• Homeschool Toys That Are Actually Useful

    After homeschooling for a while, you start to know which of your homeschooling purchases were successful — and which were failures. Here is a short list of homeschool toys that are actually useful so you don’t waste your money on stuff your kids might not ever use. You might even already have some of these already! Introducing toys into the classroom is a great way to break up your homeschooling routine and add play into your curriculum. (Click the name or the photo to see the toy on Amazon.com*) Basic Counting (1-100) Chutes and Ladders Our Chutes and Ladders board game has seen hours of play time. Children are required to count…

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  • Starting Homeschool Mid-Year? Read This…

    Maybe it’s because you’ve recently moved,the recent epidemic of school shootings, or simply because you feel the move of the Holy Spirit leading you — whatever the reason, you find yourself starting your homeschooling mid-year. Don’t worry! You are NOT alone. Even if you decide to begin your homeschooling in the middle of the year, there are some great tips for making this difficult transition easier on everyone. five simple tips to making your mid-year transition into homeschooling easier 1) Don’t spend Any Much money You are mid-year – respect that. The pressure to start fresh with brand new sparkling books will result in you feeling guilty when you can’t…

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  • Why Your Homeschooler SHOULD Take Notes

    I remember in fifth grade my teacher spoke and wrote notes in longhand over two giant chalkboards. We were required to copy them quickly as she was speaking. If we did not get the first chalk board copied by the time she had completed the second chalkboard, we were required to copy the notes from our peers. This exercise prepared me for the many college classes I had where note taking was essential. By using this talking/writing form of teaching, I believe I am preparing my children for additional education (aka college/institution for higher learning) if they believe the Lord is leading them down that path. I do not use…

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  • Printable Homeschool Buying Guide

    Are you currently in the market for buying homeschool curriculum? Don’t know where to start or how to keep track of it all? I have a couple of tips in my video: Homeschool Used Book Fair Curriculum Haul – Part 2. See Part 1 here as well. Obviously homeschooling can get quite expensive…but it doesn’t have to be. Buying used is a great way to save money. There are many ways to purchased inexpensive homeschooling curriculum: Used Book Fairs (locally operated) Half-Priced Books (remember to sign up for coupons online AND get your educators discount card) Craigslist Facebook Homeschool Groups Person-to-Person Library My girlfriend gets money for homeschooling…in Alaska! Like…

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  • 10 Confessions of a Pregnant Homeschooling Mom

    As I near the end of my pregnancy I want to make some confessions that may make other people feel better about their “mothering” skills at the end of their pregnancy. 10 Confessions of a Pregnant Homeschooling Mom: My children might literally watch TV all day long. My homeschooling methods consist of telling them what to do and making them go away…and not checking in on them very much. I seem to YELL a lot more lately. I walk around the house naked most of the time. (Lucky I have four girls and a baby boy). Attempts at sex…are SOOOO not sexy. God bless my husband. If you ask me…

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  • Common Mistakes Homeschool Moms Make

    Homeschooling your children is a BIG decision. Whether you have one kid or ten, there are some common pitfalls to avoid during your first years of homeschooling. Every year I will be introducing a new child into my homeschooling classroom. Every year is a chance to learn balance between home life and school life. As babies crawl around my feet, toddlers are hungry for snacks and elementary children are asking for help it is easy to lose focus and make some major homeschooling mistakes. Here are my… Common Mistakes Homeschool Moms Make Homeschooling Mistake #1 – Comparison If you have seen my blog 360 View of a Homeschooling Room (with…

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  • 10 Things You’ll Regret Buying for Your Homeschool Room

    During my first year of homeschooling, we used our dining room table. I didn’t want to rush into repurposing our unused back room until I had a clear vision of what I wanted. By the second, my homeschool room was ready for learning. The photos from the first day in our new schoolroom could have appeared in a brochure called “What Homeschooling Should Look Like.” Now, almost seven years later, my homeschool room has become cluttered with stuff I thought would be great for learning, but ended up causing mess and frustration. Random board game pieces sit in a tupperware waiting to be sorted, puzzles seem to always be missing that one piece, and…