Homeschool Writing Tips for the Reluctant Learner

As someone who has always enjoyed writing, when I began homeschooling and realized not all of my kids were as enthusiastic about it as I am, I became a woman on a mission to find ways to make writing more palatable for them.

Today on my YouTube channel, I shared some things I’ve learned along the way.

Help! My 7-Year-Old Still Can’t Read!

We homeschooling parents are professional worriers sometimes, don’t you think? It’s understandable. We’re paving a route for our families in a direction we’ve likely never traveled before.

One of the most common concerns homeschoolers possess is literacy. After all, it’s foundational to functioning in society.

Unfortunately, though, we often place arbitrary schoolish timelines on our children for no other reason than that it’s all we know.

Take advantage of the flexibility afforded to us in homeschooling and break that school mold.

Homeschooling | The One Thing You Need to Let Go

If you would ask five different people what they need to let go of in their homeschool, you’d likely get five different answers. What I’ve discovered, however, is that the reasons usually have one common root.

To find out what it is, watch the video. 🙂

10 Ways to Sabotage Your Homeschool

Over the last 11 years of homeschooling, I’ve learned a thing or two about what works and what doesn’t. While every family is different, there are a few principles I’ve discovered that seem to hold true across the board.

Unfortunately, I discovered most of them the hard way.

Join me for today’s video about 10 ways to sabotage your homeschool.

Organized Chaos in Your Homeschool: It’s a GOOD Thing

Merry Christmas Eve, everyone!

I purposely kept today’s video short because I know most of us are going to be busy, busy, busy today. 🙂

When you mention the words “chaos” and “homeschool” together, most would automatically assume the combination is a bad idea, and they’d be right.

But what if I told you that ORGANIZED chaos is a whole different ballgame?

Let’s Be Honest About High School

I’m sitting here at the hospital with my daughter, and I realized I never posted about today’s video here. Ack!

It’s very common for homeschool parents to panic over the high school years. I have a completely different perspective, and I’m sharing that with you today. 🙂

Are Living Books as Effective as Textbooks?

Very often, when I mention to someone that we prefer real books to textbooks, I’m asked this question:

BUT ARE THEY AS EFFECTIVE AS TEXTBOOKS?

First, let me point out that the effectiveness of textbooks is debatable, especially when it comes to history and science, yet they’re still placed upon a very unjustified pedestal.

So my answer to that question is YES, ABSOLUTELY. In fact, even more so. Today’s video, which miraculously has enabled comments (until YouTube notices), explains WHY.

Unboxing Our Very First THINKING TREE FUNSCHOOLING JOURNALS!!

Although we have been a notebooking family for quite some time, up until this point, we’ve never tried the Funschooling journals that so many people recommended to us.

A couple weeks ago, @funschooling.adventures shared a giveaway, which I entered and WON! Yesterday my package arrived, and I impatiently waited to open it all day so that I could do it with you in an UNBOXING video!

Head over to my channel today to see my first impressions of the journals and for a detailed flip-through. 😊

Homeschooling |The Trouble with Too Much Fun

Over the last few weeks, I’ve covered some really heavy topics, so last night I decided to give my brain a break and go back to a homeschool video.
Trust me. I needed the reprieve. It is mentally exhausting to think about the sort of things I talk about all the time. 😭

Let’s talk about fun. Keeping your kids excited and interested by doing fun activities is a must when it comes to homeschooling. But let’s talk about the other side of that – when your “fun” starts to take away from your child’s education.

Plan a Homeschool High School Week with Me!

Last week when I published my Plan with Me post, I received a few requests for me to do one for our high schoolers, as well. So I did. 🙂

As simple as my homeschool planning is for my 1st through 8th graders, my high school planning is even simpler.
Sounds counterintuitive, right? I explained why this is the case in my latest video.