You know what I love about the New Year? Countdowns. How exciting is it to reflect back on some of the most “happening” things of the previous year?
Last week, I shared my 10 most popular blog posts from 2018. This week I’m going to do something I’ve never done before – share my most popular YouTube videos from 2018. I’m actually really excited because, as I write this, I still don’t know what they are!
That’s right. It’s all a surprise to me, too! So let’s get started! Continue reading “My 10 Most Popular Homeschool and Education Videos from 2018”
Yikes! Another year has come and gone. Am I the only one who noticed that it was gone in a flash?! This past year has been a bit of a whirlwind for me, as I’ve been spending a bit less time here on my blog and a bit more on my YouTube channel.
As always, it seems that my more controversial posts are those that have garnered the most attention. Without further ado, here are… Continue reading “My Most Popular Homeschooling and Education Posts from 2018!”
When it comes to homeschooling, there are many temptations that come with it, both good and bad. Unfortunately, as is often the case, we parents will ignore our God-given instincts about what’s best for our children and, instead, try to stick with the status quo of what school is “supposed” to look like.
Think about it.
How often have you been tempted to take the day off and just do something fun, only to give in to guilt and continue with your homeschool routine as planned?
How many times have you suppressed the urge to just let your kids sit and play together quietly in order to interrupt an intense period of play so that your kids could learn about consonant blends?
And how many times have you gone against your instinct as a parent to keep your homeschool simple, and alternatively jammed as many things as possible into your everyday routine?
If you’re anything like I am, probably quite a bit.
Today I just wanted to talk to you about that last one: the oh-so-common pitfall of becoming obsessed with covering everything, only to find that not only does it not work, but it’s likely to impede a child’s learning as a consequence. Continue reading “Are You Overcomplicating Your Homeschool?”
Once upon a time, I quit homeschooling and sent my kids back to school.
It’s not something I’m proud of, but I’ve come to realize that that dark experience is what gave me the courage to be as – ahem – outspoken about homeschooling and the public education system as I am.
While there were many things that gave me the courage and confidence to take them back out again after two years to begin our homeschool anew, today I’m going to focus on one thing that has kept us grounded: Continue reading “5 Ways Unit Studies Saved Our Homeschool”
I love homeschooling. And I love books, so what better than to combine the two?
Now I’m not talking textbooks here – no thank you! As a homeschool mom, it is extremely important to me that my kids are learning in a way that is interesting and engaging, and, unfortunately, textbooks just don’t fit those criteria in my humble opinion. Continue reading “How to Homeschool with Living Books”
Christmas can be a crazy time of year. Between the shopping, the baking, the crafting, and the wrapping, keeping any house organized can be a bit of a struggle, let alone a homeschooling household.
We live in a world today that touts the importance of doing it all, but the cold, hard truth of it is that no one can do it all.
So today I’m not going to share with you how to homeschool all day and keep a perfectly organized home. Instead, I’m going to share the secret that’s kept our home in one piece over the holidays for the ten years we’ve been homeschooling: Continue reading “The Secret to Cutting Homeschool Clutter This Holiday Season”
Sometimes I feel like I was born in the wrong century. As a homeschool mom, I often look around at all of the online possibilities for educating my children – especially for reading and math – and feel intimidated instead of comforted.
Because of this, I’ve always tended to shy away from educational websites…until about 6 months ago. Continue reading “Teaching Your Kids Reading and Math Skills Just Got Easier!”
As a homeschool mom, I spend an inordinate amount of time thinking about school – public school, to be exact.
No, I haven’t been thinking of sending my kids back – perish the thought! What I have been thinking about is what life today would be like if the public education system never existed.
To be sure, proponents of government schooling would claim that society wouldn’t be where it is today without it, and I’d have to agree with them.
But that isn’t a good thing. Continue reading “What If Public Education Never Existed?”
If you’ve been here before, you may be aware that besides my blog, I also have a YouTube channel.
A few weeks ago, I made the decision to start sharing not only some DITL vlogs, but also to start a weekly livestream. (Thursdays at 10pm ET)
Today I’m going to share with you the links to those videos, just in case you’re interested. 😉
Thanks so much for being a part of my life, and Happy Homeschooling!
Here are my latest vlogs:
And here are my livestreams:
When it comes to homeschooling, no family has the perfect method. No matter who it is, it all comes down to trial and error.
Take our family for example – particularly me as the facilitator. I’ve made a lot of mistakes. As much as I wish many of those mistakes wouldn’t have happened, I have been able to learn so many things I never would have realized had we “done it right” in the first place.
Today I’m going to share with you one of the biggest mistakes you can make in your homeschool, and the reason I can share this with you is because I learned from experience.
That’s the beauty of this lifestyle. You get lots of do-overs.
Homeschooling and education are my passion. It is my fervent hope to one day devote more time to creating content for you. If you’re interested in helping to make this a reality, consider supporting me on Patreon.
Thank you so much. I appreciate each and every one of you!