Bring Ancient History to Life with Beautiful Feet Books

When I was growing up, I hated history. I hated everything about it: the boring textbooks, the required memorization of dates and other (what I thought was) useless trivia, the multiple choice tests that were easy to ace but served no purpose when it came to retention, and the boring documentaries accompanied by worksheets designed to make sure we were paying attention.

Yup. It was awful. Continue reading “Bring Ancient History to Life with Beautiful Feet Books”

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CTCMath Is a MUST for Your Relaxed Homeschool

Hi, my name is Shelly, and I homeschool eight kids.

Do I have your attention now? I’m going to admit, as a mom of eleven, eight isn’t really all that difficult to handle. I mean it! After graduating my three oldest, I finally feel like I’ve got the hang of this homeschooling thing. You see, if I had to choose one word to describe my home education philosophy it would be this:

Relaxed.

Believe me, it didn’t start out that way. We ended up here by sheer necessity, and praise God we did.

Continue reading “CTCMath Is a MUST for Your Relaxed Homeschool”

2019/2020 Homeschool Curriculum for 8 Kids

It’s that time of year again…. curriculum time! Admit it, you feel just a little giddy planning for your next homeschool year, too. 😉

Like this year, next year I’ll be homeschooling eight kids – 1st, 3rd, 4th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 10th, and 12th. At one point I was homeschooling ten, so I’m getting there! One thing I’ve learned over these ten years of homeschooling is that our curriculum choices aren’t set in stone.

They just aren’t.

I refuse to allow myself and my children to get caught up in trying to make our homeschool fit our curriculum, rather than the other way around.

With that being said, I’m going to share with you the resources we’ve chosen for next year. Before I start, though, I’m going to make one thing clear:

Continue reading “2019/2020 Homeschool Curriculum for 8 Kids”

Introducing “This Week on There’s No Place Like Home”

What do relaxed homeschooling, ADHD, public school, and Konos all have in common?? They were all topics on my YouTube channel, “There’s No Place Like Home,” this week.

Several days ago – before I was hit hard by a serious case of the flu – I came up with the idea of sharing a weekly Friday night post with my readers showcasing the YouTube videos I had published throughout the week. (I sure am saying “week” a lot. Bear with me!)

You see, if there’s one thing I’m not good at, it’s social media. I hate it. The problem with that is that, consequently, I never really seem to follow through with letting my peeps know what I’ve been up to on my channel.

So here’s what I’m going to do: every Friday night, I’ll publish a short post with links to any videos I published that week (there it is again!) plus one link to an older video that you may have missed. If you find yourself looking for weekend homeschool encouragement, advice, or a productive way to veg out, my videos may be just what you’re looking for. 🙂 Continue reading “Introducing “This Week on There’s No Place Like Home””

Konos and Beautiful Feet Books: The Perfect Combination

When it comes to homeschooling, it would be putting it mildly to say that I’m pretty transparent. Take curriculum, for example. When I find a resource that really works for our family, I can barely contain my excitement.

(This post contains affiliate links.)

Very often, that excitement is short-lived. Since our homeschool is constantly evolving, so is our curriculum. However, for us there have been two curriculums we’ve used for years that have been a constant source of inspiration:

Konos and Beautiful Feet Books.

Both of these resources are spectacular standing alone, but used together they create the perfect combination of learning approaches for my children.

Here’s how we do it. Continue reading “Konos and Beautiful Feet Books: The Perfect Combination”

My 10 Most Popular Homeschool and Education Videos from 2018

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”

Teaching Your Kids Reading and Math Skills Just Got Easier!

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!”

Keep Your Homeschool Stress-Free with CTCMath!

Let me ask you a question.

If you could eliminate one subject that you have to teach, what would it be?

For me, there’s no question about it…it would be math. As much as I love numbers and computing numerical equations, it just doesn’t come as easily for my kids as it does for me.

You have no idea how hard that isContinue reading “Keep Your Homeschool Stress-Free with CTCMath!”

Conquer Elementary Reading and Language Arts with Pathways 2.0

Have you ever noticed how “language arts” encompasses so many other subtopics?

The thought of homeschooling this particular subject is likely to get a new homeschool parent a bit nervous. After all, there’s a lot to cover – reading, spelling, grammar, writing, and vocabulary to be precise.

Now that I’ve been homeschooling for a decade, I’ve learned a few tricks of the trade, such as combining combining combining!

Gone are the days my poor children used to have five separate workbooks for language arts alone. I’ve discovered far more practical ways to cover the bases.  Continue reading “Conquer Elementary Reading and Language Arts with Pathways 2.0”

A Picture Book You’ll WANT to Read Over and Over Again

Come on, admit it.

As a parent, there have been times – lots of times – that you’ve wanted to “lose” one of your kids’ books simply because you couldn’t take one. more. reading.

One of my favorite things to do with my children is to sit and read aloud to them. As much as I’ve adored reading The Foot Book with each of them, after reading it dozens of times a day for months at a time, I did grow a little weary.

Shh! Don’t tell my kids!

Recently, however, I came across a colorful, comical picture book that I’ve been enjoying as much as my kids… Continue reading “A Picture Book You’ll WANT to Read Over and Over Again”