The Biggest Mistake You Can Make as a New Homeschooler

I have made a lot of mistakes as a homeschool mom. A lot. And while I now neither claim to be perfect at this job or have everything figured out, there is one thing I can assure you I am 100% confident of:

Out of all the traps you can fall into as a new homeschooler, there is one that stands out above all the rest as potentially the most destructive and the most joy-draining mistake you can make.

Before I get into what that is, don’t lose heart if you discover you’ve been doing this all along. I think most of us are guilty of having done this to some extent in our homeschools- I know I have.

Ready for the big disclosure? Okay. The biggest no-no you can run into as a new homeschooler is…  Continue reading “The Biggest Mistake You Can Make as a New Homeschooler”

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Inspire Your Kids to Write with Basic Invite Stationery

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”

Love Disney’s Tangled? Try This Free Unit Study!

The first time I ever saw Tangledwe were in the midst of our experiment with unschoolingI excitedly pointed out to my kids how Rapunzel would have been the perfect unschooler because she was just so…productive!

Today I whipped up a unit study just for you based on this movie- which happens to be my favorite Disney movie ever. Hopefully, your kids will be as inspired as we were!

Enjoy!  Continue reading “Love Disney’s Tangled? Try This Free Unit Study!”

Free Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone Unit Study

Includes almost 50 activity ideas!

Out of all the read-alouds my kids and I have shared, the Harry Potter series has, by far, been one of our absolute favorites. Today, I’m so excited to be sharing with you this:

Free Harry Potter Unit Study

(Quick note: While these activities can be used any way you wish, for your convenience, I’ve included the related chapter for each activity. And for those of you type-A thinkers- like me- I’ve also included the subject areas each activity covers. Please, I beg you, don’t try to do every single thing I’ve suggested. You’ll drive yourself crazy. With that being said, enjoy!)  Continue reading “Free Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone Unit Study”

3 Reasons to Avoid Overcompliance with State Homeschool Laws

(and how to go about doing it!)

Here we are in the middle of May. Time flies when you’re having fun, right?

For those of us who homeschool in states that require some sort of end-of-the-year reporting to our school districts, right about now is when we start scampering around collecting work samples, finishing up portfolios, and having our kids interviewed by our homeschool evaluators.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Not.

As we finish up our 8th year of homeschooling one very important issue keeps creeping up on me again and again- overcompliance. (Watch my video on this subject here.) Continue reading “3 Reasons to Avoid Overcompliance with State Homeschool Laws”

From Religion to Relationship: My Personal Story of Finding the Cross

This is a homeschooling blog. Three times a week I write about things that will hopefully encourage homeschooling parents.

But I’m not just a homeschool blogger. I’m not just a mom or a wife. I’m not just a daughter. First and foremost, above all things, I am a follower of Jesus Christ.

A few weeks ago, my pastor preached a powerful message. At the heart of this message were these three words:

Tell your story.

Continue reading “From Religion to Relationship: My Personal Story of Finding the Cross”

50 Reasons Why Homeschooling Is Better Than School

Written by a mom who has actually had kids IN public school!

As a homeschool mom who has also had children spend quite a bit of time in a public school setting, I believe I have a unique view of compulsory education that many homeschool moms do not. As many of you know, I am no fan of our nation’s school system. One thing I’ve noticed with other homeschool moms is that, although there are some exceptions, the vast majority of homeschoolers who back public schools have never actually had their own children attend them. (Watch my related video here.) Continue reading “50 Reasons Why Homeschooling Is Better Than School”

No Fear by Tony Perkins- Review

Real Stories of a Courageous New Generation Standing for Truth

The United States was formed by a population of Christians who were seeking a land where they could worship as they chose. Fast forward a few centuries, and this country has seemingly embraced a worldview completely opposite that which this country was built upon.  Continue reading “No Fear by Tony Perkins- Review”

The Dragon of the Month Club- Review

As my children get older, I’m finding it more and more difficult to find quality literature that will appeal to them. Young children are generally very open to a vast array of books, as long as they are being read to. As time goes on, however, they tend to become more and more particular about what they read.

Don’t get me wrong. This is a good thing. It means that they are finding their own preferences, and thus are much more likely to actually pay attention when reading. The hard part for us parents is locating books that fit our growing kids’ criteria.

The Dragon of the Month Club, by Iain Reading, is a valuable option for parents to consider. This isn’t your ordinary fantasy genre book about a dragon. It’s far, far more.  Continue reading “The Dragon of the Month Club- Review”

5 Reasons Why the Government Should Stay Out of Education

Ever since writing this post last week, I couldn’t help but keep turning the issue of government education over and over in my head. I’ve been having a really hard time wrapping my brain around why so many people- my former self included- just seem to obey whatever the powers-that-be tell them to do with their own children for 30-35 hours a week, 180 days a year.

I’m sorry, but it just isn’t right.

I’m really hoping against all hope to wake people up to this fact and at least ponder what I have to say here:

The government has no business being in the education business, and here are 5 reasons why:

Continue reading “5 Reasons Why the Government Should Stay Out of Education”