In Celebration of Constitution Day

So did you know September 17th is Constitution Day? If you didn’t, don’t feel too bad:  Most Americans have no idea this is the birthday of the U.S. Constitution.  Even more troubling: A frightening number of Americans can’t outline any of the seven articles of the Constitution, name a single freedom guaranteed us in the Bill […]

Celebrate Collect Rocks Day!

Celebrate September 16: Collect Rocks Day! My kids just adore rocks and gemstones. We’re always collecting and admiring rocks wherever we go. Sometimes, we acquire rocks as souvenirs when we travel (Make sure that’s legal where you visit!). My girls are enjoying reading through these Geology Calendar Connections every morning this month. We have a different theme […]

Pizza Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

There’s something to be said about a grilled cheese sandwich. But how about a pizza grilled cheese sandwich?

All About Banned Books and Free Activity Sheet

Did you know there was such a thing as Banned Books Week?  Banned Books Week was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores, and libraries. It celebrates the freedom to read by encouraging read-outs, displays, and community activities that raise awareness of the ongoing […]

Hip Homeschool Hop 9/8/15

Welcome to the Hip Homeschool Hop!   Heather, an HHM team member who blogs at A Nurse’s Wildflowers, chose None of Our Children Attended Harvard as her favorite post from last week. Here’s what Heather had to say about the post: “I loved this post! I too have seen so many homeschooling families measuring their homeschooling successes […]

The Glasses We Wear: Understanding the Responses You Get About Your Decision to Homeschool

“Ooo, here is an article about homeschooling!” Sandra reaches for her glasses. They are a lovely floral vintage pair. She puts them on the end of her nose. She reads the first few lines of the article. Her face lights up, and she smiles and exclaims, “That’s exactly what I was thinking!” You see, what […]

6 Foods That Increase Your Child’s Learning Ability

Summer is drawing to a close, and many of us are getting ready for a new school year.  I’m always so excited to pick out new books, try out a new curriculum or two, and get started on a new year.   It’s obviously important to be prepared for the new school year, but what […]

Hip Homeschool Hop 9/1/15

Welcome to the Hip Homeschool Hop!   Tanya, a Hip Homeschool Moms team member, enjoyed the Homeschool Unit Study about Robots from last week’s HOP. She said, “My 5-year-old son would LOVE to try some of these. It would be the perfect Dad-Son activity!” Tanya blogs at The Natural Homeschool. Jill, who blogs at Jill’s […]

Starting Piano in National Piano Month

Did you know that September is National Piano Month? What better time to get your kids started taking piano than in the month that celebrates it! Not sure where to start? How about right here at Hip Homeschool Moms? Here are some tips to get you started down the road. First, Have a Piano This may […]

3 Easy Ways to Celebrate Fall Hat Month in Your Homeschool

Did you know that September is Fall Hat Month? In Texas, September is still summer, but by this time, I am ready to embrace fall and all of the beautiful and fun fall hats. Use these ideas to celebrate fall hat month in your homeschool this year! Original photo by Niall Crotty/freeimages.com   Complete a […]

How to Get Your Family to Drink More Water

It’s hot outside, and it is so easy to get busy playing that children (and we moms!) forget to stay hydrated. Yes, playing with water is great, but drinking water is extremely important. In fact, it’s important to drink plenty of water when we’re outside getting hot and sweaty, but it’s really important to drink […]

Slow Cooker Cola BBQ Pulled Pork

With only about 2 minutes of active prep time – your slow cooker will do all the rest of the work to make this yummy Cola BBQ Pulled Pork while you go about your busy day.

DIY Craft Desk Hack

So you want a craft desk but can’t afford to buy one? Here’s a suggestion that might work for you. This idea only cost me about $60 to put together. It requires no cutting and only minimal construction! It was the type of thing I could do by myself easily. While I can paint and be […]

TRISMS History’s Masterminds Review and Giveaway

I am excited to tell you about TRISMS History’s Masterminds. It is different! It offers so much more than any other history curriculum for middle school and high school that I have found! It is not just a history study… it is designed to build upon a foundation of research, discovery, and language. The primary […]

Hip Homeschool Hop 8/25/15

Welcome to the Hip Homeschool Hop!   Kristy, one of the Hip Homeschool Moms team members, blogs at Kristy’s Cottage.  Kristy chose 100 Best Books for Boys as her favorite article from last week’s HOP. Kristy said: “I loved the 100 Best Books for Boys, by Faithful and True blog. As a mom with 3 little […]

The Many Benefits of Unit Studies and How to Use Them in Your Homeschool

*affiliate links present Unit Studies Unit studies are a popular tool for homeschooling families, and for good reason. There are many benefits of using unit studies in education, and they provide a flexible and fun alternative to using textbooks. There are unit studies available on a never-ending number of topics such as animals,  plants, historical […]

Why Making Time for Fun Is So Important for Your Family

When is the last time you really enjoyed being with your kids? No pressure.  No complicated planning.  Just good old family togetherness.  Just being.  If it’s been quite a while… or if you can’t even remember the last time that happened… well, then maybe we have something in common: Life is too stinking busy sometimes!  At […]

3 Ways Salsa Can Be Your New Best Friend AND a Recipe!

I have to admit it. I am completely addicted to salsa. I cannot get enough of it. I love to put it on my eggs in the morning. Eat it as a snack in the afternoon with some pita chips. It goes so great on our favorite Mexican dish, or even as a healthy alternative […]