Homeschool Room Tour: Simple Design for Any Space

I enjoy getting things organized and ready for the new homeschool year. Over the course of 14 years of homeschooling, I've organized our school area in a dedicated school room, our kitchen and our dining room. I've taught my children their lessons in just about every room of our house as well as in our backyard, front porch, in our van and at the park. This year we are back to having a dedicated homeschool room. I'm guessing most of my kids will scatter around the house to do their work … [Read more...]

Helpful Tips for Using Math-U-See

The first year I started homeschooling I chose Math-U-See to use with my first grader. Fourteen years later and I'm still using this excellent math curriculum. I love using Math-U-See and so do my kids. I've used it from Primer through Calculus and in the process I've discovered a few helpful tips. (This post contains affiliate links. Read my full disclosure here.) No Need to Do Every Worksheet Math-U-See is a mastery based approach which means once your child has mastered a concept … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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 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...]

How to Break the Busyness Cycle for Moms

Everyone says they are busy these days. Life has a way of taking over our best intentions to slow down and savor the moments. Busyness looks different for everyone. Some people thrive on filling their days with enjoyable activities outside the home. Other people prefer to stay home and enjoy life within the quiet (or chaos) of their own four walls. There is a limit on the number of activities a person can squeeze into their schedule though. At some point, all of us will feel weighed down … [Read more...]

Homeschool Physical Fitness for the Non-Sport Family

Physical activity is important for everyone. It keeps our bodies healthy, our minds active and our emotions more balanced. Finding creative ways to stay active can be a challenge for homeschool families who don't participate in team sports. Here are some creative ideas for homeschool physical fitness for those of you who aren't involved in sporting activities. (This post contains affiliate links. Read my full disclosure here.) Outdoor Activities Take your homeschool physical fitness … [Read more...]

How to Decide if a Homeschool Co-op is for You

A homeschool co-op can provide unique opportunities for you and your children. They can also add busyness and stress to your family life. It's wise to think through why you want to join a co-op and whether the benefits for your family outweigh the drawbacks. Benefits of a Homeschool Co-op Co-ops are a wonderful way for you and your kids to establish friendships. Seeing the same people week after week provides the consistency that is often needed in making friends. They can fill gaps … [Read more...]

How to Balance Housework and Homeschooling

I'm one of those strange people who actually enjoys housework if I know that I can relax and enjoy my clean house after I'm all done. Throw in seven children and homeschooling and you'll find that I can barely keep one room picked up long enough to clean it. And that's if I can find the time to clean in between homeschooling, preparing meals, running errands and keeping track of my kids. (This post contains affiliate links. Read my full disclosure here.) It took me several years to figure … [Read more...]

How to Get Meals on the Table When You Homeschool

When does a homeschool mom find the time to plan and prepare three meals a day plus snacks? Between homeschooling, diaper changes, toddler tantrums, loads of laundry, late night discussions with a preteen, early morning questions from an inquisitive child and many other tasks that I face each day, I don't have the energy or brain power left to get descent meals on the table. Can you relate? (This post contains affiliate links. Read my full disclosure here.) Right now I am in a season of … [Read more...]

A Simple Way to Organize Homeschool Records

Check out my simple system for organizing homeschool records. I've put together an instructional video to walk you through how to set it up and how to use it. I also included instructions in this post with helpful links to supplies and forms that you may want to use. Can't see the video? Click here. (This post contains affiliate links. Read my full disclosure here.) Supplies Needed for Your Homeschool Records System Here are the supplies you will need to put together your own … [Read more...]