Let’s Talk About Those Back-to-School Memes…

Back-to-school time is upon us! 

Chances are, your social media accounts have already been inundated with gleeful posts and memes by parents everywhere celebrating their kids’ imminent return to school.

If you’re not the social media type, you’ve likely been “blessed” with video clips on the mainstream media outlets showcasing parents jumping up and down with excitement as their children are driven away on that big yellow bus.

I get it; it’s supposed to be funny.

But it’s not.

It’s high time parents today start using some critical thinking when it comes to their children. Enough is enough.

Enjoy the rant. 🙂

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!

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Keep Your Homeschool Stress-Free with CTCMath!

Let me ask you a question.

If you could eliminate one subject that you have to teach, what would it be?

For me, there’s no question about it…it would be math. As much as I love numbers and computing numerical equations, it just doesn’t come as easily for my kids as it does for me.

You have no idea how hard that isContinue reading “Keep Your Homeschool Stress-Free with CTCMath!”

I Was Wrong About School…

Okay, I’ll admit it when I’m wrong about something, so it’s time for me to come clean today:

I was wrong about school.

When it comes to homeschool bloggers, I have been one of the most vocal opponents to the public education system.

That hasn’t changed.  Continue reading “I Was Wrong About School…”

Conquer Elementary Reading and Language Arts with Pathways 2.0

Have you ever noticed how “language arts” encompasses so many other subtopics?

The thought of homeschooling this particular subject is likely to get a new homeschool parent a bit nervous. After all, there’s a lot to cover – reading, spelling, grammar, writing, and vocabulary to be precise.

Now that I’ve been homeschooling for a decade, I’ve learned a few tricks of the trade, such as combining combining combining!

Gone are the days my poor children used to have five separate workbooks for language arts alone. I’ve discovered far more practical ways to cover the bases.  Continue reading “Conquer Elementary Reading and Language Arts with Pathways 2.0”

Deschooling: It Isn’t Just for Kids!

When you hear the word “deschooling,” what image usually comes to mind?

I usually think of a child playing, or watching TV, or reading a book in a leisurely way. After all, isn’t that what deschooling is all about? Giving a child time to let go of school and embrace learning in a more natural way?

Well, yes and no.

You see, the above description certainly is a part of deschooling – a very important part, I might add – but there is another crucial element that many homeschooling families overlook:

Continue reading “Deschooling: It Isn’t Just for Kids!”

Bulletproof Backpacks?? Are You STILL Going to Send Your Kids to School?

Well, it’s happened. Our schools have now reached a point where manufacturers are finding it feasible to offer bulletproof backpacks to parents for their children.

You know what’s even sadder than bulletproof backpacks? The fact that people will still blindly put their kids on that yellow bus despite knowing that schools are no longer safe.

I’m sorry, but it’s time to wake up.

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!

Notebooking 101: Nature Study Journals

I’ve finally reached the end of my Notebooking 101 seriesIt sure took me long enough, right??

Nature study notebooking, or nature study journals, were actually the first type of notebooking I ever heard of, yet they were the last kind we actually tried.

Go figure.

Inspired by the Charlotte Mason method, these notebooks are a beautiful keepsake for both your children and you. Find out some practical tips in my latest Notebooking 101 video.

Enjoy!

 

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!

7 Ways to Use YouTube in Your Homeschool

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: I have a love/hate relationship with technology.

As much as I would love to time travel back to the pioneer days, I also love the fact that we have so much information right at our fingertips.

Take YouTube for example.

Although, admittedly, this social media platform is filled with more than its share of dumbed down and downright inappropriate videos, with a bit of pre-screening and supervision, this website can be one of the most valuable resources you’ll ever use in your homeschool.

And it’s free.

As a mom of 11, homeschooling frugally is a must for me, and I know I’m not alone, so today, I’m going to share with you…  Continue reading “7 Ways to Use YouTube in Your Homeschool”

A Homeschool Minute with the Middles IRL (and an update on my YouTube channel!)

For the past several months, I have been contemplating making a few changes to my YouTube channelUp until this point, it has been mainly comprised of homeschooling tips, curriculum reviews, and my famous rants about the public education system. 😉

Recent developments, however, have convinced me that it’s time for something new. Find out what that is, plus, get a one-minute sneak peek into our homeschool in today’s video.

 

 

Dear Homeschool Parent, The School District Is Not Your Friend

Last year around this time, I wrote a post detailing 3 reasons to avoid overcompliance with state homeschool lawsNow that we’re heading into another homeschool year, I felt led to reiterate how important this is.

No matter how nice your school district is to you, if they are requesting information not required by your homeschool law, DO NOT GIVE IT TO THEM.

Here’s why.

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!