How to Help Your Older Kid Who Hates School Work

What do you do when your older kid protests against an assignment? As a parent, you probably recognize the importance of completing a lesson even when your child dislikes doing it. Learning to follow through on a task is part of growing up and learning to be responsible. On the other hand you want your older kid to enjoy learning. You realize that trudging through the assignment means they will probably retain very little information. Their goal is to get the assignment done with as little … [Read more...]

WISE Guide Enrichment Activity Worksheets {Review}

My absolute favorite phonics, spelling and reading curriculum is Spell to Write and Read and using this curriculum just got easier with the creation of the WISE Guide Enrichment Activity Worksheets books! (Check them out here.)Elizabeth FitzGerald, homeschool mom and SWR trainer, has created worksheets to go with the enrichment activities in the WISE Guide (the spelling list portion of the Spell to Write and Read curriculum). The worksheets make the enrichment activities simple and fun for … [Read more...]

How to Deal with a Young Reluctant Learner

You ask your child to complete an assignment for school and you are met with resistance. Do you force them to finish, have them set it aside for another time or just toss the assignment altogether? You've probably had a reluctant learner at one time or another if you have homeschooled for more than a few days! Once the excitement of "doing school at home" wears off, the resistance kicks in! How to handle a reluctant learner depends on the age of your child. This post is about homeschooling … [Read more...]

Homeschool Schedule to the Rescue! Sort-of!

About a month ago I revamped our homeschool schedule to better accommodate my 1st grade son and it has been working out great for us. That doesn't mean that we strictly follow it though. I can't schedule in oversleeping after a long night with a sick child or dealing with water damage in my kitchen. Nor can I schedule in time to deal with a 2 year old's tantrum or the extra work of washing dishes because my dishwasher is broken. Yip! that has been my week and the week isn't even over yet! … [Read more...]

Saint Valentine and the History of Valentine’s Day

Who was Saint Valentine? When did Valentine's Day start? And how did hearts, flowers, love letters and chocolate candies get associated with this holiday? Let's take a closer look at Saint Valentine and the history of Valentine's Day to answer these questions. Saint Valentine Early church records show that two Christian men, named Valentine, were beheaded on February 14, 269. Some scholars suggest that it was really the same man and that records  got mixed up a bit. What we do know is that … [Read more...]

Subjects for Multi-Age Learning

With five children to home educate this year, I don't have the time to teach each child a separate lesson for every subject. That's why I am using multi-age curriculum to teach my elementary age children a few subjects together. Four kids, one lesson...that's a good deal! Below is a list of subjects that work well with multi-age learning. I have also included which curriculum we are using and how it is working for us. {This post contains affiliate links.} Bible This year we are using a … [Read more...]

Scripture Memorization for Kids and Adults

With the new year comes a new opportunity to help my familly memorize God's Word! I've been gathering resources and ideas to help with scripture memorization and I figured some of you might be interested as well. Here is a list of resources I've found to help us hide God's Word in our hearts and minds. Staying Organized with Scripture Memorization Scripture cards FREE to print out Memorization System Tutorial Scripture Box-Rotational Scripture Memory System (emailed to you daily) I … [Read more...]

God Made All of Me {Book Review}

{This post contains affiliate links.} "One in four women and one in six men have been or will be sexually assaulted in their lifetime." (from God Made All of Me by Justin and Lindsey Holcomb) Those are sobering statistics. What can parents do to protect their children? A good first step is to educate yourself and your kids about appropriate and inappropriate touch. God Made All of Me: A Book to Help Children Protect Their Bodies by Justin and Lindsey Holcomb is an excellent resource to help … [Read more...]

Homeschool Mom Plans Her Week But God Redirects Her Steps

"The mind of man plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps." (Proverbs 16:9) This was true for me this week. I made plans but God directed my steps in another direction. With the New Year came a new round of sickness. My husband and one of my children got a stomach bug (while the rest of us faced off with a sore throat). With the "threat" of the stomach bug sweeping through the house, nobody was in the mood for starting school on Monday. I couldn't blame them either. After two weeks of … [Read more...]

Math Placement Help for Pre-Algebra and Geometry

One of the challenges of homeschooling is knowing when to offer instruction in a particular subject or topic. I was recently asked when it was appropriate to move a child from foundational math to pre-algebra and it made me wonder how many other homeschool parents ponder the same thing. I decided to chat with a math teacher, who has about 30 years experience teaching high school math, to ask him about pre-algebra and geometry. Pre-Algebra What is taught in pre-algebra? Pre-algebra prepares … [Read more...]