7 Ways to Use YouTube in Your Homeschool

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”

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Notebooking 101: Unit Study Notebooking

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”

How to Keep Track of Homeschool Days

(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.

Enjoy!

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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”