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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 […]

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 […]

A Day in My Life as a Homeschool Mom

I love it that I get to write for Simple Homeschool. It gets me thinking and writing about things that I might not otherwise explore. This month we’re sharing our “day in the life.” Today you can read what a typical day is like at our house. Hold onto your hats! From the post, When […]

Lunar Eclipse Tonight!

Photo source This year our little homeschool is studying Astronomy. It’s the kind of Astronomy I wish had been the basis of the Astro 1 class I took in college. No one told me it was astrophysics! Booooorrrrring! No, this astronomy is learning about the planets and constellations and how things work up in space. […]

5 Educational Gift Ideas for Children

Gift giving is a tricky thing. We want to bless our kids and buy them gifts they like, but we want to encourage healthy pursuits as well. Sometimes those two don’t always agree. But, I’m convinced that a good gift is good for the recipient, challenges the mind, and encourages the child. Gifts that Teach […]

Free Printables for Kids

My kids love to color – even FishBaby FishChick2. And while we do have a huge bucket full of bargain coloring books and a few of the nicer Dover historical coloring books, many of the crew still get pretty jazzed about printable coloring pages. Maybe because it’s new and different? I love printable coloring pages […]