A Cautionary Tale: The Time I Sent My Kids Back to School

The month of February is notorious for being the most likely time for homeschool moms to suffer from burnoutThe novelty of a new school year has worn off, combined with the post-holiday slump and, for lucky people like me- the long, cold winter season. Those factors can cause even the most seasoned homeschoolers to want to pull their hair out.

I’m not going to lie to you- the first few years of homeschooling can be rough. The combination of getting used to being with your kids all day, learning not to try to recreate school, finding your homeschool groove, and dealing with friends and family members who don’t agree with your decision can be a draining and stressful experience.  Continue reading “A Cautionary Tale: The Time I Sent My Kids Back to School”

3 Great Reasons to Give Betsy DeVos a Chance

The political climate today is pretty turbulent and something that I try to stay out of as much as possible. Unfortunately, the recent protests over new Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos have rendered me unable to keep my mouth shut any longer.

As someone who is extremely passionate about education, I’m really scratching my head, trying to figure out why people don’t see what is so obvious to me, namely that the public education system needs someone like Betsy DeVos.

Here’s why.  Continue reading “3 Great Reasons to Give Betsy DeVos a Chance”

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!”

Curriculum We Loved and Curriculum We Hated This Year

And curriculum that’s just okay…

Over the summer, I shared our curriculum choices for our 2016/2017 homeschool year. Since we’re over halfway through our school year, I thought that now would be a good time to give you an update on how those choices fared.

The truth is, there are some resources we’ve loved this year, some that did the trick without too much excitement, and some that we…well…hated. I know that “hate” is a strong word, but anything that is going to make learning feel like a dreaded chore has earned that position, in my book.   Continue reading “Curriculum We Loved and Curriculum We Hated This Year”

The Stewardship of Home Schooling: Teaching, Inspiring, Motivating, and More- Review and a Giveaway!

Real Stories from Successful Parents

As someone who is admittedly obsessed with the topics of homeschooling and education, in general, I have read dozens of books on the subjects.  As fabulous as these resources are, many of them seem to simply repeat what I’ve read in other similar books.

Dr. William Overton has brought a fresh perspective to home education with The Stewardship of Home Schooling: Teaching, Inspiring, Motivating, and More. He takes great care to emphasize the fact that no matter how your kids are being educated- in school, out of school, or both- education is an essential component in the stewardship of parenting.  Continue reading “The Stewardship of Home Schooling: Teaching, Inspiring, Motivating, and More- Review and a Giveaway!”

Take the Kids to Switzerland with the CASE OF ADVENTURE Switzerland Unit Study

I love unit studies.

 If you’re a regular reader of this blog, then you’re probably tired of hearing about it, but I can’t help it. It’s true. Combine the quaint beauty of Switzerland with a unit study, and you’ve got me hooked. That’s why I was so excited to discover CASE OF ADVENTUREContinue reading “Take the Kids to Switzerland with the CASE OF ADVENTURE Switzerland Unit Study”

Large Family Homeschool Hack #3: Read-Alouds and Notebooking

I can’t believe we’re already at the second last day of this seriesI’m actually really excited about today’s post because I’ll be discussing two tricks that are potentially the biggest time-savers in a large family homeschool- read-alouds and notebooking.

I know that these two terms are often thrown around in homeschooling circles as great ways to supplement learning, but have you ever considered the fact that they can be used as your sole homeschooling method? Continue reading “Large Family Homeschool Hack #3: Read-Alouds and Notebooking”

Large Family Homeschool Hack #2: Uncomplicated Unit Studies

Welcome back for Day 3 of my How to Homeschool Multiple Children Without Going Crazy series. I’ve really been having a lot of fun writing these posts, and it’s my prayer that they will be helpful to you.

Anyone who knows anything about my homeschool style at all is very aware that I am a huge fan of unit studies. In fact, my friend, Jen, often calls me the Unit Study Queen, a name I wear with honor. 😉 They’re such a wonderful way to teach your children together while keeping things fun and engaging.  Continue reading “Large Family Homeschool Hack #2: Uncomplicated Unit Studies”

How to Homeschool Multiple Children Without Going Crazy

When it comes to homeschooling, the absolute hardest part for me has been coming up with a suitable game plan for teaching multiple children. And I mean multiple children. 

Ten to be exact.

After homeschooling for eight years, I still don’t have it all together. I continue to tweak things here and there every now and then in the hopes of getting it right, but I’ve come to the realization that it will never be perfect. It just won’t.   Continue reading “How to Homeschool Multiple Children Without Going Crazy”

5 More Reasons to Homeschool Your Kids

With just a few keystrokes and the simple click of a mouse, you can find hundreds, maybe thousands, of posts listing reasons to homeschool your kids.  In fact, just a few short months ago, I wrote an entire series about that very subject.

Although there are some variations, for the most part, many of the reasons are the same. Some people bring up values, while others write about the freedom that homeschooling brings, and these are definitely great justifications for homeschooling. But there are a few I’ve thought of that you don’t hear mentioned often, although they seem rather obvious to me.  Continue reading “5 More Reasons to Homeschool Your Kids”