Do You Have a Love/Hate Relationship with Technology?

Me too- in a BIG way!

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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?”

3 Reasons I Don’t Send My Kids to School to Be Salt and Light

And how we can spread the gospel without putting our children on the frontlines.

As a Christian homeschooling mom, one query I often get is why I do not allow my children to go to school as their mission field. Their reasoning is typically that the children in public schools may never have been introduced to the love of Christ, and my children just might be the ones to do that.

I’ll admit that this certainly seems like a pretty sound reason to consider sending my kids to school, and there are many who do so, but these three reasons have kept me convinced that keeping them home is the best thing for our family.  Continue reading “3 Reasons I Don’t Send My Kids to School to Be Salt and Light”

Growing Up Around the World: Homeschooling 10 in Eastern Pennsylvania

I am so excited today to be a part of Simple Homeschool‘s worldwide homeschooling linkup, Growing Up Around the WorldIf you’re not familiar with this blog, Jamie Martin and fellow blogger Sarah Mackenzie have been hosting a summer book club encouraging parents to read books with their children that take place all over the globe. Each Friday, Jamie has been posting interviews with homeschooling families from all over the world, and now it’s our turn!  Continue reading “Growing Up Around the World: Homeschooling 10 in Eastern Pennsylvania”

How to Occupy Your Little Ones During Homeschool

Of the eight years I’ve been homeschooling, there has been one thing that has made each year challenging- I’ve always had at least one young child in the house. 

I’m not going to gloss things over. I haven’t completely figured out the best way to handle this, yet. I still have hectic days dealing with an extremely independent and curious 3 year old. In fact, just today she decided to color our toilet tank with a green Sharpie… but…I have come up with a few solutions that have been immensely helpful in our homeschool.  Continue reading “How to Occupy Your Little Ones During Homeschool”

5 Reasons Why Cyber Schooling Is Not Homeschooling

A few weeks back when I finished my series on homeschooling methods, some of you may have noticed that the topic of cyber school, or virtual charter school, never came up. The reason for this is actually quite simple and is something that really needs to be understood by the general public: Cyber schooling is not homeschooling.

First of all, I’d like to address a few things. I am not referring to computer-based classes that some homeschoolers choose to enroll their children in. I am referring to the publicly funded programs that offer free computers, internet, and tax credits to the families who use them. I am also not looking down on those who do use this path of education because it is, no doubt, far better than most schools today. I’m not nit-picking about terminology, either. Believe me, I will get into why it is so crucial to distinguish between the two.  Continue reading “5 Reasons Why Cyber Schooling Is Not Homeschooling”

A Day in the Life of a Baker’s Dozen

An Inside Look into a Typical Day of Extreme Parenting

One of the most commonly occurring themes on my homeschool posts is simplicity. A simple homeschool routine can make all the difference in the world, but I don’t want to give anyone the false impression that life in a super-size family is simple. Is that even possible??

So today I decided to write down what my day was like from the moment I woke up until right now as I’m writing this. Now obviously I couldn’t write down everything that happened or I’d never get this post finished…but I did write down just enough that you’d get a glimpse into a typical day at our house.

In order for you to have the proper perspective of what’s going on in the background throughout the day, as you’re reading what I’ve written, picture it on top of endless cries of, “Mom! Mommy! Mom, look! Mom can I have a drink? Mom, we’re out of kool-aid! Mom, he threw a sock at me…” 

Do you have that chorus playing in your head? Okay. Now  we’re ready to begin. 🙂  Continue reading “A Day in the Life of a Baker’s Dozen”

5 Reasons Why You Should Read to Your Kids

In this day and age of advanced technology, we are exposed to the written word everywhere we look- on our phones, tablets, laptops, iPads, TV, and so on and so on. In fact, chances are very good that your kids are just as exposed as you are. And while this could be an awesome thing, there is one major disadvantage: it is putting a wall between us and our children. 

Not only is it taking up too much of our time, it has stolen too many moments away from our families, as well.  Continue reading “5 Reasons Why You Should Read to Your Kids”