Have you wanted to bring the Little House on The Prairie Series to life for your kids? Have you wanted them to have a small taste of what life was like before cell phones, tablets or even electricity? If it were up to me, I would encourage every tween and teen in America to embark on a mission trip to an underdeveloped nation.
Our nature journals are such a huge part of our homeschool. Not only is it science but it also includes art, writing, history, reading, and so much more. It has opened my world to so much that is around me every day.
This is the age-old question that most homeschooling families have been asked at least a time or two. My children have always known what “grade” they are in because I prepared them from an early age. I used to stutter out some kind of silly answer like “Well, this one is in 1st grade math but 2nd grade language arts. And, this one is in K for language arts and 2nd grade for math…”
Sun, sand, campfires and fireflies. Isn’t that what summer memories are made of? Even though our family’s summer adventures tend to be simplistic and nothing extravagant, they are enjoyable and memorable for our kids.
When I first began doing research about homeschooling, I was quickly overwhelmed. I thought “I can’t do this! This is for people who are patient, educated, and know what they’re doing. I am not that person.”
I don’t know about your schedule, but in my house, it’s run, run, run from first light to well into the night. We homeschool moms are just plain busy! And, if we don’t watch it, our family’s nutrition can suffer as a result.
Vacations are supposed to be an exciting time for the whole family. How can you make sure that the days leading up to the big trip are stress free as well? Here are a few tips to help you stay sane while prepping for your next family vacation.
I had just come away from using public school for our daughters when we began our journey as homeschoolers. School was from 9 am to 3:30 pm, and then there was another hour or two of homework that had to be done–even in kindergarten. So when I heard all the talk about being finished with all homeschooling instruction by noon, that sounded great!
In life many of us are on a search. A bigger house, a better car, new clothes, the list goes on. But how many of us know that in our busy lives the one thing we really need is one of the simplest… Quiet.
It’s a little talked about issue but I know I can’t be the only one. You see, I’m an older mom with younger children. And well, sometimes things get a little hot in the house. Or rather, I get a little hot. Let me explain.
In recent years, electronics just can’t be avoided. Try as I might, they are everywhere. Whether it’s the TV, tablet, phone, or gaming system, they are in every home and every building. Even the library.
It was my husband who saved the day when it came to organizing the laundry duties. I attribute his time in the Army to his delegation skills. It’s not that I didn’t have expectations for my kids, I did, but not enough. My husband gently reminded me that the kids should be expected to do more.
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.
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.
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.
For us, the heat of summer has begun. I catch myself looking back on the past couple of summers and somewhat lamenting. They haven’t been the awesomely fun filled, carefree, easy going stuff that dreams (or movies) are made of. I clearly remember last summer scrolling quickly through my social media newsfeeds that were filled with family and friends jet-setting here, there and everywhere.
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.
There is no shortage of curriculum and resources out there for homeschoolers. When you keep an open mind, think outside the box and re-evaluate each year, you are bound to find the perfect fit for your family!
To continue our discussion of homeschooling older kids while having toddlers underfoot, here are some activities that will help keep those busy hands safe while helping Mom stay sane. Some of these activities I’ve learned from other moms and some I have discovered on my own.