Academics

Planning Your Homeschool Year By Subject

It’s that time of year when all homeschooling families are making decisions about the curriculum they will use this coming up school year. We look over everything we used the previous year and figure out what worked and what didn’t work.

What Homeschooling Looks Like During the Summer

I like to take the summer to slow down on academics but we don’t stop lessons completely. I like to take the time to wrap up lessons and projects as well as take time to evaluate where we are. Here are a few things I include when we are homeschooling during the holidays.

Switching Up Your Summer School

What’s the best part of being a classroom teacher? June, July and August. So goes the old joke about teaching. There are many homeschoolers who follow the public school schedule from August-ish to May-something, but there are also those who school year round.

Schools of Thought

Computer Usage in Your Homeschool

A home computer is a double edged sword. While there are opportunities for learning, there’s equal opportunities for “brain drain”. When people find out we homeschool, the most commonly asked question is whether or not we use the computer /online curriculum for our schooling.

Embracing Freedom in Your Home School

If you are just starting out on your home schooling journey, it may be quite overwhelming right now. There are plenty of opinions telling you to do things one way or another. There are just so many things that want to stake claim on your time, but there is one thing that you need to know that you have that tops all the others and that thing is FREEDOM.

Getting Organized

Planning Ahead

For homeschoolers it often seems that just as one year ends, you are already gearing up for the next year to begin.  Ok, for most of us, we have been planning ahead for months, but we don’t admit that in public.  It is a disease, I tell you!

Chores: Turning Frustration into Action

There are moments in life when we are about to boil over from the mess our blessings have made. Here’s a humorous look at what went down in our household which resulted in the active teaching of Life Skills during school hours.

Why I School Year-Round

Honestly, I would love to take a summer break. I dream of having three months to work on my pet projects, re-organize my schoolroom and get refreshed. I tried it once in my six years of homeschooling and once was enough.

Glimpses of Life

Character Over Progress

As homeschool moms, it’s easy to fall into the trap of comparing your child’s progress to another. I’m no exception. One day, it had been brought to my attention that I have a child that isn’t perfect.

Dad Saves the Day?

If I were to conduct a survey, asking my early elementary-aged kids to rate “school time with daddy” on a typical scale – with #1 being a kick-each-other-under-the-table-for-something-(anything)-to-do-to-escape-the-boredom and #10 being a call to arms to oust the current homeschool dictator (mom) in favor of a fresh, if virtually untested, educatorship – where would I fall?

Beyond Blessings

With our official homeschooling year coming to an end soon, I once again find myself thinking back on our year. What the kids have learned, yes, but more importantly what I have learned. Each year as we pray about decisions for our upcoming school year, I like to evaluate what we have done as well as WHY we have done it.

Home Life

Hospitality and Homeschooling

When I first began this journey, I wondered how it could be possible that the two could ever meet. I had determined I would have to choose one or the other. Either I could send my kids off to school so I could keep a clean home or I could homeschool in a never ending messy disaster.

How to Not Provoke Your Child to Anger

Do you have an angry child? It can become extremely frustrating to know how to deal with them since it usually stirs up so many emotions in the parent, when a child’s anger surfaces. Know this; they can change. Also, if you feel as though you may have been provoking them to this behavior, you can change as well.

Affording Your Homeschool

As you wind down the school year and begin to make plans for the next, I want to encourage you to pause and take precious time to weigh the costs of your activities, relationships and associations. Everything has a cost. Everything we do, every activity we join and even every relationship we keep has a cost.

College-Bound

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

Whoo-Hoo, Vacation!

When I was a child, vacation was always in the summer and the week between Christmas and New Years. I went to public school and vacation meant “no school!” It was a time to just play, have no schedule and fit in a trip to somewhere.

Keeping the Home in Home School

As home education continues to grow so do the many options for giving your children experiences outside of the home. In our area there are several opportunities available to the home school community. There are co-ops, tutorials, and field trip groups on every other corner.

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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