Homeschooling

Homeschooling works. Here’s how I know.

Homeschooling works. Here’s how I know.

Since my sons have always been homeschooled and are now teens, I often have families that are considering homeschooling their kids, as well as families several years behind us in the journey, reach out to me for some reassurance that homeschooling works. Which is to […]

Prepared for the future: the one skill you’ll actually need

Prepared for the future: the one skill you’ll actually need

As my kids get older and near the end of their homeschooling journey, I hear more and more often that I need to make sure they’re prepared for the future. I bet if you have older kids, you hear that a lot, too. But can […]

Boy Brain: What Moms Need to Know

Boy Brain: What Moms Need to Know

To prepare for a recent talk I gave about marriage to a group of moms, I did a lot of reading on the differences between how males and females think. The crazy thing is that since I live in a house of all males, this […]

Homeschool planning made easy: use a survey

Homeschool planning made easy: use a survey

When you are stuck with your homeschool planning and aren’t sure what direction to go, it’s a great idea to ask your kids for their input. Because who better to get homeschooling advice from than your kids? (Don’t want to read all these words? You […]

Teach Kids to Cook: 7 Cooking Tips You Forget

Teach Kids to Cook: 7 Cooking Tips You Forget

Are you trying to teach kids to cook? Great! But you should really read this first. (Don’t want to read all these words? You can listen instead by pressing play on the podcast player at the top of this post. And hey! You can find […]

Do you need a designated homeschool space?

Do you need a designated homeschool space?

As a homeschooler, it’s common to wonder if a designated homeschool space is your key to all things awesome about homeschooling. But is a designated homeschool space necessary? Let me share with you what I’ve learned about the almighty homeschool room since we started homeschooling […]

What about socialization? The answer we’d LIKE to give…

What about socialization? The answer we’d LIKE to give…

When you announce you’ve chosen to homeschool, there is a question that follows about .03 seconds later: what about socialization? Ah. Good ol’ homeschool socialization. Some people ask what about socialization because they’re genuinely curious, and you can have a great conversation with them about […]

Anxiety About Homeschooling High School? Don’t Say This.

Anxiety About Homeschooling High School? Don’t Say This.

It’s not uncommon to have some anxiety about homeschooling high school. The high school years tend to bring out every single worry and concern that we successfully kept hidden while doing elementary art projects and morning basket story times. And it doesn’t help at all […]

Where did the homeschooling high school community go?

Where did the homeschooling high school community go?

It’s a commonly asked question once you reach the years of homeschooling high school: where did the homeschooling high school community go? (Don’t want to read all these words? You can listen instead by pressing play on the podcast player at the top of this […]

Homeschool Moms: You are Not Always the Best Teacher for Your Kid

Homeschool Moms: You are Not Always the Best Teacher for Your Kid

You are an amazing teacher. You are kind and good and hardworking and full of knowledge and many other things that a good teacher should be. But, having said that, there is something we need to get straight. You are not always the best teacher […]

Should You Quit Your Homeschool Co-op?

Should You Quit Your Homeschool Co-op?

Homeschool co-ops. They’re a thing. Should you join one? Are you in one? Is it working? If things go awry, how do you know if it’s time to (gasp) quit your homeschool co-op? (Don’t want to read all these words? You can listen instead by […]

Dear Graduate: It’s Normal (A Reality Based Commencement Speech)

Dear Graduate: It’s Normal (A Reality Based Commencement Speech)

Dear Graduate, Thank you for inviting me here to speak to you. I know you’re expecting I’ve come to tell you the world belongs to you and then inspire you to go out and conquer it. To take the bull by both horns and throw […]

Want Independent Homeschoolers? Teach Them These Two Things

Want Independent Homeschoolers? Teach Them These Two Things

Years ago as a brand new homeschooling mom, I would hear people gush about the fact that homeschooled children are so darn independent. I looked into the future and assumed our days would eventually play out with us going about our own thing, exploring our […]

Grade Levels: Stop Freaking Out When Someone Asks

Grade Levels: Stop Freaking Out When Someone Asks

Some time ago, I wondered aloud on social media about grade levels in homeschooling. I asked how many people in my circle of peeps were homeschooling a child 7th grade or older. Innocent enough question, I thought. And it was for the most part. It […]

When Dad is Against Homeschooling

When Dad is Against Homeschooling

Uh-oh. That thing where dad is against homeschooling, but you’re completely in love with the idea. How do you deal with this? This is actually one of the more common questions I get at The Hmmmschooling Mom Facebook page and it’s generally along the lines I […]

Save time and money on college with CLEP test prep

Save time and money on college with CLEP test prep

College is expensive. The mere thought of a university education—and the crippling debt it can incur—strikes fear into the heart of most anyone who plans on attending. But lean in close, friends, because I’d like to tell you about a little thing (that apparently not […]

10 Things I’ve Been Called in 10 Years of Homeschooling

10 Things I’ve Been Called in 10 Years of Homeschooling

Upon reaching the decade mark in our homeschooling journey, I took some time to reflect on the many things I’ve been called over the years. The irony is that for every thing I’ve been called, I’ve also been called some thing that is completely the […]

When to Change Homeschool Curriculum, and When to Push Through

When to Change Homeschool Curriculum, and When to Push Through

You bought that shiny curriculum because your research on it (and the knowledge of how your kids think) told you it would be perfect. You bought that curriculum because your kids said it sounded good. Because you thought it sounded good. Because your friend uses it […]

How to teach writing to high schoolers…when it came naturally to you

How to teach writing to high schoolers…when it came naturally to you

Friends, the time has come where I need to teach writing to high schoolers. But I’m having a bit of an issue. See, I’ve always been a writer. I can’t remember a time I wasn’t creating stories and writing them down. Writing came naturally to […]

Why I’m Not Going to Bad-mouth Public School

Why I’m Not Going to Bad-mouth Public School

As a member of the homeschooling community for almost a decade now, I hear a lot of public school bashing and bad-mouthing. Maybe that shouldn’t surprise me. I mean, as a homeschooler, shouldn’t I be anti-public school? I apparently failed to get that memo. Here are […]