Family, Home Education

Teens and Work: Exploring the Options

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

Home Education

Start TODAY!

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!

Home Education

Well… That Didn’t Go as Planned…

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…

Family, Home Education

Summer, Printables, and Checklists

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

Home Education, Restore the Republic

Questioning the Legality of Common Core

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

Book Reviews, Home Education, Video Review

Video Review: Well Planned Lessons

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

Home Education

The Messy Side of Creativity

“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

Home Education

Burnout Tips from the Trenches

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