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No Vacation Guilt

I have 4 young boys and a baby girl on the way.  My husband works hard for our family, and we have a very average income.  We love homeschooling and giving our children experiences every day that will prepare them for life, and we enjoy the little moments as a family as often as we […]

Let’s Make Some JAM!

Necessity is the mother of invention, yes?! Well I’m not much of an inventor, but I can think of at least 5 or 6 from-scratch staples that have been around my kitchen for years simply because I ran out of said item’s grocery store counterpart and couldn’t summon the motivation to change out of my yoga […]

Natural Bug Spray

I am one of those people who must have a neon sign to bugs that screams, “Come get some!” Bugs like to chew on me and I spend most of the warm months scratching. I like prevention. I really feel sick when people use those chemical bug sprays. They smell disgusting and aren’t great to […]

HHM’s Favorite Posts & The Hip Homeschool Hop – 6/3/14

Welcome to the Hip Homeschool Hop! Remember to stop by today (and every Tuesday) from 10:00 – 11:00 CST for the next Mentoring Moms hang-out with the owners here at Hip Homeschool Moms! Ask questions, chat about issues, talk curriculum and receive encouragement from these three great ladies! Want some more information about what Mentoring Moms is […]

Used Curriculum Sale 2014!

Today is the first day of a great used curriculum sale hosted by 7 homeschool websites/bloggers! If you’re looking for curriculum for the summer or for the 2014-15 school year, it’s a great idea to look here first before spending more money than is necessary on new curriculum. These are the sites of the participating […]

Snapshots of a Mother’s Cancer Experience — Pt 12: Tender Encouragement

When I was diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer in 2000, I came face-to-face with my own mortality—and learned some profound lessons that transformed my view of reality. I would never sign up for my cancer experience, but neither would I trade away the treasures mined from it. Above all, I learned to live […]

Confessions: Our Public School to Homeschool Transition

Our journey began in June 2010. Before that day we were the average American family living in suburbia. Every morning, after dad went to work, momma would walk the kids up the hill to the bus stop. I’d wave good-bye and my heart would ache as the yellow bus rolled away with my babies. We didn’t […]

Transitioning from Public School to Homeschool

After much consideration, you’ve decided to begin homeschooling. Those of you who are transitioning from public school to homeschool are entering a unique season. Our family made this decision in 2010 as we began our homeschool journey. We’ve had incredible ups and downs in the four years we’ve been at home, and I am slowly […]

Why Some Teachers Homeschool: Special Needs Child

When I began homeschooling Hannah 17 years ago, homeschooling was definitely becoming more popular, but I quickly found out that homeschooling special needs children was not widely done at that point. There are so many wonderful reasons for homeschooling special needs children. Below you’ll read about my family’s choice and our particular situation. I encourage […]

Why Some Teachers Homeschool: Temporary Solution After Moving

Jennifer was a college English teacher and was happy with her job. When she had to move mid-year, she had to quit her job and could no longer afford preschool for her daughters. She planned to homeschool for a short time in between. That was 9 years ago! Read more about Jennifer’s story below. The […]

Cat and Dog Theology Review and Giveaway

Are you looking for a great Bible study program for your 7th-12th graders? If so, you’ll definitely want to check out Cat and Dog Theology! I learned about this program at a homeschool convention I recently attended. I’ll admit that the reason I was curious was the name. Cat and Dog Theology. I wondered what […]

Skillet Rigatoni

Skillet Rigatoni – pasta bathed in creamy sauce and topped with melted cheese brings all the comfort of lasagna, but is quick enough for the busiest of days.

Why Some Teachers Homeschool: Government Curriculum

Taryn decided early on that homeschooling parents homeschooled because they were controlling and paranoid. Yet after she had her own children, she realized how much control the government and teachers actually have over the children in the government (public) schools. At that point, she began to see homeschooling for what it really is–an excellent way […]

Why Some Teachers Homeschool: Dreams vs Reality

Liz was loving her job as a public school teacher, and she dreamed of the day when she would bring her own child to school with her. Surely he would love school as much as she did! Only he didn’t. After a few years of dealing with this issue, Liz’s husband finally convinced her to […]

Creating New Homeschool Circles

Friends, I am writing to you today straight from a tender heart.  It is tender because I am coming up on a season of our lives in which I will need to help my sweet almost ten-year old girl make new friends and create new homeschooling circles of her own in the community to which we […]

The Ultimate Guide for Using Technology in Homeschool Review & Giveaway

Have you ever wondered how to begin using technology in your homeschool? Or if you’re already using technology in your homeschool, have you ever wondered how to make the best use of it or how to decide just what will work and what’s not worth considering? In his book, The Ultimate Guide for Using Technology in […]

Why Some Teachers Homeschool: Taking Control

Today’s post is written by a former kindergarten teacher who fully expected to put her own children in public kindergarten once they were old enough. She realized, though, that all-day kindergarten was not really what very young children need. They need to be with their parents and be encouraged to learn and explore. They need […]

HHM’s Favorite Posts & The Hip Homeschool Hop – 5/27/14

Welcome to the Hip Homeschool Hop! Remember to stop by today (and every Tuesday) from 10:00 – 11:00 CST for the next Mentoring Moms hang-out with the owners here at Hip Homeschool Moms! Ask questions, chat about issues, talk curriculum and receive encouragement from these three great ladies! Want some more information about what Mentoring Moms is […]