Putting Experience Based Learning on a Traditional Transcript

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We began our journey many, many years ago. . . with three main goals in mind. The first goal was to show our daughters Jesus Christ through our lives, the second goal was for us, as parents, to have the biggest influence in their formative years. We felt then, and still do, that God had called us to educate our children at home, to raise them up to follow Him. Our third goal may seem unusual in light of the first two, but if you’ll read on, I think you’ll see how it has worked out beautifully in our journey. Continue reading

Coming Soon! 2015 Schoolhouse Review Crew Applications!

Learn more about joining the 2015 Schoolhouse Review Crew

We will soon be announcing the application process for the 2015 Schoolhouse Review Crew year! I wanted to take just a moment to give those bloggers who might be interested in joining us some ideas of what we’ll be looking for: First of all you must be a homeschool mom or dad. You don’t have to homeschool all of your children, but you must homeschool at least one. You must be willing to use the review products with your students for about six weeks in your homeschool, before writing your review. Review periods have deadlines and requirements for the reviews. Continue reading

Excellence in Grammar! (IEW Fix It! Grammar Review)

IEW Fix It Grammar

What homeschooler is not excited for a chance to use a product from the Institute for Excellence in Writing (IEW). The reputation of the quality products that IEW provides students is unwavering, and the Schoolhouse Review Crew had a wonderful opportunity to check out another great IEW product – Fix it! Grammar. The idea behind Fix it! Grammar is that in just a short lesson each day (approximately only 15 minutes) your student will hunt for and correct errors in a daily passage that, over time, tells a story. The student learns to apply new grammar rules to the passages. 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

Homeschooling with Littles

Homeschooling with Littles

  Tauna @ Proverbial Homemaker – Homeschooling with Little Ones in Tow One of my biggest challenges has been how to handle the toddlers and infants well when trying to “do school” with the olders. Here are several ideas to rise to the challenge!   Rebecca @ Raventhreads – Homeschooling with Preschoolers Underfoot This year our homeschool has underwent a huge change. There are no longer any babies. The little kids are both preschoolers now! Naps and quiet time where I can focus just on the bigger kids is rare. Instead, there are loud games of pretend play while I’m right in Continue reading

Flourish Giveaway #flourishathome


In her current book, Flourish: Balance for Homeschool Moms, Mary Jo Tate offers wisdom, practical advice, and planning tools to help homeschool moms live productive lives and “find peace in the space between the ideal and reality.” Her book is about learning how to enjoy life as a homeschool mom and avoiding the temptation to simply endure it. Recently, members of the Crew reviewed Flourish. In today’s giveaway, seven of you will have the opportunity to win this wonderful book! Moms will be inspired to change their mindsets from “I can’t” to “How can I?” Moms will also be encouraged to realistically prioritize responsibilities, to establish a routine that works 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

Books to Encourage the Homeschool Mom

Books to Encourage the Homeschool Mom

  Marcy @ Ben and Me — Encouraging and Helpful Homeschool Books Leah @ When We Walk Along the Road – Top Ten Homeschool Mom Resources Rebekah @ Raventhreads – Five Favorite Books for Homeschooling Moms Melanie @ finchnwren – For Times When You Need Encouragement, Try… Jennifer @ a glimpse of our life – Zondervan’s Homeschool Mom’s Bible ~ A Review Brandy @ Kingdom Academy Homeschool – Refreshing Your Heart Annette @ A Net in Time – Be Encouraged, homeschool parents Beth @ Weavings – My Favorite Reads for Homeschool Encouragement Crystal @ Crystal Starr – Books to Encourage the Homeschool Mom Jenni @ Conversaving – Water for Continue reading