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”
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”
Since public school will be starting in our district next week, I thought now would be a good time to talk about why my kids won’t be there and haven’t been for years.
First, let me start by saying that deciding whether or not to homeschool is a personal decision that is up to each individual family. I won’t deny the fact that I am pro-homeschooling, or I wouldn’t be doing it, but what’s right for my family may not be right for yours.
With that being said… Continue reading “Why We Homeschool- A Mom of 11 Speaks Up”
The Truth About Gaps in Learning
Have you ever had one of those days- or entire seasons- when doubt seems to have taken over your homeschool? As time goes on, you begin to realize that there is no way you’re going to cover everything you think you need to, or at least what your curriculum says you should.
The clock is ticking, and you find yourself comparing your kids and your homeschool to other families. Eventually, panic sets in as you realize the enormity of the task before you. Continue reading “How Do I Know If Our Homeschool Is Enough?”
Well, it’s been a while now since I’ve written any posts that will push people’s buttons, so I think it’s about time for another. It was good while it lasted, right?
If you are familiar with me at all, you’ll know that I am unapologetically pro-homeschooling, and the heart of this blog is really about encouraging people on their journey.
So while what I’m going to say today might offend some people, I’m going to say upfront that it isn’t intended that way. I’m just fully aware that there are some people (myself included) who sometimes simply refuse to do something they know they should unless someone prods them along. Continue reading “Enough with the Excuses! Do You Want to Homeschool or Not?”
The new homeschool year is upon us. If you haven’t started your home education routine already, chances are you’re busy preparing for it.
What better time can there be to share a few reminders about what not to do in your homeschool than today, right? I mean, let’s face it. There are just some things you don’t want to make a habit of in your homeschool.
Here are 10 of them. Continue reading “10 Things You Need to Avoid for a Better Homeschool”
I have made a lot of mistakes as a homeschool mom. A lot. And while I now neither claim to be perfect at this job or have everything figured out, there is one thing I can assure you I am 100% confident of:
Out of all the traps you can fall into as a new homeschooler, there is one that stands out above all the rest as potentially the most destructive and the most joy-draining mistake you can make.
Before I get into what that is, don’t lose heart if you discover you’ve been doing this all along. I think most of us are guilty of having done this to some extent in our homeschools- I know I have.
Ready for the big disclosure? Okay. The biggest no-no you can run into as a new homeschooler is… Continue reading “The Biggest Mistake You Can Make as a New Homeschooler”
Did you ever have one of those days? You wake up in the morning filled with excitement about what your homeschool will look like, and everything goes wrong.
First, the cat throws up all over the steps, and you step in it. You enter the kitchen and find that your energetic children have taken it upon themselves to make their own play dough. You don’t know this because you actually see the play dough. The tell-tale sign is the flour that is caked onto everything. The table, cabinets, walls, and floor are absolutely covered with a substance that used to be a powdery flour but is now similar to a hardened paste since the children tried to clean it up with a wet rag. Continue reading “Stop, Rewind, Start Over: When Homeschool Moms Mess Up”
I’m one of those “all or nothing” kinda gals. When I decide to do something, I give it everything I have, no matter what. When I decide not to do something, I don’t even give it a second thought.
This trait has overwhelmingly taken over in my parenting, as well.
Back when my kids were still in school, I trusted that my children’s teachers would give them a good education because that’s what they were trained to do. Because of that, I went about the rest of our lives not really worrying much about whether or not my kids were learning as we were out and about.
After all, that was the teacher’s job, right? Continue reading “3 Ways “Teachable Moments” Can Harm Your Homeschool”