What Can You Expect from an Extended School Year?

Preparing for an Extended School Year | Life as MOM

Is your child being recommended to participate in an “extended school year”, formerly known as “summer school”? What are the pros and cons? What can you expect?

Why Recess Is Worth Fighting For

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Do kids really need recess? Would that time be better spent studying? Life as MOM contributor JessieLeigh shares her thoughts on why recess IS worth fighting for.

How We Are Preparing Our Homeschooled Kid for College


As we near the end of our first 13 years of homeschooling, we get ready to launch one child into college. Here’s what we’ve done to prepare.

Common Core Math Is Confusing

Common Core Math Is Confusing |

As Common Core Math has been implemented in schools, it has left many parents scratching their heads. But, is it all bad? Life as MOM contributor JessieLeigh shares her thoughts on Common Core Math. Over the last couple of years, a majority of states and their corresponding districts have made the decision to align their […]

Reader Q&A: Military Career? Yay or Nay?


This week’s Q&A involves questions about careers in the military. What do you think about it? What advice can you give to a young person’s aspirations?

A Homeschool Day in the Life with Kids Aged 17, 14, 12, 10, 8, & 6

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Ever wonder what life is like when you’re me? Ha! Here’s a little peak into a day in my life with kids aged 17, 14, 12, 10, 8, and 6

What Makes a Great Week in Our Homeschool

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A great week in our homeschool means that language arts and math are done; that history is engaging; and that learning happens.

10 Great Book Series for Kids

10 great book series for kids

Want to get reading with your kids? Here are ten books series that have been FishFam-tested.  This post was originally posted on January 20, 2013. These books are still my favorites! Since I am a bookworm, it was really important to me that our kids love to read. FishPapa loves to read, so it sounded […]