When Life Hands You Sick Kids…

My family is down for the count. Last Friday FishChick3 was throwing up and feverish. The fever continued through the weekend and has now left us with a snotty-nosed, short-fused little one. Slowly, the rest of the kids AND FishPapa have succombed to the virus. I’m the only one still standing. And yes, I’m downing […]

Extracurricular Activities to Supplement Academics

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The following is written by Life as MOM contributor, JessieLeigh: We all know one of “those families”– the ones who have their children’s lives so full and micro-managed that there’s not a single spare moment to breathe or relax. I definitely do not advocate over-scheduling little ones. I’m a firm believer in family-time, down-time, and […]

My Biggest (Homeschooling) Mistake

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  I have a big head. Seriously. I have a bigger hat size than my husband. We call it “the Getskow head” after my maiden name. Some of my kids have the Getskow head. Others don’t. We laugh good-naturedly when the seven year old wears a larger bike helmet than his big brothers. He has a Getskow […]

Homeschooling Q&A

Over the last few months I’ve been offering a glimpse into our homeschool, my teacher brain, and offering suggestions for those of you interested in homeschooling, either for practical real life application or just plain old curiosity. While I’ll still be sharing bits and pieces of homeschooling throughout the year, this post is officially wrapping […]

A Typical School Day?

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A typical day at our house is a moving target. Once upon a time it ran like clockwork. The kids awoke, we ate breakfast, we did lessons, the baby took a nap, school was done. This was back in the days when everyone was in lower elementary grades and their assignments were similar in scope […]

An At-Home Schoolroom (Getting Started in Homeschooling)

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This year is our tenth year of formal homeschooling. My kids and I know no different. Since FishBoy14 started kindergarten so many years ago, we’ve been “doing school” at home. And as such, we’ve always had a designated school room in our home. We’ve lived in five different homes in those nine years and we’ve […]

Can You Afford to Homeschool? (Frugal Friday)

Homeschooling has been, hands down, one of the most fulfilling experiences of my “life as mom.” It’s also been one of the hardest. But, I’m so glad that we chose this path. Teaching my kids at home has not been without its costs, though. Right up front, you know that a homeschool mom has given […]

5 Ways to Welcome Your Child Home From School

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The following post is written by contributing writer, JessieLeigh: Ah, back to school. It’s a bittersweet time. With the excitement of new notebooks and pencils comes the worry about difficult subjects. With the joy of meeting new friends comes the fear of not fitting in. With the fresh new start of a school year comes the […]