How to Plan When to Start and Finish Your Homeschool Year

When I was new to homeschooling everything seemed overwhelming. Trying to decide when to start and finish our homeschool year was no exception. I remember just staring at a calendar and wondering what day we should officially start. (This post contains affiliate links. Read my full disclosure here.) I sat down a few days ago to plan out our new homeschool year and decided to take you along with me. I recorded all the steps to choosing when our first and last day of school will be for the … [Read more...]

My Favorite Homeschool Curriculums

I've used a lot of homeschool curriculums over the years. There are numerous ones that my kids and I have enjoyed but there are a few that stand out as our favorites. Keep on reading to discover my seven favorite homeschool curriculums and then leave a comment and share your favorites. (This post contains affiliate links. Read my full disclosure here.) Math U See I started using Math U See my first year of homeschooling when my oldest child was in first grade. I used it with her all the … [Read more...]

Our Summer Routine as a Homeschool Family

Our school year has come to an end and summer has begun which means it's time to create a summer routine for my family. With six kids still living at home, I have found a simple summer routine makes our days less chaotic and more enjoyable. (This post contains affiliate links. Read my full disclosure here.) Since we homeschool, school life and family life sort of meld together. That means that even when school is officially over, we are still learning new things. Summer is a great time … [Read more...]

5 Steps to Preparing for a New Homeschool Year

It seems like one homeschool year ends and a new homeschool year rolls right in. Whether you homeschool year round or take a summer break, you still need to wrap up the previous year and make preparations for the new one. Here are five steps to help you prepare for the new homeschool year. (This post contains affiliate links. Read my full disclosure here.) 1. Clean Out and Make Room I'm always amazed at how disorganized my school area becomes toward the end of the school year. … [Read more...]

Spell to Write and Read Supplemental Resources

I love the Spell to Write and Read program for teaching reading and spelling. If you aren't familiar with the program then check this video. While supplemental resources are not needed to teach the program, they can add more interest for the student and be a great help to the teacher. I have compiled a list of Spell to Write and Read supplemental resources that I have used over the years. I hope you find it helpful. Spell to Write and Read Supplemental Resources All of the SWR materials … [Read more...]

4 Things To Do Now for a Great Transcript Later

Scrambling at the last minute to create a high school transcript for your child isn't the best choice. Believe me! I know from experience. My daughter was applying to a college and she needed her high school transcript. Since we homeschool privately, it was my responsibility to produce one for her. The problem was, I had dropped the ball on four things that could have saved me a lot of time and sanity when it was time to prepare her transcript. I've learned my lesson. I won't neglect these … [Read more...]

Noah’s Ark and the Flood: Answering Children’s Questions

One of the things I love about homeschooling is being able to teach my children history and science from a Biblical worldview. Learning about Noah's ark and the world-wide Flood is no exception. (This post contains affiliate links. Read my full disclosure here.) The question seems inevitable. “Mom, how did all the animals fit on the ark?” With pictures and toys depicting Noah’s ark as a small boat with animals crammed into every corner, it’s no wonder kids have a hard time merging the … [Read more...]

Our Simple Homeschool Day Schedule

Some seasons of homeschooling call for a detailed schedule while others run better with a loose routine. This year my family needed a simple schedule that could keep us on track but provide some flexibility as well. Simple Routine with Little Ones When my kids were all young, a simple routine was ideal. We ordered the events of the day but didn't attach a time to each event. That way, we were always on track whether we all got up early or slept in. Our simple routine went something like … [Read more...]

Online Courses for Homeschoolers

Online courses are a wonderful option for many homeschool families. Whether you are looking for a full program or just one or two subjects to round out your other curriculum choices, this list should be helpful for you. I've spent hours researching different online programs for homeschoolers and wanted to share my findings with you. The majority of these online courses have a Christian worldview but make sure to do your own research before selecting a program for your child. (This post … [Read more...]

Wondermaps: An Easy Way to Create Maps for Your Homeschool

I use to waste hours scoring the internet for just the right map to use in homeschool lessons with my kids. Usually, I had to settle for a map that was close enough to what we needed. I often saved maps in Microsoft Word so I could try to edit them to better suit our needs. It became such a frustration and a huge waste of my time. (This post contains affiliate links. Read my full disclosure here.) Wondermaps to the Rescue I have to say that my map searching days are over! I finally … [Read more...]

The Best Educational Toys for Toddlers and Preschoolers

Educational toys are a great way for toddlers and preschoolers to develop and grow in their skills through play. Of course, no toy can top the benefits of running, climbing, and exploring outdoors or using the imagination to create and make-believe. However, educational toys can be a great way to occupy your little one's time while you are homeschooling your older kids. (This post contains affiliate links. Read my full disclosure here.) I compiled a list of my favorite educational toys … [Read more...]

Illuminations Homeschool Scheduler Saved Our Year

The Illuminations scheduler from Bright Ideas Press saved the homeschool year for my 6th grader. I've been trying to focus my attention this year on helping two of my children learn to read while loving on my 3 year old and infant. I haven't had time to create lesson plans for my middle school student. (This post contains affiliate links. Read my full disclosure here.) Illuminations to the Rescue That's where Illuminations saved the year for me. I was already planning on using most of the … [Read more...]

The Most Important Thing When Choosing Homeschool Curriculum

You've probably heard someone say that when it comes to choosing homeschool curriculum you need to consider your child's learning style and your views on education. I tell newbie homeschoolers this all the time because it helps narrow down choices in a sea of curriculum options. However, you can pick a curriculum that matches your philosophy of education and your child's learning style and find that it still does not work for you. Why? Because you haven't taken into account the most important … [Read more...]

My Top 5 Benefits of Homeschooling

1. Academics Homeschooling allows us to personalize each child’s education to his or her own learning style and my teaching style while also letting us pace learning in each subject to each child’s strengths and weaknesses. 2. Spiritual Growth God desires to be a part of every area of our lives, especially the training of our minds. Homeschooling allows us to choose Christian curriculum so that every idea can be filtered through God’s Word. Homeschooling also provides us with the time to pour … [Read more...]

Help! I’m Falling Behind in Homeschooling

Have you ever felt like you were falling behind in homeschooling? Maybe you feel that way right now. Let's take a look at some reasons why you might think you are dropping the ball on your child's education. And hopefully you'll find some encouragement as well. 4 Reasons You Might Feel Like You're Falling Behind You are moving at your child's own pace. You're trying to do too much. Life circumstances have slowed you down. Disorganization has gotten the best of you. Moving … [Read more...]