A Day in My Life

roller coaster ride

Parenting and homeschooling six children has been, by far, the wildest ride of my life yet. The month of January was a particular roller coaster-ish one. When Jamie mentioned that we were sharing our “day in the life,” I inwardly cringed. I would have loved to present a picture perfect image and a schedule to […]

Homeschool Makeover and Great Homeschool Conventions

book shelf

Head’s up! If you make a purchase through the Amazon link in this post, I do receive a small percentage of the sale. As I mentioned last week, we’re undergoing some major home(school) renovations around here. I’ve had my nose in books and homeschooling blogs and forums for the last week or so. I’ve also […]

An Extreme Home(School) Makeover

marshmallow spaghetti structures

Homeschooling can be the hardest and best of teaching jobs. But, mid-year we often need a little boost and perhaps even an Extreme Home(School) Makeover. Twenty years ago, I set myself on a course to be a teacher. I was 19 and really wanted my life planned out. {chuckles} Little did I know back then…. […]

When Life Hands You Sick Kids…

My family is down for the count. Last Friday FishChick3 was throwing up and feverish. The fever continued through the weekend and has now left us with a snotty-nosed, short-fused little one. Slowly, the rest of the kids AND FishPapa have succombed to the virus. I’m the only one still standing. And yes, I’m downing […]

My Biggest (Homeschooling) Mistake

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  I have a big head. Seriously. I have a bigger hat size than my husband. We call it “the Getskow head” after my maiden name. Some of my kids have the Getskow head. Others don’t. We laugh good-naturedly when the seven year old wears a larger bike helmet than his big brothers. He has a Getskow […]

Homeschooling Q&A

Over the last few months I’ve been offering a glimpse into our homeschool, my teacher brain, and offering suggestions for those of you interested in homeschooling, either for practical real life application or just plain old curiosity. While I’ll still be sharing bits and pieces of homeschooling throughout the year, this post is officially wrapping […]

A Typical School Day?

1st day of school

A typical day at our house is a moving target. Once upon a time it ran like clockwork. The kids awoke, we ate breakfast, we did lessons, the baby took a nap, school was done. This was back in the days when everyone was in lower elementary grades and their assignments were similar in scope […]

An At-Home Schoolroom (Getting Started in Homeschooling)

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This year is our tenth year of formal homeschooling. My kids and I know no different. Since FishBoy14 started kindergarten so many years ago, we’ve been “doing school” at home. And as such, we’ve always had a designated school room in our home. We’ve lived in five different homes in those nine years and we’ve […]