APR
18
2016

Tip Tuesday: To Grade or Not To Grade?

Hey guys! I get asked about whether or not I record grades in our homeschool, and how I keep track of them as well. So that's what we're discussing in today’s Tip Tuesday. We’ve been homeschooling for 9 years now, and each year has been different. But we did decide to start grading our children a few years ago. And we’ll get into the how’s and why’s in the video below. So let’s take a closer look at why we grade, and how we do it in the Confessions household, in today’s Tip Tuesday: To Grade or Not To Grade. Now as you can see from the video, I don’t grade in the traditional sense for preschool or kindergarten because I don’t want to discourage my kids, or create a negative feeling towards themselves or school in general. So for those younger grades, I like to do assessments to see how they’re doing. I do have assessment worksheets as well as grading sheets available in my Planners, as well as in my Letter of the Week preschool curriculum and K4/5 Kindergarten Curriculum … [Read more...]

APR
11
2016

Tip Tuesday: Standardized Testing

Hi everyone, welcome back to another Tip Tuesday where we’re talking all about standardized testing! Yipee!   Are you excited? You should be because I’m here to encourage homeschoolers everywhere! Testing isn’t as bad as you think, and YES YOU CAN DO IT! So let’s get down to the nitty-gritty shall we? Check out my Homeschooling & Standardized Testing video here:       Step 1: Choose Your Tests As with everything, you’ll want to start by checking your state requirements to determine if and what type of standardized testing is required. Then select one accordingly. Plan ahead, the tests you choose will likely take a few weeks to arrive, so plan them into your year whenever it makes the most sense for your family per your state requirements.  We choose to test annually starting in 2nd grade even though it is not required by our state. Stating in 2nd grade gives the student a “practice” year to get used to taking the tests. It also … [Read more...]

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
07
2016

Tip Tuesday: How to Homeschool During a Move

Hey guys! I’ve had a lot of requests to share my secrets to homeschooling during a move. Most of you know that we moved a couple of years ago during our homeschooling year, and I'm not gonna’ lie, it wasn't easy!   But with a little bit of organization and preparation moving during your homeschooling year isn’t as overwhelming. I also have to thank all of the friends and family who helped us move and get settled in because without them it wouldn’t have been possible. And we managed to get through it relatively unscathed, started school a week after our move, and haven’t looked back since! So today I'm sharing what I learned about that experience. Hopefully these tips will help you out too!   Watch my tips for successfully homeschooling during a move here! Have an idea for a Tip Tuesday video? Make sure to leave a comment below! … [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
22
2016

Tip Tuesday: Managing Laundry for a Large Family

Hi everyone and welcome back to Tip Tuesday! Today’s tip isn’t exactly homeschooling related, it’s more homemaking related. Have you ever wondered how we keep on top of laundry with a large family? Well, this week's Tip Tuesday is all about how we organize and handle our laundry!   With a family of six, laundry can get a little bit overwhelming! But today I’m going to show you how to say goodbye to piles of dirty and clean laundry cluttering your house. Here are a few of my tips to keep your laundry from piling up, so let’s get it washed, folded, and put away! Check out my Large Family Laundry Tips video below!   My Laundry Tips: Do one load each day. I combine colors and whites if they aren’t too different in tone. If I have a lot of blacks/whites then I will separate them into two loads. Since our laundry is upstairs, I start a load in the evenings after everyone has put dirty clothes in the laundry room. But if your room is downstairs, start a load … [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
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
02
2016

2016 February Monthly Meal Plan

Hi everyone! I’m so sorry this is late, I totally forgot to put up my meal plan for February! But thanks to a kind reader I’ve been reminded, and so here we go! The 2016 February Monthly Meal Plan is now available for download!     For us it’s cold and wintery out, so this menu plan has lots of yummy comfort foods in it. I apologize if you live in a different region where our seasons are not aligned. But if that’s the case you’re welcome to search back through my meal plans and find a month that corresponds better with your location!     Download the 2016 February Monthly Meal Plan: 2016 February Monthly Meal Plan PDF 2016 February Monthly Meal Plan Word Doc (Editable) If you haven’t already used this before, you can click on any of the underlined menu items to get to the recipe. I like to shop once a week, so I just make a list off of my menu plan and head to the store. I find that I spend less when I shop off of a list, then … [Read more...]