How to Stop Stressing Over Homeschool Planning

You ever see the “have it all together” homeschool moms on Pinterest, Instagram, and other social media accounts?  You know, the ones who have the perfect homeschool room, spotless house…they even have their homeschool year all planned out before they finish the current year. I always wondered how in the world they did it!  I mean, and still be able to keep up with the house, spend time with the husband, spend time with the kids, spend time with friends, etc. I still have no idea but I do know that I am NOT that mom.  I also know that we

5 Homeschool PE Ideas to Keep Your Family Active

When it comes to homeschooling, there are so many things to think about and plan just for the core subjects, that sometimes electives get pushed to the back burner. For years I neglected to teach homeschool P.E., but recently I have made some big changes. In my state, it is a requirement for students to have a physical education credit to graduate. Additionally, I want my children to have a solid foundation in healthy living before they are out on their own in just a few short years. So, I decided it was best to just get my family up

Guard Your Time: 7 Tips for Homeschoolers

It’s a teacher-in-service day and your friend, whose kids go to the neighborhood public school, asks you, “Can you watch Susie, Johnny, and Frankie today?” Your neighbor, who has two preschool-aged children, has taken a new job and now has to make childcare arrangements.  She asks you if you’ll watch them, because “You’re home anyway.” Your aunt has recently retired, and she wants to spend more time with you and your kids.  That’s great. The problem? She wants to do it right in the middle of the day and doesn’t seem to understand that just because you’re home, doesn’t mean

You CAN Homeschool! 9 Homeschool Myths Debunked

Homeschool myths were huge concerns for me when I decided I wanted to homeschool! I have to be honest and say that I didn’t think that I was fit to be a homeschool mom after hearing these things from other people. But once I discovered that these are only myths, the idea of homeschooling became so much easier to grasp. Today I want to share with you the nine most commons myths about homeschooling. You, too, can homeschool your children once you can see beyond the myths floating around about homeschooling.

Keeping Your Homeschool Priorities Straight

Every year, it seems even easier than the last to get sucked in by all the new and shiny curriculum. I can add two or three more subjects in, right? And maybe another co-op class, because it looks so good? When you add in field trips, sports, and other extracurriculars, it can become overwhelming. There has to be a trick to keeping your homeschool priorities straight! I’ve been there, and it’s not pretty. One year, my son even made me promise that I would let him approve activities before I signed him up for them. You see, he was doing

Stop Math Struggles in Their Tracks with These 10 Tips

As a middle and high school math teacher with a Masters in Teaching, now homeschooling my own children, I am passionate about creating enjoyable and authentic learning experiences to help students understand math in a thorough way. In this post I want to share with you 10 tips for helping students of all ages enjoy learning math while seeing the practical applications of this core subject and taking ownership and pride in the learning process.

Before Homeschooling High School Do These 3 Things

“I’m homeschooling high school.” Gulp! The realization hit me hard and fast when someone asked me what grades my children were in. All of a sudden I realized my little babies were no longer…little nor babies. I mean, I knew that they weren’t little as they both tower over me. But knowing and realizing the impact on our life and homeschool is a little different. When facing homeschooling high school, FEAR is a common emotion. Fear is also amazing. It can either freeze you in place or it can drive you to find the solutions you need.

Enhance Your Homeschool With Unit Studies

No matter where you are in your homeschooling journey, you are probably looking for ways to give your kiddos an effective learning experience. Am I right? The hours spent trying to find the right curriculum, the Pinterest boards filled with “maybe I’ll try this” pins, not to mention the countless Facebook groups you’ve joined aren’t for nothing! One approach to homeschooling that has won me over is this one: unit studies. Unit studies have picked up a lot of momentum in the homeschooling community, and rightfully so. This is one of the best methods I have come across that not