Category: Homeschool

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Helps For Teaching Math

Teaching spelling might be a bit challenging, because I have to adapt to my kids’ different learning styles. (Click here to watch my latest video “How to Teach Spelling in Homeschool.)  But math…I am NO math genius. Though arithmetic never posed many problems for me, algebra kicked my butt on a regular basis as a teenager. I never flunked, but it certainly did not … Read More Helps For Teaching Math

FUN= Memorable Learning Experiences

I KNOW that when my kids are having fun, they are more likely to remember what they are learning and to come back for more.  (My recent video, How We Teach Through Field Trips, shows how we used a trip to a nearby raspberry farm to teach our kids where food comes from and include them in the process of making jam.)  And yet, … Read More FUN= Memorable Learning Experiences

Keep P.E. Interesting in the Great Outdoors!

While we may be cooped up inside during these cold winter days, there are lots of ways to help the kids stay active outside- whether hot or cold. Here’s some ideas- see what works for your family! Biking- take advantage of local trails, throw the bikes in the car and head to a local or state park, mountain bike, etc. Walking and Hiking- again, … Read More Keep P.E. Interesting in the Great Outdoors!

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Teaching Our Kids Resourcefulness

I remember when it dawned on me that teaching my kids to be resourceful was a necessity. We were in the school room and all four kids wanted something from me at the same time: “Mom, I need help!” “Mom, can I get a snack?” “Mom, how do you spell ‘airplane’?” “Can I go to the bathroom?!?!” Now, if you don’t know me well, … Read More Teaching Our Kids Resourcefulness

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Right Expectations Are Key to Success When Homeschooling With Littles

So you are the mom of an infant, toddler, and/or preschooler. (Let me stop right now to give you a cyber hug!!!) I did not realize until my kids were grown beyond these stages and I was hanging out with my sister’s kids (which are 8 months, 2 years and 4 years) just how very physically and emotionally exhausting this stage of parenting is! … Read More Right Expectations Are Key to Success When Homeschooling With Littles

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An Unexpected Challenge of Homeschooling

There are lots of challenges when it comes to homeschooling: kids’ bad attitudes, keeping learning fun/interesting, assessing various learning styles, being patient as a teacher, choosing curriculum, etc. I could go on and on. But something that has taken me by surprise is just how difficult it can be to stay on top of checking the kids’ assignments. I have found that as the … Read More An Unexpected Challenge of Homeschooling

The Benefits of Long Term Lesson Planning

If you watched my YouTube video on How To Lesson Plan for Homeschool , you know that I opt to plan many weeks at a time. We have four kids, so lesson planning takes a significant amount of time. I, for one, would rather shove thorns under all my fingernails than have to lesson plan every week, because of the time consuming process that … Read More The Benefits of Long Term Lesson Planning

It’s Okay to Be Tired

I recently read this post from another homeschooling mom and was very encouraged. I hope you will be, too! (I share this with her permission.)   https://thehomeschoolmomblog.wordpress.com/2018/01/11/its-okay-to-be-tired/

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Using Technology in Homeschool

School is so different from when I was a kid- in large part to the boom in technology. I remember typing English lit papers on our dinosaur computer (even by standards then, it was a dinosaur) with the spindled printer paper. The computer lab at my small-town highschool was fairly new, and I didn’t have the foresight to see how important taking a computer … Read More Using Technology in Homeschool

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Creating Margin in Your Family

Our culture is so ridiculously busy. We have gone from an attitude of “Idle hands are the Devil’s workshop” to lives that are too busy to be concerned with anyone else but me. The tendency toward a packed schedule has been my life story. Even as a child, I was a extremely active: afterschool jobs, sports, music lessons, speech, drama, band, 4H, and church … Read More Creating Margin in Your Family

Homeschool: God’s Mandate For Parents

That’s a big title, I know. And I bet you didn’t know that God requires that His people homeschool their kids. But it’s there. Just look at Deuteronomy 6:4-9~ 4 “Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. 5 You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. 6 … Read More Homeschool: God’s Mandate For Parents

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“So, what is homeschool REALLY like?”

Everyone has a different mental image of what homeschool is like. I’ve seen several amusing memes on Facebook and Pinterest. People who don’t homeschool often make assumptions about what it looks like- I definitely did. I was not homeschooled as a child- I attended public school for all of my education. My husband attended parochial school for all of his elementary and secondary education, … Read More “So, what is homeschool REALLY like?”