Breaks Can Count as Homeschool Days??

When it comes to homeschooling, I thoroughly enjoy breaking the preconceived notions people have about how it works – including other homeschoolers.

Today I shed some light on another interesting factor about homeschooling – breaks can totally count as homeschool days.

Your Notebooking Questions Answered

Although I have quite a bit of notebooking content, I still tend to get a few of the same questions about it. Today on my channel, I tried to tackle those answers for you. 😁

The 3 Phases of Homeschooling

Being a mom of many has its perks when it comes to homeschooling. After being at this for 11 years now, I’ve begun to notice a natural transition of learning between age groups, and I’ve been able to use that to my children’s advantage.

Conventional schooling has kids using the same learning method from Kindergarten to 12th grade, but I think most people would agree that the needs of a 6-year-old are not going to match those of a 16-year-old.

Am I right??

The Key to Successful Homeschooling

As different as one homeschool can look from another, over the years I’ve learned that there is one thing the most successful homeschools have in common. It isn’t curriculum, methods, or extracurricular activities.

Can you guess what it might be?

Schools Don’t Teach Critical Thinking. Here’s Why.

“Critical thinking” is one of the education system’s favorite buzz phrases, particularly since the introduction of Common Core. Ironic, isn’t it?

The problem is, the more we see critical thinking mentioned, the less we see evidence of its use in society. Why?? Well, the answer to that is simple. The education system does NOT teach critical thinking, despite its claims, and there’s a reason for that.

Navigating Home Education in an Age of Disinformation

Today I published another video from the Patreon archives.

Educating your kids at home just isn’t as easy as it once was. Sure, there are tons of resources of available, but there is also an ever increasing amount of disinformation out there, as well.

(Btw, there’s a difference between misinformation and disinformation. Misinformation is accidental. Disinformation is intentional.)

On top of disinformation, we’ve got censorship. We’re living in a real life version of 1984.

This makes life as not only a homeschool parent, but any parent, extremely difficult.

10 Must-Haves for Every New Homeschool

Is it just me, or does it feel like Thanksgiving came and went in a flash? I’ll tell you what, taking those 4 days off of recording videos was really what I needed. 😅

Today, though, I’m back! I decided to keep it light for the first day, so I’m answering a question so many new homeschoolers have asked: What supplies do I need to get started?

Let’s Be Honest About High School

I’m sitting here at the hospital with my daughter, and I realized I never posted about today’s video here. Ack!

It’s very common for homeschool parents to panic over the high school years. I have a completely different perspective, and I’m sharing that with you today. 🙂

Scientism, Hypothetical History, and Homeschooling

Have you ever heard of scientism? Scientism is when science becomes a religion for some, and when certain topics become taboo to question. It’s when scientists declare “the science is settled” when in fact, true science is NEVER settled.

It’s when social media platforms shut down certain subjects in an effort to suppress debate.

It’s when scientific theories that have never been proven are pushed by authorities and mainstream science as being 100% true.

Unfortunately, most of the science being taught to children today falls under this category. Even homeschoolers aren’t always safe.

The same holds true for what I call hypothetical history. There’s much about history, especially ancient history, that we really don’t have concrete answers to, yet we are consistently having only one point-of-view impressed upon us – that which is most convenient to the status quo.

As homeschool parents, it is up to us to teach our children the critical thinking skills that are sorely lacking in the world today. It’s up to us to teach our children to seek out and weigh ALL evidence, not just that which is handed to us.

In today’s world, this has become more important than ever.

Are you up to the task?

Are Living Books as Effective as Textbooks?

Very often, when I mention to someone that we prefer real books to textbooks, I’m asked this question:

BUT ARE THEY AS EFFECTIVE AS TEXTBOOKS?

First, let me point out that the effectiveness of textbooks is debatable, especially when it comes to history and science, yet they’re still placed upon a very unjustified pedestal.

So my answer to that question is YES, ABSOLUTELY. In fact, even more so. Today’s video, which miraculously has enabled comments (until YouTube notices), explains WHY.