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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

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

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

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 […]

A Good Story: What’s In It for You?

Last week I got a chance to share at Simple Homeschool, discussing our family’s affection for good stories. From the post, Developing a love of books is one of the most important parts of our homeschool. Not only is it academically sound, but it is also a way of nurturing my children, of creating a […]

Prioritizing in a Large Homeschool

Once a month I get the privilege of publishing an article at Simple Homeschool. Since homeschooling takes up a huge percentage of my life, it’s been so good to get me thinking about the whys and wherefores of teaching my children at home. Today I address methods of prioritizing in a large family homeschool. From […]

A Day in My Life as a Homeschool Mom

I love it that I get to write for Simple Homeschool. It gets me thinking and writing about things that I might not otherwise explore. This month we’re sharing our “day in the life.” Today you can read what a typical day is like at our house. Hold onto your hats! From the post, When […]

Lunar Eclipse Tonight!

Photo source This year our little homeschool is studying Astronomy. It’s the kind of Astronomy I wish had been the basis of the Astro 1 class I took in college. No one told me it was astrophysics! Booooorrrrring! No, this astronomy is learning about the planets and constellations and how things work up in space. […]