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5 Creative Ways to Read Aloud This Summer

We used to homeschool all year.  It was SO MUCH EASIER when the kids were little.  They didn’t seem to notice that other kids we actually ‘out’ of school.  Now that they are 11, 9, and almost 8 – well, not so much.  They crave (and deserve) a little summer break.  We all do.  And […]

Hip Homeschool Hop 7/5/16 – 7/9/16

Welcome to the Hip Homeschool Hop! Thank you for linking up with us on our Hip Homeschool Hop! We’re glad to have you. And if you’re here to take a look around and find some fun topics, good information, ideas, or support, we’re glad to have you too! But first we hope you’ll take a […]

4 Reasons NOT to Homeschool Summer

I have been homeschooling for more than 10 years now, and until recent years we have homeschooled during the summer too. While it wasn’t the same activities or amount of work, it was still homeschooling during the summer. In all our early years our homeschool, summer consisted of what I called workbook or light mode. […]

Try Reading Eggs for Summer Reading Fun

★ FREE 4 week FREE trial of Reading Eggs ★ Get your child reading with a FREE 4 week trial of Reading Eggs – the multi award-winning online reading program for 3-13 year olds. Sign up today at http://readingeggs.com/hipmom/! This offer is good through July 31. Don’t forget to TELL YOUR FRIENDS so their children can also try Reading Eggs for free!

Insects and Bugs Printables

This week’s printables have to do with insects and bugs! When it’s warm outside, insects and bugs can be found everywhere. Take advantage of the warm weather, and go outside to look for all kinds of creepy-crawly things with your kiddos! We hope you enjoy the printables below. If you’re looking for other freebie topics, click here to […]

Family Field Trip Ideas Printable

Field trips are one of my favorite parts of homeschooling. But I hate leaving my husband out of the fun. We don’t save all of our field trips to do as a family, but they are definitely more fun with the whole family! The following family field trip ideas will help you think of some […]

Exercising with Kids

It crosses your mind from time to time. It may even be penciled in on your schedule.  But it’s one of those things that falls off all too easily if you’re anything like me.  Yup, I’m talking about exercise. Exercising with kids, to be precise – whether they join you or not!   We know […]

Hip Homeschool Hop 6/28/16 – 7/2/16

Welcome to the Hip Homeschool Hop! Thank you for linking up with us on our Hip Homeschool Hop! We’re glad to have you. And if you’re here to take a look around and find some fun topics, good information, ideas, or support, we’re glad to have you too! But first we hope you’ll take a […]

How Homeschooling Made Me a Reader

Growing up, I had an eclectic education: public school, private school, and home school. Despite that, when people ask me about my pre-college background, my simplest answer is that I was “homeschooled.”  I can’t help but think that it has to do with my self-identification, first and foremost, as a reader.  Being a bookworm is […]

Zoo Related Printables

This week’s topic has to do with the zoo! Children and adults of all ages enjoy going to the zoo, and many zoos have special activities going on to encourage folks who are taking a break from school work to get outside and enjoy seeing the animals and spending time together. We hope you enjoy […]

Thinking About Homeschooling Your Kids?

The recent headlines about where our school system is headed can and should be making you uncomfortable.  Never in the history of our country have we had so much forced into our classrooms that we, as parents, weren’t given a chance to weigh in on. Things we don’t agree with, things that make our skin […]

Zoo Scavenger Hunt Printables and Book Lists

The zoo is one of those places I really enjoy visiting when the weather is nice, therefore it often becomes a fun spring/summer excursion with my children. And because of the nicer weather, more animals tend to be out, and we can often see new baby animals too!   When heading off to a place […]

Hip Homeschool Hop 6/21/16 – 6/25/16

Welcome to the Hip Homeschool Hop! Thank you for linking up with us on our Hip Homeschool Hop! We’re glad to have you. And if you’re here to take a look around and find some fun topics, good information, ideas, or support, we’re glad to have you too! But first we hope you’ll take a […]

It’s OK to Take a Break!

As homeschooling moms, we often feel guilty for taking breaks from school. We feel like we have too much to do to justify taking time off! The truth is, though, that we need to take breaks now and then! This past January was the mid-point of my family’s school year. We had gotten into a […]

Summer Fun Printables

This week’s topic has to do with summer fun! Summer is a great time to get outdoors and enjoy sports, swimming, picnicking, fishing, bug collecting, and lots of other fun things!  We hope you enjoy these printables related to all kinds of summer fun activities and recipes. If you’re looking for other freebie topics, click here to […]

Italian Chicken Pasta Salad

This chicken pasta salad made with grilled chicken and Italian dressing is so simple, you can whip it up any night of the week.

5 Helpful Essentials Oils for the Summer

With the official summer season being upon us, there are precautions we have to be mindful of as moms. Cautions such as sunburns, ticks, mosquitoes, etc. Our skin is the biggest organ of our body, and it’s very important to be careful of what we spray on it. Thankfully, there are healthy, natural alternatives to […]

Hip Homeschool Hop 6/14/16 – 6/18/16

Welcome to the Hip Homeschool Hop! Thank you for linking up with us on our Hip Homeschool Hop! And if you’re here to take a look around and find some fun topics, good information, ideas, or support, we’re glad to have you too! Enjoy! Guidelines for the hop: You can link up to 3 posts […]