Academics

Making Science Fun!

You say that science is your least favorite subject to teach and the subject your kids enjoy the least? Well, make it fun! Is that even possible? Yes! Here are some tips to help you move science up the ladder of fun in your homeschool!

Homeschooling Through the Holidays

It’s that time of year again! The holidays are drawing near and the excitement is growing. When you homeschool, that often means distracted kiddos and derailed lesson plans. Let’s face it, there is something about cold temps, warm fires, snow, and all things Christmas that can just pull at our attention. Not to mention decorations to put up and big feasts to plan, right?

Let’s Talk Turkey

Thanksgiving brings wonderful memories of sitting around the dining room table filling ourselves with turkey and all the fixings while conversation and laughter fill the air. This month, we want to highlight one of the stars of Thanksgiving – the turkey! Historically considered the main dish since the days of Pilgrims and Puritans, the bountiful turkey dinner is thought to be rooted in the late 18th century, especially after the Civil War.

Schools of Thought

Cooperation is Key

So today let’s talk about “Outside the House” and what that means. I am going to just admit right off the bat that this is a hard subject for me to write. I am not an outside of the house kind of gal. I am a homebody. I like my home and am very content to be here most days.

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.

Getting Organized

Why School Year Around?

This is a question many homeschoolers ponder at some point in their journey. As a year-around schooler, I can tell you there are definite rewards to adopting this schedule! Thinking about ditching your county’s school schedule? Here’s some reasons why it’s a good idea.

3 important mindsets for getting housework done

I find sanity in knowing what is expected of me and getting it done. I like having all the checkmarks checked off a list so I can feel like I accomplished something. Then I became a mother. I quickly realized that there is no, “getting it all done.” Sometimes I just have to take a deep breath and remind myself of a few things.

Keeping the Kids Busy During the Winter Months

The winter months can seem long and exhausting with little kids in the house. Especially on days that are too cold or the weather is too bad to go outside. In the warmer months, I usually send my children outside for a good portion of the day. Winter gets too cold for going outside where I live.

Glimpses of Life

Is it Really an Interruption?

How do you deal with your little ones when they pull you away from a project, you know, for that all-important game of peek-a-boo, or to read the story “just one more time”? At this point, do you barely engage with your child, hoping that a brief acknowledgement will do the trick?

My Word For 2018: HOPE

Another year is gone. Another one is beginning. 2017 was a very difficult year for me. I had major surgery. We had lots of family things happen. We got behind. We lost hope for a time.

Attack of the Joy Suckers

In my imagination, they look something like a lamprey: fiercely holding on to their victims, depleting vitality until there’s little real life left. In reality, I’ve only seen what they’ve done–I’ve seen the results in myself. Suddenly, I find myself focusing on the negative.

Home Life

2 Easy Holiday Recipes

The holidays are in full swing. I have a few recipes that I only use this time of year. I wanted to share them with you. They are all easy and delicious. You can make these recipes any time of year though.

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

Making the Most out of Field Trips

My children and I are part of a co-op of homeschoolers that is strictly field trip based. Every Thursday we go on a different field trip. Each mom plans one or two field trips per year. I want to share with you some tips on how to make the most out of field trips. Just going on a field trip can be a lot of fun but when we incorporate other things it can be very educational.

Ring in the New Year!

Are you a take-the-tree-down-right-after-Christmas or leave-it-up-to-the-New-Year family? This month our study will look at the memories we make with our children as we welcome the New Year. Memories are often created tradition and my Christmas tree take down has become a laughable tradition in our home.

Rigning in the New Year Around the World

New Year’s resolutions, singing Auld Lang Syne at the stroke of midnight or watching the Times Square ball drop. Are any of these traditions ones you find yourself doing year after year? We might not think of these as “traditions.” Maybe because we just barely made it through Thanksgiving and Christmas we don’t want to go labeling New Year’s eve or New Year’s day a holiday.

Resources

Favorite Christmas Books

Reading is a huge part of our homeschool. There are lots of days that consist of only reading books. It is my favorite part of homeschooling. My children have a love for reading as well. Since I have a nice sized home library, we choose books from our own shelves before going to the library. We do try to visit our local library at least once a month for additional books we are interested in reading.

Gearing up for Christmas

Some people might think it’s a little too early to start thinking about Christmas but not for me. I like to shop early and get it done. I also like to get my cards written early so I can mail them out on December 1st.

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