Homeschooling

5 Tips to Help Your Kid Rock at Music

5 Tips to Help Your Kid Rock at Music

I received a copy of Garage Band Theory free and was compensated for my time. Opinions belong to my sons and myself and we were not required to give a positive review. Rock on, fellow musicians. Rock on. As a guitar-playing, singing mama, I was […]

How We Deal With Electronics, Screen Time, and the Internet

How We Deal With Electronics, Screen Time, and the Internet

I am often asked how we deal with technology use at our house—things like screen time, electronics, and the internet. What limits do we have in place? How much time do our sons get to spend online each day? What websites are they allowed to visit? Before […]

7 Ways Homeschooling is Like Gardening

7 Ways Homeschooling is Like Gardening

If you’re anything like me, you like to spend time in the garden. Recently I realized there are some aspects of gardening that remind me of things we have to deal with on our journey as homeschooling parents. Here are seven similarities I’ve discovered— Weeding (or dealing with the […]

“It’s Normal”: What Every Graduate Needs to Hear

“It’s Normal”: What Every Graduate Needs to Hear

Dear Graduates, 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 […]

Snacking in Different Countries: Universal Yums

Snacking in Different Countries: Universal Yums

My boys like to eat. My boys also like to “try stuff”. So when a friend in my favorite homeschooling group told me about Universal Yums, I knew it would be just the thing for us. Universal Yums is a monthly box subscription that enables […]

Three Reasons Why Homeschooling is More Awesome When Dad is Involved

Three Reasons Why Homeschooling is More Awesome When Dad is Involved

  Mama, kudos to you. You’re rockin’ this homeschooling thing in a hard core way. You’re totally slayin’ it. But let’s face it—sometimes it doesn’t matter what you say or how you say it, it just isn’t the same as if it comes from someone else. […]

Seven MORE Things You Should Stop Doing If You Homeschool

Seven MORE Things You Should Stop Doing If You Homeschool

A couple years back, I wrote a piece called Seven Things You Should Stop Doing if You Homeschool. I’m still homeschooling and still taking notes. So, for your entertainment and enlightenment, here are seven more things we should stop doing if we want to harness […]

Following Your Interests: The Hidden Harm

Following Your Interests: The Hidden Harm

This whole following your interests thing has almost become a buzz phrase. “Homeschooling is so great because it’s all about following your interests!” And it’s true, as homeschooling families, we have time to follow our interests. We have the ability to pour ourselves into the […]

It’s Because They’re Homeschooled: No, Actually It’s Not

It’s Because They’re Homeschooled: No, Actually It’s Not

  Recently, one of my sons was involved in a group “thing” with a bunch of kids around his age. Apparently his level of participation wasn’t on par, and I was pulled aside for a chat. “Just keep encouraging him to participate…I want to see […]

10 Real Life Things Kids Should Learn That Aren’t In A Curriculum

10 Real Life Things Kids Should Learn That Aren’t In A Curriculum

Reading, writing, and arithmetic are important, no doubt. But there are a lot of other things I want my kids to know that will help them function in the real world—and they’re not the things we are going to find taught in any curriculum. So, […]