Homeschooling 101: Do I HAVE to Teach My Kids for 5 Hours a Day?

Some habits can be really hard to break. 

Let’s take the notion of what education is “supposed” to look like, for example. Most people likely wouldn’t consider the assumptions about learning that have been ingrained in them since early childhood as a “habit,” but that’s exactly what they are.

Taking a look at the population as a whole, I think it’s safe to say that most people have been brought up in a traditional school setting. They sat at desks while a teacher lectured in the front of a classroom. They raised their hands to go to the bathroom. They read textbook chapters and answered section review questions, possibly without ever wondering why things were done that way in the first place.

Which brings us to where many homeschooling parents are today- stuck in those classrooms of so long ago.  Continue reading “Homeschooling 101: Do I HAVE to Teach My Kids for 5 Hours a Day?”

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3 Simple Ways to Schedule Unit Studies in Your Homeschool

(Plus an exciting announcement!)

Have you ever found yourself intrigued by the whole philosophy behind unit studies but had no idea how in the world to implement them? 

Believe me, I get it. When I was first introduced to unit studies, not only was I unsure of how to implement them, but I wasn’t even aware that they were to be used instead of textbooks, rather than in addition to them!

Figuring out how to use these amazing homeschooling resources can be a bit tricky if you don’t have a model to at least give you some ideas as to how to approach them. It can be really difficult to implement something that you’re not even sure how to schedule!

That’s what I’m going to help you with today. 🙂  Continue reading “3 Simple Ways to Schedule Unit Studies in Your Homeschool”

Our Homeschool Afternoon Basket for Pre-K, 1st, and 2nd Grade

Don’t you just love the freedom we homeschool moms have to tailor our kids’ education to meet the needs of both them and our families?

Take morning time, for instance.

“Morning time” and “morning basket” are quickly becoming the most popular buzzwords in homeschool circles, and, although we do use a morning basket, today I’m going to let you in on a little secret…  Continue reading “Our Homeschool Afternoon Basket for Pre-K, 1st, and 2nd Grade”

Our Homeschool Morning Basket for 4th, 5th, 6th, and 8th Grade

As a relaxed homeschooling family, our family’s combined learning time is crucial to our everyday routine. When you’ve got multiple children learning- all at separate levels- consolidating your homeschool regimen as much as possible is an absolute must.

For us, this happens during our daily morning time.

As with all homeschooling techniques, morning time can and will look different for everyone. One thing that most families who incorporate this routine into their day will have in common is a morning basket.  Continue reading “Our Homeschool Morning Basket for 4th, 5th, 6th, and 8th Grade”

Our Homeschool Morning Time Routine

Although this is our 9th year homeschooling, by no means do I know everything there is to know about it.

Take morning time, for example.

Up until very recently, while I had heard the term “morning time” over and over again, I never really made much of an effort to find out what it was because I was happy with where we were at in our homeschool and didn’t see the need to try anything new.

Eventually, curiosity got the best of me, and I decided to find out what the fuss was all about. Interestingly enough, I discovered that morning time actually would fit perfectly into our homeschool routine because we were pretty much already doing it!  Continue reading “Our Homeschool Morning Time Routine”

How to Painlessly Incorporate Read-Aloud Time into Your Homeschool

If anyone would ever ask me to choose one part of homeschooling that ranks above all others in fun, learning, and family bonding, I’d have to say read-aloud time. When I think of the perfect homeschool day, you’d better believe it always includes lots of hot chocolate, comfy blankets, and a good book.  Continue reading “How to Painlessly Incorporate Read-Aloud Time into Your Homeschool”

Homeschool Organization When You Don’t Have a School Room

Every year around this time it starts. You begin to see photo after photo of magazine-quality homeschool rooms all over Pinterest, YouTube, and Facebook. These photogenic rooms can be the inspiration for so many homeschoolers.

Or, if you’re like me, they send you running.

You see… I don’t have a school room. 

Believe it or not, that statement is not a complaint. Years ago we did have one in our old house, and we ended up never using it, so it’s not that I’m envious. It simply reminds me that we don’t have as much room to store all of our homeschool “stuff” as other people may.

But that’s okay. Being the practical mom that I am, I made it work. Today I’m going to share with you how.  Continue reading “Homeschool Organization When You Don’t Have a School Room”

Why We Homeschool- A Mom of 11 Speaks Up

Since public school will be starting in our district next week, I thought now would be a good time to talk about why my kids won’t be there and haven’t been for years.

First, let me start by saying that deciding whether or not to homeschool is a personal decision that is up to each individual family. I won’t deny the fact that I am pro-homeschooling, or I wouldn’t be doing it, but what’s right for my family may not be right for yours.

With that being said…  Continue reading “Why We Homeschool- A Mom of 11 Speaks Up”

10 Things You Need to Avoid for a Better Homeschool

The new homeschool year is upon us. If you haven’t started your home education routine already, chances are you’re busy preparing for it.

What better time can there be to share a few reminders about what not to do in your homeschool than today, right? I mean, let’s face it. There are just some things you don’t want to make a habit of in your homeschool.

Here are 10 of them.  Continue reading “10 Things You Need to Avoid for a Better Homeschool”

How to Simplify and Save with All-in-One Homeschool Curriculum

As a mom of 11, there are two things that allow me the sanity and the finances to homeschool- simplicity and frugality.

Now I don’t claim to have all the answers, but after spending about nine years in this homeschool life, I’ve come across some fantastic resources that fulfill those two requirements when it comes to curriculum.

Whether you’re a traditional homeschooler, prefer unit studies, or like to gather things as you go, having access to a quality website that offers great customer service, a variety of resources, and competitive prices will enable you to not only homeschool, but to homeschool well.  Continue reading “How to Simplify and Save with All-in-One Homeschool Curriculum”