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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 […]

Questions of Kindergarten: Full Day versus Half Day

A post from LifeasMOM Contributor, JessieLeigh About this time of year, notices start going home to the parents of 4 1/2 to 5 year olds; it’s time to start registering for kindergarten. In my town this year, it’s a very hot topic. At story hour, birthday parties, and outside the pre-K classroom, mommies can be […]

Craft Supplies to Keep on Hand for Kids’ Art

Many kids can do crafts all the live long day. True, the oldest ones may bore after awhile, but middles and littles (ages 2 to 10) will surprise you at their stamina when it comes to art. Over time I’ve learned that kids don’t need a lot of instruction. Other than demonstrating a technique with […]

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 […]

4 Small Ways to Observe President’s Day

Monday is President’s Day, originally recognized as Washington’s Birthday. While it may be a school holiday for some, that doesn’t mean you have to take a break from learning. Investigate the reason for the holiday in the first place and observe the day in small ways: 1. Read a biography of a past president. It […]