European Vacation with Six Kids?

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We’re dreaming a big dream over here. This little town, near and dear to my heart, is the petit village of Collioure, France, just a few miles from the Spanish border. It’s our hope to spend a few weeks here in 2014. And I’ve got 22 months to get ready. I’m over at Simple Homeschool […]

How I Taught My Kids to Read

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Continuing the series, FishMama’s Picks for Homeschooling, today I’m sharing how I taught my kids to read.   One of the things I was reminded of this past year in our Extreme Homeschool Makeover was that the basics are good. There’s nothing wrong with focusing on the basics. In fact, they are the building blocks […]

Super Tool to Help You Read With Your Kids


Hold onto your hats! We’ve got a great new book, a super tool to help you read with your kids! Look at that boy! He’s so happy! Today he’s ten, and he’s as much in love with books now as he was at two. The love of books was one thing that I really, REALLY […]

Math Picks for Homeschooling

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As I mentioned yesterday, I am in school planning mode. We’ve only been off school for a week, but our shorter summer vacation means we’ll be getting back in the saddle in a month or two. And I want to be ready for the new year. That means having all our curriculum ordered and on […]

Ensuring a Good Teacher Fit


While I’m busily getting ready for the next year of homeschooling, Life as MOM contributor JessieLeigh offers some great suggestions for public schoolers to find the right teacher for next year. photo source As we move into the summer months, we put the 2011-’12 school year behind us. Classes are over, report cards are sent, […]

The Well-Trained Mind: A Road Map for Our Homeschool

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The Well-Trained Mind serves as a road map to our homeschool, showing us the different paths we can take, as well as reminding us to pace ourselves and our kids. Last week I shared about a new series on Life as MOM. With the oh-so-humble title of FishMama’s Picks for Homeschooling, it is my effort […]

FishMama’s Picks for Homeschooling


This week I’m finishing my tenth year of formal homeschooling. I suppose some might say fifteen years since before my son was officially in kindergarten, I gave him a preschool experience at home. Really, all of life is learning. But, yes, ten years of formal teaching. I think I get a pin for years of […]

Why We Do School at Home

There are lots of reasons to homeschool. Today I share why we do school at home. Hubby and I just got home from the California Great Homeschool Convention. I only mis-navigated the adventure a few times during our travels, and we only took a couple wrong turns. But, it was an overall success because FishPapa and […]