Curriculum Review – WordBuild Online

Do you remember memorizing vocabulary lists in school? I had to write down twenty words that my teacher gave to us on Monday. Then, we’d have to memorize them, learn to spell them, and take a boring test on Friday. I wish I had had WordBuild Online, a cool homeschool curriculum that makes learning vocabulary […] READ MORE

The Do’s and Don’ts of Attending a Homeschool Convention

Entering the huge exhibit hall brings a rush of emotions. Where do I go first? Should I grab the curriculum I want now? It’s exciting, but can be overwhelming. Homeschool convention season is upon us! No matter what state you live in, there’s sure to be a homeschool convention near you (yes, even Alaska!). You’re […] READ MORE

3 Ways to Make Homeschool Math More Hands-on

Ah, mathematics. I excelled in language arts, not fractions. It was a definite struggle to learn math concepts with just worksheets (The train schedule problems were the WORST.). There are only so many ways to multiply fractions on black-and-white pieces of paper. It can get frustrating, especially if your child is a kinesthetic or “hands-on” […] READ MORE

Homeschool Writing Curriculum – Writers in Residence

If you’ve been in the homeschooling world for any length of time, you’ve no doubt heard of Apologia. Best known for their rich, Bible-based science curriculum that includes interactive notebooks, Apologia is one of the most trusted faith-based curriculum publishers for homeschoolers. However, you may not have heard of their homeschool writing curriculum, Writers in […] READ MORE

Fun Christmas Lesson Plans for Homeschoolers

December is a special time of year for me. In Pennsylvania, most of us are hoping for a snowfall, allowing us to stay home from work and snuggle in a blanket with a book and hot cocoa. We want to savor every moment of the holiday season. We want to help you get the most […] READ MORE

It’s Turkey Time! Fun Thanksgiving Lesson Plans

It’s fall, and with the leaves changing, candy corn calling, and Christmas looming, Thanksgiving can be lost in the shuffle. Retail stores jump from Halloween to Christmas in a span of a few days. Each season, we often feel we don’t fully appreciate Thanksgiving, save for the Peanuts special, “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving!” Sure, we […] READ MORE

How to Succeed in Online Homeschooling

Did you know Facebook was founded in 2004? Or that MySpace (may in rest in peace) was the forerunner? Or that cell phones were giant boxes with big antennas? Within my lifetime, technology has changed. I remember dial-up connections, flip phones, and CD players. Dial-up Internet sounded like donkeys braying (listen to it here, kids). […] READ MORE

It’s Not Too Late to Start Homeschooling!

You’re worried, scared, nervous. You talk to your spouse and yes, the decision is made. Big changes are about to come to your home, even though it’s already messy and crazy. You make the decision to homeschool. In October. It’s October?! It’s too late! What did we do? Can we go through with this, even […] READ MORE

The Top Homeschool Virtual Field Trips

I don’t believe there are two words that bring more excitement to students of any age than “field trip.” Is there anything more fun than grabbing a brown bag lunch, hopping in the car, and going to experience, discover, and take part in what you’re learning? Nope, nothing. From museums to farms to nature centers, […] READ MORE

Ways to Incorporate Homeschool Writing in Every Subject

Choosing the right curriculum for your homeschooler is at the top of the yearly to-do list for every homeschool parent. I’ve found homeschool writing curriculum to be one of the most difficult to choose because, while the writing process is often the same, how each of my kids approaches writing is not. If you’re wondering […] READ MORE