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Three Ways to Choose JOY in the Everyday Homeschool

  As homeschool Moms, most of us juggle about a hundred tasks every day (every hour?).  With the feeling that there is just so much ‘to do’, there is also the struggle to maintain the atmosphere of peace and joy we all long for in our homes. We’ve had those days.  Those blissful, wonderful, happy, […]

Hip Homeschool Hop 12/22/15 – 12/26/15

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 […]

Love, Joy, & Peace Craft in English, Spanish, & Chinese

The Fruit of the Spirit is awesome. I love teaching it to my children. For this lesson, I picked the first three on the list found at Galatians 5:22 and 23. We read the passage and talked about the first three: love, joy, and peace. We spoke about examples for each and how we can […]

“What Is Your Favorite Memory of Being Homeschooled?

This article is part of a series in which I attempt to answer questions collected for me from the Hip Homeschool Moms Community, about what it was like to grow up homeschooled. The first question that I want to answer is this one: “What is your favorite memory of being homeschooled?” In a popular young […]

Teaching Kids the Importance of Saying Thank You

With all the gifting happening at this time of year, there’s lots to be thankful for. Even without material gifts, this Christmas time is one that highlights the many good things we have to be grateful for. It’s also a great opportunity to teach our children the importance of saying thank you. So here goes […]

The Snow Queen – A Cozy and Cautionary Winter Fairy Tale

When winter’s here and the holiday season is upon us, it’s always festive to cuddle inside by the glow of a fire in the hearth, or the lights of your Christmas tree, and read a story together. While there are a plethora of seasonal classics to choose from, one of my personal favorite stories to […]

Taking Time to Enjoy the Holiday Season

Each year seems to fly by faster and faster, and I find myself asking where the time has gone. One of the major things I have been striving to do is to be sure I am taking time to enjoy the holiday season with my family. In the early years of homeschooling I felt this […]

Four Ways a Homeschooling Mom Can Ruin Christmas

If there’s any time of year when moms display their superpowers, surely it’s around the holidays!  I mean, not only are MOMS doing most of the planning, decorating, shopping, wrapping, and baking that we so often associate with a delightful Christmas, but for weeks they are also the ones managing top secret information, regularly speaking in […]

Hip Homeschool Hop 12/15/15 – 12/19/15

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 […]

The Busy Mom’s Guide to a Stress-Free Holiday

The holidays are a time of family, friends, making memories, having parties, attending activities…and stress. Stress is an unavoidable thing in life.  Many times we associate stress with something bad that’s happened, but stress can come just from being busy–even being busy with good things!  What time of year are we any busier than the […]

Why We Don’t Homeschool Through the Holidays

Has anyone around here noticed that the holiday season kicks the BUSY level up a notch or three?  Yeah, here too. About three years ago, I decided that I had stressed and survived my way through the holidays for the last time. Back then, I had four young children and was expecting baby number five… which, of course, meant that life […]

Slow Cooker Parmesan Potato Soup

I don’t know about you, but I love potato soups – all sorts of potato soups. When I made this Parmesan Potato Soup for my family recently, my husband decided that it was his favorite version so far!

Is Your Homeschool Ready for the Holidays?

The holidays are coming. Is your homeschool ready? The turkey, the traveling, the everything busy, bright and burning (if you’re in my kitchen) are weeks away; is your homeschool ready for this action? ‘Tis the season for squeezing in the math during cooking and the reading on the road; and there’s nothing wrong with that. If you’re nervous […]

Hip Homeschool Hop 12/8/15 – 12/12/15

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 […]

Homes from Around the World

This was a wonderful lesson where my children explored their habitat and learned about homes where people live. Not all homes are made the same and not all homes look the same. Take a look at what we did, and hopefully you will be inspired to have such a lesson with your children, too. First, […]

6 Tips for When “Fun Schooling It” Just Doesn’t Work

Tips for Getting Through Homeschooling Ruts When Even “Fun Schooling It” Doesn’t Help We’ve all been there. We’ve had the times when boredom with the daily routine overtakes us, and we want to shake it up a bit. You search Pinterest for a fun activity or unit study and try to implement it at home […]

Do You Know the Origins of These Words?

Word origins are fascinating. If you’ve never considered studying word origins in your homeschool, you might want to think about it! Quick quiz: Which of the following phrases came from 1500s Europe, and which are American in origin? graveyard shift dirt poor Keeping up with the Joneses We use all sorts of phrases that sound […]

Hip Homeschool Hop 12/1/15 – 12/5/15

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 […]