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Can You Afford to Homeschool?

Homeschooling has been, hands down, one of the most fulfilling experiences of my “life as mom.” It’s also been one of the hardest. But, I’m so glad that we chose this path. Teaching my kids at home has not been without its costs, though. Right up front, you know that a homeschool mom has given […]

School of Fish: Our Curriculum for Grades K, 2, 4, 6, & 9

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The next natural step in the Getting Started in Homeschoolingseries is to share what we’re actually going to be studying this year. I spent a fair amount of time this past month researching the new texts and resources to add to our homeschool this year. Overall, I’m pretty excited about each of these items. May my […]

Homeschooling with Little Ones

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The following is written by LifeasMOM contributor Lauren: Last year was my family’s first year of homeschooling. It was also a year in which we added a new baby to our family. To say it was ‘fairly busy’ is quite the understatement. This summer, I took the time to really reflect on our past school […]

Planning for Homeschool Success

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I’m over at Simple Homeschool today sharing some of my strategies for homeschool success. From the post, I’ve been “going back to school” for almost 35 years now. That’s crazy! And while I’m no longer a registered student anywhere, I continue to learn. Thank the Lord. As a mom teaching her kids at home, one […]

Making a Smooth Back to School Transition

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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 […]

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

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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 […]