Don’t Overlook This Subject in Your Homeschool

I love learning from homeschooling families that have gone before me.  After homeschooling for 20 years now, I have seen the full cycle of three of my kids’ education.  From the early days of non-stop feeding and sleep deprivation, to the wonders of watching them learn to read and understand the world around them, to […]

One Easy Way to Afford the Best Homeschool Curriculum

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When Parenting is Hard

I’m writing this post 10,000 feet in the air as I fly up to beautiful Oregon to attend the Come Away Retreat at Rockaway Beach. I’ll be speaking in a breakout session entitled ‘Fearless Parenting’ which is ironic because it has been an unusually trying month of struggles and disappointments for me in that area. […]

Our State of the Homeschool Address – A Mid-Year Review

  After graduating the two oldest of our eight kids, I know full well that time does indeed fly and, because of this, that I need to be intentional in how I parent and educate the rest of my kids while they are still at home. From creating a homeschool mission statement to planning our daily […]

A Day in the Life of our Large, Non-Traditional-Learner Homeschool

Every year I write a day-in-the-life post for the blog.  There is an unfortunate tendency in blogging to elaborate on the good parts of homeschooling while neglecting the down side – a reality of every homeschool.   There is no perfect homeschool.  Ahh comparison – the junior high mentality that somehow manages to cripple […]

Something New for Homeschool Moms and Bloggers

When I discovered homeschool blogs and blogging about 3 years ago, I ventured into a world of encouragement like I had never known before.  Yes, I still have ‘real life’ friends that I love, but my world of online friends and homeschool bloggers has been one of the greatest sources of encouragement in my many […]

Helping Kids Find Purpose

When I became a parent for the first time nearly 23 years ago, I was much more concerned with getting some sleep and maybe even a shower than I was with helping my kids find their purpose.  In fact, being raised in a traditional home and school environment, my own purpose (at least for […]

Can Kids With Dyslexia Succeed in Classical Conversations?

After homeschooling kids with dyslexia for 20 years, I’ve tried just about every homeschool curriculum out there.  At least it feels that way and a quick look at my bookshelves pretty much confirms it.  Trying, tweaking and switching out homeschool curricula is just part of the homeschool experience whether your kids have dyslexia, as […]

Homeschool Curriculum for 5th and 6th Grade

This year in addition to our 2 high schoolers, our preschooler and our 2nd grader, we will be homeschooling our delightful daughters who will be in 5th and 6th grades.  To read about our curriculum choice for our other grades, please visit the links below: Preschool Second Grade High School Goals: Focus on writing […]

When You Are Struggling in Your Decision to Homeschool

After homeschooling now for nearly 20 years, I feel that I am qualified to state that homeschooling is not easy.  Pursuits of value rarely are. Homeschooling is a 24/7 occupation.  We are always teaching!  Whether we are teaching character or life skills or subjects of an academic nature – we are always teaching and our […]

I Need Your Dyslexia Stories

It has been a little quiet here on the blog.  I have waited to tell of the exciting changes that are taking place because, well, they are so much like a dream come true, I could hardly believe them myself! Firstly, I just finished my final exam in an online course to become a certified […]

Successes and Failures in Our Homeschool

Photo Credit In August I offered to give weekly updates on how our homeschool plans were working out.  I have not posted on that subject in some time for several reasons;  some weeks are awfully mundane and boring and others are just plain awful! In reality, every week comes with its successes and failures. […]