Homeschooling During the Holidays

You have heard (and read and seen on countless radio, TV, and newspaper ads) the phrase, “Home for the Holidays.” You are part of the elite group that approaches this time of year with the phrase, “Homeschooling during the Holidays!” For most parents, holidays involve a big change for families whose children attend traditional schools: Their […] READ MORE

The What, Why, and How of Live Online Classes

It seems like yesterday that I was sitting at my desk, reading through assignments and textbooks. We only had one computer and I had to share it with the family, so time online was limited. Plus, with dial-up Internet, sometimes it wasn’t even worth it!! How amazing it is that just 15 years later, we […] READ MORE

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National Stories Month Activities

The “holiday season” is upon us, like it or not. And, like a big hill on a roller coaster, we are about to slide into Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve, (and maybe a birthday in between). With these celebrations comes family time.  So, it makes sense that November is National Stories Month! We’ve […] READ MORE

Homeschooling With Depression

I remember the moment clearly. I was sitting at the table with my coffee in my hands, head hung. My son was working on his science at the table and he asked me a question, one he had asked over and over again. One that I had answered over and over again. And, I lost […] READ MORE

Thanksgiving Homeschooling Tips

“Turkey Day” is nigh upon us. What does the Thanksgiving holiday mean to you? For some, it means a day or two off work. For parents of college freshman students, it means welcoming their teens home for their first holiday (usually laden with bags of laundry!). Many churchgoers enjoy special services and folding tables laden […] READ MORE

Preparing for College Year by Year

I have a confession to make: I dropped out of college after my freshman year. Although the cost of a college education is high, the cost of losing that life opportunity is much higher, and you may never stop paying it. Preparing for college entails a collage of decisions and responsibilities that shouldn’t be put off. […] READ MORE

Fall Homeschool Freebies

The school year is in full swing, and while we enjoy the curriculum we’ve chosen for the year, sometimes you just need a change of pace. But who wants to spend endless time searching or having to open your wallet to find it? Enter fall homeschool freebies! These homeschool freebies can be just the thing […] READ MORE

Best Educational Apps for Homeschoolers in 2018

I googled “educational apps” and within 0.51 seconds received 3.6 billion results! Yes, I said 3.6 billion! What an incentive to throw up my hands and refuse to enter this forest. On the other hand, apps are so useful and an essential part of our culture, helping to support and solve problems for every need. […] READ MORE

The Best Fall Homeschooling Ideas

I grew up in a small town in New Jersey named Oakland. There was good reason for its name: there were trees all over the town. I can think back (a long ways) to those September school bus trips, over the hills and rivers and railroad tracks through tree-lined streets decorated with colorful fall leaves. […] READ MORE

Top Trends in Elementary Homeschooling

For most of us, school is on, which means we are back in the books and getting used to our new year, curriculum, and routines. No doubt you’ve been surfing the web for what you may have missed, new ideas, and fun strategies to use in your elementary homeschooling day. And that makes sense, because […] READ MORE