Homeschooling Workstations: My Favorite Part of the Day

     One of my favorite things to do is set up workstations for my kids.  We just call them "stations" and my kids really look forward to days when we do them as well.  Over the next few weeks, I'd like to share my favorite stations.  Maybe you will find a way to incorporate them into your school day as well.  Stations are designed to encourage independent learning, creativity, and build certain skills you want your child to continue to improve on.    ...more

useful phrases to use with children

I collect phrases. When I hear a string of words that resonates, I try to capture them in my mind or on paper. We are constantly trying to find the words to use with children -- words that set limits, words that encourage, words that include.   ...more
BTW, just saw your profile - I just moved from C-ville and am right down the road in Warrenton ...more

Sneak Peek into Home School Life ~Intro


The Five-Second Rule of Homeschooling: What About Socialization?

Ever since my partner and I decided that the private school our kids have attended for the past three years was beyond our budget for the indefinite future, and that we would homeschool for as long as we need to, I keep hearing the same thing: “What about socialization?”...more
I have homeschooled for over 21 years, run homeschool groups, and teach groups of homeschoolers. ...more

Why I Could Never Have Homeshooled my Children - A Response

This week on one of my favorite websites, (full disclosure: I am a contributor), there was a fascinating and eye-opening post and follow-up conversation about homeschooling. I voiced my opinion – as I have been known to do – that I believe that public school, when maneuvered correctly and with parental involvement, can offer an excellent education for our children....more
What "mamaofletters" said. Homeschooling is a very personal choice, and it is definitely not ...more

The Many Adventures of Homeschool Rookie year#2

Yesterday, In the many adventures of Homeschool Rookie: My 3year old colored an entire United States map alone.....and each state had it's own color! Makes a mama proud! My 8month old daughter puked and spewed milk out of her nose.  As I began to pump her nose to get excess milk, it seemed that she was having trouble breathing! Oh no! Was she drowning in her own spit up?...more

Homeschool Rookie Year #1 Complete!

So, what happened since my last post almost 8 months ago?  Well, I continued to homeschool my 6 year old and 3year old til 37 weeks of pregnancy.  Many days I was tired, frustrated, ready to give up.  I felt insane at taking on such a task during pregnancy and transition in my life.  But, on the other hand, many days, I experienced the power of God as I sat on the sofa after everyone was asleep and marvelled at how I didn't feel like I had the strength to even get out of bed that morning, but managed to cook, clean, teach History, Latin, Math, English, Geography, Sc...more

Finding my Voice...and I'm Frustrated, Scared and Mad

So, I kept putting off a new blog.  I started to let the thoughts of "no one really cares about what is going on in my life but me" stop me each time I had a new idea.  It's true.  I'm not that interesting.  My life probably mirrors many other people's lives out there, but I do have a couple of things I am passionate enough about to start bringing to light....more

I really appreciate that quote. I had not known about the Earth documentary! But I am not ...more

Sick, sick kids.....

“I'm sick and tired of being sick and tired.” ~Fannie Lou Hamer...more