Academics

Studying Geography in the Context of History

There are dozens of choices on the market. My favorite way to teach Geography is in the context of History or Literature. The reason is simple, not only will combining Geography study with History or Literature will save you time and aggravation. It’ll make the lesson that much memorable as more connections are made in the brain.

Spelling Success: It is Possible!

Parents of homeschoolers and non-homeschoolers alike agree that spelling is a tricky subject. Many parents I talk to cringe when I bring up the subject. The only advice that I have to offer in this area is that slow and steady wins the race. Spelling is one of those subjects that you just need to keep on practicing and when you think your child has practiced enough, have them practice some more.

Afternoon Tea Time

I have always enjoyed a cup of hot tea. My favorite tea is Earl Grey with two squares of sugar. It makes me feel warm and old fashioned. I use real tea cups that my mom gave to me with the saucers and tiny tea spoons to stir in the sugar. I know it doesn’t seem like much, but having an afternoon tea time is a way to unwind and get back to the basics of life.

Schools of Thought

On The Fence About Homeschooling? 3 Common Questions

The type of people who homeschool usually have a tenacity inside them that push them forward, to keep going even when times get tough. They are often the ones who are used to going against the flow. Even though homeschooling parents need to have a strength within them to break the mold, there are still questions and fears that plague so many of us.

Teacher Reboot: Retreat! [Part 2]

Are you driving full force into your school year? Don’t take the GPS approach! Hit the brakes, stop “at the side of the road” and look back! Why look back when you want to move forward? Well, how do you know where you’re going if you don’t know where you’ve been?

Getting Organized

Taming the Ink Beast

Have you ever found the perfect online printable only to remember you are almost out of ink? Your printer technically still works and you know that the “low ink” warning will give you a few more decent pages. You cross your fingers. Page one works, sigh. Page two starts to go fuzzy and then it happens, the ink is gone.

7 Creative Ways to Use Trash Cans in Your Homeschool Space

Finding creative ideas you can do yourself using every day home products, like trash cans, which come in a variety of sizes, colors and materials makes this an easy project. Pulling together 7 creative ways to use a trash can in your homeschool space, I hope you’re inspired to think trash can to treasure.

Well-Planned Day

I have tried many planners over the years. When we started our homeschooling journey a few years ago I had to step up my planner game. Having a really good planner that meets all of your needs is very important when you have a family and homeschool. It keeps you organized and on schedule. A good quality planner will also help you to manage your household.

Glimpses of Life

Do You Know the Season?

In Ecclesiastes 3, the Bible says, “To everything there is a season.” But, do YOU know the season you are in and is that where God wants you?

Teaching Life Lessons

Another blessing in learning at home is being able to take those teachable moments that happen everyday and turn them into life lessons in your homeschool. By doing this, we learn to love one another, esteem one another higher than ourselves and keep our focus on the one who made the ultimate sacrifice!

Mealtime Learning

Looking to fit more “school” into your day? Want to do more, but you can’t bear the thought of another class period? Maybe you have that one subject that is way down low on the totem pole, that you just never seem to get to, but you know you should? Or maybe you need a time to reinforce a few concepts or go over memory work.

Home Life

When You Feel Like You Failed

Let’s just be honest.  Sometimes things in our lives do not look like what we thought they would.  Or should.  Plans get derailed, our time is needed somewhere else, people change, emergencies arise – things just happen.

Character Building For Children

Character traits is one of the most important subjects my children will ever learn. Everything from kindness to compassion, gentleness to cheerfulness, truthfulness to hospitality. There are so many character traits to learn that I simply cannot name them all.

Learning to Love Chores With Littles

Taking care of the home is a huge responsibility. It is even greater when you have lots of “littles” running around. By littles I mean children who are all very young. My oldest is seven and I still consider him in that category, although he would beg to differ. But, when children are young they don’t understand orderliness and cleanliness. Parents much teach these things and instill them in their hearts and minds.

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

Morning Gathering Time for Older Children

Do you remember circle time in Preschool and Kindergarten? The daily time when the children and teacher (in this case mom) gather to go over the calendar, read books, recite the alphabet, and so on. I always admired moms who were able to fit this inviting time into their home school day. It’s funny how I always saw this morning time reserved for the little ones, but now I see the full benefits of reserving a special time for the older children.

Raising Young Entrepreneurs

This summer, I treated my kids to a paddleboat ride. I knew they loved it but what I didn’t know was that my nine year old had so much fun that he was setting aside some of his hard earned cash to pay to do it again. So where did he get his money? We don’t do allowances. I’m not entirely opposed to the idea, there certain are benefits and lessons kids can learn through them, we just don’t do it.

Summer (or Anytime!) Family Fun Ideas

In the hustle and bustle of the busy summer months, reconnecting as a family is priority. Every family is different in the type of activities they enjoy pursuing together, and it seems sometimes we get into a routine-a dull, predictable routine—doing the same activity week after week. I encourage you to think outside the box! As a family, at least once this summer (or aim for once a week!) plan a new activity.

Resources

Unit Study: Bastille Day!

Bastille Day, or French Independence Day (similar to our American Independence Day) celebrates a day that has impacted all of us, whether of French heritage or not. Briefly, Bastille Day is celebrated on July 14th.

Bird Study – Part 1

One of my favorite finds was Thornton Burgess’, The Bird Book For Children. At first glance, it appeared extremely overwhelming. I decided to try it. I figured I would share a large amount of information and hope that they would grasp what they could. And they have!

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