Is it a challenge to get your student writing? Creative writing develops valuable skills that help students with academic writing and critical thinking. For homeschool parents, it can seem like an uphill battle to get your student writing. If you're the parent of a reluctant young writer, the task is difficult. The summer is the perfect time to … [Read more...] about 5 Ways to Get Your Student Writing Now!
Plan, Record & Celebrate Each Child's Progress This blog uses referral links. Please read my disclosure policy. With the new school year just around the corner, homeschool planning is in full swing for many moms this month. It is an exciting time to be shopping for curriculum, figuring out schedules, and hitting the school supply … [Read more...] about The A+ Homeschool Planner
1-2-3 Entrepreneur One of the perks of homeschooling through high school is the ability of your teens to pursue entrepreneurial ventures. The flexibility of a homeschool schedule, the cultivation of independent thinking, and the ability to think outside the box are all traits that homeschool teens share. The next logical step for many homeschool … [Read more...] about Entrepreneurship for Teens
Writing a Polished Blog Post I'm posting over at Homeschool Blogging today with vital tips for improving your blog writing and producing a polished blog post. As a busy homeschool mom blogger, I'm probably not alone in working in the wee hours of the morning. And, yes, mistakes often happen! It only takes a few simple steps to make sure you are … [Read more...] about 5 Vital Steps to a Polished Blog Post
Who Is Stan Lee? (Who Was?® What Was?® Where Is?® Blog Series) This blog uses referral links. Please read my disclosure policy. Since my youngest son is such a HUGE fan of the Marvel Universe, we chose Who Is Stan Lee? to kick off this series on Learning Table. Plus, we have a CREATE YOUR OWN SUPERHERO ADVENTURE STORY activity for you! If … [Read more...] about Who Is Stan Lee?
Let Me Tell You About Our Little House Year! This blog uses referral links. Please read my disclosure policy. We spent a year on the prairie with The Prairie Primer. Admittedly, I am somewhat biased. Being a huge Laura Ingalls Wilder fan, I devoured her books when I was young. Imagine having a curriculum centered around her books! I was sold … [Read more...] about Our Little House Year With The Prairie Primer
Homeschool Myths Busted You CAN'T Homeschool High School It's just too hard. I can't teach high school subjects--I barely even passed Algebra myself. Creating a transcript is impossible! I will fail my child, and he won't get into college. She won't get to go to prom if she homeschools through high school. He will miss out on all those high … [Read more...] about You CAN’T Homeschool High School
When your child enters middle school, you can start planning ahead for high school. In many states, eighth grade courses can count towards high school credits, depending on the course. In my home state, these courses must be core subjects like English, math, and science, and they must include high school level work. If you are strategic with … [Read more...] about High School 4-Year Plan
WHAT IS DUAL ENROLLMENT? Do you have a high school student? Do you have some difficult subjects to teach? Is your high school student planning to go to college after graduation? Is your high school student hoping to graduate early and start a job? If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, then dual enrollment might be right for you. My … [Read more...] about Making Dual Enrollment Work for You
Here are some critical pre-season preparations! It’s that time of year! Around mid-summer, homeschool moms begin a type of training camp to get ready for fall. You may be inundated with curriculum catalogs in the mail and emails selling digital bundles. You may have attended your first homeschool convention (spring practice) near the … [Read more...] about A Game Plan for Choosing Curriculum
Snuggle up with a good book and explore new worlds together! To me, summer is all about sweltering humid days, thunderstorms, a beach vacation, exploring creeks and nature trails, camping out, and visiting air-conditioned museums and movie theaters. It’s also about having extra time to snuggle up with a good book and explore new worlds … [Read more...] about Summer Reading Fun for Moms and Kids
Tears . . . That is the first word that comes to my mind when I think of the word algebra. My past experience with algebra wasn’t great. I struggled to understand the concepts, spent hours studying, and got help with my homework from friends and family. I just didn’t get it. When we decided to homeschool eleven years ago, I knew I’d have to … [Read more...] about Homeschooling Algebra: A Different Perspective
Living Each Day in the Moment We moms know that life in general can be a balancing act, but when you throw homeschooling in with all the other stuff you have to get done, it can seem like an overwhelming task. On top of that, you might be teaching multiple grades, tackling high school subjects, or dealing with a curious toddler. Field trips, … [Read more...] about The Homeschool Balancing Act
6 tips for engaging your reluctant reader in the world of great literature. This blog uses affiliate links. Please read my disclosure policy. Soon after college, I taught English in a public middle school where English was a second language to many of my students. After spending several years immersed in literary adventures as an undergrad, I … [Read more...] about Bringing Literature to Life: Motivating Preteens to Study Literature
Homeschooling Can Be Isolating This blog uses referral links. Please read my disclosure policy. Someone recently asked me this simple question: "What do you wish you would have known when you started homeschooling?" It really got me thinking. You know what? 15 years later, our homeschool looks NOTHING like it did when we first started … [Read more...] about What I Wish I’d Known When I Started Homeschooling
Preparing for the ACT College Exam This blog uses affiliate links. Please read my disclosure policy. My high school junior is preparing this summer for both the SAT and ACT exams. We're using several resources to help him get ready, including the ACT Prep Course from Master Books. ACT & College Preparation Course for the Christian … [Read more...] about High School Resources: ACT and College Preparation
Four Favorite Little Critter Stories in One Collection This blog uses referral links. Please read my disclosure policy. The Little Critter Little Blessings Collection includes four favorite stories from Mercer Meyer. Little Critter learns how to be cooperative, how to be thankful, why being truthful is important, and how to be grateful for … [Read more...] about Little Critter Little Blessings Collection
Budgeting for curriculum is on every homeschool mom’s list. But, don’t you just hate it when you buy something you end up not using? What to consider BEFORE buying new curriculum: Hand-me-downs don’t always fit. Chances are each of your kids will have a different learning style. What works with one may not work with the others. Don’t … [Read more...] about 10 Things I Wish I’d Known Before Buying Curriculum
What if your curriculum does not work? Many homeschool parents experience stress when their curriculum does not work out. In fact, all homeschool parents probably experience a "curriculum fail" at least once during their journey. The thing is, no curriculum is perfect. What works with one child might not work with another. Consider this: … [Read more...] about Curriculum Fail!
Learn the Building Blocks of Poetry This blog uses affiliate links. Please read my disclosure policy. Grammar of Poetry is a 30-lesson course for middle school and early high school level students, with a suggested 1/2 academic high school literature credit. It is designed to be completed in one semester as part of a language arts course, but can … [Read more...] about Grammar of Poetry