MENU

Getting Started in Homeschooling: Teaching More than One Child

fishboys farm

Our family is coming up on our tenth year of formal homeschooling. It has been an amazing journey thus far. We’ve covered much ground and learned so much together. This year I approach our school, trembling in my boots, as I teach five grades from kindergarten to ninth grade. We’ve examined all our options and […]

Making a Smooth Back to School Transition

notebook calendar

This past week, I’ve been actively getting ready for the transition back to school daze days. Since I’ll be teaching five grade levels this year, I’m taking a few extra days of “vacation” to prepare. Preparation is key! Currently, as I type, the house is in varying degrees of “shambles.” My staging for life projects have included […]

Getting Started in Homeschooling: Creating a Daily Schedule or Routine

roman baby

Creating a daily schedule or routine can be a great thing to add structure and direction to your homeschool day. There are families who will be drawn to a minute-by-minute schedule, while others will lend themselves to a basic outline that can be tweaked on a day-to-day basis. What you choose will should ultimately be determined […]

What We Learned About Edible Wild Foliage

It all started with a little red berry. A little red berry and a toddler. I had taken my children to the park to play. My daughter, a toddler at the time, was roaming about the playground, just a few feet away, and then disappeared from my view around a corner. I was after her immediately, […]

Homeschooling and Food

If I had a maid, a chauffeur, and private chef, homeschooling would be a piece of cake. Ok, maybe I exaggerate a little. We know that even the best laid lesson plans sometimes meet with reluctant learners. But what can break a homeschool mom at the knees are those regular household tasks. Molding young minds and […]

Celebrating The End of the School Year

sky boys 2

photo credit: Jamie Getskow Voeltz Today is the last day of our school year. We began in early August and have clocked more than 180 instructional days. So, today wraps up the end of our “formal schooling” for the year. What this looks like at our house is that the kids can sleep in a […]

Thoughts on Teaching High School at Home

bumper cars 2

I’ve been teaching my kids at home for nine years now. When FishBoy13 was born, I quit my job at a California high school, intent on being home with my children, however many there would be. FishPapa and I had it in our minds to teach them at home, in part because of what I […]

Teaching Several Grade Levels with Common Curricula

curriculum fair

This month Simple Homeschool is hosting a curriculum fair. Each of us is sharing how we approach choosing books and resources for teaching our kids at home. Today I’m talking about how I teach several grade levels using the same books. It’s a way that I save time, money, and a few brain cells all […]