JUL
11
2016

Tip Tuesday: Student Organization Tips

Hi everyone! Welcome back to another Tip Tuesday episode! Today I’m sharing how I keep all of our homeschool student materials organized. I’m also going to be showing some of our homeschool room as well as an update on how we’re using our workbox system.   So if you want to see how this mama of four keeps all of our materials organized and easy to access check out my Tip Tuesday: Homeschool Student Organization Tips here!         Check out this post for more details on how I organize our daily and long term school work! Student Organization   I get a lot of questions on our desk set up. And most of you know I’ve used some form of the workbox system developed by Sue Patrick for the past several years. I have to say that organizing our daily work has been a sanity saver for me. Put, the workbox system is a way to organize all of the daily school work for your student. You can use rolling carts, plastic crates, file … [Read more...]

JUN
27
2016

Tip Tuesday: Teacher Organization Tips

Hey guys! I’m back today with another Tip Tuesday video for you all! Today I’m going to share my tips for organizing your school room, teaching supplies, and record keeping. We’ll also discuss some things to consider when choosing a space for your homeschool as well as a few organizational tips that have helped me keep everything neat and tidy. Organizing all of those fun school supplies is my favorite part of homeschooling. And preparing your school area is not only fun, but also a wonderful way to start the year. Kids will get excited about the prospect of a new year, and you as the teacher will rest comfortably knowing that your school area is organized and ready to go! So check out today’s Tip Tuesday: Teacher Organization Tips now!   Links mentioned in this video: Homeschool Room Tour My Teacher’s Desk Organization Tips Curriculum & Teacher Manual Storage Tips My Teacher Supply List Mavalus Tape The Container Store Plastic … [Read more...]

JUN
15
2016

2016-2017 5×7 Student Lesson Planner

Hi everyone! It’s about that time again! Time to get planning for the 2016-2017 school year. And to help you out, I have a colorful planner that you can use for your own planning, or for your students to help keep track of assignments, grades, reading, and any appointments or activities that you might need! The 2016-2017 5x7 Student Lesson Planner: What’s included? This planner includes colorful weekly planner pages for the 2016-2017 school year Planner runs from August 2016 – August 2017 2016-2017 year at a glance pages Monthly overview pages Weekly planning pages Notes pages A reading logs for each month Grade book to help keep track of grades for the year Goals and To Do pages The planner prints 5×7, so half sheet size. That makes it much easier to tote around in a backpack, purse, or in your car! And there are plenty of places to write in daily activities, notes, and assignments for you or your student. What’s the cost? This super fun … [Read more...]

JUN
08
2016

2016-2017 8×10 Homeschool Lesson Planner

Hi fellow homeschoolers! I have another fun and colorful planner designed for homeschool lesson planning to help keep track of assignments, grades, reading, and any appointments or activities that you might need! The 2016-2017 8x10 Lesson Planner is an 8x10 full sheet planner for those of you who like more room! You can use this for your own teacher lesson planning, or for your students to help keep track of assignments, grades, reading, and any appointments or activities that you might need! What’s included? This planner includes colorful weekly planner pages for the August 2016 – July 2017 school year. This planner is portrait format for easier printing and binding. Planner runs from August 2016 – July 2017 2016-2017 year-at-a-glance pages Monthly overview pages Weekly planning pages Notes pages A reading logs for each month Grade book to help keep track of grades for the year Attendance tracking Homeschool Extra Forms This … [Read more...]

MAY
16
2016

Tip Tuesday: Running a Homeschool Household

I get a ton of questions about how I keep our basic household running. Homeschooling certainly takes up quite a bit of time and so that means that we need a good schedule to keep  up with our crazy schedule! So make sure to stop by today’s Tip Tuesday video to see how I organize our day and get everything else done too!   Watch today’s Tip Tuesday: Running a Homeschool Household here!     Links from the video: Our Daily Homeschool Routine Vlog Our overall daily schedule (including chores) Freezer meals are a great helper during school months! How to do it all! (a.k.a. yeah right LOL!) FREE Printable Chore Chart! Commitment Worksheet     To keep up with our shenanigans, feel free to follow me: YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/EricasHomeschool Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ConfessionsofaHomeschooler Twitter: http://twitter.com/ericahomeschool Pinterest: … [Read more...]

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...]