10 of My All-Time Favorite Posts from 2016

Sometimes blogging takes a lot of guts, and these are the posts to prove it!

Two weeks ago I shared my ten most popular posts from 2016It was such an exciting post for me to write because I honestly never realized how many readers I have until I actually took the time to sit down and gather the numbers for that purpose. I am amazed and still feel so much gratitude for all of you.

While the posts chosen by all of you certainly hold a place near and dear to my heart, I have several others that did not make the cut of being one of my most viewed, but that I am so proud of having written.  Continue reading “10 of My All-Time Favorite Posts from 2016”

How to Homeschool as a Working Mom

One of the most difficult questions people have asked me is how they could manage to homeschool while working. It certainly is a valid question, and one that is keeping many families from taking the plunge into this amazing life of learning. As someone who has never worked outside the home while homeschooling, I don’t feel qualified to answer this common inquiry, but I know someone who is…  Continue reading “How to Homeschool as a Working Mom”

3 No-Nonsense Ways to Work with Life of Fred Math

Of the eight years we’ve been homeschooling, our favorite math curriculum hands-down is Life of FredNot being a family that particularly loves the drill-and-kill method of learning, Life of Fred has provided a fun alternative to the otherwise dreaded math programs we’ve used in the past.

As our homeschool has changed over the years, so has our approach to these books. What I’ve discovered through it all is that no matter which of these options you choose, your children will not only learn math as it is used in real life, but they’ll enjoy themselves while they’re doing it, too.  Continue reading “3 No-Nonsense Ways to Work with Life of Fred Math”

How to Homeschool Simply (The Teen Years)

Ages 14-18

I’ve now reached the final week in this series- homeschooling during the teen years. In case you missed the previous posts, over the past few weeks I’ve written about how to simply homeschool:

Today I’ll be finishing up with how to accomplish a relaxed homeschooling atmosphere while homeschooling teenagers.  Continue reading “How to Homeschool Simply (The Teen Years)”

How to Find a Happy Medium with Rote Memorization

DEFINITION:
Rote memorization- a memorization technique based on repetition

Rote memorization is one of those things that you either love or you hate. Some people swear by it and have their children memorize everything from their basic addition to verb conjugations in three different languages. Others despise the thought of it and tend to use technology as a crutch in order to avoid forcing it on their kids.

As a former unschooling mom, I used to fall in the latter camp. After being up to my eyeballs in books on natural learning for months, I came to the conclusion that rote memorization was the enemy. As someone who firmly believed that children learn best when they initiate the learning, which I still find to be true, I avoided it like the plague. I kept myself content with the thought that Google can help with anything and everything, and internet access would be even more prevalent when my kids became adults.  Continue reading “How to Find a Happy Medium with Rote Memorization”

Your Top 10 Favorite Posts from 2016

As 2017 newly begins, today I’ll be doing a little countdown of my own:

My 10 Most Popular Posts from 2016

Since I returned to the blogging world at the end of March, I have been so blessed by all of the readers who have so faithfully visited and commented here. In the month of December, I reached over 40,000 views in one month, which is the most I’ve ever gotten, so thank you so, so much. I appreciate each and every one of you more than you’ll ever know. ♥

I hope to continue to encourage you as I have these past nine months, so today I am sharing your favorite posts of 2016 in the hopes that anyone who may have missed any will have the opportunity to find out what other readers have found to be the most helpful.

Let the countdown begin!

Continue reading “Your Top 10 Favorite Posts from 2016”

Is Compulsory Schooling to Blame for the Breakdown of the Family?

A few weeks ago I addressed some issues I have with compulsory attendance laws, namely the governmental role in education and truancy lawsWhile wrapping my brain around the entire matter, I also delved into what life might be like if there were no such thing as compulsory schooling.

I never know what I’m getting myself into when diving into sensitive discussions like that, but one of my passions as a writer is to engage and inform people about serious problems within the public education system so that they are no longer content simply accepting the status quo.

Hence this new post today.  Continue reading “Is Compulsory Schooling to Blame for the Breakdown of the Family?”

How to Homeschool Simply (The Early Years)

Ages 5-8

After eight years of homeschooling and trying just about every major method there is, I’ve settled on, and become quite an advocate for, simple homeschooling. From our experience with school-at-home all the way to unschooling, one thing I’ve discovered is that children learn best when they are not pressured, rushed, or forced to do things they’re not developmentally ready for. Additionally, the luxury of a substantial amount of time to play is not really as much of a luxury as it is a necessity. Children- especially early elementary-aged children- need unstructured play time in order to explore and understand the world around them.  Continue reading “How to Homeschool Simply (The Early Years)”

How to Homeschool for Free (Or Close Enough to It!)

The Ultimate Guide on How to Homeschool for Free!

Are you dissatisfied with the educational system but feel unable to do anything about it because you’re on a tight budget?

Have you ever considered homeschooling? I know what you may be thinking, but hear me out on this…

One of the most popular misconceptions about homeschooling is that it is extremely expensive and, therefore, not very practical for those who may not have much disposable income. While there are certainly some pricey curriculums and homeschooling tools, the fact is that many, many people homeschool on a tight budget, and it is possible to homeschool practically for free.  Continue reading “How to Homeschool for Free (Or Close Enough to It!)”

10 of My All-Time Favorite Christmas Memories

I had originally planned on writing another homeschooling post today, but earlier this evening I finished reading a book gifted to me by a very dear friend. One of the characters in this story begins to talk about how certain sights, sounds, and smells can powerfully evoke childhood Christmas memories. As I pondered this, a flood of recollections of Christmases past entered my mind, and I’ve not been able to think about much else since.

What strikes me the most about these memories is the fact that not one of them is materialistic in any way. Our culture has become so obsessive about consumption and always wanting the next best thing that I find that many adults are passing these ideals onto their children. Lining up outside of toy stores at 3 am on Thanksgivingspending hundreds of dollars on technology for children as young as 2, and getting into arguments with fellow shoppers over the last Hatchimal have become the norm for the modern holiday season.  Continue reading “10 of My All-Time Favorite Christmas Memories”