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!”
I remember a time when I could never get my kids to write without dealing with complaints, insecurity, and tears. Since we began notebooking a couple years ago, I’ve found that not only are my children much more receptive to writing, but they often do it in their spare time, as well – voluntarily.
I’ll admit that if I had just approached notebooking as yet another way to incorporate writing, it would have backfired. The key to our notebooking success has been less about using it as a method and more about using it to provide my kids with choices.
Continue reading “Our Must-Have Notebooking Supply List”
When it comes to homeschooling, there are many temptations that come with it, both good and bad. Unfortunately, as is often the case, we parents will ignore our God-given instincts about what’s best for our children and, instead, try to stick with the status quo of what school is “supposed” to look like.
Think about it.
How often have you been tempted to take the day off and just do something fun, only to give in to guilt and continue with your homeschool routine as planned?
How many times have you suppressed the urge to just let your kids sit and play together quietly in order to interrupt an intense period of play so that your kids could learn about consonant blends?
And how many times have you gone against your instinct as a parent to keep your homeschool simple, and alternatively jammed as many things as possible into your everyday routine?
If you’re anything like I am, probably quite a bit.
Today I just wanted to talk to you about that last one: the oh-so-common pitfall of becoming obsessed with covering everything, only to find that not only does it not work, but it’s likely to impede a child’s learning as a consequence. Continue reading “Are You Overcomplicating Your Homeschool?”
Once upon a time, I quit homeschooling and sent my kids back to school.
It’s not something I’m proud of, but I’ve come to realize that that dark experience is what gave me the courage to be as – ahem – outspoken about homeschooling and the public education system as I am.
While there were many things that gave me the courage and confidence to take them back out again after two years to begin our homeschool anew, today I’m going to focus on one thing that has kept us grounded: Continue reading “5 Ways Unit Studies Saved Our Homeschool”
When it comes to homeschooling, no family has the perfect method. No matter who it is, it all comes down to trial and error.
Take our family for example – particularly me as the facilitator. I’ve made a lot of mistakes. As much as I wish many of those mistakes wouldn’t have happened, I have been able to learn so many things I never would have realized had we “done it right” in the first place.
Today I’m going to share with you one of the biggest mistakes you can make in your homeschool, and the reason I can share this with you is because I learned from experience.
That’s the beauty of this lifestyle. You get lots of do-overs.
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I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: I have a love/hate relationship with technology.
As much as I would love to time travel back to the pioneer days, I also love the fact that we have so much information right at our fingertips.
Take YouTube for example.
Although, admittedly, this social media platform is filled with more than its share of dumbed down and downright inappropriate videos, with a bit of pre-screening and supervision, this website can be one of the most valuable resources you’ll ever use in your homeschool.
And it’s free.
As a mom of 11, homeschooling frugally is a must for me, and I know I’m not alone, so today, I’m going to share with you… Continue reading “7 Ways to Use YouTube in Your Homeschool”
What’s your homeschool kryptonite? You know. That one thing that kind of sucks the joy out of educating your kids at home.
If there’s one homeschooling resource I tend to shy away from, it’s textbooks. While I do admit that many of them carry helpful information, to me, they just aren’t interesting. When you’re a huge proponent of interest-led learning, that’s a big turn off.
However… Continue reading “Notebooking 101: Notebooking Through Textbooks”
The answer might surprise you!
Homeschooling through high school can seem like a pretty intimidating prospect. Add in a homeschooled teen with a job, and you’re opening a whole other can of worms.
I’m going to offer you a bit of advice today that goes against the grain of your typical homeschooling circles. Continue reading “Helping Your Teen Find Balance Between Work and Homeschool”
As a busy homeschool mom, I have made it my mission to find things that will make our lives as easy possible.
Did you ever notice how seamlessly some things in life fit together?
- peanut butter and jelly
- ketchup and mustard
- toast and tea
- unit studies and notebooking
Did you catch that last one?? When we first began our notebooking journey, I never would have thought to link unit studies and notebooking together. After all, notebooking is about writing, isn’t it?
Well, yes and no. Continue reading “Notebooking 101: Unit Study Notebooking”
(the perfect tool for kids who hate to write)
Do you have a child who positively hates to write?
Does any mention of an essay, report, or even a paragraph induce your child to tears – or worse – tantrums?
Today’s Notebooking 101 tip may be just for you. 🙂
What do you think of when you hear the word “journal”?
Some people envision a diary. Others picture a book (often a Bible) with colorful notes, quotes, and illustrations in the margins.
What do I think of?
Continue reading “Notebooking 101: Freewriting Journals”