Are You Interested in Guest Blogging?

I'm looking for other homeschooling bloggers who would like to post guest posts on my blog, as well as accept guest posts on their blogs. If you're interested, please let me know!If you have checked out my family blog, you'll notice I haven't updated it in quite a while. I'm working on it...so, I'm not quite ready for posts on that site just yet. Soon. :-)I look forward to hearing back from you!Jennifer...more

A Guide to Homeschool High School Transcripts & Record Keeping

In our last installment, Planning the High School Years Part 1, we talked about how important it is to plan out the courses your child wishes to take over the 4 high school years. Today, we are going to delve into the world of high school transcripts and record keeping. I think this may be the part that scares a lot of homeschooling parents; the thought of having to keep records that will have such an influence on their child's educational future is intimidating. However, taking it step by step will make it easier....more

Homeschooling the High School Years - the Planning Stage

Homeschooling through the high school years scares a lot of families. In fact, I know a lot of people who home school their children until high school, then put them in public school. But it doesn't have to be scary! I, too, have a new high school student as of this fall, so I am going to walk through the 4 year high school curriculum planning process with you....more

Little Black Bear Break-In, Plus Bear Facts

They have five toes, each with a well-developed claw.  The adults weigh between 100-350 pounds, and they are, well, as cute as teddy bears. Hello California black bears! Some say they are dangerous but aren’t all wild animals? In some areas, especially near, or in, the national parks and forests, they have been known to break into restaurants and houses, causing many upsets. I know it is inconvenient, to say the least, but, I must ask, isn’t this their forest and park?  Do humans not leave food and trash out to tempt them?...more
Thank you Jane!  I am happy to hear of your involvement in Defenders of Wildlife, the animals ...more

Why We Homeschool

Disclaimer: Please note that we do not feel that public school is bad nor will we cast negative light on it or any of it's dedicated teachers. (Actually we had a great experience with public school and it's teachers!) This post further expresses how it isn't right for our family at the present time for some of the same reasons that a private school wouldn't be the right choice....more

10 Reasons Why Homeschooling Rocks!

Well, eight weeks in and so far I do believe we are sold on this whole homeschool thing. I honestly don't miss them going off to school and I think they'd say the same! I figure we will still be in the "figuring out how to do this" stage for some time now. I've had a few people asking me what the biggest positives have been so far and well, I'd be happy to share what ours have been! ...more
I actually have one kids in public and one home schooling, which is turning out to be a bit of ...more

Fun with Flowers and Foreign Languages

I'm all about Everyday Language--learning and using world language words in everyday contexts to show kids that learning can happen anywhere AND it can be fun, too!  Take a look at this simple project and see how easy it is to connect language and culture with a fun family activity.Spring is just around the corner, and what better way to get inspired than to create bunches of fun flowers to decorate your home.  These quick creations don't need water, sun, or plant food--just a little folding and twisting to make a neat bouquet!...more

The Happiness Fallacy

I have come to the conclusion that we have it all wrong, the notion of happiness as our goal in life. It's too blurry a goal, not to mention entirely self-serving.In raising and learning with my children, I confess that my greatest delinquency has been considering their happiness above all else. Now, with three pre-teens (one dangerously close to 13), I can see that such a goal has led to an embarrassing amount of ergophobia (fear of work) around here....more
@JennaHatfield It took me a while to opt out of the fallacy, I am ashamed to say. I really came ...more

If My Daughter Had Time: Considering Homeschool

 Within one year, she quickly moved from a budding fashionista to a promising musical theatre performer.  Now she just wants time to turn the music she loves into movie soundtracks.  Becoming a D.J. also interests her.  However, high school academics are demanding....more