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

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.

Ready, set, homeschool! Fall 2018 Blog Party

My official relaunch has arrived!! I am so excited to share what we have in store for you. We are having a party to celebrate – please join us! We have 13 bloggers coming together to share their favorite tips and encouragement to prepare you for the new homeschool year. We have a huge giveaway with over $500 worth of prizes. One homeschool family will be so happy to win! We have a new Facebook community just for homeschool moms where we’ll be chatting about the party but also building relationships with our fellow moms in the homeschool trenches. We

Brush Up on YOUR Math Skills With Math Essentials (Review)

As homeschool moms, we are charged with teaching our kids EVERY subject, even the ones that are tough for us. Thankfully, the same popular publisher that makes homeschool math materials for students also makes resources for parents who may need some help remembering from way back when! Enter: Math Refresher for Adults. Math Essentials has put out this book teaching math for adults that is perfect for those of us who need a little help figuring out these concepts so we can help our kids with their own work. Now, my oldest is going into 2nd grade and still working

Why I Don’t Require Scripture Memorization

Almost every Bible program for kids includes memory verses. I prefer not to use them! I think memorization is a bad way to teach a complex subject when understanding is imperative to practical application. Memorizing God’s Word is a noble thing to reach for, no doubt. And eventually, it WILL happen after enough study (even if not word for word). But for young kids who soak up everything we teach them, be it spoken or unspoken, rote memorization of Bible passages doesn’t seem like the best way to go. Here’s why. This article originally appeared on my old blog, Townsley

Keeping Your Sanity When All Your Kids Are Little

You start out with one baby. He takes up a lot of your time, day and night. But eventually you find your groove and all is well. You might add another baby a year or two later. And now you have two little people to take care of, but no additional help. But eventually you find your groove there, too. Baby #3 comes along. And another. And maybe more after that. You always eventually find a balance and a swing to things, but you often feel like you’re not holding it all together so well. All these little kids who

Homeschooling the Gifted Child

Giftedness is a double-edged sword. Going one direction, you generally have a relative ease in learning. But going the other direction, you have struggles with certain subjects, sometimes learning disabilities, a greater propensity for mental health issues, and often behavior problems. This means that all subjects don’t come easily (or perhaps none do), which is confusing for outsiders (and also for the child and parents!). Society at large has no real clue about this, which can lead to confusing feelings for your child. Gifted children seem to learn differently from others. That’s partially by default due to the high intelligence,

5 Days of Homeschool Planning Mini-Series

It’s the end of the school year for many homeschoolers right now, but it’s also a time when we start thinking about next year. We are planning the topics we might study, the curriculum we want to use. Reflecting on what worked and what didn’t. Making adjustments for age or adding another child who will be compulsory age. Maybe you’re revamping the whole thing, like me! This past year has been hectic and disorganized and I never felt like we were where we needed to be. We had a baby last May, moved two weeks later, moved two more times