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...]

5 Super Simple Christmas Traditions Anyone Can Do

I'm one of those people who enjoys slowing down during the holidays. I love establishing Christmas traditions with my family but I need them to be super simple yet memorable. My children look forward, with great anticipation, to these five super simple Christmas traditions. (This post contains affiliate links. Read my full disclosure here.) Decorate the Christmas Tree One of my children's favorite traditions is pulling out the Christmas ornaments and decorating the tree together. Every … [Read more...]

The Ultimate List of Family Games for All Ages

Playing games is one of my family's favorite ways to spend quality time together. Over the years we have tested out numerous ones and now we have a long list of favorites. From toddler to teen and everything in between, this list is sure to have something you and your kids will enjoy. I've tried to divide the games into age categories to make it easier for you. Of course, many of these games can be played by a wide range of ages and abilities so make sure to scroll through the whole … [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...]

Picture Charades: A Game Everyone Enjoys

Who would have thought that a game for little kids would be enjoyed by teens and adults? Picture Charades for Kids really does bring the entire family together. We've had a 2 year old playing right along with a teenager. It has provided numerous hours of laughter and enjoyment for friends and family. {This post contains affiliate links. Read my full disclosure here.} Simple Enough for Young Ones Because the game cards have pictures on them (and no words), the youngest child can still … [Read more...]

Our First Day of School

I have been homeschooling long enough to know that the first few days (and even weeks) of a new homeschool year don't usually go as planned. Today was no exception. I thought we'd ease into a new school year by doing only three subjects today. Bible, math and spelling seemed easy enough to tackle. I should have known that Bible and learning to follow directions without grumbling would have been enough. My day started at 2 am when the baby woke up needing to nurse for almost an hour (or … [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...]

Revealing School Book Review

It was in one of my online homeschool circles that I first heard about the book, Revealing School by Britton B. LaTulippe. I was intrigued by the subtitle which stated, "Discover what school is really doing to your children" but I didn't give it more than a quick thought since my children were not in public school. When I was offered a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review I decided to visit LaTulippe's website for more information on what the book was about. The description … [Read more...]