2020/2021 Relaxed Homeschool Routine and Curriculum for 7 Kids!

Since our first day #backtohomeschool is now three days away, today I posted our planned routine and curriculum for the 7 school age kids I have left. It feels like only yesterday I was still homeschooling 10. Time really does fly.

Homeschooling 101: Break’s Over! Getting Back onto a Routine

This year we took a 7-week break, instead of 6, and it went FAST. We’re going to be starting our new homeschool year in 6 days!

Since so many people have asked for tips on getting back into a routine, I shared some practical ideas with you today.

Homeschooling 101: How to Assess Learning WITHOUT Tests

Considering my aversion to making our home look like a classroom, people often ask how I approach testing my kids. Easy! I don’t.

Other than the required standardized tests my kids HAVE to take, my kids do not take tests. In my opinion, there are much better ways to assess learning than the “memorize now, forget later” effect of tests.

What I’ve Learned About Housekeeping While Homeschooling

Before we started homeschooling, I was a complete neat freak, and I prided myself on it. Making the transition to having my kids home all the time meant making some changes not only to my routine, but to my expectation of perfection.

Today on my channel, I shared a video from my Patreon archives: What I’ve Learned About Housekeeping While Homeschooling.

ULTIMATE List of Notebooking Ideas

I’ve heard from a lot of parents that while their kids initially enjoyed notebooking, they got bored with it after awhile. What I make sure to say to that is this:  Don’t limit notebooking to narrations, essays, and lists. There are soooooo many ways to notebook, so today I shared the ultimate list of notebooking ideas with you!

Homeschooling Helped Me Realize How Restrictive School Is

Sometimes you don’t realize the truth about something until you stop doing it and start doing something else, instead. This was the case with me. When my kids were in school, I knew something was off. I knew I felt like a secondary parent,  but I also knew that this must be normal since everyone else was doing it, too, right?

Wrong. The reality is that I never realized the full extent of how restrictive school was for us until we started homeschooling.

Sometimes the Idea of Homeschooling Is Better Than the Reality

I’ve had quite a busy day today, so I didn’t get to post anything here about my latest video, yet.

Although I love homeschooling, I thought it was really important to share this truth – sometimes the idea of homeschooling is better than the reality.

Homeschooling 101: Notebooking Loops

Back when I was making all those notebooking videos, several people asked how I was able to fit so many notebooking styles into our day while only having my kids do one (rarely two) notebooking pages a day.

Easy! The answer to that is… a notebooking loop!

Please Don’t Put Your Bullied Child Back in School

Now that some states are beginning to plan for an eventual reopening of schools, I thought now would be a good time to speak directly to the parents of children who were being bullied.

Please, don’t make them go back.