• Don’t Quit Homeschooling in February!

    In the last 9 years, I’ve come to know that homeschooling has a VERY cyclical schedule, especially if you’re in your first year or two. February is quitting time. It just is. That’s when everyone has had enough and sits down to count their failures as they start researching school enrollment requirements, drop-off co-ops, and the furthest boarding schools. Why?…

  • How Television Teaches Us Science

    Warning: Spoilers included if you haven’t seen the show. Recently we’ve gotten into watching Black Lightning on Netflix, in order to start from the beginning before catching the latest season. After Anissa and Jefferson’s big reveal, The Kidd and I had a whole discussion on the way genes work and why there was NOT a 50/50 chance that each of…

  • The Monday Mix-Up

    Mondays are rough for us sometimes. The kids get my full attention on weekends, so when I have to turn that attention back to my computer on Monday morning to get back to work, the littles sometimes melt down. I’ve been rearranging my schedule a bit to help ease their transition into the day, and as much as I loathe…

  • What You Need to Know About Deschooling

    We need to talk about this because it’s important. Not only to your entire family’s mental health, but to your ultimate success as a homeschooler. Deschooling allows everyone the time to decompress from all prior educational settings, gives parents a chance to watch and observe their children to discover who they are as learners, and allows children the chance for…

  • Gameschooling 101

    Why do I homeschool? Because there’s no way the above would be considered “curriculum” in a public school classroom. My 5yo doesn’t need a stack of work books (though we have a few and she enjoys them), she needs to play and create. Have you considered “gameschooling” or incorporating it into your days? It’s a thing! Children often learn concepts…

  • Self-Directed Teens (A Day in the Life)

    “What does homeschooling older kids look like?” I hear this a lot, from worried parents of older elementary students, middle schoolers, and high school aged-kids. I get it; by the time your kids get to this point, the local homeschool group has cycled back to a new batch of 5-10yos and the older kids have moved on to the local…

  • Circle Time at Home

    I reel-in my littles with the age old tradition of “circle time”. And you know what? It WORKS. I was amazed. Try it. Tweak it. Embrace it. You might love it. We do circle time this way because it’s not at the beginning of our day. By the time we get to “school”, our children have been awake for 3-4…

  • Choosing Curriculum (or Not)

    If you’re new to homeschooling and you are already looking at resources and curriculum, but haven’t figured out your child’s learning style or how you imagine your homeschooling style….STOP! GO BACK! You MUST do these steps in order, or you’ll end up with a bunch of books and activities that won’t suit you or your children. If you’ve gone through…