Extra-curricular Activities for Your Homeschool

We homeschool in a time when extra-curricular activities abound. From co-ops to classes, to workshops at the local children’s theater, we have so many activities to choose from. But we all know that activities are not always equal. Some are fun activities meant...

An Amateur’s Secrets to Homeschooling Like a Pro

There are a whole fleet of homeschool bloggers with decades of experience and graduate tassels under their belts that can offer you some fail proof advice on how to be successful at homeschooling. I am not one of these. We are just starting our fifth year homeschooling. So, I am sure that the more seasoned homeschool moms would rate me somewhere between experienced and “who gave her the mic?” Because, though I too am now a homeschool blogger, I rarely give sound advice. I just laugh at myself and other people in the words I type.

Homeschooling Boys? Four Things You Need to Know

Homeschooling is a grand adventure and homeschooling boys can be especially fun or frustrating – depending on your perspective.  As a homeschooling mother it’s vitally important to remember that boys are different as we learn how to work with the way they are wired! Thankfully, homeschooling allows us the flexibility to embrace this. So here are 4 things to keep in mind as you embark on this adventure.

How I Make Myself a Priority as a Homeschool Mom

Homeschool moms can get so bogged down wth time seeming to be ever elusive. Yet we know that if fail to fill our own cups, we’ll soon find we are empty and unable to fill the cups of our children, spouses, friends, and others. We need to take the time to care...

Inspiring Quotes for Homeschoolers

From time to time we all need a little inspiration. It’s easy to get discouraged or to get bogged down with the day to day busy-ness that comes with homeschooling. But sometimes inspiration can come in a simple reminder that what we are doing is of far greater...

Homeschool Mother’s Journal – July Edition

Whether you are year-round homeschoolers still hitting the books during the hot summer days, or you are on summer break we all know learning happens all the time. It could even be that you are in the back-to-school mode opting for starting in July rather than waiting...

Helping Reluctant Readers Enjoy Literature-based Unit Studies

A large part of our homeschool day includes learning through Literature-based unit studies. So how do I teach kids who can’t read very well using stories? While I could (and sometimes do) feel like a failure as a reading teacher, I have found ways to incorporate my love of books into our homeschool day with even the most reluctant of readers.

Nurturing Your Homeschool Reading Culture

Are you trying to build a reading culture in your home? This is definitely an area where homeschoolers have the opportunity to excel. Many homeschoolers already include reading aloud in their daily routine, use literature rich curriculum, and allow for a lot of free reading time. These are all great ways to communicate to our children the value we place on reading and books.

Easy Homeschool Artist Studies

Artists studies can be quiet intimidating. Yet did you know artist studies can also be freeing? Let’s focus on that freedom in easy homeschool artist studies. Because we all need a little more art freedom in our lives. The joy and freedom of art is definitely something we want our children to discover.

Teaching Cooking Skills in the Homeschool

Cooking is a basic life skill that every adult should have at least a modicum of knowledge of how to do. Having the advantage of having our children home with us makes it easier to incorporate cooking skills into homeschool routines. Whether it’s starting with...

Embracing Technology in the Homeschool for Learning and Assessment

Screen time is an integral part of our homeschool day. We don’t have time limits on using the computer or tablet. Rather, my son’s computer and tablet help enhance his learning. Technology is a necessary tool in his homeschool day for learning and assessment. And it’s no wonder! We live in a world surrounded by technology, so this generation is growing up with the technological innovations as the “norm.” In our homeschool, technology certainly is the norm.

How Homeschool Moms Can Find the Time to Work From Home

I can’t tell you the number of times I have had another homeschool mom come up to me and ask how in the world I’m able to work from home. They don’t think they have what it takes to work from home. They say, “I’d love to have extra money, but I just don’t have time to work from home” Don’t worry; with a little creativity, you CAN find the time.

A Movie and a Big Idea | Summer Edition

Over the years we’ve brought you several Book and a Big Idea link-ups sharing with your unit studies, fun ideas and resources surrounding our (and your) love of books. But with summer in full swing, we thought it would be a fun idea to share with you a slightly...

What Homeschooling Gifted Kids Entails

Homeschooling gifted and twice-exceptional (gifted with special needs) learners is a wonderful way to allow your child to soar, but it is not all sunshine and roses, as some people believe. Being prepared for what you may encounter is the best way to begin homeschooling your gifted child.

Homeschooling at Universal Studios Florida

Are you planning a family vacation to Universal Studios in Orlando this summer? There are lots of opportunities around the park to sneak in some homeschooling with all the fun you’ll be having!! Take a look at these fun ways to homeschool while you’re there!

3 Keys to Homeschooling a Gifted Child: Welcome to Wonderland

The gifted label is kind of a misnomer. It’s not so much a gift as it is wiring – the neurological construct of a person’s brain, primed for the reception, processing, and evaluation of information at a highly efficient rate. In gifted children, the brain tends to devote an enormous amount of attention toward the development of these skills, leaving other aspects of development to the side.

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