Celebrate Advent

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With Christmas quickly approaching, some people might find themselves caught up in the frantic nature of the holiday season and longing for a way to better prepare their hearts for the true wonder of Christmas ~ God’s gift to the world through the person of Jesus Christ. However, as Christians we have the choice to embrace the season of Advent which is a time of preparation and waiting which can make our hearts ready to fully embrace Christmas. Ways to Celebrate Advent ~ Advent Wreaths For those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, this is a time of increasing darkness Continue reading

Homeschooling with a Thankful Heart

Homeschooling with a Thankful Heart

Don’t worry, this is not another list of reasons of “why I’m thankful for homeschooling”.  We all have our personal reasons as to why we are thankful for homeschooling. Some of mine are probably different from yours and more than likely we even share a few of the same reasons. That’s one of the many beauties of homeschooling that’s wonderful to discover as I talk with fellow homeschooling families. Today I want to hopefully encourage you if you find yourself longing to be reminded of why you have chosen this journey for you and and your kids. There are many Continue reading

Thanksgiving Apple Turkeys!

Thanksgiving Apple Turkeys

Can you believe that the holidays are upon us already?  Where has time gone?  As hard as it is sometimes for our family to fit in “fun” into our busy homeschooling days, especially around the holiday season, we do try to make time for a few extra treats before Thanksgiving. For us, that includes making turkeys! Here is a simple project to get you started: apples fruit loops or similar cereal marshmallows- large and small cloves candy corn candy toothpicks Let the fun begin! And after a little creativity and lots of laughter we end up with this… Another easy Continue reading

Books for Children this Thanksgiving Season

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  {This post contains affiliate links} Thanksgiving is my all-time favorite holiday. It’s not just the food or the cooler weather. It’s time with family and friends, making memories and filling the house with laughter. We have so much to be thankful for and books are a great way to remind children the meaning of Thanksgiving and start new traditions. I would like to share some of my favorite Thanksgiving books that I have discovered this year. Some are newer that I found at local bookstores and online and others are classics that I found at the library or my Continue reading

A Thanksgiving Craft Round Up

Thanksgiving Crafts RoundUp

The Holiday season can be a whirlwind of activities, parties and commitments. Unfortunately, Thanksgiving sometimes feels as if it is an afterthought. More than ever I think that we should make an effort to develop an Attitude of Gratitude and take some time to Say Thanks. Of course, making memories with those we love goes a long way. What better way to spend some time with the kids than around the craft table? For the past few weeks, my son (Josiah) and I have loaded up our crafting supplies and shared some of our favorite Thanksgiving crafting ideas with friends. Continue reading

Keeping On Homeschooling When You Feel Like Giving Up

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I do not know about you, but I find homeschooling hard. I love homeschooling. I truly do. I love that I can have my children with me and educate them at home. I love that I can tailor their schooling to their learning style, taking into account their strengths and weaknesses. I love that we can do so many neat things, and be free to explore the world of knowledge. But more often than not I find myself wondering why I am doing all of this? It seems sometimes that you wear yourself out planning, studying and carving this wonderful Continue reading

6 Ideas for Building Homeschool Community

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  From outdoor adventures, to co-ops to online support groups, being proactive as a home educator creates not only solutions, but also delight! In fact, through living by the motto, “If you cannot find it, create it!”,  many home educators (myself included) find themselves initiating a wide variety of activities, events and niche groups that enrich their overall homeschooling experience.   The catalyst for such initiatives is often a “hole” that we perceive in our family’s home educating endeavors or in that of the community around us. To fill that hole, we sometimes come up with our own problem-solving ideas. Just Continue reading

5 Easy Ways to Add Music Appreciation to Your Homeschool

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(This post contains affiliate links.) If you’re like many homeschool moms, you know that you’d like to add music appreciation to your home, but you aren’t sure how to do it. I’m happy to share with you today 5 Easy ways to add Music Appreciation to your Homeschool! Two of the following are a type of curriculum, one is a free website, and the other two are free resources. 1. YouTube. What an amazing resource YouTube is! Yes, we do have to remain vigilant about it as there can be some unsavory videos uploaded there. Just be sure to stay Continue reading

Eclectic Homeschool: A Look Back Over 20 Years of Homeschooling

Eclectic Homeschooling

I think eclectic is the best one word description that I can give when reflecting back on over 20 years of homeschooling. I have seen so many changes in our own family in the homeschooling world at large over the years. Our family started homeschooling in August of 1992. The Florida homeschool law was only 4 years old so while I don’t consider my family a pioneer it has still be a long journey. Over the years we have added children to our family and our homeschool life as others have grown up and moved on. The first year I Continue reading

Finding Balance in Homeschool and Household Management

Finding Balance

I don’t know about you, but I struggle striking a balance between our homeschool life and managing my house.  I can never find enough time in the day to keep up with dishes, laundry, cleaning, reading, and schooling while trying to stay sane and still finding time for fun.  In trying to conquer to do lists, have clean clothes to wear, feed my children, and focus on academics, I have found balance for our family.  Here’s what I’ve discovered: Let go I don’t do it all.  First let’s be clear: There are some things that do not get done.  Some Continue reading