Academics

What Grade Are You In?

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…”

The sneaky learner

Taking an auditory approach in learning methods has taken away the stress and reestablished the joy of learning in my 6-year-old’s little heart!

Family read-aloud: beyond the picture book

Reading aloud to preschoolers increases their phonic and grammatical awareness, solidifies their language development and strengthens their reading readiness. What about after that? Is there value to reading aloud to our older children?

Schools of Thought

Why do you homeschool?

We could debate upon test scores, the myths of socialization and more. I can even give you a couple dozen reasons why you should homeschool. Instead, I’d like to use an example from YOUR OWN life…

Do you have what it takes to homeschool?

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.”

Homeschooling is not public schooling at home

People are curious about how homeschooling works and what we do all day and what books we use. I, too, had many questions when I first began this journey of home education. With so many resources and opinions it can be hard to sift through it all and find what is right for your family.

Getting Organized

5 steps to stress-free vacation prep

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.

School​’s out by noon?

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!

What’s for dinner, Mom?

I have this kiddo who is a slight control freak. He also likes food, a lot! And he thrives on a schedule. Therefore, practically every morning he wakes up asking what’s for dinner!

Glimpses of Life

Home Life

Teaching Responsibility

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.

Dear Mom

Dear Mom, I know it is not easy. From the first day you decided to homeschool your children; emotions were high and the excitement was at it’s peak, till now, when the school year is coming to a close, the pressure is on.

Push the toy

Running a household is a full-time labor of love that never, ever ends. Someone will always need help, food will always need preparation, something will always require more cleaning… but don’t forget what’s most important: the people.

College-Bound

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.

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.

Extracurricular

When the weather outside is frightful

The adrenaline tends to keep me going around the holidays. Dreary weather can’t get me down because my eyes are focused on what is ahead. The fun, family, baking and celebration of the Jesus’ birth. I keep the kids busy during these months, right into the new year. Enter the New Year. Our friend Winter.

Winter inspired art projects

Do you find yourself skipping art altogether because of a failed art curriculum in the past? Is it easy to trudge through your math and language arts books and somehow get through it by the end of the year. Then you leave your art plans by the wayside?

Building the family foundation

Children frequently equate love with time.  Time is their primary love language. So, whether you homeschool or not, make sure you carve out time to spend together, unplugged, and fully engaged!

Resources

For homeschoolers, by homeschoolers

If anyone can relate to homeschoolers, it’s homeschoolers. From comedy to drama to complete curriculum sets, these homeschoolers have used their talents to benefit and encourage the homeschooling community.

The Homeschool Curriculum Summit

We’re excited to have four speakers from Rainbow Resource featured at the Homeschool Curriculum Summit, a free event hosted online May 3-10. Our speakers will dialogue with event hosts Todd and Jessie on various topics. Here’s the quick lineup.

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