5 Simple Solutions for Homeschooling Big Kids with Little Ones Underfoot

Homeschooling with little ones underfoot is challenging but not impossible. Here are five simple solutions to help you homeschool your big kids while loving on your little ones. Solution #1: Creating an Efficient Space for Homeschooling A little story... When I first started homeschooling in 2004, I had a 1st grader and a newborn. Two years later, I had a 3rd grader, a toddler and a newborn. It became increasingly difficult for me to teach my oldest child while keeping the toddler and … [Read more...]

Creating a Student Binder for The Mystery of History

The Mystery of History curriculum makes a great read-aloud for the entire family but this year my seventh grader is working through volume 4 on her own. That meant that she not only needed a history binder but also a checklist to follow so she knew exactly what to do each day. Keep reading to see how I set up The Mystery of History student binder and grab your FREE download of my volume 4 student checklist. (This post contains affiliate links. Read my full disclosure here.) The … [Read more...]

How I Set Up and Use My Student Logbook

My Student Logbook has been a sanity saver for me. My kids are able to work more independently on their homeschool work while I only have to write out their weekly checklist once for the entire school year. (This post contains affiliate links. Read my full disclosure here.) My third grader and fifth grader are using My Student Logbooks as a checklist to help them know what they need to do and when they are finished with the school day. My seventh grader has been able to use her My Student … [Read more...]

4 Keys for a Winning Homeschool High School Transcript

Colleges are realizing that homeschoolers have a lot to offer in higher education but it's still a good idea to have a winning high school transcript. (This post contains affiliate links. Read my full disclosure here.) You want to "wow" the college admissions office with your teen's accomplishments. A great transcript is the way to do that. Taking time to create a winning homeschool high school transcript can help set your child apart from other college applicants. 4 Keys for a Winning … [Read more...]

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...]