20 Ways to Be Flexible in Your Homeschool

Ask any homeschooler what one of the biggest advantages of homeschooling is, and flexibility is sure to have made the cut. To a new or prospective homeschool parent, this notion may seem fanciful but is probably a bit vague, as well. Since it is always my hope to encourage “newbies,” I’ve compiled a list of…

Take advantage of the flexibility that comes with homeschooling!

20 Easy Ways to Use That Flexibility to Your Advantage

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4 Great Reasons Not to Worry About Late Readers

Do you have a child who seems to be taking longer than they should to learn to read? I know that this can be a stressful situation, especially with all the hoopla surrounding early childhood education everywhere you look.

What if I were to tell you that it doesn’t matter as much as you’ve been led to believe?

After hearing story upon story about homeschooling parents seeking out tutors for their 6- and 7- year old children because they are not yet reading, and the ensuing panic that often accompanies this, I’ve felt compelled to bring to light the most encouraging reasons I could come up with for the fact that age really doesn’t matter when it comes to “reading readiness.”  Continue reading “4 Great Reasons Not to Worry About Late Readers”

Whom Should We Blame for the Unparenting Epidemic?

A few months ago, I was at the grocery store with two of my daughters. It was late afternoon, so a few families were also there with their children.

Two of these families made this a trip to the store we’ll never forget.

The entire time we were there, their children were running through the store, screaming, fighting, and getting after the items on the shelves, while their parents completely ignored them. I want to clarify that these two families were not together- at least not that I know of- as they didn’t acknowledge each other in any sort of way. Nonetheless, the other shoppers all had to continuously dart out of the way, unless they wanted to become casualties of this rowdy group of kids.  Continue reading “Whom Should We Blame for the Unparenting Epidemic?”

The Perfect Resource for Scripture Memorization for Children

One of the leading things I want to instill in my children is the importance of scripture memorization. Psalm 119:11 states:

“I have hidden your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.”

I’ve recently had the pleasure to come across the Hidden in My Heart Scripture Memory Bible. Available in the NLT, NIV, and KJV versions of the Bible, it is an incredible resource to introduce and reinforce scripture in a variety of ways. Besides being a complete rendition of God’s word, it includes thematic memory verse plans, a download code for a website which includes songs for 100 of the memory verses, a user’s guide, challenge verses,a song index, and additional material to dig deeper into the 100 core verses.  Continue reading “The Perfect Resource for Scripture Memorization for Children”

Maybe “Educational” Should Be a Bad Word

I originally wrote this in 2014 when we were still in the midst of unschooling. Although our homeschool approach has changed since then, I still believe many of the philosophies that follow this style of learning. Learning happens all the time in all situations. I hope you find this post to be an encouragement! 

There's No Place Like Home

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Calm down…I know what you’re thinking. To clarify myself, I am not against education, just society’s definition of it.

Just what exactly is considered to be educational by most people?

– Something that fits neatly into a  school board-approved subject- i.e. English, Math, Science, etc.

– Something which is learned out of textbooks, then tested and graded

– Anything which is covered in standardized testing and the Common Core

Makes sense, right? It’s all very straightforward…

…or is it?

An important question here is who decides what is considered to be educational? That’s easy….school boards and the government. Oh, boy. That’s a problem for me. Our government can’t handle running the country- the job we hired them for. Why would we throw something else at them for them to control, particularly, our children’s futures? I don’t know about you, but that’s a problem for me.

This brings me…

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Is College As Important As We Make It Out to Be?

5 Reasons I Do Not Push College on My Kids

Every year as school begins, it is common to hear talk amongst homeschool parents and brick-and-mortar school parents alike about the importance of their high schoolers getting into a good college. Depending upon your child’s chosen future profession, this can certainly be a crucial decision, and it isn’t something to be overlooked.

However, today I’m going to let you in on the five reasons I don’t push college too much with my own children.  Continue reading “Is College As Important As We Make It Out to Be?”

Do You Have a Love/Hate Relationship with Technology?

Me too- in a BIG way!

Have you ever met someone that you just couldn’t figure out how you felt about them? That’s how I am with technology- particularly social media. Through the years, what started as a complete aversion to me has morphed into a very clear love/hate relationship.

I know, I know. This is the 21st century. Times have changed and the world has changed right along with it, which, to be honest, is the only reason I own this laptop to begin with.

I’m one of those people who just likes to live simply. I like books I can physically hold in my hands, I plan all of our homeschool lessons on paper, and my calendar is hanging on my wall- not stored on a microchip in my phone.  Continue reading “Do You Have a Love/Hate Relationship with Technology?”

5 Reasons Your Child Stops Being Curious After Starting School

Have you ever taken the time to actually sit down and watch a toddler? They’re fascinating little people. They have this extraordinary gift of being able to find something to do with any object they come across. Granted, they’re not always things we want them to do, but their plans are usually ingenious just the same.

Ask any parent of a preschooler about their little one and they’re bound to tell you multiple stories of how their precious children manage to get into everything. Besides that, there are the constant questions: Why is the bee on that flower? Why is that flower pink? What do worms eat? Are worms bugs?  Continue reading “5 Reasons Your Child Stops Being Curious After Starting School”

Why We Chose the Weirdness of Homeschool — Deuteronomy 6:6-7

I came across this post after writing about why we don’t send our kids to school to be salt and light. This post is a perfect complement to that, and it’s so well-written. Read on and see for yourself!

Pastor Unlikely

I used to think that people who homeschooled their kids were crazy.  Just flat-out denim wearing, extended van driving loons who wanted to doom their children to a life of …well, I never actually thought that far, but I was sure that there was something seriously wrong with homeschool. So when my wife and I started to have kids we had no plans to even consider anything other than the public school or catholic school educations that we were tortured in growing up.  Sure, it was miserable and scarred us for life, but it was just what you do if you don’t want to be weird.  Suck it up kids!

Even after we came to Jesus and began being exposed to actual homeschool families and found them to be mainly weird in good ways (Honey, it was so weird they looked me in the eye when talking to me and…

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Looking for Advice on How to Organize Your Homeschool?

I just wanted to give everybody a heads-up on two events you just might be interested in. 

Do you struggle with keeping your homeschool organized? Do you have papers strewn everywhere, dozens of missing pencils, and a table that you can no longer see the top of? I’m going to admit that those things happen to me quite a bit. Thankfully, I’ve come up with a simple way of keeping our homeschool situated and presentable.  Continue reading “Looking for Advice on How to Organize Your Homeschool?”