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 begin homeschooling with Read More

{SQT} Jobs, Early Planning, and Homeschool Writing

I’ve been working on a crap ton of posts for next week (a.k.a. homeschool post bonanza!) so I’m not feeling the takes so much this week BUT I’m going to try to get something down anyway and stop when it gets rambly. First- Addie and Byron got jobs! WOOT! I knew I wanted them to Read More

{SQT} Surfside and Statues

We did things this week so it’s not such a struggle to type up some takes. What a relief. Last weekend I hacked down a ton of branches from the evergreen trees that border our backyard. They, like most of the landscaping, were very overgrown and much of our yard space was taken up with Read More

{SQT} How I’m Still Spending Time At Home With The Kids

The good news is, the air conditioning is finally fixed on our van. The bad news is, not having a van for the week meant no beach trip. But we’re planning on visiting the shore next Tuesday so hopefully the weather cooperates. (Affiliate links below- you’ve been warned!) I managed to get the kids hooked Read More

{SQT} Quiet July Takes-A Summer Theme

Last summer at this time, our calendar was a blur of events and lines indicating camps, vacations, festivals, local events, etc. Now, our July is practically empty. Despite months of cancelled events, I still can’t get used to all the white space on our calendar. We did learn that our town will have it’s annual Read More

{SQT} No Party But Celebrating No Surgery For Now

And just like that, it’s the end of June and Fulton gets ready to turn 12 on Sunday. It seems weird, because for so much of the quarantine, it felt as if time was standing still. But, time marches on, and already the days are getting shorter. Missing from this June is our annual Nativity Read More

{SQT} Quiet June Takes

Happy Feast of the Sacred Heart! Quick- cut some hearts out of Fruit Roll Ups and throw them at your kids to instill a love of the liturgical year! (Maybe also watch/ attend Mass to make reparation for my bad idea.) Father’s Day is Sunday and I was trying to come up with a funny Read More

{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 Read More

Seven Lessons Learned From Raising A Homeschool Graduate

Today Addie was supposed to be graduating in a royal blue cap and gown on a stage with her fellow homeschoolers. Like most seniors, her ceremony has been postponed. We’ve ordered the graduation announcements (hopefully we’ll send them out soon-promise!), and put a sign in the front yard so all strangers passing by the house Read More

{SQT} Sounds good.

What’s a creative way to combine the words quarantine and vacation? I don’t know so we’re calling this week Quarancation!!! As you might expect, our family is having a great time. We are in the town of Duck in the Outer Banks, in a home directly on the Currituck Sound. Since Sunday, we’ve been soaking Read More

{SQT} Planning, Packing, and Promoting

No, we’re not on vacation yet, but as of today there’s only two more sleeps and then we’re off to quarantine in a different location! 1. Tomorrow we load up our trailer with most of our STUFF. Sunday morning all the remaining medical equipment, and cold food will get packed. I have one packing list Read More

{SQT} Grandma, School News, and a Road Trip

I don’t know if I really need seven whole quick takes to recount the last week or so, but here goes. 1.For Mother’s Day, we managed to join a Zoom chat with my grandmother who lives in an assisted living facility. She’s been in lock-down, in her room, for at least six, maybe seven? weeks Read More

{SQT} Nothing Is Happening Here

Time marches on. Our routine remains the same, with slight variations for nice weather, of which there is still not enough. 1.We introduced the kids to the A-Team recently. For all the explosions and shoot outs, Teddy was expecting more dead and wounded, but we explained that prime time TV didn’t show those things back Read More

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