Author: Tina Robertson

Organization: Where Do You Begin?

Let’s face it. Homeschooling is flat out hard work. On top of that tons of organization books and blogs stand ready to take up our precious time. The problem with most organizational books is that the tips are normally based on the fact you have all day to organize. If you already struggle with a starting point on organization then sorting out beneficial tips from hype is not easy. Surviving and succeeding in the homeschool world depends on organization. Doling out or scheduling the time to give to each thing in our life can be flat out stressful. Read...

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Homeschool High School Readiness

Homeschool high school readiness? What is that? Many years ago I read an article that said children are going to school longer and are learning less each year. That thought has resonated with me during the years as I have homeschooled. So from the time my sons were young, I have used both online informal testing and formal testing to determine not only what I think they should know, but to determine their state of readiness. Homeschool High School Readiness Often times we hear the term “readiness” associated with preschoolers entering formal schooling. Rightly so that researchers put so...

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Beware of the 3 C’s of Lapbooking

Would you believe me if I told you after creating more than 30+ lapbooks with my children {I have lost track} that using lapbooks in our homeschool seemed like a turn off to us when we started homeschooling? Today, using lapbooks as enrichment in our every day unit studies have kept them a delight and not overwhelming our day. My journey did not start off that way. I made three basic mistakes when I initially folded in (corny pun I know) lapbooks into our day. If you are the non-crafty person and have been avoiding creating a lapbook with...

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Taking a Hit Doesn’t Mean to Quit: Homeschooling Through Crisis

Preparation and planning are key to coping with stressful times. I’m certainly not saying we have any control over things happening, but we do have control over how we respond. I don’t think you ever get use to being off what you have scheduled, but I can say that it gets easier to cope with when something unexpected comes up. Preparation and planning are key to coping with stressful times. I’m certainly not saying we have any control over things happening, but we do have control over how we respond. Though everything from my school to home to business...

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New Year = New Goals

I can’t believe the year is almost ending. It has been a crazy hectic one for us, but I always like to take time to reflect not just on the past, but to look forward to the new year with goals. I felt like I needed a fresh new printable for doing that this coming year. I needed something a little more generic that lets me decide what goals I want to make instead of focusing on only the 4 areas of education or homeschool, health, spiritual and personal goals that I normally focus on and that are on...

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