Would Jesus Avoid Halloween?

Illuminated halloween pumpkin

  As a new Catholic, I endeavored that my family be loyal and obedient to our Lord and his Church, and so after my conversion I took an inventory of anything which might threaten the integrity of our faith. The investigation began with that national bastion of fun, sweets, and mischief: Halloween. Halloween bears a [...]

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 [...]

7 Ways to Build Self-Esteem…God’s Way!

“You can do anything you set your mind to.” “You have everything you need within yourself.” “Believe in yourself.” “Follow your heart.” I’m sure you recognize these statements that are so prevalent in our society today. They’re always spoken with the best of intentions, aiming to build up the self-esteem of the hearer. Unfortunately, I’m [...]

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 [...]

Summertime Check Up for Moms

Summertime Check Up for Mom

Summer is quickly passing us by and many of us will be starting our new homechool years before we know it.  During these lazy days of summer, we moms have the perfect opportunity to do a little ‘check up’ and make sure that we are ready for the onslaught of work that comes with being [...]