Christmas Gift Ideas for Middle Schoolers

I’ve found a few interesting gift ideas for the middle school crowd that don’t involve electronics. They might actually encourage family time as well! So many families are not in a position to afford the many expensive new gadgets advertised. If you are looking for something a little different and easier on the budget, look […]

Is the Goal of Education the Process or the Destination?

When we have preschoolers, we can’t wait to see them reading for themselves. When we have elementary aged children, we can’t wait for them to be able to express themselves in their writing. We have similar goals through out our children’s lives. Milestones that tell us that we are indeed progressing in the right direction.

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One Secret to Success

I have a couple of pet phrases that my boys tease me about. One of them is “Do something productive” and the other is “Find something constructive to do.” I use them interchangeably, often when I am heading out the door, leaving one or more boys at home.

It’s not that I’m a slave driver, […]

Homeschooling During the Holiday Season

How does your family manage your schooling schedule around the holidays? We’ve tried different methods over the years. Here are some of them.

Keep the same schedule as the public schools. Take just the few days surrounding Christmas and New Year’s Day off and keep to a normal schedule the rest of December. It works […]

National Novel Writing Month – How Homeschoolers Can Join in the Fun

If you don’t already know, November is National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo for short. It’s a month-long campaign to get folks to write a novel. There is a lot of buzz about it in the writing community and why should homeschoolers miss out on the fun? If you have a homeschool student who […]

Using Curiosity to Stimulate Learning

As homeschoolers, we have an incredible opportunity to ignite a passion for learning. We aren’t bound by time restrictions like a traditional school and we aren’t bound by a curriculum that dictates how we teach our students. Our curriculum is simply a tool to help us stir the curiosity in our children. Once that curiosity […]

How to Juggle Homeschooling and a Job

Sometimes life throws you a curve ball. Sometimes things are going along just fine and then without warning, you are faced with big changes, big decisions.

After being home with my kids for 30 years and homeschooling for 22 of those years, I was faced with the need to go back to work. I’d been […]

More Reasons to Visit Your Local Library

When my boys were young we had a weekly outing that we always looked forward to. Sometimes we enjoyed it so much we went twice a week. Where did we go? To our local public library. We spent hours in the library. We left each time with bags overflowing with books, CDs, videos and DVDs, […]

Thinking About Homeschooling or Just Getting Started? Here are 4 Things You Need to Know

If you are thinking about homeschooling or are just starting out, there are a few things that will help you immensely if you learn them now.

Resist the temptation to “bring school home.” By that I mean, don’t try to copy what you know from school. You don’t need a school setting to succeed. The […]

Homeschooling When Life Refuses to Cooperate

I was excited. This school year looked to be starting out just right. About the only thing we do that could be considered traditional is our start and end dates. We “traditionally” begin on the Tuesday after Labor Day and end the Friday before Memorial Day. It just works easiest that way. We feel […]

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