Our Family of Eight Hits the Road

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Last fall my husband and I started discussing summer vacation plans and we got this crazy idea in our heads (well, okay, it was really just in my head) that we would take a trip from California to Minnesota to visit his grandmother. I thought it would be memorable to make it into a long road trip, staying a couple of days in a few of the places we were passing through and doing some site seeing along the way. My husband wasn't too sure about the long road trip idea. We did have six … [Read more...]

Quinoa Salad Recipes for Summertime

summertime quino salad recipes

When the summer heat sets in it's nice to have a healthy salad on hand for lunch or dinner meals. I like adding quinoa to my recipes for extra nutrition and protein and it's always tasty in a cold summer salad. Here are three of my favorite quinoa salad recipes for summertime. Four Bean Salad with Quinoa This is a twist on the traditional four bean salad. It's super easy to throw together and actually something that contains quinoa that my kids enjoy eating so that makes it a keeper in our … [Read more...]

Overcoming the Challenges of the Spell to Write and Read Program

overcoming the challenges of the Spell to Write and Read program, a mom of 6 shares her secrets

Ten years of homeschooling means a lot of different curriculum has come and gone in our home but Spell to Write and Read (SWR)  by Wanda Sanseri is one program that I can’t imagine homeschooling without. It’s a low cost yet highly effective phonics-based program for spelling, reading and writing. The benefits of the SWR program far outweigh the challenges and that’s a good thing because there were two huge challenges for me to overcome. First, SWR was not like any phonics-based … [Read more...]

11 Tips for Homeschooling Older Children with Little Ones Around

11 tips for homeschooling older children with little ones around

Ever since my family began our homeschooling journey I've had at least one little one to care for while attempting to home educate an older child (or two or three). This coming school year I'll be juggling an infant and a 4 year old a midst trying to homeschool a kindergartner, 2nd grader, 4th grader and a junior in high school. It will be challenging and trying at times (okay, almost all the time) but I know that a successful day isn't determined by how quiet the little ones were or by how much … [Read more...]

How Do You Homeschool Older Kids with Little Ones Around?

homeschooling with little ones

Are you trying to homeschool an older child while juggling the demands of a younger child? Are the interruptions of a baby or toddler keeping you from effectively educating an older child at home? Do you wonder if it's even possible to homeschool with little ones around? Don't be discouraged! There is more to homeschooling than just keeping the little ones quiet and completing the day's assignments. Read more in my article," Homeschooling with Little Ones: There's More To It Than Just … [Read more...]

Family First

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I know it's been a little quiet over here on my blog lately. I'm just super busy being a wife and mother and there hasn't been time left over for blogging. Of course I have oodles of things I want to blog about and lots of your questions that I want to continue answering but that will have to wait until God opens up more time for me to write. We are wrapping up our school year, planning for a road trip, attending homeschool conferences and having fun together as a family. And while I love to … [Read more...]

What If My Child Needs to Learn Something That I Can’t Teach?

what if my child needs to learn something that I can't teach

Many homeschool moms wonder if they will be able to teach their child everything he or she needs to know. Whether that mom is teaching a first grader or a senior in high school, the amount of knowledge that is learned each year can seem daunting! What if I don't remember US history? What if I never took pre-calculus? What if I'm a terrible writer? How am I going to teach my child everything they need to know? Home educating our children at home doesn't mean we have to know everything nor does … [Read more...]

Mom, Can I Watch TV? {Free Printable}

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Between 3 months of bed rest and having a new baby at home, TV viewing has increased significantly in our house. We went from watching 1 hour of television (via Netflix or DVD's) each WEEK to watching several hours each DAY! That's a huge increase in screen time for our family. The kids have gotten into the habit of expecting to watch television on a daily basis and the "Can I watch TV?" question is starting to drive me crazy so I decided to put together a little poster to help us get our … [Read more...]

What are Learning Styles?

what are learning styles

Parents and educators talk a lot about learning styles and the important role they play in helping a child learn, but what is a learning style and how do you figure out what your child's learning style is? Watch my video for an introduction to learning styles and then scroll down for more information and links to helpful resources related to learning styles. Can't see this video? Click here.  Highlights from the video: *2 Broad Categories of Learners: Social learners learn best in … [Read more...]

Freezer Meals and Snacks

freezer meals and snacks

I spent last Saturday in my kitchen preparing meals and snacks to freeze for those busy homeschool days when I don't have the time or the energy to prepare meals for my family. I can't begin to tell you how relieved I am when I can pull out a homemade meal from our freezer instead of stressing out about getting dinner on the table with all the other tasks I have to juggle! I usually make a double batch of whatever we are having for dinner (if it freezes well) so that we can eat one and … [Read more...]