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...]


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...]


Tip Tuesday: Get a Vision!

Hey guys! Today I’m back with another fun Tip Tuesday post for you all! We’re going to be going through some of my tips for getting started homeschooling in video format! Hopefully they will help some of you get going, and even help encourage some of you veteran homeshcoolers as well! Today’s tip is all about getting a vision for your homeschool. --> Download my Homeschooling Vision Worksheet here! <--   Watch my Tip Tuesday: Get a Vision video here! The best way to begin your homeschooling journey is to start with the basics. First I suggest that you start off by creating a vision statement for your homeschooling journey. I think you will find you have all of the tools necessary to guide you through this journey if you seek God’s will for your homeschool, and take some time to pray for direction. By creating a vision statement for why you are homeschooling, you’ll have a backbone to fall upon when doubt and indecision creep in. In the … [Read more...]


January–December 2016 Weekly Planner

Hi everyone! I have a fun new planner for you all today! It’s my new 2016 Weekly Planner layout! I actually created this for myself, and thought I’d share it with you as well. Even though I’m a homeschooler, I’m also a work-at-home mama, and then we have all of our personal commitments so I really wanted a planner that I could use for everything. In past years I’ve used a separate blog planner to keep track of work stuff, but I was also carrying around a planner for our daily activities, my iPhone to help remind me of things, and sticky notes to remind myself of things to pick up or to do. Obviously with a family of 6 that just isn’t working very well. So I created my own weekly planner that has spots for everything, so I can hopefully track it all in one place! I’ll show you how I intend to use the planner below, but I’ve left most of the spots blank so that you can customize it to fit your needs too. The planner comes with a 2016 & 2017 yearly overview, along with a monthly … [Read more...]


2016 Day Planner

Hey guys! It’s that time again…time for a fresh new planner with tons of possibilities! Presenting the 2016 Daily Planner. You can use this to plan your homeschooling days too, but it was designed to be more like a home organizer/day planner.   Included in this planner: Year at a Glance To-Do Lists Bills & Payments Library Book Lists Contacts Weekly Meal Planner Monthly Meal Planner Grocery Lists Monthly Planner pages Weekly Planner Pages Notes Extra Information: Social Media, Pinterest Ideas, Recipe Ideas, Websites, etc. This planner runs from January 1, 2016 through December 31, 2016.   It also has weekly  calendar pages to help you plan out all aspects of your day, including a quick glance meal plan at the bottom of each day. There’s also a weekly meal planner with more room, so you’re welcome to use whichever fits your needs best! And of course there are also the monthly meal planner pages that … [Read more...]


Kindergarten Daily Schedule

A few years ago I did a series of posts titled Daily Homeschool Schedule for you all. Since then I’ve had countless questions about our updated homeschool schedule, and specifically for my kindergartener since I didn’t do one at that time. You can see a basic overview of our daily schedule here. You’ve also been asking questions about how long we do each subject, how many days per week, and what our day looks like hour by hour for each grade level. So I thought maybe these posts would help out! So for the next few weeks I’m going to share our schedules in a more detail by each grade level so you can see what we’re up to. Today we’ll be taking a quick look at my kindergartener’s schedule. We do a co-op on Friday’s so her calendar has Friday’s blank.   Download a copy: Daily Schedule Kindergarten – PDF Daily Schedule Kindergarten – Word Doc (Editable) Here’s our Basic Kindergarten Schedule: 8:30am   – Breakfast / Family Devotion Time … [Read more...]


Homeschooling 101: Switching to Homeschool Mid-Year

Hi everyone! I’m back today with another Homeschooling 101 post.  Today we’re talking about switching from a public or charter school situation to homeschooling mid-year.   One of the most frequently asked questions I receive is how to go about switching from public school to homeschool mid-year. It’s more common than you think to pull students out mid-year and begin the homeschooling journey. And there are several factors that can contribute to your need to switch your schooling choice. Whatever they are, just know that you’re doing the best for your child and it may or not be a challenging switch. But if it benefits your family, then it will be worth it in the long run. As a homeschooler you have the flexibility to start at any time of the year. Most families choose to switch from public to homeschool at the semester break, but you can really make the change anytime you feel it is necessary for your family. Here are a few tips for making the switch to help you … [Read more...]


Homeschooling 101: Switching Curriculum Mid-Year

Hi everyone! I’m back today with another Homeschooling 101 post.  Today we’re talking about switching curriculum mid-year.   Occasionally it happens that we find ourselves needing to switch one of our curriculum choices mid-year. For me it was about three months into our 3rd year of homeschooling when I realized that our math curriculum was not working. So what do you do? Especially when you’ve spent more than you wanted on something only to find it isn’t a good fit? Well, you switch to something else. Freedom is one of the many gifts that come with homeschooling. We are free to choose curriculum that best fits the needs of our family. Sometimes things can seem like a great choice. But then when put into action they just don’t work like you had hoped. And despite all of our careful research in choosing curriculum, we can choose things that don’t work for us. Don’t feel bad about switching mid-year. We have all had things we’ve needed to change during our year to … [Read more...]


Homeschooling 101: Staying the Course

I’m back today with another Homeschooling 101 post.  Today we’re talking about homeschooling kindergarten and elementary level students.   Staying the course in homeschooling can be difficult if you’re not fully committed to this calling. There are several things that can cause a parent to doubt their choice to homeschool. In this chapter we’ll discuss a few of the things that can discourage families from staying the course when homeschooling. My intent is to encourage you to persevere through these trials and difficulties that will come. And I highly encourage you to pray for the Lord’s leading as you begin each year.   Naysayers There will always be those who may not support your decision to homeschool, and unfortunately they may also feel the need to express their opinions out loud. The best thing I’ve found to combat these people is to know why you are homeschooling in the first place. Stick to your vision and ignore everyone else. That said, if … [Read more...]


Homeschooling 101: Homeschooling and the Working Parent

Hi everyone! I’m back today with another Homeschooling 101 post.  Today we’re talking about homeschooling and the working parent.   Homeschooling itself is a full time job, so carefully consider whether or not working and homeschooling is a realistic choice for your family. While homeschooling doesn’t take the same amount of time as classroom teaching does, you will still need to follow your state requirements for attendance and annual hours. And regardless of your student’s ages, it will also require a certain amount of daily commitment on your part. That said, “Yes! You can homeschool and work”. But make no mistake…it isn’t going to be easy. There are a couple reasons why someone may need to homeschool and work. The most common occurrence is the single parent. Others may be concerned that they won’t be able to make it on one salary. Whatever your reason, there are several families who have found ways to both homeschool and work. If you are in the camp of having … [Read more...]