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

What are notebooking pages?

When I first heard the term, I was like…soooo, these are blank lined pages like in a notebook? What is so special about that? And why would someone pay for these?? As it turns out, it’s something pretty cool. These ARE blank pages for your student to fill out. And they may have lines on them. But they are more than that! They might: be tailored to a certain activity, subject, or topic have decorations, pictures, or words provide space to write and also to draw (great for younger kids) Notebooking pages serve as a way to reinforce information your

Minimalist Homeschool Organization

We all loooove to see other moms’ school areas, don’t we? We ooh and ahh over a perfectly organized school room with colorful posters adorning the walls, drawers and rolling carts for holding all our junk, and cute sets of tables and chairs or even old school desks. But is this the reality for most homeschool moms, and is this classroom-like environment what’s best for the kids anyway? For us, we homeschool to AVOID our schooling looking like it would in a classroom setting. That means we often use the whole house for homeschooling. The couch, the dining room –

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