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

Creating Your Summer Bucket List

Bucket lists are fun to do during summer! It’s a time when public and private schools are out so there are tons of kid-friendly events and activities going on. Even though homeschoolers have the option to school through the traditional summer break, we can always add in special trips out of town or random and fun activities around the house. Here’s how you can create your own bucket list to maximize summer fun. I would suggest writing it all down on a sheet of paper or in a note on your phone and then copying it to a posterboard or

What Should I Keep in My Child’s Portfolio?

We have reached the last day of the homeschool planning mini-series! Thanks so much for joining me over this past week. I hope each post has been immensely helpful for getting your ducks in a row for next school year. Today we discuss what to keep in your child’s homeschool portfolio to ensure that you’re abiding by your state’s homeschool laws and keeping a good sampling of their work for that year. Here are the topics for the other days in the series: Day 1: Planning Your Homeschool Year Day 2: Homeschool Schedules and Routines Day 3: The Relaxed Homeschooler’s

Non-Book Learning for Your Homeschool

Welcome to Day 4 of my homeschool planning mini-series. We’ll be discussing myriad ways of learning that do not require a curriculum or even a book! This is my absolute favorite aspect of homeschooling. My kids have the freedom to learn in so many ways that could never happen in a traditional school setting. Here are the topics for the other days in the series: Day 1: Planning Your Homeschool Year Day 2: Homeschool Schedules and Routines Day 3: The Relaxed Homeschooler’s Guide to Picking Curriculum Day 4: Non-Book Learning for Your Homeschool Day 5: What Should I Put in

The Relaxed Homeschooler’s Guide to Picking Curriculum

Welcome to Day 3 of the homeschool planning mini-series! Today’s work is probably the most difficult but most important to your success. Choosing a curriculum can be daunting since we have soooo many choices! I’m going to cover a few ways to narrow down the playing field and some strategies to evaluate what you’re left with. For this series, I’m referring to “curriculum” in the broad sense of everything you might use for learning purposes in your homeschool. But for this article, I want to focus on books and texts and sets you might be interested in using. Tomorrow we

Homeschool Schedules and Routines

Are you a mom who needs a set schedule to keep you on track? Or will a general routine suffice? Or maybe you’re a fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants type. I’m solidly in the middle and that’s the angle I’m coming from for today’s article in the homeschool planning mini-series. But there’s so much more to it than just schedule or no schedule! Today is Day 2 of my planning series. Here are the topics for the other days: Day 1: Planning Your Homeschool Year Day 2: Homeschool Schedules and Routines Day 3: The Relaxed Homeschooler’s Guide to Picking Curriculum Day 4: Non-Book Learning

Planning Your Homeschool Year

I’m excited to kick off Day 1 of my homeschool planning mini-series! We will be covering everything you need to know for planning your homeschool year so you can relax over summer and start the year with confidence. Here are the topics for each day of the series: Day 1: Planning Your Homeschool Year Day 2: Homeschool Schedules and Routines Day 3: The Relaxed Homeschooler’s Guide to Picking Curriculum Day 4: Non-Book Learning for Your Homeschool Day 5: What Should I Put in My Child’s Portfolio? This is also part of a blog hop with the Homeschool Review Crew! Please

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

The Crunchy Mama’s Birth Plan

I am frequently asked to share different aspects of my birth plan. Usually I end up emailing off the whole thing, because it speaks for itself, mostly. There are a few points I am asked about a lot, so I figured I’d put up a post to explain the why behind each choice I have made. Before we get started, understand that these are MY preferences. No birth is ever the exact same as another. I’ve had four totally different birth experiences so far and ended up compromising on some of these things. This list of birth preferences is what