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 […]

Misconceptions About Public School

The following post is written by contributing writer, JessieLeigh: photo credit: Alex Grant There are so many factors to consider as we decide what path we’ll choose in educating our children.  And, happily, there are many great choices out there!  What works for one family may not work for another.   Priorities will vary from parent to […]

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 […]

NEW Organizing Life as MOM – with Blogger & Homeschooling Add-ons

It’s bigger! It’s badder! It’s too much fun! This past week I’ve been working on lots of new stuff to help me (and you) get it together and organize “life as MOM”. The result? The revised and updated version of “Organizing Life as MOM.” The updated 173-page book is filled with ideas and worksheets to […]

Getting Started in Homeschooling: Knowing the Laws in Your State

photo source A few months ago I started this series about Getting Started in Homeschooling. I am, by no means, an expert on the topic. But, I do love spending my days learning with my children. We’ve been living this lifestyle for almost our entire parenting stint since shortly after our eldest son was born. […]