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

What Running a Business is Teaching My 10 Year Old

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My 10 year old son has a business. I had been asking each of my sons to come up with some goals for themselves and together we could develop a game plan to make it possible to achieve that goal. My oldest, who is 10, really wanted an iPad. Since that purchase is not within my means or interest, I told him he would have to come up with the money himself. After some discussions about ways to make money (like doing more chores to earn allowance faster), we decided to try and come up with a plan to make Continue reading

Music in Your Homeschool

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Could you imagine being king? And not only king, but the first king your nation had ever seen. Talk about pressure. Well, consider King Saul. Not only did he have the responsibility of ruling an entire nation, but he was the very first king that the nation of Israel ever knew. Before him, the nation was ruled solely by judges. Could you imagine trying to adapt to this new role, the power and everything that goes with it? No wonder King Saul called for David, son of Jesse, to come and play his harp for him. It is because there Continue reading

Homeschooling at the Grocery Store

homeschooling at the grocery store

If anyone can turn a trip to the mailbox into a Nature Study it’s a homeschool parent. I find that even the most mundane outings are candidates for a spontaneous field trip. I am actually one of those strange beings who likes grocery shopping. I like pulling everything thing I can out of my last nickel. Or it could be that for years my grocery trips have been about as close to a shopping spree as I can get. Anybody else get excited about manager’s specials? I always feel like I’m getting in on the fix. Despite my frugal finds euphoria, there are occasions that my shopping Continue reading

A World of Study One Unit at a Time

A World of Study One Unit at a time

When our family first starting homeschooling 9 years ago, I jumped headfirst into a traditional textbook/workbook approach to school. We in essence were just doing school at home. Our older children had already attended the local public school for a couple of years and were used to this style of schooling. I was quite frankly afraid that I would mess something up and create a big gap in their learning by doing anything else. It was in January of that first year that I began to realize that school should be excitement about learning and exploring things that intrigued us Continue reading

What Is a Charlotte Mason Education?

what is Charlotte Mason Education

When I began homeschooling I began with the idea that we were doing school at home. I followed a very traditional, structured school schedule. I had taught in a Christian school, and I used the same methods and curriculum that we had used in the school. I quickly realized, however, that this was not working with my kids. They were getting stressed out by the rigid structure and routine. And I wasn’t enjoying our homeschooling either. And then a friend came along and introduced me to Charlotte Mason and her methods.   Who was Charlotte Mason? Charlotte Mason was a Continue reading

Classically Educated: What is the Classical Model of Education?

Classically Educated

When we first began homeschooling, I did not realize there were so many different styles of learning.  I chose curricula and found products that looked appealing to me.  Only after we had begun our journey did I realize that I had chosen products that fit within the classical homeschool model.  Since then I have learned more about the classical style of teaching and it has become the foundation for our homeschool. What is classical education? Classical education can be defined in many ways.  Here is my understanding and interpretation: A classical education is one that takes its cues from the Continue reading

Following a Child’s Lead

following a child's lead

I am fairly ecletic homeschooler, pulling things from all sorts of places, but I have a strong emphasis on following the lead of one boy child. If he’s interested in something I try to tie learning to that interest.   When he was younger all I needed to do was find a way to connect it with Angry Birds and all would be good in the world, and I could always weave learning into spontaneous stories . . .  I wouldn’t keep telling the story until the math question could be answered.  Great way by the way to encourage mental math. Continue reading

Walking in Faith Homeschooling

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I started homeschooling almost 5 years ago. I had just gone for a working, professional out “how to home educate their own children”. For those who are on the fence, worrying about this and that, please do come and read. I pray this can hep you to see that anyone and everyone can be a homeschool family. But you’ve gotta have faith. So where do I begin? I was a product of the school system but in many ways I consider myself one who was home educated. My mother was so very active in my life; there were many experiences Continue reading