Celebrating The End of the School Year

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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 […]

Getting Started in Homeschooling: Educational Philosophy


Homeschooling has been one of the richest experiences in my “life as MOM.” While I am not one to say that everyone should do it, I’m confident in saying that everyone can do it. If you want something bad enough, you can do anything. A few weeks ago I began a series about getting started in […]

Thoughts on Teaching High School at Home

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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 […]

Getting Started in Homeschooling: Deciding to Go For It

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Kelley wrote in, asking about homeschooling and how to get started. I thought it might be good to answer her letter here as there may be others with the same questions. In fact, I know there are, because on this survey, that was a recurring theme. “More homeschooling posts!” shout the people. So, anyway, here’s […]

Teaching Several Grade Levels with Common Curricula

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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 […]

Your Summer Survival Guide is Here

Summer Survival Guide

Ready to sail through summer with a smile? Got a bag of tricks ready for when the kids are home all day with “nothing to do?” Are you prepared for the transition from carpools, math lessons, and regular bedtimes? Don’t worry. I’ve got ya covered! Get the book here. (Click here if you can’t see the […]

Give Your Kids a Veggication (Giveaway)


The following is a guest post from Jenna of Food with Kid Appeal: At long last! A tool to help busy parents teach kids how vegetables nourish their brain for optimal learning. Whether you homeschool or just want some enrichment activities over the summer, a Veggication is for everybody. Veggication is a nutrition education program […]

Tips for a Greener Home School & Office

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Since I teach my kids at home, our house is where we “live.” It gets messier than it would if most of us were gone all day. It wears more of a “lived in” look than many other homes. This is where we do life. It’s also where we go through huge amounts of papers […]