Homeschooling

“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

So, my boys like to eat. My boys also like to “try stuff”, if it has to do with food. 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 […]

Three Reasons to Get Dad Involved in Your Homeschool

Three Reasons to Get Dad Involved in Your Homeschool

Mama friends, let’s have a chat about why you should get dad involved in your homeschool. Now, I want to give kudos to you, mama. 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 […]

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

While the decision to homeschool might affect your child in many ways, it never ceases to amaze me the amount of people who still believe that kids are shy (or loud. or talkative. or introverted. or…) simply because they’re homeschooled. You’ve probably dealt with this, […]

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 kids should learn that will help them function in the real world—and they’re not the things we are going to find taught in any curriculum. This list might be […]

Magic, Battles, and…Creative Chemistry?

Magic, Battles, and…Creative Chemistry?

My sons have always been into games of magic, battles, and spells. You wanna make friends quickly at our house? Do a little name-dropping of words like Pokemon, Yugioh, or D&D and you’ll have my sons’ ears perking up in no time. So when we […]

Homeschooling can be hard. Here’s how to deal…

Homeschooling can be hard. Here’s how to deal…

Hi. My name is Amy (hi, Amy) and I’m a homeschooling mom. I’m also a writer with a habit of telling it like it is. So when my family started our journey down the road of homeschooling back in 2007, I knew that homeschooling was […]

Thankful Everywhere You Look

Thankful Everywhere You Look

Like most folks this time of year, we’re keeping track of the things we are thankful for. I thought I’d let you in on the silly but memorable way that we do it…and how it has grown. Several years ago during our first November here […]

You might be a homeschool mom if…

You might be a homeschool mom if…

Recently, I asked several of my favoritest homeschool moms how it was that they finally knew they were a homeschool mom (besides, you know, homeschooling their kids). What were the things that screamed, “oh my word, I am totally a homeschool mom!” After a lot […]

10 Ways To Tackle Your Times Tables with HoliMaths

10 Ways To Tackle Your Times Tables with HoliMaths

  My boys are 12 and 13 and wading into the waters of a-l-g-e-b-r-a type stuffs. But believe me when I tell you that after a long summer away from lessons, their times tables were rusty. Hear that creakin’? Yeah. That’s the multiplication tables winding […]

3 Tips for Teaching How To Write a Paragraph

3 Tips for Teaching How To Write a Paragraph

For kids, learning how to write a paragraph can be hard. Really hard. My kids read a ton everyday, so I figured this meant they had a pretty good understanding of what a paragraph entailed. I remember (years ago) when it came time to learn […]

Independence, Mom Guilt, and How To Deal

Independence, Mom Guilt, and How To Deal

I used to think that mom guilt would go away as my kids got older. I used to think that as my kids became more able and independent, the things for me to feel guilty about would lessen. Y’all? So. Not. True. Let me tell […]

Why New and Veteran Homeschoolers Need Each Other

Why New and Veteran Homeschoolers Need Each Other

The great thing about homeschooling is there are people in different stages of the journey. New parents jumping in, experienced parents nearing the end…and a whole bunch of people in between figuring out where they are in the game. We all need each other. New […]

Schedules and Routines: Some Kids Actually Like Them

Schedules and Routines: Some Kids Actually Like Them

When I first started this homeschooling journey back in 2007, I was pretty well convinced that homeschooling was all about freedom. Freedom in the sense that kids should be let to run free, spending all day doing what kids love to do. Who needed schedules […]

Homeschool Community: You Had One Job

Homeschool Community: You Had One Job

When you become a homeschooling family, one of the things you immediately look for is a supportive, helpful, encouraging homeschool community. Because that’s the purpose of a community. One could say that encouragement and support is a homeschool community’s job. Homeschool community, you had one […]

Hmmmschooling, Not Homeschooling

Hmmmschooling, Not Homeschooling

Welcome to our world of hmmmschooling. No, not homeschooling. Hmmmschooling. What is hmmmschooling, you ask? Well. It’s setting yourself right smack in the middle of all that questioning that is a part of daily life. It usually starts to happen about the time your kids […]

The Spare Change Game: Easiest Way to Learn About Money!

The Spare Change Game: Easiest Way to Learn About Money!

Learning about coins can be confusing, to say the least. Why is a dime smaller than a nickel if it’s worth more? How much is a nickel worth again? How many dimes make a dollar? What are two quarters and a penny worth? All these—and […]

Reasons to Homeschool: The ONE that Mattered to Us

Reasons to Homeschool: The ONE that Mattered to Us

Dear sons, after almost a decade at this homeschooling thing, I thought you’d maybe want to chat about our reasons to homeschool. You know, why we actually decided to do it in the first place. It’s sorta weird—I don’t know that we’ve ever actually talked […]