Anyone who has homeschooled for any length of time has no doubt heard this reaction to the news that they educate their kids at home:
You homeschool?? I could never do that.
This isn’t something I take offense at because I used to feel this way, too. While most people who make this statement don’t feel any inclination to homeschool anyway, unfortunately, I know there are many parents who would like to, but feel ill-equipped. Whether it’s a perceived lack of patience or a lack of confidence in their qualifications, they literally feel that they could never do it, to which I say this:
If you can help your kids with their homework, you can homeschool.
Here’s why. Continue reading “10 Ways Helping Your Kids with Homework Can Be Harder Than Homeschooling”
Ever since I took off my kid gloves last week and finally addressed the truth about public education, I have been pondering the question behind why schools do things the way they do.
Take special education, for example – specifically, the education establishment’s approach to children with ADHD.
As a mom to a child who was diagnosed with ADHD when he was in school, I have had firsthand experience with this, but for the sake of time, I won’t be getting into our specific story today. Right now, I’m more concerned with the general treatment of these children in the school setting. Continue reading “Public Education and ADHD – A Question of WHAT IF…”
Have you ever been absolutely sure that you found the missing piece to your homeschool, but you just couldn’t figure out a way to get started?
Believe me, I have been there and done that. For me, that “thing I was looking for” was notebooking.
Although I first started notebooking with my kids last year, I actually had my eye on it for quite some time before that. It looked engaging, practical, and effective – three things that are a must in our large family homeschool. But try as I might, I just couldn’t figure out how to get started. I had a good idea of what it was all about, and I understood the reasoning behind it, but I felt completely lost as to where to begin. Continue reading “How to Use Notebooking with Read-Alouds in Your Homeschool”
The life of a homeschool mom comes with many side effects:
- glitter all over the floor
- yesterday’s science experiments in the fridge
- never making it to the bathroom alone
- constant questions from the kids
- constant questions from curious adults
It’s that last item that prompted this post today. Continue reading “Is the Library Enough? The Truth About Homeschooling Without Textbooks”
I know, I know. You’re probably getting tired of me going on and on about relaxed homeschooling. I just can’t help it.
The fact is, this approach has had such an impact on our family that I just want to shout it from the rooftops. Continue reading “101 Reasons to Relax Your Homeschool”
As a busy homeschool mom of 11, out of necessity, I have become a bit of an “expert” in finding ways to keep our learning time manageable, simple, and efficient.
Unit studies are one of them.
Although I have come across so many fantastic unit study curriculums on this journey of ours, the one that has become a mainstay of our homeschool routine has been KONOS. Continue reading “What Does a Typical KONOS Homeschool Day Look Like?”
Around this time last year, I found myself getting into a bit of a funk. As is typical with many homeschooling families this time of the year, I realized that my kids and I just weren’t as excited about our homeschool as we used to be. There was more than the usual amount of complaining, bickering, and dragging of the feet in the mornings.
And my kids were just as bad! 😉 Continue reading “The Busy Mom’s Guide to Notebooking Resources”
Have you ever reached a point in your homeschool when you thought you had it all figured out, only to discover that you were sorely mistaken?
If I had to name one homeschool subject that would do this homeschooling mom of many in, I would have to say it would be math. Not because I don’t like math, or because I was never good at it, because I’ve honestly always kind of liked it. Unsurprisingly, though, my kids don’t learn the same way I did.
I was one of those kids who was great at memorizing and regurgitating. My kids, on the other hand, aren’t. So finding a successful and workable homeschool math curriculum has been quite the journey for us. Additionally, since I am homeschooling nine children this year, it is absolutely imperative that I find something that is well within our price range.
Believe me, it hasn’t been easy. Continue reading “Homeschool Math Curriculum You Can Trust and Afford”
Part 3 of the Relaxed Homeschooling 101 series
I cannot believe that we’ve already reached the third and last installment of my “Relaxed Homeschooling 101” series.
Over the past couple of weeks, I delved a bit more deeply into what relaxed homeschooling actually is and how to set the stage for a relaxed homeschool. Today I will (finally) be covering how to get started with relaxed homeschooling.
So let’s get started. 🙂 Continue reading “How to Relax Your Homeschool”
Part 2 of the Relaxed Homeschooling 101 Series
If there’s one thing I’ve learned about my fellow homeschoolers these past couple of years, it’s that they are dedicated, passionate, and intent on figuring out what they need to do in order to best help their children learn.
Okay. Maybe that counts as more than one thing.
Out of everything I discuss either here on my blog or on my YouTube channel, the two topics that receive the most interest are relaxed homeschooling and notebooking. Since I’ve already dedicated quite a few videos and posts on notebooking, last week I decided that it was time to write a series on relaxed homeschooling, the second part of which I’m bringing you today. Continue reading “How to Set the Stage for a Relaxed Homeschool”