10 Ways Teacher’s Manuals Can Sabotage a Simple Homeschool

Homeschool moms can be pretty hard on themselves. I can’t even count how many times in the past few months I’ve interacted with people who are doing their absolute best when it comes to educating their children but feel like they’re failing them miserably.

There are a variety of reasons why they feel this way, but, by far, the biggest culprit seems to be their curriculum.

Why?  Continue reading “10 Ways Teacher’s Manuals Can Sabotage a Simple Homeschool”

10 Homeschooling Strategies to Use with Your Resistant Child

Homeschooling is a beautiful thing. Every morning we wake up looking forward to a new day of learning. Watercolor paintings waiting to dry cover every flat surface in the house. The sun shines gloriously through the windows and the sweet song of birds creates a lovely background melody. I’m smiling, the kids are content, and the schoolwork is finished as peacefully as the kids went to bed the night before.  Continue reading “10 Homeschooling Strategies to Use with Your Resistant Child”

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”

A Word to the Wise- You Can’t Have It All

The past few decades, an insidious lie has been repeated over and over again to women in our society- You can have it all!

I don’t know when this falsehood started, or why, but I’m pretty sure it began somewhere in the 1970s when women, en masse, decided to forego homemaking in order to work outside the home.

Don’t worry. This is not going to be a diatribe against working women. I myself have worked outside the home off and on, and, because of that, I know how hard it is.  Continue reading “A Word to the Wise- You Can’t Have It All”

Revolutionize Your Homeschool with Notebooking Success!

Imagine a homeschool day where your children beg you to let them start doing their schoolwork as soon as they wake up. Imagine your children happily chatting away as they diligently tackle the day’s assignment with nary a complaint or protest to be heard.

…Now imagine that assignment is a writing assignment.

Does this seem like an impossible scenario? Last year at this time I would’ve agreed with you, but guess what?

That’s been the atmosphere in our homeschool for the past month.  Continue reading “Revolutionize Your Homeschool with Notebooking Success!”

You Don’t Have to Be a Supermom to Homeschool

In our eight years of homeschooling, I’ve noticed that there are a large number of people who put those of us who educate our own children up on a pedestal:

You’re amazing!

You’re a superhero!

You must have superhuman patience!

You must be so organized!

You must be Mother of the Year!

As much as I’d love to take the credit for all of those things, there’s just one problem…

None of that is true. 

Continue reading “You Don’t Have to Be a Supermom to Homeschool”

The Ultimate List of Hands-On Homeschool Activities

Whether your child is an avid bookworm or a completely kinesthetic learner, having a list of great hands-on activities at your disposal is a fantastic way to breathe some new life into your homeschool at the drop of a hat. Sometimes I think we all just need to add a little something different to our daily routine to keep everyone engaged, alert, and ready to learn.  Continue reading “The Ultimate List of Hands-On Homeschool Activities”

A Homeschool Day in the Life with a 3, 5, 7, 8, 9, 11, 12, 15, 16, and 17 Year Old

It’s been awhile since I shared what a homeschool day in our lives looks like. To be honest, writing this type of post exhausts me. I don’t think I ever actually realize how hectic things are around here until I write everything down and reflect on it. All I can say is, yikes.

Continue reading “A Homeschool Day in the Life with a 3, 5, 7, 8, 9, 11, 12, 15, 16, and 17 Year Old”

How to Get Started Homeschooling TODAY!

As difficult as it may be to make the decision to homeschool, knowing how to get started can seem even more impossible. Although homeschooling is more mainstream now than it’s ever been, with approximately 2.5 million homeschooled children in the U.S. alone, finding information about it that is accurate isn’t always a simple thing.

Since I’ve recently had so many people comment that they’re interested in homeschooling but don’t know where to start, I’ve decided to write a basic plan for how to do just that. Right now I have a book in the works that is a more comprehensive guide to this subject (still in the early stages of planning), but since I don’t have all night to write, and you probably don’t have all day to read, I’m going to keep this as bare-bones as possible, giving you only the essentials to at least help you get your homeschool happening. 🙂  Continue reading “How to Get Started Homeschooling TODAY!”

5 Reasons Why Everyone Should Give Unschooling a Try

On this 8-year journey that we call homeschooling, we’ve been all over the “methods spectrum.” We started out strictly (and mindlessly) replicating school at home with disastrous results. After learning from our (my) mistakes, we moved onto unit studies which were so much more pleasant for us. More time passed, and after spending quite a bit of time reading some life-changing books, I decided to take a leap of faith and try out unschooling for awhile.  Continue reading “5 Reasons Why Everyone Should Give Unschooling a Try”