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Looking at History With New Eyes

     Don’t get me wrong.  The journey along Highway 12 in Idaho is GORGEOUS!!! You can expect to see dense cedar forests, a beautiful river that hugs the highway, and a mountain ridge that hovers above.  Enormous boulders will arbitrarily appear in the middle of the small, swift river, evoking wonder as to their origin and possible casualties at their landing.  This is … Read More Looking at History With New Eyes

Come Tour Our Tiny Home on Wheels (a.k.a. RV)!!

Ever wonder how a large family could manage living full time in a RV? Tour our travel trailer and find out!!

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The Vanity of Striving for Perfection

“There is nothing better for a person than that he should eat and drink and find enjoyment in his toil.  This also, I saw, is from the hand of God, for apart from him who can eat or who can have enjoyment?  For to the one who pleases him God has given wisdom and knowledge and joy, but to the sinner he has given … Read More The Vanity of Striving for Perfection

How To Afford Homeschool Curriculum

I am SO thankful that we have the ability to choose homeschool as a way to educate our children. I am deeply grateful to have this freedom. Homeschool regulations vary from state to state- some being highly regulated, while others are not regulated at all. I live in a state with minimal regulations, and again, I am very thankful to have the freedom to … Read More How To Afford Homeschool Curriculum

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Parent Retreat= Parent Treat

Last spring, Joe and I attended a Teach Them Diligently conference where we were delighted and surprised to see an old friend from our newlywed small group days. How fun!! Homeschooling can be tough, and it is disingenuous to suggest otherwise. Even the most passionate homeschool parent goes through seasons of discouragement. All kids struggle at times- whether with a specific subject, an area … Read More Parent Retreat= Parent Treat

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Time Saving Ideas for Homeschool

With each additional child, the time spent homeschooling every day increases exponentially for mom and/or dad. Homeschool begins with teaching kids at home, but that is not where homeschool ends. Not only do parents spend time teaching the kids, but they have to plan out their schoolwork and correct their finished schoolwork, just like a vocational teacher. If you are the minority homeschooling parent … Read More Time Saving Ideas for Homeschool

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Learning by “Catching”

One of the unexpected joys of homeschooling is watching our younger children learn from our older children. Sometimes, it’s on purpose. For example, I have had the older kids read to the younger kids (watch my latest YouTube video: How to Teach Kids to Read in Homeschool ). I have also had our oldest daughter teach grammar to our son. I found myself in … Read More Learning by “Catching”

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