Online Courses for Homeschoolers

Online courses are a wonderful option for many homeschool families. Whether you are looking for a full program or just one or two subjects to round out your other curriculum choices, this list should be helpful for you. I've spent hours researching different online programs for homeschoolers and wanted to share my findings with you. The majority of these online courses have a Christian worldview but make sure to do your own research before selecting a program for your child. (This post … [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 Best Educational Toys for Toddlers and Preschoolers

Educational toys are a great way for toddlers and preschoolers to develop and grow in their skills through play. Of course, no toy can top the benefits of running, climbing, and exploring outdoors or using the imagination to create and make-believe. However, educational toys can be a great way to occupy your little one's time while you are homeschooling your older kids. (This post contains affiliate links. Read my full disclosure here.) I compiled a list of my favorite educational toys … [Read more...]

Illuminations Homeschool Scheduler Saved Our Year

The Illuminations scheduler from Bright Ideas Press saved the homeschool year for my 6th grader. I've been trying to focus my attention this year on helping two of my children learn to read while loving on my 3 year old and infant. I haven't had time to create lesson plans for my middle school student. (This post contains affiliate links. Read my full disclosure here.) Illuminations to the Rescue That's where Illuminations saved the year for me. I was already planning on using most of the … [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...]

My Top 5 Benefits of Homeschooling

1. Academics Homeschooling allows us to personalize each child’s education to his or her own learning style and my teaching style while also letting us pace learning in each subject to each child’s strengths and weaknesses. 2. Spiritual Growth God desires to be a part of every area of our lives, especially the training of our minds. Homeschooling allows us to choose Christian curriculum so that every idea can be filtered through God’s Word. Homeschooling also provides us with the time to pour … [Read more...]

Help! I’m Falling Behind in Homeschooling

Have you ever felt like you were falling behind in homeschooling? Maybe you feel that way right now. Let's take a look at some reasons why you might think you are dropping the ball on your child's education. And hopefully you'll find some encouragement as well. 4 Reasons You Might Feel Like You're Falling Behind You are moving at your child's own pace. You're trying to do too much. Life circumstances have slowed you down. Disorganization has gotten the best of you. Moving … [Read more...]

I’m Switching Homeschool Curriculum Mid-Year

I had a great line-up of curriculum for my kids (kindergarten, 2nd, 4th and 6th grade) this year. We were going to study the the Renaissance, Reformation and growth of nations, Earth and space, and read literature books together. My kids and I enjoy learning together as a family so I am always looking for multi-age curriculum. But as the school year got under way, it became apparent that my curriculum choices were not going to work this year. I tried to adapt what we were using but switching … [Read more...]

How to Encourage a Heart for Prayer While Learning Geography

As a mom, I want my children to learn the importance of prayer. My desire is for them to have a heart for the Lord and compassion for others. It's easy for me to fall into the habit of only praying with my kids before meals and bedtime. I want more for them though. I want them to know that they can approach their Heavenly Father anytime through long prayers or short utterances. The best way for me to teach the value of prayer is through modeling it for my kids and practicing it with them. I … [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...]

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...]