Are You Overcomplicating Your Homeschool?

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?”

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5 Ways Unit Studies Saved Our Homeschool

Once upon a time, I quit homeschooling and sent my kids back to school.

Yes, I once sent my kids back to school.

Yes, really.

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”

Stop Making This Mistake in Your 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.

Enjoy!

 

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7 Ways to Use YouTube in Your Homeschool

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”

Notebooking 101: Notebooking Through Textbooks

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”

Helping Your Teen Find Balance Between Work and Homeschool

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.

Homeschooling a teen with a job opens a whole other can of worms.

Fear not!

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”

Notebooking 101: Unit Study Notebooking

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”

Notebooking 101: Freewriting Journals

(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?

Freewriting.

Continue reading “Notebooking 101: Freewriting Journals”

Why We Don’t Make Up Missed Work in Our Homeschool

It’s that time of year again – that period when we homeschooling families tend to finish up what we’ve been working on and either take a break or begin preparing for a new year.

A common theme I’ve noticed perpetuating social media threads is that of “missed work.” I’ve seen many people posting about prolonging the year or homeschooling through the summer specifically to make up for missed work.

That, my friends, is never something you should fret about.

Let me tell you why.  Continue reading “Why We Don’t Make Up Missed Work in Our Homeschool”

A Simple Trick to Break the Monotony of Your Homeschool Routine

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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 DayEvery 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”