Eliminate Digital Homeschool Clutter

Taking care of physical clutter is easy. You look around, see the mess, you can plan out where it should go and what should be tossed, sold, or donated…and you just do it. It’s time-consuming and laborious, and we have all been burned by a buyer in an online yard sale group, but it’s not really that difficult to solve the problem. Digital clutter can be more of a challenge. It’s not always obvious that you even have a problem! You might realize it when you go to look for a file and can’t find it, or you have part

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

Top Tips for New Homeschool Moms

The new school year is upon us and for most homeschooling families, we are either planning to start our new year soon or already have.  Somewhere, there is a mom who has just made the decision to homeschool, or maybe she’s been at it a year or two, but still feels overwhelmed and lost at times. Is this you? I remember being in that spot about 5 years ago.  I was confused, I didn’t know where to start, I was unsure if I could do it, I was excited, nervous, and scared all at the same time.  Yes, I’ve been there

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

10 Sanity Savers When You Need a Homeschool Break

“It’s only the beginning of the school year, why are we already talking about taking a homeschool break?” Trust me, even if you don’t think you will need a homeschool break now, the time will come, my friend… the time will come. My first day of homeschooling was spent with me running between my bathroom, closet, and kitchen table trying not to cry in front of my daughter. Last year, our first day of school went off without a hitch… well, until a fight broke out, whining ensued, a kid started crying, and I sent everyone to their rooms for

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

5 Homeschool PE Ideas to Keep Your Family Active

When it comes to homeschooling, there are so many things to think about and plan just for the core subjects, that sometimes electives get pushed to the back burner. For years I neglected to teach homeschool P.E., but recently I have made some big changes. In my state, it is a requirement for students to have a physical education credit to graduate. Additionally, I want my children to have a solid foundation in healthy living before they are out on their own in just a few short years. So, I decided it was best to just get my family up

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.