Academics

The Great American Eclipse

What an awesome teaching opportunity! The solar eclipse on August 21st, 2017, is the first to be visible in the continental United States, from coast to coast, in 99 years!

Start your own homeschool science co-op

In all my years of homeschooling, there are two subjects that always seem to get neglected and are always in high demand. They are Art and Science! While I’m not an artist, I do know that science labs are one of the most neglected areas in homeschooling. BUT, with a little planning this can be overcome by starting your own homeschool science co-op!

3 Homeschool Hacks You Can’t Miss This Summer

Summer is traditionally a time of rest and relaxation from the grueling school year schedule. Many families find the summer months pass quickly. Self-motivated children find ways to stay busy and learn more casually; the rest of us find our children have too much free time on their hands. Not guaranteed to completely erase summer boredom, these 3 summer hacks are a great way to guide children into learning!

Schools of Thought

Response to Intervention – a Homeschooling Perspective

Let’s look at RTI. This stands for Response to Intervention and I think there are some good take-aways here for your homeschooling summer. The goal of RTI is to prevent academic failure in school and ensure students have the support they need to then enter the world of work/career training/college.

The Power of a Teacher

The power of a teacher’s words is undeniably a shaping force in a child’s life. Like all words, it can bring life or death, birth forth a dream or squash it in its tracks.

Getting Organized

Loop Scheduling

Many homeschool moms (and dads) are busy planning their year right now. Even if they homeschool year-round, it takes a good amount of planning to pull it all off. I use the summer months to get my planner organized and my year all planned out.

My homeschool portfolio

Whether you choose to do standardized testing or a portfolio, it’s always a good thing to keep good records for the future. Even if your state doesn’t require any kind of proof of progress each year, it is such a great thing to do so you can see where you child was and where they are now academically.

Glimpses of Life

Treasures in the Ordinary

If we look closely enough, we find that blessings abound in our regular, routine, day-to-day, ordinary lives. It’s the tiny things: the small victories, the sweet notes, a kind word, a song heard.

Home Life

Simple electric pressure cooker recipes for summer

With the heat of the summer kicking into high gear in my neck of the woods (Virginia), I am sharing some easy recipes that will not heat up your whole house. Last time I shared slow cooker recipes. This week I will share some of my favorite electric pressure cooker recipes.

Simple slow cooker recipes for beating the summer heat

Living in the south during the summer can be very brutal. I live in Virginia and can tell you that the heat index gets into the 120’s on the hottest of days. I don’t like running the oven in the summer unless absolutely necessary. So, I resort to using my slow cooker, electric pressure cooker, or the grill.

Summertime: A Different Kind of Rest

When summertime hits, for some of us, it’s all about the beach or the pool, family vacations, or simply a break from the regular routine. I would love to lounge poolside every day on and catch up on some good reading or to have an extended vacation and dig in sandy shores all day. However, that is not this summer’s reality, here at home with my sweet children.

College-Bound

You can now move that tassel

Congratulations! How many of us have uttered that word this spring as we shook the hand of some well-deserving young person? High school graduation is ubiquitous. It happens all across the country; in small towns as well as in high schools as large as many small towns. For students, it’s a time to pause and bask in the attention before they turn their eyes toward the next phase of their life.

Instilling a love for the Word

We all have heard different statistics concerning the numbers of youth who turn from their childhood faith in college. Some say 70%. One resource is quoted at saying 86% and one goes as far to say 94%. This shouldn’t be the case, but it is.

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.

Extracurricular

Summertime Blues

If I asked you to describe the perfect summer day, what thoughts invade your mind? Peaceful conversations over iced lemonade? Lounging on the beach while your children joyfully build sand castles nearby? Sounds delightful, doesn’t it? In my family, I remember eagerly awaiting the arrival of summer only to find that within a few short days, we were restless and short with each other.

Sneaking in summer learning

As summertime approaches we are all ready for a break. Homeschooling is a very hard job and one that doesn’t let out at 3pm every day. It can be hard to keep going each and every day so when summer comes we like to put the books aside and relax a bit. But, what if our kids still want to learn?

Resources

The Library: A Home School Family’s Best Friend

We know intuitively that our local library is a great resource, but let’s particularly focus on the library’s benefits for our home school. Do we fully utilize the breadth and depth of the services available during our school year?

Teaching from rest

Homeschool families are the busiest people I know. The homeschool community stays on the go and keeps their kids busy. I believe it has to do with “socializing” their children because society says they must be. There is nothing wrong with being busy and going here and there but I don’t feel called to do that. My calling is at home and being content with my surroundings.

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