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 newly opened contact down the drain - never to be seen again. As you walk into the kitchen, which seems to be emitting an odor that should only be smelled in a swamp, you realize you forgot about the rotting bananas in the corner … [Read more...]

12 Bible Verses to Pray Over Your Homeschool

bible-177128_640bb

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 for the new year. Most of our curriculum planning is complete. We've assessed weak areas in our kids' academics and have come up with strategies to … [Read more...]

College for Free?! A Review of College Prep Genius

College Prep Genius Review & Giveaway

What is College Prep Genius DVD Home Course? DVD- based SAT and PSAT/NMSQT Prep Course designed by a homeschooling family! Program takes students through all sections {Critical thinking, math, and writing} of the PSAT/NMSQT 12 easy to follow lessons Helps students identify how to answer each type of question Set includes textbook, workbook, and DVDs Bonus materials: appendixes of must know math terms, Latin roots, and prefixes and suffixes Helps make FREE college for your … [Read more...]

August Activity Calendar with FREE Printables

August 2014 Activity Calendar with #FREE #printables | upsidedownhomeschooling.com

I can't believe summer is coming to an end! Is it just me, or did it go by really fast? Print out this fun August activity calendar for some ideas on how to spend these last days of summer. I included some FREE printables with this month's calendar. August 2014 Activity Calendar DOWNLOAD YOUR COPY HERE Some of the activities are: Write a story on "Friendship Day." Color a picture of a puppy on "National Dog Day." Read and learn about Mother Teresa, and write a summary. Hand … [Read more...]

Prepare for Fall: Host an Activity Bag Swap This Summer

udh activity bag

Summertime is a perfect time to get together with friends on a beautiful afternoon outdoors or a sweltering one inside in air-conditioned comfort. It also a time for creativity, fun, and, for some homeschoolers, planning forward for the fall. So, why not take advantage of this season to host a bag swap? With five easy steps, you can organize and host a themed swap, such as a sensory bin kit one. or one based on a specific season, like the Montessori-inspired spring-themed one I did. Or, … [Read more...]

A Homeschool Mom’s Struggle {and how she is overcoming it}

A Homeschool Mom's Struggle

A new school year is slowly approaching. In the past, I always looked forward to the “planning” stage of a new year – researching and buying curriculum, putting together a schedule, and setting new goals. In fact, these are some of the activities I spent previous summers on, but not this summer. What’s different? Several years ago I ran into a homeschool mom who told me that she was “done” with homeschooling. However, she had one more child to teach, who at the time was starting ninth … [Read more...]

Homeschool Mommy Wars

Homeschool Mommy Wars- 5 Lies that are Ruining Homeschooling

There is a growing trend in the homeschooling world that breaks my heart. Chances are if you're involved in a homeschooling group  {online or in real l ife}, you've seen it too. The homeschooling mommy war. I see it everywhere-- in homeschooling groups, co-ops, online groups, homeschooling blogs... Anywhere that you have a few homeschooling mothers together, you'll probably begin to see it. The competition, comparison, tearing down... It is a raging battle, and it is all based on … [Read more...]

Homeschool Weekly Lesson Planner & Unit Study Planner {FREE Printables}

Homeschool Weekly Lesson Planner & Unit Study Planner {FREE Printables}

During the summer I like to plan and prepare for our next homeschool year. As I'm in the midst of that I created these two free printables to help put these plans on paper.  I'm a very visual person, and writing things out really helps me to get organized. Homeschool Weekly Lesson Planner Plan out your weeks in advance, so you don't have to worry about it when the busy school year starts. Unit Study Planner We don't do a whole lot of unit studies in our homeschool, but when we do I like … [Read more...]

Homeschool Organization: Books

5 tips organize school books

Over on my blog, In All You Do, we have been talking about Homeschool Organization this week. And today I want to talk to you about organizing and reigning in that ever-growing book obsession most homeschool families have. Organizing your books may seem either seem like a simple task or an overwhelming, heart attack waiting to happen. Me...I'm the latter. I love books and I love finding great deals on them. In fact, we are blessed to have an amazing "book wagon" that is at our local … [Read more...]

Friends & Heroes Review & Giveaway

Friends and Heroes Review

  I was given the opportunity to review Friends & Heroes DVD 1 and Homeschool Unit Study 1. I was compensated for this review. All opinions expressed are my own. What is Friends & Heroes? From the website.."Friends and Heroes is an animated children's adventure based in ancient Egypt, Israel and Rome. The story follows two young friends, Macky and Portia, as they fight for justice against the Roman Empire.  Each episode consists of two Bible Stories in which children can … [Read more...]