As time goes on, more and more curriculum options become available to those choosing to home educate. It can be overwhelming, to say the least, especially if you’re a new kid on the block.
Today on my channel, I shared some tips for choosing curriculum. While nothing is foolproof, it’s my hope to at least help. 😊
One of the things that confused me most as a new homeschooler was when I would hear other homeschoolers say that there was no such thing as a typical homeschool day.
Since they were seasoned and I was not, I often wondered if I was doing something wrong when I discovered that we DID have typical days.
Today is my last video in my Relaxed Homeschooling series…for now. Over the past few weeks I’ve shared how we approach language arts, math, and social studies. Today I’m tackling science.
Always remember that your child’s education need not look a thing like school. In fact, we don’t use any textbooks at all to cover social studies or science, the two main subjects that people feel chained to textbooks for.
I hope you gain some new ideas (if you’re looking for new ideas 😉)!
I can’t believe it. Our new homeschool year begins next week already. Wow, this past six weeks went quickly!
As I was gathering books at the library for our first unit study the other day, I realized that some of you might like to see how I’m planning for our homeschool days to unfold, especially in regard to our unit study. I’m fairly certain that, even though I address unit studies quite often, they can be a bit of a mystery to those who are unfamiliar with them.
As you might be aware, for years I’ve been breaking my children into groups for their learning, simply because I have so many of them. 😉 (This year I’m homeschooling 8 again.)
However, now that my second youngest is ready to move up to the middles group, I’ve got a bit of a dilemma – that leaves my youngest alone in the littles group. She’s not too happy about that.
Continue reading “Our Beginning-of-the-Year Homeschool Plan for Elementary and Middle School”
When it comes to homeschooling, it would be putting it mildly to say that I’m pretty transparent. Take curriculum, for example. When I find a resource that really works for our family, I can barely contain my excitement.
(This post contains affiliate links.)
Very often, that excitement is short-lived. Since our homeschool is constantly evolving, so is our curriculum. However, for us there have been two curriculums we’ve used for years that have been a constant source of inspiration:
Konos and Beautiful Feet Books.
Both of these resources are spectacular standing alone, but used together they create the perfect combination of learning approaches for my children.
Here’s how we do it. Continue reading “Konos and Beautiful Feet Books: The Perfect Combination”
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?”
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again – embarking on a new homeschooling journey can be scary. What can be more intimidating than being in charge of your child’s education when it’s been done by “professionals” for generations?
Well, I’ll tell you what…taking that very first step to begin with.
The fact is, there is so much more to beginning to homeschool than choosing curriculum and praying you get it right. Truth be told, choosing curriculum is actually one of the last things that should happen when getting started. Continue reading “Everything You Need to Know to Start Homeschooling”
I’ve been thinking. If there was one thing I could change about the beginning of our homeschool journey…. okay… strike that. (Because, unfortunately, there’s way more than one thing I’d change.) Okay, let’s rephrase that… one of the things I wish I had done as a new homeschool parent was to take the time to read.
Seems simple enough, right? So simple, in fact, that you may be wondering why I now feel it would have been so important for me then.
I’m going to tell you why. Continue reading “A Must-Follow Reading Plan for Every New Homeschool Parent”
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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As a busy homeschool mom of 11, out of necessity, I have become a bit of an “expert” in finding ways to keep our learning time manageable, simple, and efficient.
Unit studies are one of them.
Although I have come across so many fantastic unit study curriculums on this journey of ours, the one that has become a mainstay of our homeschool routine has been KONOS. Continue reading “What Does a Typical KONOS Homeschool Day Look Like?”