A Cautionary Tale: The Time I Sent My Kids Back to School

The month of February is notorious for being the most likely time for homeschool moms to suffer from burnoutThe novelty of a new school year has worn off, combined with the post-holiday slump and, for lucky people like me- the long, cold winter season. Those factors can cause even the most seasoned homeschoolers to want to pull their hair out.

I’m not going to lie to you- the first few years of homeschooling can be rough. The combination of getting used to being with your kids all day, learning not to try to recreate school, finding your homeschool groove, and dealing with friends and family members who don’t agree with your decision can be a draining and stressful experience.  Continue reading “A Cautionary Tale: The Time I Sent My Kids Back to School”

10 Toys That Make Fantastic Math Manipulatives

If you ever decided to poll a large group of homeschoolers to ask what the most difficult subject to teach is, math would undoubtedly be at the top of the list. The most crucial time to get kids on board with this harrowing subject is in the primary years while hands-on learning activities can still be incorporated to learn basic computing skills. Homeschooling parents seem to realize this and search the internet for (often expensive) math manipulatives to use in their lessons.  Continue reading “10 Toys That Make Fantastic Math Manipulatives”

20 Frugal Art Supplies That Are in Your Recycling Bin

As the mom of a one-income, extra-large family, “frugal” has become one of my favorite words. What started as a necessity has turned into a challenge for me. I just love finding inexpensive, preferably free, ways to keep my children stimulated and learning at all times.

I readily admit that I am an extremely non-crafty person, but somehow I ended up with several kids who are about as crafty as they come. They love anything that involves cutting, gluing, assembling, and painting. Our house is always filled to the brim with our kids’ creations, and we love it, but keeping their supplies stocked up costs quite a bit more than we have room to spend.  Continue reading “20 Frugal Art Supplies That Are in Your Recycling Bin”

Kingdom Family Devotional-52 Weeks of Growing Together- Review

As a mom of many, I’m always on the lookout for great family devotionals. Having children with such a wide variety of ages usually means that I’m having to use at least three separate devotionals at any given time.  Continue reading “Kingdom Family Devotional-52 Weeks of Growing Together- Review”

Are You Tired of Homeschooling in a Messy House?

Ditch the Schoolwork and Have a Life Skills Day!

One of the hardest adjustments I’ve had to make as a homeschool mom is the fact that our house is a lot messier than it once was. B.H.- Before Homeschooling– I was a cleaning fanatic. The house was always spotless. I dusted, vacuumed, mopped, scrubbed the bathtub, and washed windows daily. My living room carpet had to be vacuumed in such a way that I could see perfect little lines running through it. In fact, one of my kids once brought home a paper from school that said:

What does your mom like to do?

My mom likes to clean.  Continue reading “Are You Tired of Homeschooling in a Messy House?”

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?”

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”

5 Exciting Ways to Reduce Holiday Stress in Your Homeschool

To a great many homeschool moms, using the word exciting in the same sentence as holiday and homeschool may be a bit of a stretch. Christmas time can be a bit frantic and stressful without adding homeschooling to the mix, so it’s no great wonder that the combination causes some anxiety.

After eight years of homeschooling, however, I’ve finally reached a point where I am genuinely excited about this time of year. After years of “trying to do it all” over the holiday season, experience has taught me that it just isn’t happening- and if it does, it isn’t happening without a fight. Since I don’t want to be miserable at this “most wonderful time of the year,” and I’m sure my kids don’t want to be, either, I’ve tweaked and experimented with our holiday homeschool routine and have come up with five excellent alternatives to continuing on with the same old, same old.  Continue reading “5 Exciting Ways to Reduce Holiday Stress in Your Homeschool”

12 Things NOT to Say About My Big Family

…even if you’re “just joking”.

I love having a big family. And by big, I don’t mean three or four kids. I love being the mom of a super-size family. My eleven children are such a source of sheer joy for me, and I’d never trade our life for anything.

Unfortunately, the choice that my husband and I made to have this number of children seems to give people the notion that they can say whatever they want to us about this decision. Some people say the nicest things, and I certainly am grateful for those moments because I’m finding that more and more people can’t seem to find the filter on their mouths.  Continue reading “12 Things NOT to Say About My Big Family”