How We Came to Homeschool Part 2: Saying yes to the BoldHeart Life, saying yes to homeschooling

This is Part 2 in a series about how we came to our decision to homeschool. If you haven't already, check out Part 1: Let Me Start at The Beginning_________________________________________________________________________________ ...more

How We Came to Homeschool Part 1: Let me begin at the beginning

This is the first post in a series about how we came to our decision to homeschool. While I'm the first to admit surprise—even shock, some days—it is an exciting step in the "it just feels right" direction for our family. When we get started in the Fall I imagine I will write about the details of what homeschooling life looks like for us but in the meantime, I want to write on how in the world we came to choose homeschool in the first place!...more

We're Considering Homeschool

Since their birth, I have deeply felt the profound demands of my role as a mother and so have never seriously considered (or had interest in) adding to it the responsibility of personally delivering the boys' formal education. Always with an open mind, but also having little experience with homeschooling methods, I've held preconceived ideas and curiosities about the kind of family who chooses to homeschool, what motivates them, what their intentions are, what their learning days look like, and how the decision translates for their children in the short and long term....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

Uncensored Mama

I will not censor myself in the name of motherhood. For me, motherhood was the addition of newer levels of love, responsibility, knowledge, confusion, hope and fear. It added a new perspective to my past experiences and future goals. It added a life other than my own that I was required to care for with as much attention (if not more) than I gave myself. So many things were added to my life. ...more

Learning Chemistry, Physics and Math in the Garden - Part 1

Agriculture is science. If you're growing something - whether flowers in a pot on the windowsill or vast fields of vegetables - you've got a ready-built classroom....more

Oh to be needed....

Once upon a time, I had time for myself.  Now, my toe nails need some love.  My hair is neglected.  I can’t take a shower without an audience. Proof that somebody needs me....more

My Homeschooling Story - Part 1

Like so many before me, I never officially planned on homeschooling. I had always imagined that I was going to be a stay-at-home mom, living in a small city, sending my kids to the closest public school. I wanted to volunteer in their classroom. I wanted to sit down with them and eat an after school snack while we worked on homework. I was going to be June Cleaver, minus the pearls. And the make-up. Aaaaannnnd the perfectly kept home. Okay... so maybe I wouldn't be June Cleaver, but you get the idea....more

My Homeschooling Story - Part 2

Let me start off by saying that I really enjoyed elementary school! I have great memories of spending recess with my best friends, yummy smells coming from the general direction of the lunch room, story time in the library, and art made with construction paper and lots of white glue. I have a few memories of being picked on, as well, but they are dim compared to the all the fun ones....more

Top 5 Pinterest Boards for Crafty Homeschoolers

I do love Pinterest.Show me a woman who doesn't like Pinterest, and I'll just show you a woman who prefers Wanelo.  I've found that Pinterest is for people who need ideas, and Wanelo is for people who need to buy those ideas.  Ben showed me Wanelo once and I said, "Heck, I could make that." To which he replied, "And that's why you are on Pinterest."...more