Is Preschool the Best Option for My Child?

As a parent, you want what is best for your child but sometimes figuring it out can be difficult. Deciding what to do for preschool is one of those challenging decisions. Some moms want a little break from the demands of motherhood, other moms are eager to jump start their child's academics while others desire more social opportunities for their child. Many moms feel pressured by family or friends who insist that sending a child to preschool is the best thing to do. Is preschool the best … [Read more...]

Writing Truth Back Into Biology {Apologia Biology Review}

One thing I love about high school curriculum for homeschoolers is that most of them have been created for independent work by the student. That makes it easier on the homeschool parent but a little challenging to review without the high school student's input. {This post contains affiliate links.} My oldest is graduating from high school this year so I asked for her input on her favorite high school curriculum. Today we are looking at Apologia's¬†Exploring Creation with Biology … [Read more...]

The Best Books for Girls

My girls love to read books, although it wasn't always that way. It took time to discover just the right book to spark their love of reading and then a lot of effort to find great books to keep their love of reading alive. Here is our family's list of the best books for girls. I tried to list them in order of difficulty from the beginner reader books to the more challenging books at the end. What books do the girls in your life enjoy? {This post contains affiliate links.} Circle C … [Read more...]

What To Do When You and Your Spouse Disagree About Homeschooling

It's a difficult situation to be in. You want to homeschool your children and your spouse believes it is best to send them to a traditional school. What do you do? Pray Prayer is the best weapon you have when disagreements enter into your marriage. It's easy to pray for your spouse's opinion to change but an even better prayer is for unity in your marriage as you make decisions for your family. Pray that the Lord's will would be done and that you and your spouse would come to a peaceful … [Read more...]

Institute for Excellence in Writing: Encouraging Even the Most Reluctant Writer

My Family's Experience with¬†IEW My oldest daughter is a natural writer so my failure to incorporate writing instruction in her homeschool years didn't hinder her from searching out people who could help her develop her natural gift and love for writing. My other children are not as gifted when it comes to writing though. After years of frustration and tears caused by writing programs that didn't deliver any real success, I decided to give the Institute for Excellence in Writing a try. I had … [Read more...]

Curious Kids: Is it a sin to worry?

A Child's Question God has gifted one of my children with a tender heart towards others. She is genuinely concerned about their welfare and desires to see everyone succeed. Her struggle arises when fear turns her sincere concern into worry. A sister with a tummy ache recently turned her concern for the well-being of her sibling into worry. She fought back tears and tossed and turned in her bed that night, worried that her sister would wake up with the flu, or worse, she would catch the illness … [Read more...]

Helping Your Homeschool Child Deal with Sibling Distractions

A few days ago I shared (on Facebook) the picture below of my daughter doing her math work with her little brother on her lap. He was happily coloring all over her worksheet while she tried to stay focused on the work in front of her. While she enjoyed snuggling with him during school time she also struggles with sibling distractions that slow her down and make it difficult to focus. A Facebook follower asked if my older kids ever struggle with staying focused with all the little sibling … [Read more...]

Passing On My Faith

So much to teach. So little time to teach it. That is how I feel when it comes to passing on my Christian faith to my kids. There are so many things I want my children to know about God and His Word yet I often feel like a lost ship in a vast ocean. Should we be memorizing scripture? Reading more Bible stories? Discussing theology? Praying together more? And where do I find the time to do all these things? I believe one of the reasons I have felt so lost is that I never really knew where I … [Read more...]

When You Want to Get Creative But Have No Time

I have so many ideas for making school more fun. My mind is filled with creative solutions to my children's academic struggles. I thought of doing a book club with two of my daughters and their friends complete with a tea party at the end. I wanted to utilize all those pins on pinterest for St. Patrick's Day or perhaps tackle a few crafts for Easter. I get excited thinking of all the ways we can incorporate learning into daily activities because we are homeschooling. Then reality hits. I … [Read more...]

How to Teach High School at Home

CHEA of California is offering ten free lessons on how to teach high school at home. This is a great resource for anyone who is planning on homeschooling through the high school years. Each of the ten lessons will be emailed to you weekly. It's like attending a class each week from your own home! The lessons include the following: 1. Can I Teach High School at Home? 2. Setting Requirements 3. Designing Courses 4. Scheduling and Lesson Planning 5. Standards and Evaluations 6. … [Read more...]