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 year, I 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”
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.
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”
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”
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”
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”
The first time I ever saw Tangled, we were in the midst of our experiment with unschooling. I 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!”
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”
(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”
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”
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”