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 …

{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 …

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 …

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 …

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. Maybe you have some idea of what your ideal Catholic Middle Ages homeschool curriculum should look like. If you have a nice Catholic homeschooling family like mine, you try to make do with the Protestant history book you have while skipping …

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 …

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 …

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 …

{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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

A Bible Curriculum Moses Could Be Proud Of

Was I at the beach again?? Totally. But I won’t dump a bunch of ocean pictures on you and call it a day. Instead, I’m going to introduce you to a great resource that’s right up there with the Bible… mostly because it talks about the Bible. And Catholics heart the Bible right?! Yes, we …