Homeschooling

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 homeschooling mom if…

You might be a homeschooling 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, we are totally homeschoolers, aren’t we?” 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 […]

Some Kids Like Schedules

Some Kids Like Schedules

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. The learning would […]

Homeschool Community: Why Can’t We Get Along?

Homeschool Community: Why Can’t We Get Along?

Let’s be honest. I mean, like brutally, painfully honest. The homeschooling community can be one of the most challenging groups of people you will encounter. (Can I get an amen?) The homeschool community is the group of “open minded” people who really aren’t. It’s the […]

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? The magic […]

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 decided to do it in the first place. It’s sorta weird—I don’t know that we’ve ever actually talked about […]

Awesome Things About Homeschooling That Can Backfire

Awesome Things About Homeschooling That Can Backfire

There are lots of awesome things about homeschooling—things so full of awesome that parents will base their entire reason for choosing to homeschool upon them. But is there a flip side to those awesome things? Is it possible that any of those benefits and advantages […]

5 Things Homeschool Moms Should Not Base Their Worth On

5 Things Homeschool Moms Should Not Base Their Worth On

If you look long and hard enough on an overwhelmingly bad day, you’ll start to feel surrounded by things that prove you’re losing the battle called Awesome Mom. But hold up, Mama—there is a whole bunch of real life chaos and crazy that shouldn’t have […]

Is it Time to Quit Your Homeschool Co-op?

Is it Time to 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? Many years ago, I inquired via email about joining my very first […]

5 Favorite Card Games for Tweens and Teens

5 Favorite Card Games for Tweens and Teens

It’s always nice to have a quick, portable game to play—especially when it can be actual fun for both the kids and the parents. Here are the five favorite card games that we are currently enjoying at our house with one tween, one teen, and […]

Homeschoolers: Stop Doing Projects

Homeschoolers: Stop Doing Projects

A common complaint from moms about homeschooling as kids get older is that homeschooling gets harder. But maybe it’s not that it gets harder. Maybe it’s actually just that the cutesy projects disappear. You know, the ones you’re always looking for to enhance your learning […]

Goal Setting with Teens: Just Chill Out and Chat

Goal Setting with Teens: Just Chill Out and Chat

The older kids get, the deeper they dive into their own things. My tween and teen sons spend a lot of time exploring their interests. At some point a few months ago, I started to wonder how we could use their interests to start them […]