Homeschool Math Made Easy

Homeschool math is one of the subjects I dread teaching to my kids. I have never been that great at doing it myself, so teaching it to kids is something I can say I dread. That was why years ago I found a program that my kids could just watch a video of a teacher teaching them the class. They just had to do the work pages, tests, and I would grade everything. It was great and it worked for us for many years. After a time I realized that the way they teach the topics was leaving gaps in

Tips For Continuing To Homeschool During Spring Break

With Spring Break on the horizon, homeschool families all over are wondering if the plan is to take some time off or stick with a routine and schedule to stay on track. And honestly, that choice is up to you.  As a homeschooling parent, you know what your daily, weekly, and monthly routines are like. You know the pace that you want to keep and you know the topics that you want to teach. If putting a pause on homeschooling over Spring Break is going to cause stress later on down the road, there are ways that you can continue

Christmas Unit Study Ideas

As I’ve said before, every year during the month of December we take the enteire month off of our regular homeschool studies. This means no book work, no regular lessons, etc. Now, that doesn’t mean that we don’t do anything for the month. We are more relaxed, but it is more of a fun relaxed. For this month we like to spend time teaching our children about the REAL reason behind the season. During the month, we spend time reading great Christmas books, making crafts, learning about the meaning of the Christmas symbols, and more. We also enjoy making DIY

Africa Unit Study Ideas

Many years ago we started teaching our children using the Montessori Method. I love the way it taught the kids to do it themselves, and it was particularly great for our autistic kiddos. The Montessori way of teaching is something I love to this day. If it wasn’t so complicated to try and have many kids all at different levels, as well as infants and toddlers all at the same time, we would probably still use that method for teaching our kids. Even though we don’t use that as the main backbone for teaching our kids, I use many of

The Importance of Teaching Kids How To Type When Homeschooling

Disclaimer: I received TypeKids for free and was compensated for writing this post. I was not required to write a positive review, and all opinions are the honest opinions of my children or myself. Please read my full disclosure policy for more information. In today’s day and age, computers, and technology tend to rule the roost. While paper and pencil learning is still around, it seems like a lot of the homeschool programs and learning are becoming more technologically advanced and computer-based. One of the fears of those who homeschool their children? That they won’t be as advanced in computers

Simple Ways to Foster the Love of Reading for your Child

Disclosure: I received the product for free and was compensated for writing it. I was not required to write a positive review, and all opinions are the honest opinions of my children or myself. Please read my full disclosure policy for more information. While we were given a free trial of the program, we have had a paid version of the program for almost a year now as well. Growing up, I loved reading. I found that I loved to use my imagination and read books. It honestly really didn’t matter what type of books, either. I enjoyed mysteries, comedies,

How To Homeschool For FREE

There are a few misconceptions when it comes to homeschooling. Those who don’t homeschool tend to think that it’s too expensive to be something that they think that they can do for their household and their family. In all reality, that honestly couldn’t be further from the truth. There are so many free ways that you can homeschool your child if you know where to look! Instead of trying to find reasons to not homeschool, why not try a few of these amazing free resources instead? How To Homeschool For FREE   Utilize the local library. Don’t miss out on

Amazing Benefits Of Literature-Based Learning

I don’t know about you, but many of the topics I was taught about in public school I will sadly admit, I don’t remember. Especially when it comes to history and science. I remember doing the classes, it’s just most of the topics or bits of information learned I cannot remember, at all. I do, however, remember the great books that we read in school, they left lasting memories that I will always have with me.  When I decided to start homeschooling my children I decided I wanted something different for them. I wanted them to learn in such a

How To Really Bring Science To Life For Kids

Over the years finding ideas to bring curriculum to life for kids has really been something I have worked hard to do. I want my children to learn to love learning. In order to do that we have to make the learning fun. This can mean that sometimes the curriculum can take longer to go through. It can also mean more time for us mama’s looking for resources. Both of these sacrifices can often make a world of difference for children and their education. We have found that expanding on a topic that a kiddo seems to really be enjoying

Balancing a Job and Homeschooling Your Children

Over in the Sonlight Facebook page, I have often seen people asking how people can balance a job and homeschool their children. While I realize that it can be challenging, it isn’t quite as hard of a task to do as you might imagine. I have been running a daycare for many months now, and homeschooling our 5 children. Let me tell you it is exhausting, but it sure can be done. I can imagine it wouldn’t be much different for any job either inside or outside the house either. Sometimes in your life, you need to add in a

Why Our Big Family Loves Sonlight

When you have a big family working on the logistics of your homeschool is pretty important. We have used many different homeschool curriculums over the years. Grouping as many of the kids together is something that we found out is really important to our homeschool running smoothly…  Well and also to keep my sanity. Which means many of those curriculums we have tried over the years did not work very well for us. When we started using Sonlight curriculum I was slightly concerned about having enough time to teach all the kids. There is quite a bit of teacher involvement

100 Of The Best Books For Your High School Student

Once our kids get to the High School level I gave 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. We do reading programs in our homeschool, so the kids get plenty of other reading. I just want them to free read books they think that would be good to read. Did you know how difficult it can be to find decent books for kids? It can really be a challenge. I have come up with a list of books