School of Fish: Our Curriculum for 2011-2012

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

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

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 […]

Getting Started in Homeschooling: Teaching More than One Child

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

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

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 […]

Getting Started in Homeschooling: Tools to Use

photo source Navigating the waters of homeschooling can be complicated. Not only is there dangerous weather to avoid, but there’s also much good to see and do. There are so many ports and so many islets to visit. You can’t do them all, so you just have to choose. Last week we talked about building […]

Getting Started in Homeschooling: Building Your Academic Calendar

Years ago at an education conference, a homeschool attorney shared some of the basics to record keeping. I really appreciated his straightforward approach: Keep a calendar. Keep an attendance record. Have a written, prepared curriculum, or course of study. Record testing and other assessment scores. Maintain a record of lesson plans. While you need to […]