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”
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”
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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”
Anyone who has homeschooled for any length of time has no doubt heard this reaction to the news that they educate their kids at home:
You homeschool?? I could never do that.
This isn’t something I take offense at because I used to feel this way, too. While most people who make this statement don’t feel any inclination to homeschool anyway, unfortunately, I know there are many parents who would like to, but feel ill-equipped. Whether it’s a perceived lack of patience or a lack of confidence in their qualifications, they literally feel that they could never do it, to which I say this:
If you can help your kids with their homework, you can homeschool.
Here’s why. Continue reading “10 Ways Helping Your Kids with Homework Can Be Harder Than Homeschooling”
Why is it that the things that should be the most obvious to us are those which we find so difficult to grasp?
Take textbooks, for example.
I’m honestly astonished at the number of homeschoolers who seem to cling to this holdover from compulsory schooling- you know, that form of education most homeschoolers are trying to avoid?? And I’m not approaching this topic in an uppity manner, since I was once one of those very people.
Thankfully, I have gradually realized how little textbooks have to do with an effective education for most children, and I think a good number of other parents instinctively know this, too. Despite this fact, however, I’ve increasingly come into contact with many, many other homeschool moms who are genuinely aware that textbooks aren’t working for their children, yet they beat themselves up over it and desperately try to get them to work. Continue reading “Are You Homeschooling with Textbooks, By Default?”
Some habits can be really hard to break.
Let’s take the notion of what education is “supposed” to look like, for example. Most people likely wouldn’t consider the assumptions about learning that have been ingrained in them since early childhood as a “habit,” but that’s exactly what they are.
Taking a look at the population as a whole, I think it’s safe to say that most people have been brought up in a traditional school setting. They sat at desks while a teacher lectured in the front of a classroom. They raised their hands to go to the bathroom. They read textbook chapters and answered section review questions, possibly without ever wondering why things were done that way in the first place.
Which brings us to where many homeschooling parents are today- stuck in those classrooms of so long ago. Continue reading “Homeschooling 101: Do I HAVE to Teach My Kids for 5 Hours a Day?”