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

Organize Your Life in 7 Minutes a Day (The 7-Minute Life Daily Planner Review)

7-Minute Daily Planner Review

If there is one thing that is true for homeschoolers it’s that life is busy. Very busy. Keeping on top of your child’s educational needs while managing your home,the rest of your family, and life can can put a lot on your plate and make you feel really frazzled. To-do lists and detailed calendars, while wonderful, are many times not enough for a homeschooling mom to keep track of all that is going on. And goals and dreams seem to be lost in the day to day of keeping on top of homeschooling details. The 7 Minute Life Daily Planner Continue reading

What Running a Business is Teaching My 10 Year Old


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

Homeschooling an Only Child

Homeschooling an Only Child

  Jennifer @ Chestnut Grove Academy – Tips From Moms Who Homeschool Only Children I have 4 children, so I obviously do not fall into the ‘only child’ category. However, I have friends that homeschool ONE child and I know that the ripe old questions of socialization is even more overused in these circumstances. I thought it would be a great opportunity to pick the brains of those moms in this category and share it with all of you!   Melanie @ finchnwren – 5 Things I’ve Learned Homeschooling An Only Child My husband and I prayed together and came to the Continue reading

We Choose Virtues Giveaway


By definition, virtue is the quality of being morally good or righteous. Oftentimes parents may have difficulty in thinking of ways to teach their children how to be virtuous, or maybe even want to make it fun for them. Most important is making those qualities last a lifetime. Earlier this year, members of the Crew reviewed several character-building resources from We Choose Virtues. In today’s giveaway, three of you will have the opportunity to win some of these products! We Choose Virtues offers products that can be used for families, homeschoolers, kids’ church, schools, youth, and kids. The Schoolhouse Review Continue reading