What Does It Take to Be a Homeschool Mom?

There are a few qualities based on stereotypes that people believe you have to have in order to be a #homeschool mom that aren’t actually necessary. Today I’m going to share with you the qualities you do need.

2020/2021 Relaxed Homeschool Routine and Curriculum for 7 Kids!

Since our first day #backtohomeschool is now three days away, today I posted our planned routine and curriculum for the 7 school age kids I have left. It feels like only yesterday I was still homeschooling 10. Time really does fly.

Homeschooling 101: How to Teach Subjects You Don’t Know

How do homeschooling parents teach subjects they don’t know? This is a question brought up by new homeschooling parents, prospective homeschooling parents, and the general public alike. After all, isn’t a child’s home education limited to the knowledge of the parents?

Well, no.

It’s time to shed the image of parent as teacher and child as student and realize that learning is so much more than that.

Emergency Homeschooling Basics

There are few things more scary than being thrown into an unfamiliar situation completely unprepared. There’s no denying that these are crazy times, and we all need to be praying in earnest.

Parents everywhere are living in uncertainty as schools are canceled for weeks, possibly months, on end, and wondering how their kids will be educated.

That’s why I made this video. While some schools have turned to online learning, others have simply closed. Truth be told, kids will learn no matter what they do, but this situation has many parents thinking about the future.

How to Choose Homeschool Curriculum

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. 😊

Don’t Underestimate the Importance of a Typical Homeschool Day

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.

Science: Relaxed Homeschooling

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 😉)!

Our Beginning-of-the-Year Homeschool Plan for Elementary and Middle School

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”

Konos and Beautiful Feet Books: The Perfect Combination

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”