Organizing Puzzles

organizing puzzles

Puzzles, puzzles everywhere! I've been trying to figure out the best way to store my children's puzzles for years! Boxed puzzles take up so much space and wooden puzzles are difficult for my little ones to pull out when they are stacked on top of each other. I took some time this summer to reorganize a closet in our home and used it as an opportunity to tackle our puzzle problem as well! Here is what I came up with. I used four file trays to stack wooden puzzles. I was able to get 3 or 4 … [Read more...]

Two Quick Tips for Homeschool Newbies

tips for homeschool newbies

Are you new to homeschooling? If so, you might be feeling a little overwhelmed! I know how daunting homeschooling can seem when you are just starting out. Here are two tips that can help you get off on the right track as you start your homeschooling journey. 1. Commit to two full years of homeschooling. Most families find that the first year is full of challenges as the entire family adjusts to homeschooling. When you commit to home education for two years you can take the challenges of … [Read more...]

Exploring Grace Together

Exploring Grace Together book review

*This post contains an affiliate link* Exploring Grace Together: 40 Devotionals for the Family is a wonderful resource for family devotions that is geared towards children but relevant even for adults. The book contains 40 short devotions that help children deal with problems and emotions by pointing them to the grace of God found in the death and resurrection of Jesus. Each day offers a scripture, a short story and a few questions to aid in family discussion. I have been reading … [Read more...]

From Primer to Calculus: Why We Use Math U See

Why we use Math U See, a review

Of all the curriculum that we have used over our ten years of homeschooling, Math U See is one program that I can’t imagine homeschooling without. It has provided my children with a solid foundation in math while helping them understand the concepts in addition to memorizing facts and formulas. As a kid, I was pretty good at math. It was easy for me to memorize formulas and follow the step-by-step process to get the correct answer but I never understood why those formulas worked. Then I … [Read more...]

I Don’t Want to Homeschool Anymore {Part 2}

I don't want to homeschool anymore part 2

Read Part 1 here. It just didn't seem possible for me to adequately educate my older kids with all the other demands on my time and unless God was going to miraculously supply my kids with knowledge and wisdom then someone else was going to have to step in to do it. "I don't want to homeschool anymore," I told my husband. "I'm just too tired of trying to figure out how to make a hopeless situation work." My husband continued to remind me of why we were homeschooling. We were living life with … [Read more...]

I Don’t Want to Homeschool Anymore {Part 1}

I don't want to homeschool anymore,

"I don't want to homeschool anymore!" That is what I've been saying to my husband all summer long. The truth is that I really do want to homeschool but I don't want to homeschool in our current situation. The thought of home educating four kids this year along with a strong-willed preschooler and an active baby seems daunting to me. I know all the benefits of homeschooling and why this journey really is the best one for our family, but I can't figure out how I'm going to educate my … [Read more...]

How can I homeschool when my kids won’t listen to me?

how can I homeschool when my kids won't listen to me

"I would love to homeschool my kids but they don't obey me very well so it would never work." "I tried homeschooling but my kids and I just butted heads all the time so I gave up." "My child follows instructions better from his school teacher than he does from me so it's better he learns from someone else." Have you heard these comments before? Perhaps you've thought them yourself. I know I have! But tension between you and your child doesn't necessarily mean you have to give up on … [Read more...]

Homeschool Curriculum 2014-2015

homeschool curriculum 2014-15

It's time to start another school year! This year I will be formally home educating 4 children including a junior in high school, a 4th grader, a 2nd grader and a kindergartner. I'll also have an energetic preschooler and a busy 1 year old to care for while attempting to homeschool the older kids! We will be starting up our school year in just a few weeks so I thought it would be a great time to share what we will be using to home educate our kids in 2014-2015. 11th Grade World Views of … [Read more...]

Family Road Trip Car Ideas

road trip map

We just returned from a three week road trip with our family of eight so I thought I would share with you some of the things I put together in an effort to make the trip a little more enjoyable for parents and kids alike. *This post contains affiliate links.* Road Trip Countdown Banner: My daughter printed out this great road trip countdown banner and assembled it for our trip. I thought it would be a great visual marker for the kids and a fun way to mark our progress as they tore a sheet … [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...]