Notebooking 101: Interest-Led Notebooking

4 Easy Steps to Getting Started with Interest-Led Notebooking Today!

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I remember a time when my kids would actually cry whenever I would try to get them to write. The mere mention of the words “essay,” “report,” or “composition” would immediately induce a flood of waterworks.

It was bad.

As a writer, the fact that my kids hated writing was doubly hard. How could my children despise doing something that gives me so much pleasure?

Then one day, the answer to this question hit me like a ton of bricks: I enjoy writing because it’s my choice. I choose the topic, the style, and how long it will be. Whether I write 300 words or 1,500, when it comes down to it, I have no restrictions. This freedom makes a task that sends so many people running in the opposite direction not only manageable, but enjoyable.

I knew I wanted to give that gift to my kids so that they, too, would come to know the joys of producing the written word, but how could I accomplish that?  Continue reading “Notebooking 101: Interest-Led Notebooking”

Homeschooling History with Beautiful Feet Books

Have you ever found a homeschool curriculum that literally made you giddy with excitement? 

Beautiful Feet Books

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One that not only did what it promised to do, but also seemed to simultaneously fit your teaching style, your children’s learning style, and your homeschool philosophy? No?

Believe me, I hear you. As a homeschool mom of many, finding a curriculum that meshes well with our hectic lifestyle can be tough. Our ideal learning resource has to be interesting, cross-curricular, living books-based, and gentle, all rolled into one.  Continue reading “Homeschooling History with Beautiful Feet Books”

Why I Will Never Call Myself a Homeschool Teacher Again

I know what some of you are thinking, so let me reassure you right off the bat –

No, I haven’t given up on homeschooling.

Perish the thought!

In fact, as we come to the close of our 9th year of homeschooling, I am more confident in our decision now more than ever. So…..you might be wondering what this is all about then.

Where should I begin?

Continue reading “Why I Will Never Call Myself a Homeschool Teacher Again”

Our 2018/2019 Relaxed Homeschool Curriculum for High School

Well, here it is – my final post dedicated to presenting next year’s homeschool curriculum.

As with our chosen curriculum for the littles and middles, my teenagers’ (who will be in grades 9 and 11) learning remains as relaxed as possible, which I know really goes against the grain when it comes to most homeschooled high schoolers.

The thing is, last year I graduated my first homeschooler, and that experience really helped me to realize that I’m far more interested in preparing my kids to become adults than I am in stuffing them with trivial facts and dates. So if you’re looking for a vast array of textbook selections, you won’t find that here. 😉  Continue reading “Our 2018/2019 Relaxed Homeschool Curriculum for High School”

The Surprising Truth About Homeschooling High School

This post wasn’t in my plans for today.

You see, earlier this afternoon, I was actually mentally preparing to record a video presenting next year’s relaxed homeschool high school curriculum. It suddenly dawned on me that, at first glance, most people will likely think my teenagers won’t be “doing enough.” After all, isn’t high school the time to start cracking down on academics and getting “serious” about learning?

A few years ago, I would have said yes. But that was before I actually had a homeschool graduate.

Like most homeschool parents, the thought of educating my kids through high school was pretty intimidating. I had the resolve to do it, but I wasn’t sure how. By default, I decided to follow the traditional school model of education. (Looking back, I honestly don’t know what I was thinking.)  Continue reading “The Surprising Truth About Homeschooling High School”

Our 2018/2019 Relaxed Homeschool Curriculum for 5th, 6th, and 7th Grade

Another week has rolled by, and I’m keeping my promise to share next year’s relaxed homeschool curriculum for 5th, 6th, and 7th grade, aka “the middles.”

Last week when I shared our curriculum choices for my littles, I explained the fact that our homeschool philosophy is pretty much, “The less textbooks, the better.” Nowhere does this hold true as much as it does with my middles because next year, in fact, they will be using no textbooks at all. None. Not even a workbook.  Continue reading “Our 2018/2019 Relaxed Homeschool Curriculum for 5th, 6th, and 7th Grade”

How to Teach Writing in Your Homeschool with Confidence

Okay, confession time.

I’m not a big fan of formal homeschool curriculum. But if you’ve been here before, you knew that already. As a relaxed homeschooler, I try my best to integrate all of the subjects my children are required to learn as holistically as possible.

Take writing, for example.

Up until this point, our go-to approach for tackling this field of study has been notebooking. This tool has allowed my children to not only get a feel for the writing process, but to actually enjoy it, as well.

Now that I’ll have another child entering the high school years next year, however, I’ve really been contemplating how to cover this subject in a way that will equip my children for college, should they choose to attend, without boring them to tears.

I think I found the answer to what I’ve been looking for.  Continue reading “How to Teach Writing in Your Homeschool with Confidence”

Our 2018/2019 Relaxed Homeschool Curriculum for Kindergarten, 2nd, and 3rd Grade

I can’t believe it’s that time of year again! Yep, it’s time to share our relaxed homeschool curriculum choices for next year.

Yay!! This is going to be so much fun. 🙂

Since I have so many kids, instead of sharing all of our choices at once, I’m going to break it up into three separate posts: the littles, the middles, and the teens.

Today I’m going to start with my littles, who will be entering Kindergarten, 2nd, and 3rd grade in the upcoming homeschool year.  Continue reading “Our 2018/2019 Relaxed Homeschool Curriculum for Kindergarten, 2nd, and 3rd Grade”

What If I Don’t Have Enough Patience to Homeschool?

Homeschooling and patience – do they really go hand-in-hand?

Well, the truth is…yes and no.

Yes, it does take quite a bit of patience to not only spend every single day with our children when our society has trained us to be more comfortable with not being around them, but it also requires an enormous amount of patience to take on the responsibility to see to it that our children are learning and thriving.

On the other hand…  Continue reading “What If I Don’t Have Enough Patience to Homeschool?”

A Simple Trick to Break the Monotony of Your Homeschool Routine

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Did you ever have the feeling that one homeschool day can seem to blur into the next?

I have. There have been many days I felt as if my children and I were the lead roles in a homeschool-version of Groundhog DayEvery day seemed exactly the same as the one before it.

If there’s one thing I know as a homeschool mom, if your learning time begins to lose its luster, your child’s interest will quickly follow.  Continue reading “A Simple Trick to Break the Monotony of Your Homeschool Routine”