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.
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.
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. 🤗
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!”
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!”
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: I have a love/hate relationship with technology.
As much as I would love to time travel back to the pioneer days, I also love the fact that we have so much information right at our fingertips.
Take YouTube for example.
Although, admittedly, this social media platform is filled with more than its share of dumbed down and downright inappropriate videos, with a bit of pre-screening and supervision, this website can be one of the most valuable resources you’ll ever use in your homeschool.
And it’s free.
As a mom of 11, homeschooling frugally is a must for me, and I know I’m not alone, so today, I’m going to share with you… Continue reading “7 Ways to Use YouTube in Your Homeschool”
As a busy homeschool mom, I have made it my mission to find things that will make our lives as easy possible.
Did you ever notice how seamlessly some things in life fit together?
- peanut butter and jelly
- ketchup and mustard
- toast and tea
- unit studies and notebooking
Did you catch that last one?? When we first began our notebooking journey, I never would have thought to link unit studies and notebooking together. After all, notebooking is about writing, isn’t it?
Well, yes and no. Continue reading “Notebooking 101: Unit Study Notebooking”
(and why I think it’s pointless)
Keeping track of homeschool days is one of those unnecessary evils that homeschoolers in many states are required to do.
My method of doing this has changed several times over the course of our homeschool. As a nervous and unsure homeschool newbie, I was as meticulous as could be in my record keeping. Now? Not so much. Almost a decade has passed since we embarked on this journey, and one of the most valuable lessons I’ve learned is to not overcomply with state homeschool laws. It’s stressful, time-consuming, and it can lead you on a slippery slope to the school district expecting more from you than what the law requires.
My advice? Avoid doing that at all costs.
With that being said, I realize that different families have different preferences for recordkeeping, so in this video I described the four methods we’ve used in our homeschool, and why I think the whole idea of keeping attendance records for homeschoolers is ludicrous in the first place.
Homeschooling and education are my passion. It is my fervent hope to one day devote more time to creating content for you. If you’re interested in helping to make this a reality, consider supporting me on Patreon @ https://www.patreon.com/ssangrey
Thank you so much. I appreciate each and every one of you!
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”