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!”

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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”

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?”

Why We Homeschool- A Mom of 11 Speaks Up

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”

How Do I Know If Our Homeschool Is Enough?

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?”

Enough with the Excuses! Do You Want to Homeschool or Not?

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?”

10 Things You Need to Avoid for a Better Homeschool

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”