Grocery Store Math for Kids

One of the best things about homeschooling is that you can make learning happen anywhere!  I have enjoyed turning even the most mundane activities into a learning experience for Emma.  I feel like I often missed out on teaching our children basic life skills because we were so caught up in the craziness of school, sports and just life in general.  One of my goals this year is to slow down and teach her some valuable life skills that will help her be a more well-rounded individual as an adult....more

#NaBloPoMo Day 12 - 12 Things I am Thankful For

Today is day 12 of the NaBloPoMo challenge.  I thought I would share 12 things I am thankful for since it is November and quickly approaching Thanksgiving here in the USA.12 Things I am Thankful for:1) My amazing and wonderful husband.  I was truly blessed when he entered my life.2)  My four children - They light up my world and keep life interesting.3)  My extended family - they too make life interesting....more

Family Moments: Math

My 6 year-old was sick this week.  He usually has an amazing attitude when working on math, but this week he was totally frustrated.  I disciplined, motivated, and pep talked but nothing worked.  Thursday night I had an aha moment.  He has really wanted to use his calculator.  So we made a deal that if he worked the formulas with a good attitude, he could check his answers with the calculator.  We switched things up and used the white board instead of paper.  Math on Friday was a joy!  Here is a peek into our lesson....more

Homeschooling pride

It’s that time of year—we homeschoolers have seen it before:  winter blues, February crankies, wanna-be spring fever beating down our door… I have been like a zapped power outage for a long time, unable to function well and do the job I thought I was meant to do.  After much prayer and introspection over the last few years, I realized I was no longer carrying the yolk I was meant to.  My burden was anything but light and easy. Slowly the Lord has shown me something very ugly about myself that I have been very reluctant to uncover–This has been about my pride.  My I’...more

You Home What...Part 2

Yes, we homeschool.  This is our second year.  As I mentioned yesterday, I love it, I really do.  But, in order for truth in advertising...there are challenges.Little ones.  Okay, sometimes big ones.  Most of the time little ones.I was an only child growing up.  My life was quiet.  I spent hours reading, I spent hours in my room.  I chose carefully when and who I spent time with.  Life was quiet....more

You Home What???

We homeschool.  This is our second year.  That should make me an expert, right?  Eh, not so much.  But, I know it is the right thing for our family and I know a lot of people who know a lot more about this whole shindig and are willing to pass on their wisdom to me.  So I take each day as it comes.Some days we follow every single word I have written in my planner.  Most days, we sorta follow the words in my planner.  Other days, we ditch all the words in my planner....more

Positive Reinforcement For Kids

Over the years we'd been asked about our "bead earning chart" a few times by some of our fellow parents. We're not judging your techniques or suggesting you try our way because it's the ONLY way. It's just one that has worked in our situation and we have heard many times how it seems like a great idea.  Today we're going to share how it came to be and why we think it's so great. When we started potty training Pie, it became obvious that she had a currency. Back then it was stickers, my goodness did she love stickers, mini marshmallows, and mini m&m's....more

My journey through homeschool burnout

(my guest post on Oursmallhours.com)The Early Years of Homeschooling     I began my homeschooling journey in 1995 with my 5 year old and a 3 year old tagging along.  I had known since college that I would home school because I wrote my final research paper on this very subject.  I was fascinated at the family bonding and the amount of time children had to learn and be kids.  At the beginning of my journey, I homeschooled for social and academic reasons.  As I continued on, I discovered another reason I wanted to home school, religious rea...more

The Hidden Costs of Homeschooling

You see a lot (from homeschoolers) about the hidden savings in homeschooling. Most of these come from money that can be saved my having one parent stay home--no work clothes, no lunches out. And there is lots out there to help you homeschool on the cheap--free online curricula, library books, etc.But I also think about the costs that increase because we are homeschooling. I am not talking about curriculum here, or basic school supplies. But what about  ...more