Prepare for Fall: Host an Activity Bag Swap This Summer

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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...]

“Peace-full” Homeschool Planning

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Summer, oh how I love you! From swimming pools to barbeques, vacation time to ice cream cones, summer is overflowing with many of my favorite things. Though many of us homeschooling moms might like to bury our heads in the sand and not think about school for the entire three months, the part of us that longs to parent intentionally just won't let us escape so easily. So we look back on the previous year. And we think. Then we assess. And we plan. And we reassess. And we wonder. And we … [Read more...]

Homeschool Moms Pick: Top 10 English Curriculum Choices

homeschool english curriculum

Do you want to know how to find out which homeschooling curriculum programs are the best? That's easy, ask a homeschooling mom who uses the curriculum! A few weeks ago, I polled the moms from our Facebook page and the Frugal Homeschooling Moms Facebook group to see what their favorite homeschool English curriculum was and why they loved it. Here's what they had to say: First Language Lessons "short lessons, easy to use, repetitive" Rod & Staff- "Absolutely loved it! … [Read more...]

July Activity Calendar

July Activity Calendar

I hope your summer is off to a great start! Are you running out of ideas for keeping the little ones busy? Print out this activity calendar for some fun, fresh ideas to entertain your crew on a hot summer day! Be sure to check out the recipes and notebooking pages that are included in this month's packet! >>> Click here to print out your July Activity Calendar. <<<   … [Read more...]

Homeschooling with a Newborn

Homeschooling with a Newborn

My babe is only 7 months old & already I feel so blessed to have been given another lil one :) Another wee child to raise up & teach His ways. To encourage. To love. To care for. I had never homeschooled with a newborn/baby before... And it has been overall a pretty good experience, yet with it's own set of unique challenges. If you're in the throes of homeschooling, and have a newborn...or are simply expecting, then this post is for you!!! Here are my Personal TOP … [Read more...]