Category: Homeschooling

Preparing For A New School Year

1. The pictures of kids heading back to school are already hitting my Instagram feed. (You Southerners start back early!) Fulton and Teddy just wrapped up their summer programs and won’t head back until after Labor Day. (Jersey schools understand people need plenty of time for last-minute beach trips.) Addie’s online classes start the last Read More

{SQT} Fall Fashion Forecast For Homeschoolers

It’s homeschool fashion week in New York! All the latest and greatest homeschool designers are debuting their looks for the upcoming 2017-18 school year. As someone who always aspires to be on the cutting edge of homeschool fashion, I follow BTHS fashion week closely. Thankfully, it looks like I’ll be able to reuse a few Read More

My Part-Time Job; Enrolling The Little Boys In School

This picture has been five months in the making. Yes, that is Teddy getting off a school bus Wednesday after a day at public school. Fulton was supposed to start the same day, but GI issues mean he’ll be starting school today. He still doesn’t have a bus (nobody wants to take responsibility for that Read More

How To Evaluate Your Homeschool Year So You Don’t Feel Like A Failure

1. Who’s done with schooooooooooolllll?? Not meeeeeeeeee!!! It’s okay though. We’re in the homestretch and everything is fine. 2. No seriously, all’s fine. We’ve made TONS of progress and we’re ending on a high note! 3. So I feel TOTALLY qualified to give advice on how to evaluate your homeschool year. Join me on this Read More

How To Teach Catholic Kids About The Middle Ages

At some point in your children’s education they’re going to learn about the Reformation. If you have a nice Catholic homeschooling family like mine, you try to make do with the Protestant history book you have while skipping a few sentences during your read aloud…before your husband walks into the school room and hears you Read More

Seven Things Working In Our Homeschool Right Now

Since we’re more than halfway through the school year, I thought, for once, that I would actually do a mid-year follow-up on what’s working in our homeschool. (There’s also some things not working, but that’s a post for another time.) You can read about my 2016-17 curriculum choices here for comparison.   1. Addie is Read More

2016-17 Curriculum Post for Homeschoolers Who Like Way Too Much Information

This is the probably the latest I’ve ever posted my curriculum choices, so hopefully no one has been waiting to purchase books based on my recommendations. (I’ll be the first to tell you that you value my opinion too highly.) But regardless of what anyone else thinks, I enjoy making a note of all my Read More

First Day of School Essentials For Families With Kids Who Keep Growing

We  started school this week. I’ve got no cute back to school pictures of the kids holding a gently aged chalkboard with their grade on it. We didn’t mark the day with anything special except a box of Pillsbury Toaster Strudels. And thankfully, I’ve been doing this long enough to know that, while my mom Read More

{Simple Homeschool} Another Day In the Life

I love a good day in the life post. It’s been a year since I recorded our homeschool day, and even longer since I did it with more words than photos. When I saw that Simple Homeschool was going to make their recent Day in the LIfe series a Link up, I knew I’d have Read More

Honest, Unsolicited Review of Reading Kingdom or How I Finally Stopped Worrying About Fulton’s Reading

Back in September I did a post detailing all my curriculum picks for the year. I promised a follow-up post. This is not that post. However, I did want to update on Fulton’s reading progress since I alluded to difficulties (a.k.a. I was the world’s worst homeschooling mom) at the time. Fulton has been the Read More

Why I Keep Homeschooling Even When It Sucks

Based on the post title, you can probably guess about the type of day I had; trouble with our old desktop and older laptop, everyone having a crisis at the exact. same. time., tears, screaming and I repeated the same set of instructions at least 4,598 times. It was the type of day were I pulled Read More

How to Write Your Own Lesson Plans, Part 2; Completing and Motivating

You’ve decided to write your own lesson plans! Good for you! If you’re this far you’ve probably already filled out a Course of Study for each of your students. Now you know what subjects and what materials will be covered for the year. Now the trick is to take all that information and break it Read More

How to Write Your Own Lesson Plans, Part 1; Discernment and Preparation

The last time I purchased lesson plans was in the summer of 2006 as I prepared for Addie to start pre-school. Homeschooling was an exciting yet overwhelming prospect. I needed someone to hold my hand and guide me (and Addie) through these unknown waters. Within a few weeks, I quickly realized that we were not Read More

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