As the youngest of 11 kids, my 4-year-old has turned preschool independence into an art. Not wanting to ever feel out of the loop, despite my protests, she insists upon being a “big kid” and “doing school” with her siblings.
As someone who is a huge proponent of the “better late than early” philosophy, I’m going to admit that searching out curriculum for a 4-year-old was something I never thought I’d be doing. Continue reading “Make Math Fun with Discovering Learning Math Subscription!”
I live in a house of explorers. Whether my kids are busy digging for worms or searching for fossils, one thing is for sure.
There is no shortage of science in this homeschool.
I’ll admit that I’ve been blessed to have children who are open to making new discoveries, but one thing I really wanted to impress upon them is that while science is fun, it really matters, too. It’s so much more than candy volcanoes and making oobleck. Continue reading “Using At-Home Water Testing to Show That Science Matters”
As a writer, one of the biggest challenges for me is having some children who, unfortunately, don’t share a love of writing with me.
I’m going to be honest here. I’ve really had a bit of difficulty coming to terms with this, and the result has been that I haven’t always been able to come up with fruitful solutions to counteract this problem.
Although notebooking has been such a blessing to our homeschool, every now and then there are still times when I can see that my reluctant writers need to do something different for a change. It really is true that you can have too much of a good thing. Continue reading “How to Get Reluctant Writers to Write with Video Presentations”
Have you ever been at the point of complete overwhelm in this technology-driven society?
If you consider all of the online learning options now available combined with the fact that nine of my children have to share one laptop, what this means for me is that I have to be diligent about searching out only the best resources for my kids. After all, there are only so many hours in a day, right? Continue reading “How Can Online Reading Games Help Kids Learn?”
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”
People think I must be crazy for homeschooling nine kids. I can’t say I blame them. A decade ago, I would’ve thought the same thing.
Let’s face it. Not only can it be just a tad chaotic trying to keep a slew of extremely active children under control, but the preparation for a large-family homeschool can be time consuming. Really time consuming.
As much as we love to use notebooking in our routine, printing out all of those pages feels like it takes forever. And the fact that my printer is horribly slow doesn’t help things along. Continue reading “Our Simple Homeschool Just Got Even Simpler with The Homeschool Printing Company!”
Of all the things we homeschool parents teach our children, there is nothing that will make or break their future quite like the 3 Rs.
Sure, it’s helpful for them to have the ability to locate their city on a map and to know the difference between solids, liquids, and gases, but when it comes down to it, reading, writing, and arithmetic really are the foundation that all other learning is based upon. Without these three skills, learning just about anything else would be practically impossible. Continue reading “Supplement the 3 Rs in Your Homeschool with Nessy Learning!”
When it comes to homeschooling, history is my absolute favorite subject to learn about with my kids. When you combine hands-on activities, the Middle Ages, and a unit study, it’s enough to make me squeal in delight. Continue reading “Teach Your Kids Hands-On History with Time Capsule: Medieval England”
To those who know anything about me, I have made it no secret that I try to incorporate writing into my children’s lives in as natural a manner as possible. I’ll admit that sometimes it isn’t easy. After all, they’re kids, and sometimes anything that looks like “work” to them is going to make them protest just a bit. Continue reading “Inspire Your Kids to Write with Basic Invite Stationery”
As a Christian mom, it is my responsibility to raise my children to know what the Bible says and what it doesn’t.
I often have conversations with fellow believers who describe their family devotion time as peaceful, loving, and holding everyone’s attention perfectly- even the family dog. 😛
I’ve got news for you. That’s not my family. My littles are a force to be reckoned with. Yes, they need to learn obedience. Yes, they need to learn reverence. But I can’t help but ardently believe that God gave these children energy for a reason, and by George, I think we need to use that energy for His glory and not squash it out of them. Continue reading “Teach Your Active Preschoolers About God in a Way That Impacts Them!”