Okay, confession time.
I’m not a big fan of formal homeschool curriculum. But if you’ve been here before, you knew that already. As a relaxed homeschooler, I try my best to integrate all of the subjects my children are required to learn as holistically as possible.
Take writing, for example.
Up until this point, our go-to approach for tackling this field of study has been notebooking. This tool has allowed my children to not only get a feel for the writing process, but to actually enjoy it, as well.
Now that I’ll have another child entering the high school years next year, however, I’ve really been contemplating how to cover this subject in a way that will equip my children for college, should they choose to attend, without boring them to tears.
I think I found the answer to what I’ve been looking for. Continue reading “How to Teach Writing in Your Homeschool with Confidence”
I’ve got a confession to make.
Even though we are currently in our 9th year of homeschooling, and even though history is hands-down my favorite subject, I may have only recently begun to use timelines.
Shocking, I know.
I honestly don’t know why or how timelines slipped past my homeschool mom radar. I mean, I knew what they were and I knew that lots of people use them. Somehow, though, I never made the connection that when you approach history in a non-linear fashion as I do, a timeline is a crucial tool to bring everything together chronologically. Continue reading “Making Sense of the Past with an American History Timeline”
Have you ever reached a point in your homeschool when you thought you had it all figured out, only to discover that you were sorely mistaken?
If I had to name one homeschool subject that would do this homeschooling mom of many in, I would have to say it would be math. Not because I don’t like math, or because I was never good at it, because I’ve honestly always kind of liked it. Unsurprisingly, though, my kids don’t learn the same way I did.
I was one of those kids who was great at memorizing and regurgitating. My kids, on the other hand, aren’t. So finding a successful and workable homeschool math curriculum has been quite the journey for us. Additionally, since I am homeschooling nine children this year, it is absolutely imperative that I find something that is well within our price range.
Believe me, it hasn’t been easy. Continue reading “Homeschool Math Curriculum You Can Trust and Afford”
Sometimes homeschooling high school can seem like a daunting task. As a homeschool facilitator, keeping things balanced between being interesting and being thorough can be a bit of a struggle.
All too often it seems like we have to make a choice between fun and shallow, or comprehensive and boring, and, as a lifelong bookworm, nothing makes me sadder than a literature curriculum that is guaranteed to bore a student to tears. Continue reading “How to Homeschool High School Literature with Excellence”
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!”