Category: All About Homeschooling!

Science Year in Review Grades 9, 7, 4 0

Homeschool Science Year in Review (Grades 9, 7, 4)

This is always one of my favorite posts to write. It’s my chance to reflect back on the year and all the things we managed to accomplish! Sometimes in the short-run it can feel like we’re not getting much homeschooling done. You know how our homeschooling can go…  we’re interrupted for activities, illness, errands, appointments, or the occasional blahs. But then when we step back to look at the bigger...

Homeschool History Year in Review 0

Homeschool History Units – Year in Review (Grades 9, 7, 4)

I really love pulling together these Year in Review posts because it is my chance to reflect on the year!  Looking back, I realize just how much we managed to fit in. Let me jump right in! Here are some highlights from our school year. History in Our Homeschool (Grades 9, 7, 4) Oregon Trail When we started back to school, I worked with my oldest quite a bit on...

Spring Summer 2018 Homeschool Life 0

As Seasons Change… spring into summer (our summer homeschool plans, etc.)

For us, the 2017-2018 school year has basically come to an end.  The concerts are over, testing is done, paperwork has been sent in (to fulfill the requirements of our state) and sports (tryouts, end-of-season parties) have wrapped up.  Plus, the spring planting season is done! This post is going to chit-chat about how our semester wrapped up (everything from gardening to history, science) and our summer homeschool plans… Before...

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The Power of Homeschool Routines

Have you ever been rendered immobile by the thought of everything that needs to be done?  Overwhelmed with a list of things that you need to do for the day, let alone thinking about the week or month ahead? I think we all are from time to time… the trick is to keep chipping away at things little by little, one step at a time! Have you ever stayed with...

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Creating Your Homeschool Curriculum, Grade 6-8 – Free Resource Guide

How do I get started homeschooling my middle schooler? How do I know what to teach my 6th, 7th or 8th grader?  This free 30+ page Homeschool Curriculum Resource Guide provides some insight into how our family is navigating the middle school years.  There are some basic checklists in each of the subjects from language arts and math to science, history and foreign languages.  This guide includes some of the...

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Homeschool Planning – Free Daily Checklist Sheets … Plus Life Then & Now!! (Pics)

We had a really long, really lovely spring break. One of the really fun things was visiting a zoo where we could all feed the kangaroo, camel and other animals. That brought us fond memories of living in the Outback. Down below I will share some old photos of the kids from our days in Australia (we lived their for 12 years and the kids were all born there)… but...

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Homeschool Conference!

I just spent two wonderful, full-on days at a homeschool conference in Virginia.  I had such an amazing time speaking and getting to meet lots of people who visited my booth! Remember, the link to the conference page is here: homeschoolden.com/conference with tips on how to navigate all the resources on the website and links to the free homeschool planner, curriculum resource guides and various resource pages. I know there’s...

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Using the Socratic Method in Your Homeschool

Have you heard of the Socratic Method?  Could you/Do you use this method in your homeschool? Do you think it would work well with the ages and personalities of your kids?Just what is the Socratic Method? Here’s a little background: The Socratic method is one of the oldest pedagogic techniques used in the classroom. Developed by Socrates over 2,400 years ago, the strategy uses thought-provoking question and answer sessions to...

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Holidays…

Just a little story about our week… The girls and I had a good week, but my son has been quite sick (again, poor guy). And, our poor house hasn’t been doing well either. Last Thanksgiving, our fridge started going crazy – continuously beeping and slowly losing its cool, so to speak! The freezer compartment went out first, then the fridge compartment went out. Then it would work again for...

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Homeschool Life (Grades 4, 7, 9)

This semester has been off to a topsy-turvy start. The homeschooling part is going well… when we’re homeschooling that is! Don’t you feel like that some days?!! I thought I would write a post about some of the things we’ve been doing lately. (At the very bottom of this post, I’ll link to other posts that give snippets of our day (or week)… all the way back to when the...

Math Mindset Mistakes and More 0

Math and the Brain – Mindset, Mistakes and More

The biggest mistake you can make is to be afraid to make one! I often love books about the brain and the latest on brain research. You probably already know about the link between exercise and learning.  There are studies that show that after just twenty minutes of exercise, the brain is fired up! Read all about it in the fitness.gov article, Learning is a Moving Experience. Check out the composite...

Homeschool Planner - Keeping Good Records in High School - Keeping Track for the College Application Process 0

Keeping Track of It All (Keeping Good Records Throughout High School)

I’ve been having long conversations with my Sis about high school (homeschool) transcripts and the college application process. Her family (like ours) has also homeschooled right from the start, but my nieces and nephew are a bit older than my kids. My niece is now a junior in college and over the weekend, my Sis and my nephew were polishing up his college applications to get them submitted. I asked...

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Why Our Homeschools are Always Changing!

Does your homeschool change a lot from day to day, week to week? It’s been a busy semester and the flow of our homeschool has changed quite a bit.  That’s not really surprising, though is it? We’re always adapting and changing things up in our homeschools. One of the joys and benefits of homeschooling is flexibility. We have the ability to go on tangents, dive deep, reschedule things, go faster...

Mid Year Homeschool Assessment Packet - Reflect Evaluate Assess 0

Mid-Year Homeschool Assessment – Evaluate, Reflect on How Things Are Going

I have a new (free!) Mid-Year Homeschool Assessment Packet to share with you today! You might be doing this kind of evaluation and planning over the winter break, but I wanted to share this packet with you sooner than later. This Thanksgiving break, I took the opportunity to really reflect on our homeschool year so far and assess how things are going.  This was a natural time for me to...