Great Price on The Old Schoolhouse Magazine – Special Today


After 8 years of formal homeschooling, it’s now a way of life for our family. We’re always learning something new, though. And a great way to learn about homeschooling is from others who’ve gone before you. I love talking with other moms and find out what works for them. No use reinventing the wheel! The […]

How We Do School: A Guest Post from Joy


Last week I shared a little bit about my educational background and how our family has gone against the grain in choosing to homeschool. Then JessieLeigh shared her story of how she and her husband came to the conclusion that public school was the best choice for their family. Today Joy, web designer extraordinaire, homeschooling […]

Tie-Dye TShirts: Tips for Success

Tie Dye

See that little guy on the left, the one who’s not sure if he’s smiling? Well, the other day we were driving down the road and he said, “Could we paint tshirts today?” It was one of those moments when I could have said, “Not today.” But, I took a moment to think about it. […]

Planning Vacations for a Range of Ages

As you may know, our six kids are ranged in age from one to thirteen. We represent almost every developmental stage of childhood. Makes for some complex parenting. One thing we’ve struggled with over time is provide activities and to plan vacations that can suit the whole crew. Today, over at Simple Homeschool, I’m sharing […]

How We Do School: A Guest Post from JessieLeigh


Today’s post is brought to you by my twin, JessieLeigh. Well, we’re not really related. At least we don’t think we are. But, JessieLeigh and I have some uncanny resemblances. We are both named Jessica, obviously. But, we were also both French majors, lived abroad, love froofy food, and our dads are both of Norwegian […]

How We Do School

School Survey

I grew up in a family of educators. Both my parents as well as close family friends and several aunts, uncles, and cousins were public school teachers. Lesson plan, students, and attendance were words I understood at a very young age. I knew the inside of a classroom before I took my first steps. I […]

7 Ways to Encourage Your Children to Read

fish boy reading

This post contains one or more Amazon affiliate links. When you make a purchase through those links, I am paid a small amount in advertising fees. Thanks for your support. I really appreciate it. Photo Source: Cristina Thornburg FishPapa and I are major bookworms. For years we lived without TV or VCR because we so […]

Save Money with The Total Money Makeover


Read any good books lately? I hope so. We’re on a mission to read more in 2010. If you haven’t thought up some good books to read, now’s a great time to make some reading goals for the year. It’s never too late to start bookin’ it. This past month has been a busy one […]