This post is part of the 2018 Virtual Homeschooling Fair, which is hosted by Susan at Homeschooling Hearts & Minds. I encourage you to come check it out! You can find Week 2 in this series here! Even with all the resources available at our fingertips today, we still tend to lose focus in our… Continue reading Regaining Your Homeschool Focus
Over the years, I’ve tried many (many!) different ways of planning and organizing my homeschool. Between raising a 2E child and teaching, I often found it difficult to keep our focus. Even though you may not deal with the same challenges, I have a feeling you know what I’m talking about! If you’re anything like me, you have a fairly sizeable stack of lesson planners that sort of work, but not really. You can tweak them, but it’s a pain – and after a while, you learn to go without. That’s why I’m really pretty excited about a new set of planners designed by a homeschool mom, for homeschool moms: The Focused Homeschool!
You’ve likely heard of Black Friday and Cyber Monday; there are deals galore. And of Giving Tuesday, when you can focus your giving efforts to help an organization of your choice. Well, this year, a group of 65 homeschool bloggers and publishers (including yours truly) have gotten together to start a new tradition: Homeschool Thursday!… Continue reading Homeschool Thursday – Over $800 in Curriculum and Resources for Free!
Note: I was provided with a free copy of What God is Doing for review purposes. I was not compensated for my review, and my opinions are my own. There are a lot of options for Bible curriculum out there, both for homeschool and church use. Many of them are engaging, easy to use, and… Continue reading What God is Doing – A Great New Find!
For a lot of us, writing instruction is…well, not very fun. It often goes something like this: Turn to the next assignment in the workbook or teacher’s manual and read the basic instructions. Set a blank sheet of paper in front of your child. Watch your child stare blankly at the paper. Give up and… Continue reading 15 Ways to Make Writing Fun!
Yesterday, I wrote about ways to help students who find it difficult to write. Many of these kids just plain don’t know what to write or how to structure it, so I wrote about ways to help them learn these skills. Some kids have bigger difficulties when it comes to writing, though. Today’s post is… Continue reading Teaching Kids with Writing Difficulties
One of the questions I commonly get is, “My child hates writing. What can I do?" A lot of kids are reluctant writers! There are a few different answers to that question, and they depend on the reason your child hates to write. *Affiliate links may be present on this page. Purchasing items through these… Continue reading Teaching a Reluctant Writer
Recently, I asked a question on my Facebook page: “If you could pay someone to teach any subject for you, what would it be?” The most popular answer? Writing. (Not surprisingly, the second most popular answer was math, but that will have to wait for another series!). Why Teach Writing? Writing is a skill that… Continue reading Teaching Writing in Your Homeschool
When my son was little, he would often get frustrated because his artwork didn’t look like that of the masters we studied. He figured that if his work couldn’t measure up to theirs, then what was the point of doing it? Eventually, he got past this, but I can remember telling him: “That’s ok. Michelangelo couldn’t do that when he was little, either. You’re doing great!”
Growing up, I was always frustrated with my art classes…I could never get my pieces to look like my teacher said they “should.” Sometime around junior high, I somehow decided that I’m just not good at art and stopped taking classes. It wasn’t until I started homeschooling my son that I found out just how much fun art studies can be! One of the best ways to really get a feel for art and its place in history, in culture, is to study the artist behind the works. Today’s artist is one of my favorites, Jan van Eyck!