Academics

Don’t Rush The Early Years

After reading several books, hearing different speakers, and talking to some homeschool friends, I came to the conclusion that more is not necessarily better. Doing cursive handwriting at four years old does not make my child any smarter than if he learns at nine years old.

Must-have resources for homeschool bookshelves

With the proliferation of the internet, sometimes the simplicity of physical print material gets overlooked. Why would you hunt for something within pages of paper when with a click of a button it’s on your monitor with ease?

Schools of Thought

The anxious learner

How do you handle your child when they freeze up during school? You might ask them a question about what you went over yesterday and they feel so put on the spot that they simply cannot think of the answer. Or you hand them a test and they hand it back to you empty saying they don’t know what to do, when you know for a fact they know the answers.

Learning Through Living Books

I am embracing the Charlotte Mason method for homeschooling this year. If you don’t know about her philosophies I would recommend checking out A Charlotte Mason Companion by Karen Andreola. Miss Mason’s methods are simple yet deeply rooted.

The Most Important Lesson I Learned Through Homeschooling

When you think of homeschooling you probably think about educating your children. Giving them a love for learning. Teaching them the important things in life and guiding them along a path that will lead them to a successful life. But, another aspect of homeschooling is what the parents learn through this journey.

Getting Organized

The Art of List Making

Throughout my years I’ve finally come to a place where list making is my friend. In earlier days this was not so. Back then, lists were restrictive and a constant nagging reminder of everything I needed to do. But now that I know how to turn list making into a tool, I see things differently.

Making the most of your day

It goes without saying that a woman’s work is never done. I believe that’s doubly true for the homeschool woman’s work! Some days it’s almost impossible to keep all the plates turning. At the end of a long day with ungraded papers and housework piling up what’s a mom to do?

Finding the homeschool support you need

Homeschooling is on the rise and so are people looking to connect with other like-minded homeschoolers. Many parents are on the search for other families with similar goals and interests in relation to their schooling choices to connect with.

Glimpses of Life

Homeschooling When Mom Is Sick

We have all been there. You wake up with a terrible cold and fever or you have a migraine that rocks your whole life. I live with chronic pain and have for about 5 years now. I have had many days where I just couldn’t get anything done. But, that little guilty feeling creeps in and I just have to get some kind of school work done with my kids.

Homeschooling in a season of sacrifice

Homeschooling and homeschoolers go through a variety of seasons over the duration of their journey. Though not enjoyable, seasons of sacrifice teach us the greatest life lessons and end up giving us so much more.

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

Homemade Applesauce

When we go apple picking we don’t buy a ton. We get enough to make a batch of homemade applesauce as well as one apple pie (per my husband’s request). We do a little study about apples ahead of time so my boys know how apples grow and such. We have a lot of fun with it.

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

Fall nature study and walk

Fall is my absolute favorite season. The weather is cooler. The air feels more crisp and clean. The smells of wood and leaves and cinnamon hang in the air. Did I mention…pumpkins? But fall offers many new things to study, too!

Adventures in Rock Hunting and Painting

There is a trend in my area (and maybe yours) that I hope lasts for a long time. It is painting rocks, hiding them, and then hunting for new ones. We call them “Kindness Rocks” here. People in my area paint rocks in thousands of different designs and hide them around town. They use a certain hashtag on the back of the rock so you can take a picture of it and post it on social media using the hashtag on the rock.

Celebrating Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur and Sukkot

Recently I was talking to a friend who is Jewish and celebrates the Biblical Fall Festivals. Seeing this change of season through her eyes and hearing her story really helped me put things into perspective. Not many Christians know what this season is about. Here’s what she had to say about why the Fall season is so special to her.

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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