History & Literature Picks for Home Learning

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History and literature studies are just plain fun for our homeschool. My kids love to learn about far-off places and people. Here are our picks for home learning. (This post does include affiliate links. If you make a purchase through those links, I am paid a small amount in way of advertising fees.) History and […]

How to Spend Those Back to School Dollars

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Independence Day is long gone. By at least a week. Which means the sales for back to school on are the horizon. Life as MOM contributor JessieLeigh has some great tips on how to spend those back to school dollars. Oh, I hate to say the words but, well, it’s not going to be long […]

Grammar Picks for Homeschooling

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Grammar matters. The study of language usage helps us communicate effectively. photo source This summer I’m presenting a series of posts about homeschooling and afterschooling (read: enrichment) resources that are parent-friendly and designed to boost your child’s education. If you’ve missed previous posts, head here for the “anchor” post and all the links. This week, […]

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, […]