How to Make School More Enjoyable for Everyone

How to Make School More Enjoyable for Everyone

Today, I want to let you in on a little secret of mine. Well, ok, not truly a secret, but something I have done more this year than in year’s past, and I feel really good about it. Want to know?….I skip pages in our workbooks and chapters in our curriculum and make up a lot of my own. Yes, it’s true, and we’ve had a lot more fun doing it that way. Especially with my younger students, I think…

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How to Keep Calm and Carry on with Your School Day

How to Keep Calm and Carry on with Your School Day

“The teacher must be content to proceed very slowly, securing the ground under her feet as she goes” -Charlotte Mason (Vol. 1, p. 204). The way I run our school days has changed each year depending on the current baby or toddler’s age and ability not to be disruptive. No two years have looked the same. Last year, my littlest one was a wee, walking, jabbering 1-year-old and in a constant state of getting into trouble, eating all the markers,…

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A Quick Look At Our School Plan For This Year

A Quick Look At Our School Plan For This Year

I spent a little time planning our upcoming school year. Honestly, I try not to plan too much. I find over-planning makes me feel like I get behind, rather than helping me feel accomplished. So, I put the big rocks down and leave space for other things to fit in as we have time and curiosity. My philosophy for schooling is mainly Charlotte Mason-ish, with Classical Conversations thrown in and a bit of Forest School. In other words, I like…

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Don’t be a Chicken! How to Dance and Sing Your Days Away.

Don’t be a Chicken! How to Dance and Sing Your Days Away.

“I want to encourage you to sing – especially to your children. Singing is one of the best ways to help form your children’s nature and enhance their education.”  -Carol Reynolds Sing & Dance Singing and dancing are wonderful ways to learn. They are lifelong skills and something that can be done anywhere and anytime. When we put something to song we usually remember it for the rest of our lives. Singing and dancing engage the whole body and mind. They…

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How to Beat the Math Monster

How to Beat the Math Monster

Do you have a math monster at your house? You know the one that steals the joy from your home every time math is mentioned. Are you feeling overwhelmed trying to pick a math curriculum? Switching to something different every year? I often get asked what math curriculum we are using and why. There are so many choices any more. When I was a kid I only remember there being 2 choices and we all used one or the other.   Now…

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How To Make Every Day More Fun!

How To Make Every Day More Fun!

You’ve probably already discovered that we like games around here. Games are an excellent way to learn new information and to help your children retain the information they’ve already learned. Have any of you read the original “Cheaper by the Dozen”? Yes, I did say read, the movie doesn’t count. The book is fantastic, and one of my favorite parts was how the father made learning so much fun! He played games with his children, at the breakfast table, at…

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Is Homeschooling Legal?

Is Homeschooling Legal?

In case you are wondering, YES, homeschooling is legal in all 50 United States, although, the requirements vary from state to state. You will need to check with your individual state for exact legal requirements. The Home School Legal Defense Association website is a great place to start researching these requirements. Here is another website which gives a state by state rundown.   Legal Worries In our initial discussions about educating our children at home, many parents worry about the legality of it, and…

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How To Begin Homeschooling

How To Begin Homeschooling

Are you ready to start homeschooling your child? Are you looking for a change or just wanting the best education for your children? Let me help you get started with these 4 easy steps.       Step 1 – Know Your State’s Laws It is important to know what your local laws require of you in your individual state. These laws can vary greatly from state to state, so do check with your local governing body to find out…

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5 Fun Ways to Improve Your Child’s Spelling

5 Fun Ways to Improve Your Child’s Spelling

We recently had a little bump in the road in regards to spelling practice at our house. It became a drag and the kids were dreading it. So, I decided we needed a change and some fresh insight into our daily spelling practice. I ditched our curriculum for the moment and racked my brain for creative ideas. Here is what we came up with: Shh….don’t tell my kids they were working on spelling practice, they thought it was all fun and…

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How to Get Your Homeschool Morning Off to a Great Start – Self-Care

How to Get Your Homeschool Morning Off to a Great Start – Self-Care

It is so easy to get stuck in the dailiness of life… and to just go through the motions without stopping to take care of yourself. As a homeschooling mom (or dad), self-care is incredibly important and not something to take lightly. Busyness will always be there, the cooking, schooling, working, and the never-ending laundry won’t go away. But taking a few moments of time to do something that feeds your soul, that is living. I am a morning person. I…

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