Notebooking 101: Notebooking Through Textbooks

What’s your homeschool kryptonite? You know. That one thing that kind of sucks the joy out of educating your kids at home.

If there’s one homeschooling resource I tend to shy away from, it’s textbooks. While I do admit that many of them carry helpful information, to me, they just aren’t interesting. When you’re a huge proponent of interest-led learning, that’s a big turn off.

However…  Continue reading “Notebooking 101: Notebooking Through Textbooks”

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Notebooking 101: Unit Study Notebooking

As a busy homeschool mom, I have made it my mission to find things that will make our lives as easy possible.

Did you ever notice how seamlessly some things in life fit together?

  • peanut butter and jelly
  • ketchup and mustard
  • toast and tea
  • unit studies and notebooking

Did you catch that last one?? When we first began our notebooking journey, I never would have thought to link unit studies and notebooking together. After all, notebooking is about writing, isn’t it?

Well, yes and no.  Continue reading “Notebooking 101: Unit Study Notebooking”

Notebooking 101: Freewriting Journals

(the perfect tool for kids who hate to write)

Do you have a child who positively hates to write?

Does any mention of an essay, report, or even a paragraph induce your child to tears – or worse – tantrums?

Today’s Notebooking 101 tip may be just for you. 🙂

What do you think of when you hear the word “journal”?

Some people envision a diary. Others picture a book (often a Bible) with colorful notes, quotes, and illustrations in the margins.

What do I think of?

Freewriting.

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Notebooking 101: Copywork FAQs

Of all the types of notebooking techniques out there, copywork is, by far, the easiest one to explain how to do.

The problem is, it’s the why that seems to take the most time to describe.

Because of that, I decided to stray a bit from my most recent Notebooking 101 format, which consisted simply of clarifying how to get started. Instead, today I’ll be tackling some Copywork FAQs, such as:

  • What is copywork?
  • When should we start doing copywork?
  • Why should we do copywork?
  • How do you even do copywork?

Shall we begin?  Continue reading “Notebooking 101: Copywork FAQs”

CASE OF ADVENTURE: Destination Scotland Unit Study Unboxing

(This post contains affiliate links.)

Are you still on the lookout for next year’s homeschooling resources? Today I got some “happy mail” in the form of the teacher’s guide and student book for CASE OF ADVENTURE: Destination Scotland.

If you’re familiar with my blog, you may remember my review for the Switzerland unit study by the same author. Here’s a look inside their latest product!

I cannot wait to use it.

Why We Don’t Make Up Missed Work in Our Homeschool

It’s that time of year again – that period when we homeschooling families tend to finish up what we’ve been working on and either take a break or begin preparing for a new year.

A common theme I’ve noticed perpetuating social media threads is that of “missed work.” I’ve seen many people posting about prolonging the year or homeschooling through the summer specifically to make up for missed work.

That, my friends, is never something you should fret about.

Let me tell you why.  Continue reading “Why We Don’t Make Up Missed Work in Our Homeschool”

Notebooking 101: Interest-Led Notebooking

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

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

(I received this product for free and was compensated for writing an honest review. This post contains affiliate links.)

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?

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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”