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The Gift of Homeschooling

I pushed my shopping cart up to pay with a mega shopping cart full of groceries and 3 kids.  I braced myself as the checkout girl asked the question. “Do you homeschool?” At 5, my oldest is at the age where it’s finally somewhat clear that we do, in fact, homeschool.  But as a new […]

Vote for Nikkolas- Best Student Blog 2014

Today I have the honor of highlighting a successful homeschool teen. Please take a moments to vote for his blog! Nikkolas began a blog, which started as a homeschool project.  He writes mainly about living life with Type 1 diabetes , but also his general experiences with homeschooling. His blog is a Finalist for Best Student […]

Keeping Up Appearances

Real homeschool moms cut back their plants at summer’s end so they’ll come back next spring; they never kill their poinsettias. They can seasonal fruits so they can whip up a fresh cobbler in a (cold) snap. They lead the maple sugaring field trip in the dead of winter, organize camping excursions to observe hibernation […]

3 Ways to Bring Simplicity Back to Holiday Gift-Giving

My Christmas memories as a young girl include lots of food, lots of people, lots of whimsical decoration, but very few presents. The gifts I received were simple, often homemade, and only a sprinkling. I was always thrilled to open the carefully wrapped packages. I clung to the gifts for the entire holiday season. Some […]

Slow Cooker Hot Chocolate

Once December arrives, our homeschool schedule slows down…way down. We step away from our usual schedule, close up our books, and put projects on hiatus. Our focus shifts to advent activities, church Christmas productions, Christmas and New Year parties, and movie nights at home with family and friends. On Christmas Day, the family gathers at my […]

Homeschooling the Holidays

  When it comes to the holidays, things become a blur. We’re thinking about the trip to the attic or storage to get decorations out. We’re thinking about our menu and getting to the grocery store before everyone else figures out that the holidays are coming. We’re cleaning voraciously to make sure that no one […]

How to Help Your Child Become an Enthusiastic Reader

This guest post was written by Yin Mones- a graphic artist, writer, and mother. In these busy days of internet, smartphones, video games and instant gratification, parents are forgetting the importance of reading. It’s a huge problem. For children, reading is one of the most important ways to develop both mentally and socially, providing a […]