Celebrate Author’s Day This November 1st

November is the month for celebrating writing and writers. It’s Nanowrimo (National Write a Novel in a Month); it’s all kick-start-the-writing-program again, and, sometimes, it’s even Grace Month for Library Fines in some parts of this world – a winner for the typical homeschooling family whose library fines could finance a whole new wing.  Best of all? […]

Hip Homeschool Hop 10/27/15 – 10/31/15

Welcome to the Hip Homeschool Hop! Hip Homeschool Moms co-owner Trish Corlew chose What I Learned About God from My Daughter (Who Has Autism) as her favorite post from last week’s Hop. Trish commented, “This article is so poignant yet beautiful! I can’t wait to read the rest of the series.” If you’re looking for […]

Staying Present

    Have you lived the struggle of staying present in your home?  I sure have.  I know how so many Moms feel.  I’ve lived those days when the exhaustion sets in, selfishness wins, and distractions take over.  Especially the distractions. And don’t we live in a world full of time-wasting distractions? Part of the […]

Making Memories

It’s that time of year when things really begin to ramp up. Holidays are around the corner and before we know it, Thanksgiving and the Christmas mad rush are upon us leaving us spinning. Too often, it’s a time when the pressure of getting stuff done takes priority over relationships. It all too easily spirals into snappiness […]

Hip Homeschool Hop 10/20/15 – 10/24/15

Welcome to the Hip Homeschool Hop!   There were lots of great articles shared on last week’s HOP! We appreciate each of you and are happy to have you link up with us each week! Wendy, who blogs at Homeschooling Blessings, chose Opportunities My Teens Are Missing Because We Homeschool High School as her favorite […]

6 Simple Practices to Engage Unwilling Readers

Some children are born bookworms, but how do you engage a child who simply doesn’t like to read? After all, one of the best ways to jumpstart your learners’ education is through fostering a love of books, and you can’t really force someone to love something. After college, I worked as a teacher and reading […]

No Time for Self Doubt

Do you have those moments when you say to yourself, “What was I thinking?” Today all of my carefully laid plans went straight into the circular file. My daughter fought me tooth and nail over her math lesson, drawing angular doodles and filling in all the ‘holes’ in the 9’s and 6’s and 4’s on […]

Montessori Four Operations: Subtraction {Free Printable}

Montessori Math! This is one of my favorite subjects, and it is wonderful bringing this lesson to you. I have written a blog post on this topic, except that it focuses on Addition (with a free printable), so be sure and check it out, too. In this post, you will see how easy it is […]

Hip Homeschool Hop 10/13/15

Welcome to the Hip Homeschool Hop! HHM Team member, Cassandra, blogs at The Unplugged Family. She chose Fight for the Heart of Your Child as her favorite post from last week’s Hop. She said, ” I really liked this one, because I felt it was encouraging to Mamas who are invested in protecting the hearts of […]

Fun and Educational Pumpkin Activities and Recipes for Homeschoolers

October is a time of pumpkin explosion and pumpkin overload. Pumpkins are everywhere! You don’t have to put a scary face on a pumpkin to enjoy the most iconic image of fall. In fact, pumpkins can be the base for many educational explorations in your homeschool. These activities will help you feel festive and provide […]

Encouraging the Lonely Mom

  I watch her as she struggles with her stroller and a crying baby and a wandering toddler while she desperately tries to pick fresh corn at the market.  She’s sweating in the sun. “I’ll take 10…”  she shouts it at the vendor and she’s slightly frantic.  I remember that feeling.  The feeling that everyone is staring and you’re […]

Teaching Self-Government Review and Giveaway

I was so excited when my family and I received the Teaching Self-Government Implementation Course to use and review. Teaching Self Government (TSG) is a program created by Nicholeen Peck. The resources included the book (Parenting: A House United) and online access to all of their materials, recordings, videos, and much more. There are also […]

Allergy Relief Using Essential Oils

Most of us associate allergies with spring time, and while the worst allergy cases probably do occur during that time for most people, allergies can continue into the fall.  In a previous post, I discussed how to treat allergies with foods like local raw honey, garlic, and vitamin C.  In today’s post, I’m focusing more on […]

Hip Homeschool Hop 10/6/15

Welcome to the Hip Homeschool Hop! We’re so glad to have you visit our Hip Homeschool Hop! We hope you will read some posts that interest you and link up your own posts too! We also have several favorites to share with you from last week’s HOP post. So keep reading for more fun, inspiration, […]

First Things First

I frequently hear moms sharing how they are frustrated with homeschooling. I totally get it. We have been doing this for 20 years so far (eight kids), and I’m not going to lie. It can be HARD. Often, you finally find a good groove and before you know it, things are bumpy again. Even downright […]

Get Organized in October!

So you’re making important plans for National Get Organized Week, right?  At this moment you are eagerly anticipating the arrival of October 4-10 so you can spend every waking moment of that joyous week reorganizing jumbled closets and straightening those messy homeschooling materials.  Oh, what a blissful week it is sure to be! Okay, maybe […]

Quick Skillet Tortellini

Some days you just need a super simple meal, and it doesn’t get much easier than this “one pot” quick skillet tortellini.  

Five Ways to Help Your Kids Love Read Alouds

Reading aloud has been one of the foundations of our years of homeschooling. It teaches comprehension, sophisticated language patterns, and grammar, not to mention imagination and exposure to cultures, ideas, and history. This all sounds well and good, but what if your kids aren’t thrilled when you announce it’s reading time? Here are some doable […]