Teaching Accountability To Homeschool Children

One of the struggles we have had over the years is our homeschool kiddos trying to skip some of their work. In my experience it's not like when they do it, they don't work on their school at all. What they do is make it look like they did school for the day. But in reality they did some of their classes for the day and not others. This hasn't necessarily been such a problem with the younger kids, because I help with their school and closely supervising most of their lessons. The older kids … [Read more...]

The Age Old Question… How Do You Do It All?

There are so many questions other parents have asked me over the years. After 12 years of homeschooling 6 children and over 18 years parenting some pretty great kids, I sure have learned a lot along the way, often times the hard way ;-) . While I surely don't claim to know everything, here is a look into the age old question I get all the time, how you do it all? Lets start with me giving away my #1 secret, I don't do everything, I can't do everything. Once you realize that you are not … [Read more...]

Teens Financial Responsibility In A Debt Driven World

We have had experience with hearing from people that it is terrible that we have made our children pay for their own car, drivers training, and monthly car insurance. It is really quite amazing to me that people now a days feel that they should expect someone else to pay for everything for them. It doesn't teach our children anything to have everything handed to them and not to have to earn things. Due to the way we think debt in our world is absolutely astronomical. Here are a few facts to … [Read more...]

50+ Terrific Activities To Get Kids Super Excited About STEAM

Did you know that only 36% of kids graduating are ready for college level science? By 2018 the United States will be 3 million high skilled workers short in the science field. Our country is falling further and further behind in educating children in the science. In my opinion this is because we are not sparking the love of learning in our children. We are teaching many of our children to take a test, and not to enjoy and retain what they are learning. No matter if you homeschool your … [Read more...]

35+ FREE Memorable Books for High Schoolers and 15 More

Once our kids get to the High School level I give them a list of books to choose from to read for the year. Every year our goal is for them to read at least 4 books for the list. Trying to find good books that the kids will actually enjoy and find Christian books can be a challenge. I have come up with a list of books for high schoolers for them to use, and thought it would be useful to share it with others who might be looking for great books for their high schoolers to read as well. One's … [Read more...]

Amazing STEAM Activities That Will Intrigue Your Kids

Trying to fit in fun, memorable, hands on science ideas is something I am always looking to do in our homeschool. If there is 1 thing that I have learned over our 12 years of homeschooling our kids, its that kids learn best by doing hands on projects instead of just reading something out of a boring ol' science book. Unfortunately science was never my strong suits in school, so coming up with the ideas on my own doesn't work so well. That's one of the reasons we are loving  STEAM … [Read more...]

Our Homeschool Room 2016-2017

This week for the Back To School Blog hop being hosted by iHomeschool Network the topic being shared is School Room Week. So of course that means we are going to give you a look into our homeschool room. If you are looking for how we store all of our homeschool things you can visit our previous posts.   Great Homeschool Organization and Storage Ideas. A look into how we store all of our homeschool curriculum, supplies, some great organization ideas, and more. Our … [Read more...]

Mixtures In Science

This month in our science lab unit we have done many fun activities. We have had fun learning about different states of matter we also had a fun time mixing different things together. Mixtures In Science To start this theme we sang a mixing color song to the tune of "Frere Jacques." The kids always have a great time singing the daily song and going over our circle time board before starting for the day. Mixing Experiment Before we started this activity the boys had to predict what they … [Read more...]

States Of Matter Learning Ideas

Out theme last month for our Mother Goose Time was Science Lab. Both of the boys were so excited to be starting this unit all of my kids love all things science. As we have gone through this unit we have had a lot of fun learning all about different science topics. Fun Learning About States Of Matter One day we spent focused on the topic of states of matter. We actually continuously talked about different states of matter for quite a while after learning about it. Liquid / Solid … [Read more...]

1st Grade Homeschool Curriculum Choices

The last couple days I have managed to get all of this years homeschool choices posted except for Gabe's 1st grade homeschool curriculum choices. So here is the final individual post of our curriculum choices of the upcoming year. Last year we graduated our first homeschool kiddo, so this year we are down to 5 kids in our homeschool. Each week we fit in competitive gymnastics for 3 of the kids, therapy for a couple special needs kids, regular doctor appointment, and everything else life … [Read more...]