Ah, homeschool planning. You either love it, or you hate, am I right?
Me? I’ve always loved it – perhaps a little too much. I enjoyed doing it so much that I would often go overboard. I’d plan too far ahead. I’d get too specific, and I would get too ambitious about what days we’d be doing what activity…even six months down the road!
Lord, I don’t miss those days. Since then I’ve learned that when it comes to homeschool planning, it needs to follow in the footsteps of my homeschool philosophy: keeping things simple.
Here are the five most important things I’ve learned about planning a homeschool schedule. I hope it helps some of you! Continue reading “5 Homeschool Planning Hacks to Save Your Sanity!”
Over these past ten years, I’ve realized something about homeschooling high school:
It is way too easy to overcomplicate things.
Honestly, though, it’s understandable. It’s a big deal! What if we mess up?? The fear is all too real.
So what do we do to ensure that won’t happen? We overcompensate. We overschedule. And worst of all – we start trying too hard to look like school. Continue reading “3 Practical Hacks for Homeschooling High School”
Having the right curriculum can either make or break your homeschool. Am I right? Getting sucked into the belief that your homeschool resources of choice must be used as written is one of the most debilitating things that can happen to your homeschool routine.
Don’t do it.
While some homeschoolers feel perfectly at home using life as their curriculum, most of us prefer to at least have something we can fall back on. Unfortunately, it can be far too easy to get so hung up on staying on track, doing every single activity, and covering every single page that the freedom that homeschooling should bring will feel like an unattainable feat. Continue reading “Using Curriculum As Your Tool Rather Than Your Master”
Of all the types of notebooking techniques out there, copywork is, by far, the easiest one to explain how to do.
The problem is, it’s the why that seems to take the most time to describe.
Because of that, I decided to stray a bit from my most recent Notebooking 101 format, which consisted simply of clarifying how to get started. Instead, today I’ll be tackling some Copywork FAQs, such as:
- What is copywork?
- When should we start doing copywork?
- Why should we do copywork?
- How do you even do copywork?
Shall we begin? Continue reading “Notebooking 101: Copywork FAQs”
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Did you ever have the feeling that one homeschool day can seem to blur into the next?
I have. There have been many days I felt as if my children and I were the lead roles in a homeschool-version of Groundhog Day. Every day seemed exactly the same as the one before it.
If there’s one thing I know as a homeschool mom, if your learning time begins to lose its luster, your child’s interest will quickly follow. Continue reading “A Simple Trick to Break the Monotony of Your Homeschool Routine”
Life is hectic. In this age of constant busyness, it just seems to come at you from all different directions every single day.
It’s exhausting. Continue reading “10 Practical Ways to Shorten Your Homeschool Day”
I can’t believe we’re already at the second last day of this series. I’m actually really excited about today’s post because I’ll be discussing two tricks that are potentially the biggest time-savers in a large family homeschool- read-alouds and notebooking. (See my video on read-alouds and notebooking here.)
I know that these two terms are often thrown around in homeschooling circles as great ways to supplement learning, but have you ever considered the fact that they can be used as your sole homeschooling method? Continue reading “Large Family Homeschool Hack #3: Read-Alouds and Notebooking”
When it comes to homeschooling, the absolute hardest part for me has been coming up with a suitable game plan for teaching multiple children. And I mean multiple children.
Ten to be exact.
After homeschooling for eight years, I still don’t have it all together. I continue to tweak things here and there every now and then in the hopes of getting it right, but I’ve come to the realization that it will never be perfect. It just won’t. Continue reading “How to Homeschool Multiple Children Without Going Crazy”