Why Do You Homeschool?

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This is the first in a new series I am doing on homeschooling! Stop by every Tuesday for more answers to your homeschool questions or subscribe via email so that you won’t miss out on new posts! You have decided to give homeschooling a try but you aren’t quite sure how to answer the inevitable [...]

Jurisdictions: Giving My Kids Responsibility Over One Area of the Home

Jurisdictions Giving My Kids Responsibility Over One Area of the Home, JanelleKnutson

When all my kids were little I did most of the cleaning around the house. As they got older, I taught them how to help me with chores. Each year my little helpers got better at helping and more efficient at cleaning . As we added more children to our family (we now how six) [...]

Encouragement for the Stressed-Out Homeschool Mom

encouragement for the stressed-out homeschool mom, JanelleKnutson.com

There were a lot of late night chats with my husband this past month about how overwhelmed I had been with homeschooling and motherhood. The new year had bombarded us with numerous appointments (that interrupted our school day), sickness (that caused all school work to come to a halt) and the daily demands of keeping [...]

Top 10 Posts

top 10 posts, JanelleKnutson.com

It was just a little over a year ago that I decided to create JanelleKnutson.com as a way to share my joys and struggles as a mom and homeschooler along with some practical tips for homeschooling and motherhood. I’ve greatly enjoyed sharing this space with you and hope you’ll join me for another year! Don’t [...]

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies {Gluten,Dairy & Egg Free}

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies, Gluten, Dairy & Egg Free, JanelleKnutson.com

Several years ago we learned that one of our daughters was allergic to dairy. A few years later I learned that I am allergic to dairy, wheat, fish, almonds, pistachios and cashews. And so our food adventure began. Over the years we have tasted some really bad recipes and have discovered a few gems as well. This [...]

A Better Mom

how Christ makes me a better mom, JanelleKnutson.com

I am a better mom because of Christ. Now, I’m not saying that I am a better mom than a non-Christian mother.  What I am saying is that having Christ working in me makes me a better mom than I would have been without Him. With Christ I am more patient, less selfish and filled with joy [...]

Six Reasons to Attend a Homeschool Convention

six reasons to attend a homeschool convention, JanelleKnutson.com

As each school year comes to an end, I always look forward to attending our local homeschool convention.  I have gained so much encouragement and fresh insight to motivate me and get me ready for another year of homeschooling. Perhaps some of you are wondering what benefit a homeschool convention has to offer you. Well, [...]

Curry Lentil Soup

curry lentil soup, JanelleKnutson.com

It’s pretty warm here in Southern California but I still like to cook up soup during the “winter” months. (If 75 degree weather can be considered winter!) One of my favorite soups is this hearty and healthy Curry Lentil Soup. I serve it with a fresh loaf of bread and a side of applesauce. Delicious! [...]

Learning with Musical Chairs

Learning with Musical Chairs, JanelleKnutson.com

Are you trying to teach an energetic child? Do you need some ideas for making learning a little more fun? Wondering how to incorporate learning with multiple ages? Why not move and learn at the same time with Musical Chairs?! Getting Things Ready to Play: Set out one chair per child Get some music ready [...]

Cinnamon Rolls {Gluten & Dairy Free}

cinnamon rolls, Gluten&Dairy Free, JanelleKnutson.com

There is just something special about biting into a warm, gooey cinnamon roll. Finding a delicious recipe that works with our family’s food allergies can be a challenge though. With a little searching and some tweaking of ingredients I was able to make these delicious cinnamon rolls for my family! The original gluten-free recipe came [...]