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?”
Sometimes blogging takes a lot of guts, and these are the posts to prove it!
Two weeks ago I shared my ten most popular posts from 2016. It was such an exciting post for me to write because I honestly never realized how many readers I have until I actually took the time to sit down and gather the numbers for that purpose. I am amazed and still feel so much gratitude for all of you.
While the posts chosen by all of you certainly hold a place near and dear to my heart, I have several others that did not make the cut of being one of my most viewed, but that I am so proud of having written. Continue reading “10 of My All-Time Favorite Posts from 2016”
One of the most difficult questions people have asked me is how they could manage to homeschool while working. It certainly is a valid question, and one that is keeping many families from taking the plunge into this amazing life of learning. As someone who has never worked outside the home while homeschooling, I don’t feel qualified to answer this common inquiry, but I know someone who is… Continue reading “How to Homeschool as a Working Mom”
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”
Of the eight years we’ve been homeschooling, our favorite math curriculum hands-down is Life of Fred. Not being a family that particularly loves the drill-and-kill method of learning, Life of Fred has provided a fun alternative to the otherwise dreaded math programs we’ve used in the past.
As our homeschool has changed over the years, so has our approach to these books. What I’ve discovered through it all is that no matter which of these options you choose, your children will not only learn math as it is used in real life, but they’ll enjoy themselves while they’re doing it, too. Continue reading “3 No-Nonsense Ways to Work with Life of Fred Math”
I’ve now reached the final week in this series- homeschooling during the teen years. In case you missed the previous posts, over the past few weeks I’ve written about how to simply homeschool:
Today I’ll be finishing up with how to accomplish a relaxed homeschooling atmosphere while homeschooling teenagers. Continue reading “How to Homeschool Simply (The Teen Years)”
Rote memorization- a memorization technique based on repetition
Rote memorization is one of those things that you either love or you hate. Some people swear by it and have their children memorize everything from their basic addition to verb conjugations in three different languages. Others despise the thought of it and tend to use technology as a crutch in order to avoid forcing it on their kids.
As a former unschooling mom, I used to fall in the latter camp. After being up to my eyeballs in books on natural learning for months, I came to the conclusion that rote memorization was the enemy. As someone who firmly believed that children learn best when they initiate the learning, which I still find to be true, I avoided it like the plague. I kept myself content with the thought that Google can help with anything and everything, and internet access would be even more prevalent when my kids became adults. Continue reading “How to Find a Happy Medium with Rote Memorization”
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”
Over the past two weeks, I’ve spent some time sharing how to homeschool preschool and the early years in a relaxed, yet effective manner. This laid back approach to learning at home doesn’t stop being beneficial once children begin to achieve more advanced skills. The core foundation of simplicity remains the same, although some additional activities will make their way into the routine as your children’s interests grow. Continue reading “How to Homeschool Simply (The Middle Years)”
A few weeks ago I addressed some issues I have with compulsory attendance laws, namely the governmental role in education and truancy laws. While 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?”