Host a Project Fair in 8 Easy Steps

host a project fair

Much to my amusement, the other day, my children woke and began transforming our hallway into a project fair. I smiled as I prepared breakfast, listening to my oldest son read information to his sister about hyacinth macaws, Japan, knights, tarsiers, Bunker Hill, Germany and more and, then, hearing my daughter, in turn, share recalled [...]

Staying on Track with your Homeschooling

photo by Ryan Mcguire

I love planning. I plan my blog, my family life, our holidays, and definitely our homeschool life. I start shopping for next years curriculum around May the school year before. I don’t commit to any curriculum until the summer, but start researching and gathering reviews a couple months before. My biggest downfall though is at [...]

Teach your Child to Advocate

dyslexia advocate

My daughter called me on the phone. FaceTime. She tried to not let it show, but my mommy eyes saw beyond first look. I noticed the fight-back-the-tears look and heard her voice quiver. It broke my heart. She wasn’t ready for her quiz. My daughter struggles to learn. Normally I’m there to run interference for [...]

Fall Sensory Bin from the $1 Store

Sensory bins are a great way for toddlers to learn. Check out this Fall themed sensory bin made with items from the $1 Store!!

I’m going to be honest with you all. I haven’t been the best homeschooling mom when it comes to preschoolers. We didn’t start homeschooling our oldest until he was in kindergarten, so as my others have grown – it’s been a struggle. It’s mostly been play and fun. But, this year with two in Kindergarten [...]

Acorn craft day


It’s turning chilly and the leaves are all sorts of beautiful colors here in Northeast Pennsylvania.  Another thing going on is the acorns are falling.  We created  two projects for our homeschool.  The downloadable is a cute quick project for smaller kids ages preschool to 3rd grade.  I had my older son do the painting [...]

Subscriber Freebie: My Book of Thanks- A Gratitude Journal for Kids

My Book of Thanks- 25 Day Gratitude Journal for Kids FREE through 1013

  In honor of the exciting new developments here at Upside Down Homeschooling, I wanted to do something special for my readers who have stuck by me through this period of transition. For the next week {now through 11:59pm EST on Monday, October 13th}, I am giving away FREE copies of My Book of Thanks: [...]

Meet Jackie

Jackie, Derek, and Carly

Hi All! My name is Jackie Siperko and I am so proud and grateful to be working with Heather on Upside Down Homeschooling.  A little about me:  I am married, have two sons, 2 doxie pups, chickens, a rabbit, and live in Northeast Pennsylvania.  My husband is a techy guy which is great because I [...]

Using Music and Movement to Help Your Kids Memorize God’s Word

Getting the Word of God into the hearts of our children is something that is very important to me. When my daughter was younger, she was on our church’s Bible quizzing team and was their memory verse team mate. Sarah would take the Scripture verses and write each one individually on an index card. Then [...]

The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad {Homeschool} Day

5 tips for restarting

The alarm goes off at 5am. You finally get the energy to drag yourself out of bed only to trip over the baby doll left on the floor by your 2-year old, which sends you into orbit and stubbing your toe on the dresser as you stumble by. While in the bathroom you drop your [...]

12 Bible Verses to Pray Over Your Homeschool


It’s that time of year! Fresh reams of paper, spiral-bound notebooks, and packages of pencils with full, perfect erasers have replaced the bottles of sunscreen, pool toys, and beach towels on store shelves. Our beloved summer is drawing to a close. Our bookshelves have been purged of last year’s materials, making way for supplies prepared [...]