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

5 Ways to Celebrate NOT Back to School

Three cheers for homeschooling! We get to make our own schedules, we don’t have to stress about a hugely interrupted routine when school starts back, no worrying about blowing money on new “cool” clothing, and best of all, we can celebrate our first day in a way of our choosing! Here are some ideas to get you thinking about NOT back-to-school. Special Treats One of my favorite ways to start our homeschool year is in the kitchen. This is the perfect time to begin hands-on learning. You can make something everyone can pitch in with. Last school year, we started

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