Homeschooling Art and Music with Living Books

I can’t believe I made a whole series about #homeschooling with living books and totally missed art and music. Duh! You don’t need to spend a ton of money or replicate school in order to get a comprehensive education in these subjects.

Homeschooling 101: Break’s Over! Getting Back onto a Routine

This year we took a 7-week break, instead of 6, and it went FAST. We’re going to be starting our new homeschool year in 6 days!

Since so many people have asked for tips on getting back into a routine, I shared some practical ideas with you today.

Homeschooling 101: Let’s Talk About Grade Levels

When it comes to homeschooling and grade levels, different families believe different things. Some families do everything they can to adhere to the grade their child would be in were he/she in school. Others ditch them altogether.

In today’s video, I shared some practical advice on grade levels, when they might be necessary, and why they’re not nearly as important as we’ve been led to believe.

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Breaks Can Count as Homeschool Days??

When it comes to homeschooling, I thoroughly enjoy breaking the preconceived notions people have about how it works – including other homeschoolers.

Today I shed some light on another interesting factor about homeschooling – breaks can totally count as homeschool days.

Social Studies: Relaxed Homeschooling

Although any subject can be easily covered with relaxed homeschooling, my absolute favorites to approach in this manner are social studies (history, geography, civics, etc.) and science.
Today on my channel, I shared how we tackle social studies with ZERO textbooks. Let me tell you, when I was in school, I HATED history. Now I’ve realized that it wasn’t the subject. It was the mind-numbing textbooks we had to use.

I love homeschooling. 🤗

5 Homeschool Planning Hacks to Save Your Sanity!

Ah, homeschool planning. You either love it, or you hate, am I right?

Me? I’ve always loved it – perhaps a little too much. I enjoyed doing it so much that I would often go overboard. I’d plan too far ahead. I’d get too specific, and I would get too ambitious about what days we’d be doing what activity…even six months down the road!

Lord, I don’t miss those days. Since then I’ve learned that when it comes to homeschool planning, it needs to follow in the footsteps of my homeschool philosophy: keeping things simple.

Here are the five most important things I’ve learned about planning a homeschool schedule. I hope it helps some of you! Continue reading “5 Homeschool Planning Hacks to Save Your Sanity!”

Gardening Books for Kids!

Can you believe that it’s July already? Yowzers, that went fast! Here in Pennsylvania, it’s been hot, hot, hot, and today was no exception.

If you’re a homeschooling family who takes a summer break, don’t miss out on the opportunity for a fantastic summertime nature study idea – gardening! Today I decided to share with you some books that will both inspire you and give you tons of ideas to get started. Continue reading “Gardening Books for Kids!”