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

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

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

How to Stop Stressing Over Homeschool Planning

You ever see the “have it all together” homeschool moms on Pinterest, Instagram, and other social media accounts?  You know, the ones who have the perfect homeschool room, spotless house…they even have their homeschool year all planned out before they finish the current year. I always wondered how in the world they did it!  I mean, and still be able to keep up with the house, spend time with the husband, spend time with the kids, spend time with friends, etc. I still have no idea but I do know that I am NOT that mom.  I also know that we

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

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

Ready, set, homeschool! Fall 2018 Blog Party

Celebrating my official relaunch! As I mentioned before, I have rebranded my site from Townsley Times to All the Homeschool Things. In August 2018, we had a blog party with 13 bloggers coming together over 15 days to share their favorite tips and encouragement to prepare you for the new homeschool year. We had a huge giveaway with over $500 worth of prizes. We had door prizes throughout the party along with discounts from our sponsors. It was a lot of fun and even I learned a lot from these other ladies as well as my readers! I introduced my