How Do I Know If Our Homeschool Is Enough?

The Truth About Gaps in Learning

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Have you ever had one of those days- or entire seasons- when doubt seems to have taken over your homeschool? As time goes on, you begin to realize that there is no way you’re going to cover everything you think you need to, or at least what your curriculum says you should.

The clock is ticking, and you find yourself comparing your kids and your homeschool to other families. Eventually, panic sets in as you realize the enormity of the task before you.  Continue reading “How Do I Know If Our Homeschool Is Enough?”

Enough with the Excuses! Do You Want to Homeschool or Not?

Well, it’s been a while now since I’ve written any posts that will push people’s buttons, so I think it’s about time for another. It was good while it lasted, right?

If you are familiar with me at all, you’ll know that I am unapologetically pro-homeschooling, and the heart of this blog is really about encouraging people on their journey.

So while what I’m going to say today might offend some people, I’m going to say upfront that it isn’t intended that way. I’m just fully aware that there are some people (myself included) who sometimes simply refuse to do something they know they should unless someone prods them along.  Continue reading “Enough with the Excuses! Do You Want to Homeschool or Not?”

How to Simplify and Save with All-in-One Homeschool Curriculum

As a mom of 11, there are two things that allow me the sanity and the finances to homeschool- simplicity and frugality.

Now I don’t claim to have all the answers, but after spending about nine years in this homeschool life, I’ve come across some fantastic resources that fulfill those two requirements when it comes to curriculum.

Whether you’re a traditional homeschooler, prefer unit studies, or like to gather things as you go, having access to a quality website that offers great customer service, a variety of resources, and competitive prices will enable you to not only homeschool, but to homeschool well.  Continue reading “How to Simplify and Save with All-in-One Homeschool Curriculum”

Supplement the 3 Rs in Your Homeschool with Nessy Learning!

Of all the things we homeschool parents teach our children, there is nothing that will make or break their future quite like the 3 Rs. 

Sure, it’s helpful for them to have the ability to locate their city on a map and to know the difference between solids, liquids, and gases, but when it comes down to it, reading, writing, and arithmetic really are the foundation that all other learning is based upon. Without these three skills, learning just about anything else would be practically impossible.  Continue reading “Supplement the 3 Rs in Your Homeschool with Nessy Learning!”

3 Ways “Teachable Moments” Can Harm Your Homeschool

I’m one of those “all or nothing” kinda gals. When I decide to do something, I give it everything I have, no matter what. When I decide not to do something, I don’t even give it a second thought.

This trait has overwhelmingly taken over in my parenting, as well.

Back when my kids were still in school, I trusted that my children’s teachers would give them a good education because that’s what they were trained to do. Because of that, I went about the rest of our lives not really worrying much about whether or not my kids were learning as we were out and about.

After all, that was the teacher’s job, right?  Continue reading “3 Ways “Teachable Moments” Can Harm Your Homeschool”

Our 2017/2018 Relaxed Homeschool Curriculum for 4th, 5th, 6th, and 8th Grade

I’ll be homeschooling nine kids this year. That may sound like a lot, but it’s actually one less than last year since my oldest daughter became my first homeschool graduate.

Sniff.

As stressful as people think that may sound, it truly isn’t as chaotic as people think. Busy? Sure. I’d be worried about any homeschool that wasn’t busy. But believe it or not, homeschooling is actually pleasurable for me.  Continue reading “Our 2017/2018 Relaxed Homeschool Curriculum for 4th, 5th, 6th, and 8th Grade”

10 Easy Ways to Supplement Foreign Language Learning in Your Homeschool

As technology grows more advanced, the world is figuratively becoming smaller and smaller. Learning a foreign language is rapidly becoming as mainstream as studying any other major subject.

As beneficial as learning a new language is, it can be difficult for some children to grasp why learning a foreign language is necessary. Others may struggle with it because they’re simply not interested enough to retain any information that is essential in maintaining fluency and understanding.

Recently, I’ve really come to recognize how beneficial foreign language learning can be, so I’ve actually had my “middles” practicing German for the past several months. As much as they genuinely enjoy learning this language, however, retention has really been a problem for them.  Continue reading “10 Easy Ways to Supplement Foreign Language Learning in Your Homeschool”

Homeschoolers, Don’t Fall for the Standardized Testing Gimmick!

I hate standardized tests. As a homeschool mom, I think they’re one of the most useless things on the planet- right up there with cockroaches and mosquitoes.

Yet, just the other week I had a conversation with someone about homeschooling that went something like this:  Continue reading “Homeschoolers, Don’t Fall for the Standardized Testing Gimmick!”

The ULTIMATE List of Homeschool Unit Study Resources

Because, hey, can you really have too many unit studies?

In our busy, yet relaxed, homeschool, unit studies are, by far, one of our favorite approaches to learning. To me, a good unit study is the perfect combination of living books, hands-on activities, and notebooking.

There are literally thousands of unit study resources out there, and, I’m telling you, that in itself can be very intimidating to think about.

Today I’ve compiled a list of the best unit study resources I’ve come across so that you can find a slew of fantastic ideas all in one place. Enjoy!  Continue reading “The ULTIMATE List of Homeschool Unit Study Resources”

10 Reasons Why You Don’t Need a Teaching Degree to Homeschool

Several times a year without fail, I have a conversation with someone that goes something like this:

So where do your kids go to school?

We homeschool.

Are you a teacher?

No.

Do you have a teaching degree?

No.

Then, are you qualified to teach your children?

Sigh.   Continue reading “10 Reasons Why You Don’t Need a Teaching Degree to Homeschool”