10 Ways Helping Your Kids with Homework Can Be Harder Than Homeschooling

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”


How to Use Notebooking with Read-Alouds in Your Homeschool

Have you ever been absolutely sure that you found the missing piece to your homeschool, but you just couldn’t figure out a way to get started?

Believe me, I have been there and done that. For me, that “thing I was looking for” was notebooking.

Although I first started notebooking with my kids last year, I actually had my eye on it for quite some time before that. It looked engaging, practical, and effective – three things that are a must in our large family homeschool. But try as I might, I just couldn’t figure out how to get started. I had a good idea of what it was all about, and I understood the reasoning behind it, but I felt completely lost as to where to begin.  Continue reading “How to Use Notebooking with Read-Alouds in Your Homeschool”

Are You Homeschooling with Textbooks, By Default?

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?”

Are Homeschooled Kids Smart Enough?

Last summer at a family reunion, as I sat talking with a distant relative about homeschooling, she asked me a series of questions that were a bit difficult to answer. 

I don’t want to insinuate that she asked with any malice; she was genuinely interested and simply had never been exposed to a homeschooling family before. However, several of her inquiries threw me for a loop- one in particular:

How do you know if your kids are smart enough?

Continue reading “Are Homeschooled Kids Smart Enough?”

Our Homeschool Afternoon Basket for Pre-K, 1st, and 2nd Grade

Don’t you just love the freedom we homeschool moms have to tailor our kids’ education to meet the needs of both them and our families?

Take morning time, for instance.

“Morning time” and “morning basket” are quickly becoming the most popular buzzwords in homeschool circles, and, although we do use a morning basket, today I’m going to let you in on a little secret…  Continue reading “Our Homeschool Afternoon Basket for Pre-K, 1st, and 2nd Grade”

Our Homeschool Morning Time Routine

Although this is our 9th year homeschooling, by no means do I know everything there is to know about it.

Take morning time, for example.

Up until very recently, while I had heard the term “morning time” over and over again, I never really made much of an effort to find out what it was because I was happy with where we were at in our homeschool and didn’t see the need to try anything new.

Eventually, curiosity got the best of me, and I decided to find out what the fuss was all about. Interestingly enough, I discovered that morning time actually would fit perfectly into our homeschool routine because we were pretty much already doing it!  Continue reading “Our Homeschool Morning Time Routine”

How Do I Know If Our Homeschool Is Enough?

The Truth About Gaps in Learning

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!”