I’ll be homeschooling nine kids this year. That may sound like a lot, but it’s actually one less than last year since my oldest daughter became my first homeschool graduate.
As stressful as people think that may sound, it truly isn’t as chaotic as people think. Busy? Sure. I’d be worried about any homeschool that wasn’t busy. But believe it or not, homeschooling is actually pleasurable for me. Continue reading “Our 2017/2018 Relaxed Homeschool Curriculum for 4th, 5th, 6th, and 8th Grade”
Do your kids like to write? Up until about this time last year, my kids hated anything that had to do with putting their thoughts on paper. Tears would flow as they were composing essays and researching reports.
I was at my wit’s end.
Over the years, I had heard of notebooking and knew only that it was similar to lapbooking, which we were already doing. Finally as a last resort, I decided to actually begin to research what it was all about, and I am so glad I did. Continue reading “12 Easy Ways to Use Notebooking in Your Homeschool”
Imagine a homeschool day where your children beg you to let them start doing their schoolwork as soon as they wake up. Imagine your children happily chatting away as they diligently tackle the day’s assignment with nary a complaint or protest to be heard.
…Now imagine that assignment is a writing assignment.
Does this seem like an impossible scenario? Last year at this time I would’ve agreed with you, but guess what?
That’s been the atmosphere in our homeschool for the past month. Continue reading “Revolutionize Your Homeschool with Notebooking Success!”
I can’t believe we’re already at the second last day of this series. I’m actually really excited about today’s post because I’ll be discussing two tricks that are potentially the biggest time-savers in a large family homeschool- read-alouds and notebooking. (See my video on read-alouds and notebooking here.)
I know that these two terms are often thrown around in homeschooling circles as great ways to supplement learning, but have you ever considered the fact that they can be used as your sole homeschooling method? Continue reading “Large Family Homeschool Hack #3: Read-Alouds and Notebooking”
If there’s one thing I pride myself on as a homeschooler, it’s the fact that our school routine doesn’t take up a large part of the day. This is something that’s very important to me because I firmly believe that children need unscheduled time for free play and following their interests. This is a crucial part of learning.
So imagine my chagrin at the fact that our school day didn’t end until almost 5pm yesterday. 5pm!! And this wasn’t an isolated incident. Since we’ve begun our new school year, we’ve been finishing up around 4pm everyday. Last year the latest we ever ended was around 3, so I’m really trying to figure out what this is all about. Continue reading “A Tale of Ten Homeschoolers- Why Is School Taking So Long??”