No matter how long you've been homeschooling, picking curriculum can be tricky. The problem with having so many options for curriculum now, is that there are so many options! How do you pick one, and how do you know when to ditch one? You can do your best to read reviews, get advice, and preview… Continue reading When to Ditch Your Curriculum
To work, or not to work? That’s a question that everyone has an opinion on! When it comes to whether or not teens should get a job, the options are as diverse as the opinions. Just as there’s no one-size-fits-all approach to homeschooling, neither is there an answer to this question that’s a perfect fit… Continue reading Teens and Work: Exploring the Options
We start the school year off with shiny, new curriculum, perfectly organized planners, and the determination that this is the year when everything will go smoothly and according to plan! By the time January rolls around, life has happened. The new grammar workbook doesn’t work for your 4th grader, algebra is giving your freshman and… Continue reading Start TODAY!
I'm big on plans. I have more planners and checklists than I probably need. In the immortal words of Hannibal from The A-Team, "I love it when a plan comes together!" Plans I can do, adapting when everything goes sideways? Not as much… I felt so optimistic about the start of this school year. I… Continue reading Well… That Didn’t Go as Planned…
I actually wanted to be an archaeologist when I was in grade school! That didn't exactly work out, but I still love to study history and archaeology. I'm always on the lookout for a good history documentary, so I was anxious to review Patterns of Evidence: Exodus.
Technically, we do year-round school. However, we take the month of August off, and the other two summer months typically boast shorter school days because at this point we've completed the curriculum for some of the subjects. You know what that means, right? Kids get bored. Someone in a local homeschool group shared a link… Continue reading Summer, Printables, and Checklists
I honestly don't care what the standards laid out in Common Core are. Some sort of federal educational standards have been around for as long as I can remember. Whether it's Race to the Top, No Child Left Behind, Common Core, or whatever catchy name they come up with next, it's basically the same ideas… Continue reading Questioning the Legality of Common Core
Note: Because the FTC has nothing better to do than make life difficult for us bloggers, I’m required to disclose the following at the beginning of this post: While this is not a paid or sponsored review, I have done some work for Well Planned Gal, the publisher of this product. The opinions expressed, whether positive or negative… Continue reading Video Review: Well Planned Lessons
“Creativity is intelligence having fun.” – Albert Einstein My kids are creative. I love that about them! I can’t say that I’m overly fond of the chaos that tends to go hand in hand with creativity though… In a fit of frustration I asked, “How do you encourage creativity without the house getting trashed?” I… Continue reading The Messy Side of Creativity
February has jokingly been called Homeschool Mom Burnout Month. After a few years of homeschooling, I could see why! Is every February destined to be the month that pushes your sanity to the limit? This year, maybe it’s possible for us to avoid the worst of the burnout with a few of these tips from… Continue reading Burnout Tips from the Trenches