APR
04
2016

Tip Tuesday: Creating Rules for Your Homeschool

Hey guys! Today I'm sharing some more homeschooling tips with you all. One of the more helpful things that we do prior to starting each year is to set up some basic homeschool rules. Today I'm talking all about what our basic homeschool rules are and how they've helped in our homeschooling journey.     One of the things people tend to overlook when starting out with homeschooling is the need for some type of organized discipline. Both students and parents can be so excited to start that they overlook this necessity. By outlining the expectations for your homeschool and home, you will save yourself and your children from much heartache. We’ve all gone through it, the beginning “homeschooling honeymoon.” Everyone is excited to start, and looking forward to all of the fun they’re about to have. You as the homeschooling parent have researched, planned, and prepared a year’s worth of fun activities. You’ll find yourself excited to impart all of your new found … [Read more...]

MAR
02
2016

Homeschooling: When You Want to Quit Paperback

Hey guys! I had so many questions on when the new Homeschooling: When You Want to Quit book would be out in print. Well, it’s available now!   Whether you’re just starting out or are already a seasoned homeschooler discouragement hits us all at one point or another. We all doubt our decisions, worry about curriculum choices, and have moments of sheer panic. The inner voice asks, “What am I doing? This is crazy! I can’t educate my children at home!” Or maybe that voice screams out in frustration, “I’m utterly spent. I can’t take one more minute of confusing fractions, tedious read alouds, or messy science experiments!” This book addresses nearly every potential frustration point that a homeschool mom faces. We tackle the irritations that make you want to throw in the towel for good. ​ What is included? Here is a small sampling of the chapters… An Introvert’s Perspective When you want to quit because your personality craves alone time Because You Work at … [Read more...]

FEB
23
2016

March 2016 Monthly Meal Plan

Good day! Are you starting to get overwhelmed with school, activities, and life in general? So much that you haven’t had time to cook a decent meal in weeks, and you’re living off of take out and cereal? Fret no more fellow homeschooler because I have our March Monthly Meal Plan up for you today! These seriously take the stress out of cooking for me. Thankfully I have a daughter who loves to cook and helps me stay on track. It can be so easy to hit the drive-thru on busy days, but hopefully this will help you be better prepared so that you can have home-cooked meals on a regular basis! I take my monthly meal plan each week and make a grocery list then head to the store. Right now I have to go on weekends usually because that’s about the only spare time I have. I get just what’s on the meal plan for the week and that way I’m sure to have ingredients for all of my meals. I also find that weekly shopping helps with things like produce which can spoil easily. And it keeps our budget … [Read more...]

FEB
15
2016

Tip Tuesday: Curriculum & Teacher Manual Storage Tips

Good morning homeschoolers! Today I have another organizational Tip Tuesday for you! Today we’re talking a little bit more about storage solutions for your homeschool.     Ever wonder what I do with all of my teacher’s manuals and student workbooks? And what about all of that curriculum that we aren’t currently using, but I know we’ll need in the future? Find out how I keep all of my teacher stuff organized and how I store our student workbooks and long term curriculum in today’s Tip Tuesday: Curriculum & Teacher Manual Storage Tips video!   I hope you enjoyed today’s Tip Tuesday, and if you have any storage tips to share, make sure to leave a comment below! Happy Homeschooling! … [Read more...]

FEB
11
2016

Homeschooling…When You Want to Quit!

Hi everyone! Have you ever wanted to just quit homeschooling? Well I have! And I would venture a guess that you probably have as well. I’ll never forget our first day of homeschooling. I was so excited, and so was my daughter. She was only 3 at the time, so she didn’t really know what was headed her way and honestly neither did I! We had started early with her because I was eager. I decorated our dining room like a school room with fun wall hangings and lots of color. And I had certainly a vision of what I thought homeschooling should look like. (Insert images of my children studying quietly, making fun history and art projects, and kids snuggled up on the couch reading together.) What I didn’t foresee was how hard homeschooling would turn out to be. It also never occurred to me that my doe-eyed babe wouldn’t necessarily share my enthusiasm for school work. Enter our first “bad” school day, and my first thoughts of bagging the whole homeschool plan and sending her off to school … [Read more...]

FEB
08
2016

Tip Tuesday: School Work Storage Tips

  Hi! I’m back with another Tip Tuesday video for you all! Today we’re talking about what to do with all of your child’s school work. Man that stuff can pile up!   As homeschoolers, we literally have a ton of papers, art projects, and crafts taking up our precious space. Unfortunately we don’t have space to keep everything that we do. Do you store it all somewhere for safe keeping, or purge and move on? Find out how I handle the school work dilemma in today’s Tip Tuesday Video: School Work Storage Tips.     Hope Chest: Another fun suggestion is to get a bankers box and have your child decorate it as their own. Next store just the meaningful projects, artwork, writings etc. that are special to you and your child. They’ll be fun to browse through later on when your children are older, and it makes a great keepsake too! P.S. Make sure to check your state requirements for record keeping before purging!   I hope this helped … [Read more...]

FEB
01
2016

Tip Tuesday: Switching Curriculum Mid-Year

Have you ever bought a curriculum that you thought would be great, only to find out that it just wasn't a good fit for your family? Don't worry I have some advice in today's Tip Tuesday post that will hopefully encourage you to let it go and move on to better homeschooling days!     We’ve all done it, bought something or tried something new that just doesn’t work out. So what do you do with it? Do you tough it out for the rest of the  year, or let it go? What about the cost of the curriculum? Certainly we don’t want to be wasteful with our money, or curriculum. Find out my opinions on switching curriculum mid-year, and how I recuperate any lost money in the process!   Check out today’s Tip Tuesday video on Switching Curriculum Mid-Year to find out more!     I hope today’s Tip Tuesday helps to encourage you on your homeschooling journey! If you have a tip to share, or want to have me do a Tip Tuesday on a topic, make sure to leave … [Read more...]

JAN
26
2016

A Homeschooling Mom’s Daily Schedule

Hi everyone, have you ever wondered how I do it all? How I homeschool, work from home, and keep up with daily life? Well, I think the last time I posted about our daily schedule was about 4 years ago, so I thought maybe it was time for an update! Ya think? LOL!     While each day can bring on a chaos of its own, we do have a basic routine that we try to stick to. Obviously things don’t always run smoothly around here, and some days are crazier than others. But I like to at least have a basic guideline to get me through the day. As most of you already know, we homeschool. For me that’s like my full time job, and I do my best to focus solely on school during those hours. I also work from home on my blog, creating YouTube content, and I create homeschool curriculum as well as free printables.  Those all take up quite a bit of time, so without some planning I’d never be able to get those things done! I try to view that as a part-time job and have to plan work … [Read more...]

JAN
25
2016

Tip Tuesday: Beat the January Blahs!

Hey guys, I’ve been wanting to do some Tip Tuesday type videos for you for awhile now, and I’m finally getting around to it! I think it’s nice to do these in video format because I can just sit down and talk to you all which makes it a little more personal.     I don’t know about you all, but our January has been ho-hum in the back to school sense, and after my instagram post showing our first day back after the break, I’m guessing some of you have been experiencing the same thing! Well, don’t worry fellow homeschoolers, you are NOT alone! We’ve been homeschooling for about 9 years now, and honestly the new year is always kind of a let down after the fun holiday break. Everyone is tired, and no one really wants to do school, including me! But considering school isn’t optional in our state, I wanted to share some of my tips for beating the January Blahs. Check out my Beating the January Homeschool Blahs video below for some helpful tips and tricks to get your … [Read more...]

JAN
19
2016

2015-2016 Mid-Year Curriculum Review

Hi everyone! We’ll we’re about half way through our 2015-2016 homeschool year, and I thought I’d do a mid-year review for you all since we’ve made a few alterations. For the most part I’m happy with what we’ve chosen this year. And I think we did good as far as balancing teacher led, with student independent work as well. But we have changed up a few things as needed. So here’s what we chose for the year and what we like or dislike, and whether or not we’ll stick with it for next year!   Miss Lady Bug: 1st Grade   So after going through our day, I realized that I loaded up Miss Lady Bug’s schedule pretty full. As a matter of fact it is almost too full, so we did drop some things to make it easier for her to get through her day, and make her schedule a little more realistic for what she’s able to handle right now. She’s still doing everything with the exception of my Literature units, & handwriting. I had planned to use my Lit. units as … [Read more...]