reading “Public Education and ADHD – A Question of WHAT IF…”

How to Use Notebooking with Read-Alouds in Your Homeschool

Have you ever been absolutely sure that you found the missing piece to your homeschool, but you just couldn’t figure out a way to get started?

Believe me, I have been there and done that. For me, that “thing I was looking for” was notebooking.

Although I first started notebooking with my kids last year, I actually had my eye on it for quite some time before that. It looked engaging, practical, and effective – three things that are a must in our large family homeschool. But try as I might, I just couldn’t figure out how to get started. I had a good idea of what it was all about, and I understood the reasoning behind it, but I felt completely lost as to where to begin.  Continue reading “How to Use Notebooking with Read-Alouds in Your Homeschool”

A Homeschool Mom’s Epic Rant About the Public Education System

There are few things in life that can get me riled up like the truth about compulsory schooling.

I’m not normally someone who likes confrontation. In fact, I try to avoid it at all costs, but since the horrendous school shooting that happened barely two weeks ago, I cannot think of anything else.

So, yes. I’m going to do another epic rant about public education because I don’t think parents of school students recognize these schools for what they truly are.  Continue reading “A Homeschool Mom’s Epic Rant About the Public Education System”

Here’s the Real Reason Why Public Education Will Never Get Better….

Have you ever had an issue you were really passionate about but felt like you had to tiptoe around, so as not to upset a bunch of people?

For me, that issue is public education.

To be sure, I’ve certainly tackled the issue more than a few times here on my blog, but I’ve always held back just a bit because I didn’t want to make anyone mad. (Although a few people always seem to get irritated, anyway.)

Well, I’ve decided that I’m not going to hold back any longer.  Continue reading “Here’s the Real Reason Why Public Education Will Never Get Better….”

20 Brain-Boosting Educational Toys to Celebrate Spring

I know there are are ton of people out there who absolutely love the winter. The crisp, clean air. Snow so white you can barely open your eyes. Sipping hot chocolate by the fire.

As for me…I can’t wait until it’s over!

Every year once Valentine’s Day has passed, I find myself getting more and more psyched over the upcoming arrival of spring. Nothing can bring me out of the winter doldrums more than the sight of a freshly bloomed cherry blossom tree.  Continue reading “20 Brain-Boosting Educational Toys to Celebrate Spring”

Is the Library Enough? The Truth About Homeschooling Without Textbooks

The life of a homeschool mom comes with many side effects:

  • glitter all over the floor
  • yesterday’s science experiments in the fridge
  • never making it to the bathroom alone
  • constant questions from the kids
  • constant questions from curious adults

It’s that last item that prompted this post today. Continue reading “Is the Library Enough? The Truth About Homeschooling Without Textbooks”

101 Reasons to Relax Your Homeschool

I know, I know. You’re probably getting tired of me going on and on about relaxed homeschooling. I just can’t help it.

The fact is, this approach has had such an impact on our family that I just want to shout it from the rooftops.  Continue reading “101 Reasons to Relax Your Homeschool”

What Does a Typical KONOS Homeschool Day Look Like?

As a busy homeschool mom of 11, out of necessity, I have become a bit of an “expert” in finding ways to keep our learning time manageable, simple, and efficient.

Unit studies are one of them.

Although I have come across so many fantastic unit study curriculums on this journey of ours, the one that has become a mainstay of our homeschool routine has been KONOSContinue reading “What Does a Typical KONOS Homeschool Day Look Like?”

The Busy Mom’s Guide to Notebooking Resources

Around this time last year, I found myself getting into a bit of a funk. As is typical with many homeschooling families this time of the yearI realized that my kids and I just weren’t as excited about our homeschool as we used to be. There was more than the usual amount of complaining, bickering, and dragging of the feet in the mornings.

And my kids were just as bad! 😉  Continue reading “The Busy Mom’s Guide to Notebooking Resources”