School Choice and Homeschooling: It’s Complicated

School choice is something we’ve been hearing about for quite a while, but it’s only recently that homeschooling has been brought into the mix.

Here are my thoughts on the matter.

Notebooking Through American History with Home School in the Woods

I remember when I hated history. There was nothing more boring to me than memorizing dates, names, places, and events that seemed to have no significance in my life other than making me really good at trivia games. Simply put, I just didn’t want to be bothered with it.

Fast forward 20 years… history has become my passion. It has helped me to define who I am, where I’m going, and who I want to be.

You might be wondering how this change came about. I’ll give you one word: homeschooling. Continue reading “Notebooking Through American History with Home School in the Woods”

You CAN Help Your Child with Language-Based Learning Disabilities

I remember the day I realized my oldest son was “different.” He came home from school feeling completely dejected and humiliated. The cause? His teacher had arranged for the little girl who sat next to him to pack his backpack for him every day before they were dismissed. Apparently, the disorganization I had grown used to with him was becoming an obstacle to his learning.

As time went on, his troubles at school began to pile up. Before I knew it, I was called in for a meeting to discuss the possibility of retention because his reading level was not where it was expected to be. I refused to allow him to be held back.

How could the articulate and intelligent child I knew possibly be struggling in school? At 3, he was able to give the correct name for every single snake he came across in books, even to the point of differentiating between a puff adder and a European adder. At 4 and 5 years of age, people used to be shocked to learn how young he was because of his extensive vocabulary and excellent conversational skills.

Yet here we were, at a table discussing retention, Title 20, and a possible IEP. Continue reading “You CAN Help Your Child with Language-Based Learning Disabilities”

My Eight Brothers: A Sister’s Memoir – Review

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Have you ever read Little Men by Louisa May Alcott? 

Written as a sequel to Alcott’s critically acclaimed Little WomenLittle Men was a beautifully written book which chronicled the lives of a group of boys who were being “homeschooled” by Jo March. More than once, I was completely inspired by the curiosity, energy, and love of nature that “Jo’s boys” had and wished I could instill in my own children.

So when I was given the chance to read My Eight Brothersby Martha Morton Alexander, I was interested in whether this true story about eight homeschooled brothers (amongst several sisters) would be anything like it.  Continue reading “My Eight Brothers: A Sister’s Memoir – Review”

The Busy Mom’s Guide to Notebooking Resources

Around this time last year, I found myself getting into a bit of a funk. As is typical with many homeschooling families this time of the yearI realized that my kids and I just weren’t as excited about our homeschool as we used to be. There was more than the usual amount of complaining, bickering, and dragging of the feet in the mornings.

And my kids were just as bad! 😉  Continue reading “The Busy Mom’s Guide to Notebooking Resources”

My Top 10 Most Popular Homeschooling Posts from 2017

Can you believe it’s 2018 already? It seems like only yesterday I was sharing my most popular posts of 2016. In what seems like a blink of an eye, here we are one year later.

Wow.

Anyway, after allowing myself to take a much needed one-week break from the blog, my YouTube channel, and most social media last week, I’m feeling refreshed and ready to get this new year started!

Before I kick off my own countdown here, I just wanted to say thank you so much to all of you for reading, commenting, and being such a huge encouragement to me. Believe it or not, I had over a quarter of a million views on my blog in 2017 and my fledgling YouTube channel has almost 2,000 subscribers. Is that crazy, or what?

So, without further ado, here are my:  Continue reading “My Top 10 Most Popular Homeschooling Posts from 2017”

7 Surefire Ways to Make Your Kids HATE Reading

When it comes to homeschool stereotypes, one of the most common is the notion that all homeschoolers love to read.  I’ll have to admit that sometimes even as a home educator myself, I often find myself assuming it’s true, as well.

But it isn’t. I’m here to tell you today that not all homeschooled kids enjoy reading- and that’s okay. What you do want to be careful of, though, is pushing your kids to hate reading.  Continue reading “7 Surefire Ways to Make Your Kids HATE Reading”