The What, When, Where, Why, and How of Deschooling

When I started homeschooling, I thought I had it all figured out. Being a bit prideful of my “success” in my own school days, I thought I knew it all about education.

I was all that and a bag of chips.

I thought I knew everything there was to know about homeschooling.

I mean, sure. I had never had any personal experience with homeschooling. In fact, it was a pretty new concept to me when we began, but still.  Continue reading “The What, When, Where, Why, and How of Deschooling”

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Fall-Related Unit Studies and Homeschool Activities

I cannot believe that fall is already here. It seems like only yesterday I was celebrating the first day of summer.

Time flies when you’re having fun!

As much as I wish the warm weather could stay forever, there’s just something about this season that inspires creativity in me that I never knew existed. With the smell of the changing leaves, the colorful trees everywhere, and the crunching sound beneath our feet as we take our walks, the kids and I all love to incorporate these experiences into our homeschool routine.

With this in mind, today I’m going to share with you a list of autumn-related unit studies and hands-on activities. Enjoy!  Continue reading “Fall-Related Unit Studies and Homeschool Activities”

Make Math Fun with Discovering Learning Math Subscription!

As the youngest of 11 kids, my 4-year-old has turned preschool independence into an art. Not wanting to ever feel out of the loop, despite my protests, she insists upon being a “big kid” and “doing school” with her siblings.

As someone who is a huge proponent of the “better late than early” philosophy, I’m going to admit that searching out curriculum for a 4-year-old was something I never thought I’d be doing.  Continue reading “Make Math Fun with Discovering Learning Math Subscription!”

How to Painlessly Incorporate Read-Aloud Time into Your Homeschool

If anyone would ever ask me to choose one part of homeschooling that ranks above all others in fun, learning, and family bonding, I’d have to say read-aloud time. When I think of the perfect homeschool day, you’d better believe it always includes lots of hot chocolate, comfy blankets, and a good book.  Continue reading “How to Painlessly Incorporate Read-Aloud Time into Your Homeschool”

Becoming the Proverbs 31:16 Homeschooling Wife with VIPKIDs

It’s my pleasure today to share a guest post written by my friend, Lisa Meister, about an outstanding work-at-home opportunity, VIPKIDs. I hope this information will be a blessing to you! 

Continue reading “Becoming the Proverbs 31:16 Homeschooling Wife with VIPKIDs”

Using At-Home Water Testing to Show That Science Matters

I live in a house of explorers. Whether my kids are busy digging for worms or searching for fossils, one thing is for sure.

There is no shortage of science in this homeschool.

I’ll admit that I’ve been blessed to have children who are open to making new discoveries, but one thing I really wanted to impress upon them is that while science is fun, it really matters, too. It’s so much more than candy volcanoes and making oobleck.  Continue reading “Using At-Home Water Testing to Show That Science Matters”

Homeschool Organization When You Don’t Have a School Room

Every year around this time it starts. You begin to see photo after photo of magazine-quality homeschool rooms all over Pinterest, YouTube, and Facebook. These photogenic rooms can be the inspiration for so many homeschoolers.

Or, if you’re like me, they send you running.

You see… I don’t have a school room. 

Believe it or not, that statement is not a complaint. Years ago we did have one in our old house, and we ended up never using it, so it’s not that I’m envious. It simply reminds me that we don’t have as much room to store all of our homeschool “stuff” as other people may.

But that’s okay. Being the practical mom that I am, I made it work. Today I’m going to share with you how.  Continue reading “Homeschool Organization When You Don’t Have a School Room”

How to Get Reluctant Writers to Write with Video Presentations

As a writer, one of the biggest challenges for me is having some children who, unfortunately, don’t share a love of writing with me.

I’m going to be honest here. I’ve really had a bit of difficulty coming to terms with this, and the result has been that I haven’t always been able to come up with fruitful solutions to counteract this problem.

Although notebooking has been such a blessing to our homeschool, every now and then there are still times when I can see that my reluctant writers need to do something different for a change. It really is true that you can have too much of a good thing.  Continue reading “How to Get Reluctant Writers to Write with Video Presentations”

How Can Online Reading Games Help Kids Learn?

Have you ever been at the point of complete overwhelm in this technology-driven society? 

I have.

If you consider all of the online learning options now available combined with the fact that nine of my children have to share one laptop, what this means for me is that I have to be diligent about searching out only the best resources for my kids. After all, there are only so many hours in a day, right?  Continue reading “How Can Online Reading Games Help Kids Learn?”