Double-Schooling: Homeschooling Plus College

I mentioned last week that I started college. Well, I didn't stop doing anything else, I just added school to the pile. 12 credits this semester. My biggest challenge is keeping up with the kids's schoolwork while I make time for my own work. The college advises setting aside something like 168 hours for each class. That's about 42 hours per week for a full class load. I thought today I'd write about a few ways we are coping as a family, even thriving, with the added workload. I call it double schooling, and it is possible. ...more

Fall 2015 Reading List

I started school last week. College. Super scary stuff after being out of organized education for over 10 years. My kids are homeschooled, so we are pretty far away from a normalized classroom routine. After reading my syllabus for my first two classes, I thought I was going to puke. Actually puke, and I am not an anxious or fearful creature by nature. For fun, (because there must be some fun involved) I thought I'd post my reading list for this fall. It's a pretty good one, but you might just feel a little tense in your stomach looking at it too. ...more

So You Finished All Your Work Already? Homeschooling and the Nosy Neighbor

Twice a month my kids and I spend the day running errands instead of doing school at home. It's once every two weeks, almost always on a Friday, and I'm starting to collect all these experiences I have with strangers on those days. I compile them in the back of my mind, thinking, "Surely, one day I will look back and laugh. One day, all of this will be a drop in the water compared to everything else that is challenging about homeschooling my kids." ...more

Homeschool Review: Horizons Preschool Curriculum Set

For the last 5 weeks, we have been using Horizons Preschool Curriculum Set  by Alpha Omega Publications; today I am going to review it, tell you how it worked for us, and give you a peek into our preschool day....more

Back to School for Adults: Saving Money on Books

For many families, this time of the year is all about getting their children back into a school routine, making sure they have everything they need for their classroom, and buying new clothes, shoes, and backpacks. For others, it means buying 50 pounds of textbooks for college, stocking up on coffee, and bracing yourself for long nights and hours of reading. I'm talking about the adult college student, because that's what I'm about to be in a few short days when classes start. ...more

Reflections on 8 years of Parenting

Yesterday, my oldest son turned 8. It's not really a milestone birthday, but it was his "golden" birthday; he turned 8 on 8/8. Just ask my aunt: if you're into numbers, it's a big deal. Last night, I was contemplating just how different life is since I became a parent....more

Science Unit Studies for Homeschoolers and Teachers: a Review

Today’s review is on the book Science Unit Studies for Homeschoolers and Teachers by Funtastic Unit Studies. This book is by Susan Kilbride; we received a physical copy of the book in the mail, and did two units from it with our 4 year old, 6 year old, and 8 year old kids....more

Camp NaNoWriMo July Wrap-up

Camp NaNoWriMo, July edition is officially over. Doing NaNoWriMo over this spring and summer has been such an amazing experience that I am feeling melancholy already about it being over. There's just something about it that is fun, exciting, motivating, and intensely satisfying. For one last time this year, I will wrap-up my NaNoWriMo experience, and then it won't be around again until April of next year. ...more

Learning About the Civil War: An Audio Production Review

We were recently given the opportunity to review the audio production With Lee in Virginia by ...more