5 Steps to a Super Simple (and Frugal) Homeschool Lesson Planner

The Homeschool Planner Post for Those OTHER Homeschool Moms

As a mom of 11, saying that organization is important to me is a bit of an understatement. I truly can’t function without it. And as crucial as organization is to me, there’s just one more thing I need…simplicity.

Let’s face it. There are hundreds of beautiful lesson planners available to us homeschool moms. Video upon video abounds with crafty mothers showing how they’ve dolled up their homeschool planners with glitter and washi tape. I’ll admit, I do get inspired. I get all ready to invest in a fancy planner, rubber cement, and some crafting scissors…. and then I splash some water on my face to bring myself back down to earth.  Continue reading “5 Steps to a Super Simple (and Frugal) Homeschool Lesson Planner”

Love Disney’s Tangled? Try This Free Unit Study!

The first time I ever saw Tangledwe were in the midst of our experiment with unschoolingI excitedly pointed out to my kids how Rapunzel would have been the perfect unschooler because she was just so…productive!

Today I whipped up a unit study just for you based on this movie- which happens to be my favorite Disney movie ever. Hopefully, your kids will be as inspired as we were!

Enjoy!  Continue reading “Love Disney’s Tangled? Try This Free Unit Study!”

When It Comes to Homeschool Curriculum, Expensive Doesn’t Always Mean Better

Okay. Repeat after me…

Homeschooling doesn’t have to be expensive.

Did you say it?

Bigger question- do you believe it?

You know, I’d been planning on writing on this particular subject again for a while, when, lo and behold, this question was posed on a search engine that brought someone to my site today:  Continue reading “When It Comes to Homeschool Curriculum, Expensive Doesn’t Always Mean Better”

7 Reasons I Didn’t Buy Homeschool Curriculum This Year

As a frugal mom of 11 kids- 10 who are actually being homeschooled- I’ve turned my money-saving skills into an art. I mean, really, who actually wants to spend thousands of dollars on curriculum each year if they don’t have to?

Of all the years I’ve been homeschooling, our second year was the year I spent the most money because I was going through the “homeschool has to look like school” phase and bought individual boxed curriculum sets for each kid.  Continue reading “7 Reasons I Didn’t Buy Homeschool Curriculum This Year”

How to Tell the Difference Between Wants and Needs: A Lesson for Today’s Adults

In this age of neverending consumerism, one question I hear over and over again is how our family of 12 manages to live on one incomeI’m going to tell you that it’s not easy, but it isn’t impossible.

I can’t begin to count how many times someone has expressed to me how much they’d love to stay home with their kids to homeschool but simply can’t afford it. I honestly think that most of their concerns are an illusion brought on by a society that highlights possessions over “less glamorous” things, like family.  Continue reading “How to Tell the Difference Between Wants and Needs: A Lesson for Today’s Adults”

Do Your Kids Hate Flash Cards? Try This Simple Game!

Plus free printable flash card templates!

One of the easiest ways to help children memorize important information like math facts, sight words, and even foreign languages is through the use of flash cards. Unfortunately, what seems like it should be a piece of cake can end up being a battle zone because there are some children- like mine- who hate them.

With a passion.  Continue reading “Do Your Kids Hate Flash Cards? Try This Simple Game!”

10 Money-Saving Tools for the Frugal Homeschool Mom

As a homeschool mom, I can attest to the fact that there are so many amazing products out there to use in a homeschool setting. As a homeschool mom of many on a limited income, I can also attest to the fact that those beautiful supplies can easily add up to spending an obscene amount of money- something that I’m neither willing, nor able, to partake in.

Being a frugal homeschool mom can take a bit of cleverness, resourcefulness, and planning, but that doesn’t mean that we don’t have our must-have tools we just can’t live without! Today I’m going to share with you ten money-saving resources that are not only handy to have for a well-run homeschool, but they save money (and sanity) to boot!  Continue reading “10 Money-Saving Tools for the Frugal Homeschool Mom”

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”

Free Thomas Alva Edison Unit Study

(Click here for a downloadable PDF of this unit study and other free resources.)

As February quickly approaches, now is the perfect time to share with you a new unit study on Thomas Alva Edison, who happened to be born in February! My kids love anything science and invention related, so last year they were elated when I came up with my Famous Inventors/Inventions unit study. Of all the people we learned about, Thomas Edison was, by far, their favorite, so I think it was only appropriate that I would write a new one focusing only on him.

Enjoy!  Continue reading “Free Thomas Alva Edison Unit Study”