Family Moments: Weaving

A little peek into our real life.  We recently purchased a weaving tool.  We are working on a scarf.  What a blessing to work together to create practical beauty....more

Reflections of an old school, homeschool mom

It's decision-making time again. Do you send the kid back to school or bite the bullet and homeschool? Tough choice either way. It has been 10 years since my last homeschool outing. I have seen the outcome of a variety of homeschool philosophies. Analyzing my methods and other homeschool methods, I ask, did they work, did my efforts pay off?...more

Why I'm following Common Core for our Homeschool Curriculum

Homeschooling is a big undertaking and there are a lot of decision that must be made from your teaching method to your curriculum to extracurriculars to enrichment classes.  It’s a lot to think about, contemplate and making big decisions is not something I’m really good at.  I’m constantly thinking about things from every angle and contemplating every possible scenario....more

We're Just not "School" People...

It’s been a long summer.  8 weeks in, we accomplished less than I expected but we did make one major decision.  After three years, three programs and three schools in two countries, we came to a conclusion: we’re just not “school” people....more

Our Parents Suffered Too: Thoughts on Modesty, Purity, and the Culture That Shaped Us

We were extreme. We kissed dating goodbye and fell in love with courtship. We swung the pendulum so far in one direction that we forgot what the middle ground was like. So what is happening next? We swing it the opposite way. We hear the words---.modesty.purity.courtship.---even homeschool---and we run.And then...we blame our parents....more

Taking notes on paper increases long-term comprehension and academic performance

If you're homeschooling your kids or sending them off to college, take note.A new study published in "Psychological Science" found that taking notes by hand (yes, the old-fashioned pen and paper approach) is better than taking notes on a laptop. The researchers say that longhand note-taking increases our ability to remember conceptual information over the long term and increases our academic performance....more

Am I The Only One Not Homeschooling? 6 Guilty Reasons I'm Sending My Kids To Public School

Whenever I follow someone on Twitter I always read the little description under their Twitter name for a quick snapshot.  I mostly follow women and many of them happen to be moms too.  Lately it seems like a ton of the descriptions include 'homeschooler' or some variation of that.  Ditto with Blog 'About' pages and Facebook fan pages....more
Yep. I don't know how parents do it. I have thought about it, but there is no way I could do it ...more

It All Starts When You Don't Have Cabbage Indicator

 I'm sorry, I really am, but I am so not the type to keep Red Cabbage Indicator in my house. I never hear of it before today. And since, our local target didn't seem to be stocking it, I quickly searched for Red Cabbage Juice Indicator, how to make on my phone (while in the middle of Target) mind you.I used this one (recipe)All you need (you do need pots, but we all have them) is Cabbage (Red)...more

Homeschool Recap for October

     It's not quite the end of October yet, but I thought I'd recap the things we have been working on for the last month or so.  I'm having a hard time getting my mind around what this next year will bring, and I know that if I could focus more on what we have accomplished, it will feel more like we are on track....more

I am ok being me!

“I have realized that I do not have it all together.” Is the understatement of the year!  A fellow homeschool mom declared this with comfort and ease this morning.  Once she said it, I thought to myself “You and me both”!When I started homeschooling, I realized that I did not have it all together.  When my middle son came along, I realized that I did not have it all together.  But when my twins came along, I realized that I did not have it all together AND I learned to become OK with it....more
Enjoyed this post. I think you nailed the main reason I have decided to homeschool my own ...more