How to Occupy Your Little Ones During Homeschool

Of the eight years I’ve been homeschooling, there has been one thing that has made each year challenging- I’ve always had at least one young child in the house. 

I’m not going to gloss things over. I haven’t completely figured out the best way to handle this, yet. I still have hectic days dealing with an extremely independent and curious 3 year old. In fact, just today she decided to color our toilet tank with a green Sharpie… but…I have come up with a few solutions that have been immensely helpful in our homeschool.  Continue reading “How to Occupy Your Little Ones During Homeschool”

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What a Sweet Surprise! The Sunshine Blogger Award

This has been such a crazy and stressful week for me, so imagine my surprise when Pamela from Bee Organized with Pamela nominated me for the Sunshine Blogger Award! This award is given to “bloggers who are positive and creatively inspire others in the blogosphere”.

These are the rules:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you.
  2. Answer the questions from the person who nominated you.
  3. Nominate other bloggers for this award.
  4. Write questions for the bloggers you have nominated.
  5. Notify the bloggers you have nominated.

Continue reading “What a Sweet Surprise! The Sunshine Blogger Award”

5 Reasons Why Cyber Schooling Is Not Homeschooling

A few weeks back when I finished my series on homeschooling methods, some of you may have noticed that the topic of cyber school, or virtual charter school, never came up. The reason for this is actually quite simple and is something that really needs to be understood by the general public: Cyber schooling is not homeschooling.

First of all, I’d like to address a few things. I am not referring to computer-based classes that some homeschoolers choose to enroll their children in. I am referring to the publicly funded programs that offer free computers, internet, and tax credits to the families who use them. I am also not looking down on those who do use this path of education because it is, no doubt, far better than most schools today. I’m not nit-picking about terminology, either. Believe me, I will get into why it is so crucial to distinguish between the two.  Continue reading “5 Reasons Why Cyber Schooling Is Not Homeschooling”

8 of My Favorite Money-Saving Life Hacks

If there’s one thing I’ve gotten good at as a mom of many, it’s cutting corners. In order to allow me the privilege of being a  stay-at-home mother, we’ve had to learn to be as cheap frugal as possible.

Besides cutting costs, it’s also crucial that I’m able to find ways to save as much time as possible while doing day-to-day tasks, because a crew my size simply doesn’t allow me the luxury to take my good old time doing anything.

Today, I’m going to share with you my all-time favorite money-saving life hacks that have gotten us through the toughest and busiest times. After you’re finished reading, I would love if you’d let us in on any life hacks of your own you’d like to share. Anything to make our lives a little easier, right?  Continue reading “8 of My Favorite Money-Saving Life Hacks”

How to Save Public Schools-Teach the Way Kids Learn!!

The One Simple Solution to Saving Our Schools And Why It Will NEVER Happen

Sometimes the solutions that are the most obvious are also the most difficult for people to see. Take public education, for example. Our educational system has utilized the same methods of instruction that were instituted over 150 years ago when compulsory attendance laws were first put into place. Think about that. In all that time, the powers that be have found it completely unnecessary to rethink our country’s approach to education that was inspired by the Prussians, of all people.  Continue reading “How to Save Public Schools-Teach the Way Kids Learn!!”

How To Get Your Kids To Beg You To Do Spelling

Anyone who’s followed my blog for even a short period of time is well-acquainted with the fact that my kids are a bunch of wiggle worms. They absolutely love to learn, but they absolutely hate to have to sit down for any extended period of time.

I’m a natural speller. Since I was a child, I’ve always been able to spell words correctly without so much as a glance at a dictionary or thesaurus. Unfortunately, that is not the case for most of my children. I’ve had some real issues for a few years with kids who are just struggling in this area. The last thing I want to do, however, is to make my kids sit for 45 minutes a day doing worksheets for a subject that frustrates them.  Continue reading “How To Get Your Kids To Beg You To Do Spelling”

A Day in the Life of a Baker’s Dozen

An Inside Look into a Typical Day of Extreme Parenting

One of the most commonly occurring themes on my homeschool posts is simplicity. A simple homeschool routine can make all the difference in the world, but I don’t want to give anyone the false impression that life in a super-size family is simple. Is that even possible??

So today I decided to write down what my day was like from the moment I woke up until right now as I’m writing this. Now obviously I couldn’t write down everything that happened or I’d never get this post finished…but I did write down just enough that you’d get a glimpse into a typical day at our house.

In order for you to have the proper perspective of what’s going on in the background throughout the day, as you’re reading what I’ve written, picture it on top of endless cries of, “Mom! Mommy! Mom, look! Mom can I have a drink? Mom, we’re out of kool-aid! Mom, he threw a sock at me…” 

Do you have that chorus playing in your head? Okay. Now  we’re ready to begin. 🙂  Continue reading “A Day in the Life of a Baker’s Dozen”

5 Reasons Why You Should Read to Your Kids

In this day and age of advanced technology, we are exposed to the written word everywhere we look- on our phones, tablets, laptops, iPads, TV, and so on and so on. In fact, chances are very good that your kids are just as exposed as you are. And while this could be an awesome thing, there is one major disadvantage: it is putting a wall between us and our children. 

Not only is it taking up too much of our time, it has stolen too many moments away from our families, as well.  Continue reading “5 Reasons Why You Should Read to Your Kids”

Reins of Love by Laurie Salisbury

The day that Reins of Love, by Laurie Salisbury, arrived, we were beginning our second week of the new homeschool year. Unable to find a devotional I thought would be able to hold my 9, 10, and 12 yr. old’s attention, I was feeling a bit unprepared for our morning Bible time. Up until this point, we had been using an online children’s devotional that was a bit too deep, even for me, and we had been struggling to give the deliberation to God’s Word that it deserves.

Knowing that this was a Christian children’s book, I anxiously awaited its arrival, praying that it would be just the thing we were looking for.  Continue reading “Reins of Love by Laurie Salisbury”

New Year Curriculum Choices for Our Relaxed Homeschool

I can’t believe it’s August already. The summer is going by so quickly. In just 3 1/2 weeks time, my high school age kids will begin their new homeschool year, although my younger kids have all been at it for close to a month already.

One of the best things about homeschooling is our freedom to choose the curriculum our kids will use. In fact, some choose to not even use a curriculum at all! And while this is a huge benefit to us, let’s admit that sometimes this choice is difficult. There is such a vast array of curriculum out there that sometimes it can seem overwhelming.  Continue reading “New Year Curriculum Choices for Our Relaxed Homeschool”