Academics

A Honey of a Unit Study

A great philosopher once said, “A day without friends is like a pot without a single drop of honey inside.” Ok, so maybe Winnie the Pooh is not your typical philosopher, but his words resonate in our spirits. Learning more about the complexity and splendor of the honey bee and her sweet food source will fascinate children of all ages. Let’s make like Busy Bees and begin!

A Lost Cause

I’ve been accused of being old-fashioned. No shame here, I’ll wear the title proudly. Of course, change happens and life goes on. Smartphones have replaced corded wall phones. Computers have replaced the card catalog and the GPS has eliminated the need for fold up maps neatly stacked in your glove compartment.

Schools of Thought

Letting Go: When Your Curriculum Isn’t Working

I think most every homeschooling mama has been there. You’ve found the perfect Science series for your daughters. It fits right in with your Classical education style, it goes along with the History period you’re studying, it has experiments and diagrams and has a good emphasis on scientific vocabulary. It was perfect…in theory….on paper.

Is Your Homeschool Flexible Enough?

Recently our homeschool group said goodbye to a family who will soon be moving out of state. I like this family. Scratch that. My whole family likes this family. The parents have worked hard to instill Christ-like character into their children. But, when problems do occur they are quick to offer guidance and restoration These families are not easy to find!

Why Charlotte Mason is Great for Homeschooling Boys

When I first started homeschooling my boys I wasn’t really sure what kind of homeschoolers we were. Honestly, I really didn’t realize how many options there were to choose from. Most of the material that I looked at and the families that I spoke with were using the Classical Education method. I decided to give it a try too.

Getting Organized

Taking Inventory

In our home schools, we need to have a periodic assessment time. I’m not talking about counting the number of crayons or pencils you have. I’m talking about taking a good, hard look at what you’ve accomplished, how well you’re progressing toward your goals, and what your next steps will be.

Igniting Productivity

When children sit down with pen and paper in hand after a school break; Christmas, summer, or the like, and they are encouraged to write a few paragraphs about what they did during their vacation, what will they say?

How to Not Homeschool in December

Homeschooling takes a lot of work, time, and energy. Christmas takes a lot of work, time, and energy. Doing both during December can be daunting. For me, personally, I find it a bit overwhelming to homeschool full time while also enjoying the beauty of the Christmas season and keep my focus on Jesus.

Glimpses of Life

My child just turned 18. Now what?

Your child just turned 18. Congratulations to you and your offspring on making it through to adulthood! So, now that they are 18, you’re done. Right? Well, no. Like many parents upon the eve of the birth of their child, looks far out into the future and envisions the day of impending adulthood.

Are You Being Stretched?

There have been (and are going to be) a lot of changes in our lives lately. Some small, some big, but changes none the less. They are challenging me a bit. One of my dearest friends calls it stretching. I think I am stretched out.

Learning to Meet Our Children’s Needs

Most days you can find my daughters and I together. We spend time learning new things, playing with new toys, and simply hanging out with one another. Spending unprecedented amounts of time with my girls comes with the territory of being a homeschooling mom. It is easy to believe that because I spend so much time with my daughters there’s no doubt that I am giving them all they need and more.

Home Life

Choosing The Good Portion

Are you choosing the “good portion” in your homeschool? Are you doing the “one thing” that is necessary? So many things distract us from God. A busy schedule, a never-ending to-do list, children who misbehave, too much to do in our homeschool each day.

Cherishing Your Older Children

Little babies are so sweet and cute. To bring one into your family life is a game-changer for sure. Even so, it seems as though the camera lens is often aimed in their direction, as it should be, capturing smiles and funny faces, little fingers and tufts of hair.

Avoid Contamination

Crazy title I know, but stick with me here. On one of our recent trips I saw a sign in a public restroom that said “Avoid contamination”…and then something about washing hands. I wish now I had risked weird looks and taken a picture of it because for some reason that saying has just been stuck in my mind.

College-Bound

When Dual Enrollment Doesn’t Work

It was an ideal my husband and I had held dearly to since the beginning of our homeschool journey. Dual Enrollment! A silly as it sounds, in our minds we already had our preschooler earning college credit. Then our little boy grew and blossomed into an intelligent, sharp minded, polite and pleasant young man.

You CAN Teach High School!

I get it all of the time: how can you possibly teach high school? As a matter of fact, in thinking back over my 17 plus years of answering questions about our homeschooling experiences, this is the one question I seem to answer the most often.

7 College Considerations

Is it just me, or has going to college become more and more of a difficult road to travel? I mean, I remember just applying to a few schools and choosing to go to the one a lot of friends were going to.

Extracurricular

Little Drummer Boy

As a family who loves to celebrate the Christmas season, we were excited when the sounds of Christmas filled the air. Whether meandering through the grocery story or hearing children sing loudly (and joyfully!) through their lessons, the songs of Christmas excite our senses in ways no other music does. Welcome to our December Unit Study on the Little Drummer Boy!

Scripture: The Benefit of Reading Aloud

Reading through Scripture with your young children may seem like a daunting task, particularly when they’re young. If your young children are anything like mine, they are really wiggly and giggly and you wonder if they ever listen to what you’re saying.

Messes Worth the Memories

The older I get, the less exciting it is to put up the Christmas tree. Until, that is, I start unpacking the ornaments and see all of those memories come flooding back when I see tiny painted handprints, little picture frames with toothless smiling faces, odd creatures with feathers and sequins (reindeer?), and beaded wreaths on pipe cleaners that need a little reshaping each year.

Resources

Including Your Preschooler

Having a preschooler in the home while homeschooling older children can be difficult. While my three year old is a huge blessing to us, his attention span is not very long. During our “school time” I try to keep him occupied by putting on an educational show or I turn on his Kindle to an educational app. This doesn’t always work for very long. I have had to get creative with him by including him in our school work.

Creating a Morning Basket – Part 3 – Read Aloud Time

So far in our “Creating A Morning Basket Series” we have covered: Bible Time and Hymn Study. Both of those topics are important in my homeschool because the Bible forms the very foundation of why we chose to homeschool. Hymn Study gives my children an appreciation for older songs that sing of Jesus and His wonderful ways.

Creating a Morning Basket – Part 2 – Hymn Study

In this second installment of the Creating A Morning Basket Series, we will be discussing Hymn Study. Hymns are an important part of my family’s homeschool journey. We find it very crucial to learn old hymns and the stories behind them. We also study the author and their life. Too many churches are falling away from singing the old hymns and many people don’t even know some of the popular ones.

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