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  • Homeschool curriculum shopping can be challenging when searching for a secular curriculum. Curriculum providers tend to market to the conservative Christian homeschooler, so there are a lot of options of that flavor while secular choices are fewer.

    Even homeschoolers who do homeschool for religious reasons don't necessarily want a Christian homeschool curriculum for several reasons.

    They Want to Keep Academics and Bible Separate

    Many Christian families want to use materials that are not religious because their goal is to teach religion separately from academics. Many Christian publishers weave scripture and theology throughout their curriculum. For those who choose to keep academics and faith separate, this integration is not welcome. 

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  • Historical fiction is a big part of our homeschool. I believe that reading historical fiction greatly enhances both our understanding of history as well as our retention of facts from history. That being said, you would be surprised how that flame got lit. It started long before I ever had children, long before I ever got married. In high school I had a history teacher who used historical fiction to teach. We would learn about a topic from the textbook, but we also had to read one historical fiction book from each unit. We wrote about these, we listened to each other present theirs, and we learned a ton. In fact, my favorite book to date is one I read that year for history.Read More

    • What’s for breakfast?
    • What should I wear today?
    • Where are my car keys?
    • What should we do today?
    • Do you want to sign up for Scout Mom?
    • What are we getting the kids for Christmas?

    Decision fatigue is a real thing. When you consider that we moms get the above questions 30 times per hour, there’s no debate that our brains are tapped out, and we cannot make another decision. As they say, "I can’t even."

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  • What do you wish someone had told you before you began homeschooling? What would you tell yourself now if you had the chance to go back and talk to that idealistic mama, just getting started?

    There are so many things I wish I’d thought about, and so I’m passing some of them along to you.

    Breaks are Critical

    It is important — no, imperative — to take breaks in your homeschool. Whether you homeschool according to the local public school calendar or follow a more flexible or year-round schedule, you can’t work your kids every day. You’ll kill their love of learning. Incorporate physical exercise every day. Play hooky to run the the park on a mild fall day when you’ll have it to yourself. Take the kids out and treat them to ice cream for lunch every once in awhile.

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  • The days are short and the air is cold, which means winter is upon us. For some families, the arrival of winter brings great joy and happiness. However, for many of us who spend the majority of our time at home, schooling our children, this season has the potential for driving us a bit crazy.

    So what’s a homeschooling mom to do? I believe that with a little planning, you can eliminate the winter blues that threaten to take over during the long, freezing days. What’s the number one way to make it through the winter without losing your sanity?


    Don’t wait for the doldrums to invade your house before you think about how to beat them. Sit down and map out a strategy now when the cold and snow is a novelty. Trust me, you’ll be thankful you planned ahead.

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  • It can be challenging to keep the overflowing amount of homeschool materials organized especially if space is at a premium in your home. Focusing on the endless possibilities of creating storage options and having a tidy homeschool space at the same time, these storage hacks will have you rethinking small homeschool spaces.

    Create a Wall

    When I homeschooled with five of us in an eight hundred square foot cabin, I didn’t have enough wall space for a word wall, much less shelves. By creating a free standing divider using repurposed bi-fold doors, I had instant pseudo wall space.

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  • I don’t know about your family, but my family produces large amounts of homeschool papers every day. There are math lessons, worksheets, tests, notebooking sheets, maps, and more. What do you do with all of these papers that pile up all over the house?

    You organize them with a portfolio.

    Portfolios are awesome tools for everyone, not just homeschoolers in states that require a yearly evaluation. You have a place to put the papers. You have documentation of your children’s education over the past year. Kids have a notebook of their learning to show off to grandparents.

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  • I'm standing in the middle of our homeschool closet staring at the accumulation of papers, art supplies, textbooks, pages ripped from workbooks, scraps of paper from unfinished craft projects, books with sticky covers from that time we did school during lunch, and what looks like a piece of dried-up orange peel. The school shelves are warped in the center from the weight of too much stuff. Manipulatives are intermixed, and I cannot find one single sharpened pencil. Can you relate? This time of year, when the semester is almost over and the newness has worn off of school, our homeschool closet looks like a tornado hit it. Nothing is organized and it starts to show in our homeschool routine.Read More

  • Are you stressed? Constantly worried about the things you’re missing out on or forgetting to do? Have more things to keep track of than space on your calendar? Yeah… me too.

    Sometimes I wonder if it’s even possible to be an organized-homeschooling-mom.

    Rest assured, moms, it is possible to have an organized home and a life that runs smoothly at least some of the time. Here are some secrets to get you started on the right foot.

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  • In all honesty, I never thought I would homeschool my kids. I started because my oldest missed the cut off date for kindergarten and would have to wait a full year before starting school. She was beyond ready, so I knew I needed to do something. After a lot of research and many discussions, our family plunged head first into homeschooling. We began our journey as unschoolers. The kids were young, and it worked well to have learning revolve around their interests. Then we moved. The new record keeping and evaluation requirements of that state made it difficult for me to continue homeschooling without a focused plan. I realized I was going to need curriculum.Read More

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