What To Do When You And Your Child Are Frustrated With Reading

Spring is here, we’ve all moved past February burnout (hopefully) and the end of the school year is rapidly approaching- thank goodness!!!!!! But in the back of your mind there may be a nagging feeling that your child isn’t reading as well as you’d hoped. You wonder if your child can catch up by June, …

2020-21 Mid-Year Homeschool Review

So I guess last weeks Takes just aren’t happening. Might as well get to this weeks latest, which is a mid-year school progress report! WOOT! (Oh, and of course- AFFILIATE LINKS!) I can’t believe we’ve made it halfway through our year. Knowing we’re on the downward slope will make it easier as we meander through …

How to Study Shakespeare At Home

One of the few things I’ve been able to consistently stick with in our homeschool is the study of Shakespeare. The whole thing started on a whim during the 2014-15 school year. I’d tried reading poetry once a week during our “family subjects” time and the kids were ‘meh’. So I decided to introduce Shakespeare …

Creating Self-Motivated Learners: How to get your kids to do their school work.

If there’s one question I’m hearing more and more frequently this fall it’s “How do I get my kids to do their school work?”. Parents who are overseeing distance learning are stressing out because their kids need seemingly endless amounts of oversight, and homeschoolers are second guessing every piece of curriculum they’ve purchased. I am …

Welcome Back to St. Bruno’s: 2020-2021 Curriculum Picks

We’re wrapping up our second week of school so it’s the perfect time to share my annual curriculum post! It’s littered with affiliate links so feel free to click and toss some pennies in my hat. (More links coming as I get time to add them.) After only homeschooling Edie and Bryon for the last …

How To Work Full-Time And Homeschool

For someone like me who has always been fortunate enough to homeschool my kids full-time and not worry about needing a full or part-time job to help with bills, the thought of doing what I do PLUS working seems downright impossible, but there are families doing it, and doing it well. They demonstrate that despite …

{SQT} Homeschooling and Weekly Adventures

I don’t always write about homeschooling, but when I do, it’s because it’s August and I’m usually thinking about how great the next school year will be. Never mind the challenges of the last school year, this year is going to be different- I’m going to be different! Everything is going to go according to …

Answers To Your Top Seven Homeschooling Questions

Welcome to the last installment in this weeks homeschooling series! So far we’ve covered: How to Start Homeschooling Your Elementary Student How to Start Homeschooling Your Teenager How to Start Homeschooling Your Special Needs Child How to Homeschool During Difficult Circumstances And now today I answer the seven questions I get the most from people …

How to Homeschool During Difficult Circumstances

Welcome back to my ongoing series of posts for anyone considering homeschooling, and for homeschooling parents who need a fresh perspective. Today I’m writing about a type of homeschooling I’m especially qualified to write about: homeschooling through difficult circumstances. Now, of course there are many horrible tragedies my family has not undergone, but we’ve experienced …

How to Start Homeschooling Your Special Needs Child

On Monday I covered elementary students. Tuesday I tackled teenagers. Today I’m talking about the most complex group of kids; those labeled “special needs”. Regardless of your child’s physical, intellectual, or mental disabilities, he will be lumped into the ambiguous “special needs” category. Even though the actual needs of these kids will vary wildly, I’m …

How to Start Homeschooling A Teenager

Yesterday’s post introduced the basics on how to start homeschooling your elementary student. Today’s post will build on that and let you know how homeschooling a teenager (in middle school or high school) is similar to, AND VERY DIFFERENT FROM, homeschooling your younger kids. If this is your first year homeschooling, read yesterday’s post. It …

How to Start Homeschooling Your Elementary School Student

Lots of people are thinking about homeschooling for the coming academic year. As a homeschooling/ multischooling mom of five with 14 years experience under my belt for all grades, I’m going to do my best this week to give you the practical advice you need, in an orderly manner, so you can learn how to …

{SQT} Next Year’s New Student And Attempts At Summer Fun

1. We are officially done with school for the year. Fulton and Teddy finished all their work last week, and this week I am correcting, grading, and updating transcripts for the older three. There are a few things the older three are redoing or finishing for me, but it’s basically been a week of tying …