By the Way Book Series: Connecting God, Geography, and History

I recently realized that geography is a subject that has been quite lacking in our homeschool, so I was excited for the chance to review the Ireland title from By the Way. Ireland is steeped in religious history and knowing that the By the Way Book Series is written from a Christian viewpoint, I was looking forward to seeing how it incorporated faith into the book. There are many other titles; these are mostly US-based (e.g., Smoky Mountains and New York City) so Ireland is their first international title, from what I can tell.   View this post on Instagram   I

How to Homeschool When You Have Littles Running Around

Here, read pages 12-15 then answer this question… No! Don’t climb on that! And you do pages 16-20 with this question. No! Don’t dump all the toys… Sister’s schoolwork is not for cutting practice… …or coloring practice! Can we have 5 minutes of quiet time so your brother can focus on his schoolwork? Okay, well I’m not a mama of older homeschooled kiddos, but I do have 2 littles under the age of 3. So I’m pretty sure a scene like that unfolds in your home on the daily when you’ve got littles running around.

Kingdom Files: An Up-Close Look at People of the Bible

There are plenty of famous people in the Bible, and there are lots of resources dedicated to teaching kids about them. The Kingdom Files, which we have been reviewing over the last month, are a different way to look at the life and history of these people. These books are geared toward children ages 8 to 12, but I think they would be a good fit for a wider age group (mine are 7 and 5, for reference). We received Who Was Jonah? as well as Who Was Mary, Mother of Jesus? These books are writen by Matt Koceich and

Homeschooling with Schoolhouse Teachers

Looking at the SchoolhouseTeachers.com site can be overwhelming! There are now over 400 courses available for the whole family and narrowing down what you want to use for your kids (and for yourself) can leave you with your head spinning. Let me walk you through how I use SchoolhouseTeachers.com for my family and how to choose which resources will best suit your homeschooling needs. If you haven’t heard of SchoolhouseTeachers.com, they are a membership site with hundreds of courses ranging from full semester- or year-long courses to one-off classes; from popular resources such as Drive Thru History to planning tools

Eliminate Digital Homeschool Clutter

Taking care of physical clutter is easy. You look around, see the mess, you can plan out where it should go and what should be tossed, sold, or donated…and you just do it. It’s time-consuming and laborious, and we have all been burned by a buyer in an online yard sale group, but it’s not really that difficult to solve the problem. Digital clutter can be more of a challenge. It’s not always obvious that you even have a problem! You might realize it when you go to look for a file and can’t find it, or you have part

Homeschooling with Movie-Based Unit Studies

I am so excited to share this with you! I found a great resource when it comes to homeschool curriculum and unit studies called Teach With Movies. In this article, I will outline how to navigate the website to maximize your homeschooling experience, ideas of different activities and lessons you can use for unit studies, and I will show you where to get your FREE 31-Page Finding Nemo & Coral Reef Unit Study Pack for ALL Ages!! Teach with Movies has a variety of lesson ideas for a number of movies on the market. You can search by movie type,

Homeschool Planning Overwhelm — Banished!

Getting organized for the beginning of the homeschool year is not an easy feat. It is not easy to stay organized and ahead of the game for the whole year, either. Homeschool planning overwhelm can easily set in! I do things a little differently from some other homeschoolers when it comes to homeschool planning because I don’t look at the year as a whole so much. I like to look at the parts of the whole, and break it all down into easier, bite-sized pieces. Homeschool lesson planning is better done bit-by-bit for me, and for anyone who experiences homeschool

Top Tips for New Homeschool Moms

The new school year is upon us and for most homeschooling families, we are either planning to start our new year soon or already have.  Somewhere, there is a mom who has just made the decision to homeschool, or maybe she’s been at it a year or two, but still feels overwhelmed and lost at times. Is this you? I remember being in that spot about 5 years ago.  I was confused, I didn’t know where to start, I was unsure if I could do it, I was excited, nervous, and scared all at the same time.  Yes, I’ve been there

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of Homeschool Plans

We can buy a course or find countless blogs extolling the virtues of homeschooling planning. They tell us to have a plan in place so we won’t be spinning our wheels or wasting our precious homeschool time. I understand its appeal, a plan for the entire year sounds lovely. But is it realistic? Our home isn’t an educational institution that carries on no matter the individual circumstances. If a child misses a day of third grade, oh well, the class continues, and it’s up to the child and their family to complete the work. Homeschooling doesn’t work that way. Homeschooling

10 Sanity Savers When You Need a Homeschool Break

“It’s only the beginning of the school year, why are we already talking about taking a homeschool break?” Trust me, even if you don’t think you will need a homeschool break now, the time will come, my friend… the time will come. My first day of homeschooling was spent with me running between my bathroom, closet, and kitchen table trying not to cry in front of my daughter. Last year, our first day of school went off without a hitch… well, until a fight broke out, whining ensued, a kid started crying, and I sent everyone to their rooms for