Over the years, I’ve often been asked how we added in the “extras,” since our schedule was already pretty full. While adding extracurricular activities to that schedule might seem like overkill, it was actually really easy! It was easy because they weren’t “extras.” We’ve never really had “core” studies and “extra” activities. *Affiliate links may be present on this… Read More
Over the years, we’ve gone through a lot of different curriculums and planning systems. If it’s out there, we’ve probably tried it! It took us a while, but we finally figured out how to plan our eclectic/unschooling studies. And honestly, “plan” is probably a bit of a misnomer, but we’ll go with it. *Affiliate links may be present on… Read More
Even with all the resources available at our fingertips today, we still tend to lose focus in our homeschools from time to time. Often, this is for completely valid reasons. We have a lot on our plates, and things aren’t always in our control! When you do lose focus, though, how do you bounce back? How do you regain that… Read More
Around this time of year, things start to go back into place. Routines become normal again, schedules settle down, and…oh, yeah. I actually have to plan meals since we’re not out and about all the time! That tends to be the most difficult part of post-holiday “get back to normal” time, at least for me. In the past, my strategy… Read More
Every year, we start out with a wonderfully organized system of file folders, binders, whiteboards, and more. It goes well for about a month, perhaps, but then…well, the clutter sets in. Pretty soon, your dining room table is used for everything but dining and your 6th grader hasn’t seen his math book in at least a week. We figure we’ll… Read More
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!
When I was young, I had a favorite Christmas Carol: Angels We Have Heard on High. I’m pretty sure I drove my parents and brother insane around Christmas time, as I would sing it nonstop. Of course, I sang it during other times of the year as well, just because I liked it. I’m sure they just loved me for… Read More
When you think about Christmas, the Philippines probably isn’t the first country that comes to mind. Many of us think about snowy days, cozy sweaters, and toasty warm treats. However, Filipinos celebrate Christmas in a pretty huge way! My family is involved in a ministry that has a branch in the Philippines, and my son has gotten the opportunity to… Read More
Something that I love about the units I’m writing this month is that each of them is “inspired” by someone I hold dear. Today, I’m writing about Christmas in Sweden in honor of a dear friend of mine! Several years ago, when I first started homeschooling, I met another mom who was also just starting. It turned out that her… Read More
When we think of Christmas, many of us think of snowmen and sledding, of hot cocoa and candy canes. While you’re not likely to find many of these in Mexico, you will find some really fun Christmas traditions! Last year, my son got to spend Christmas with a missionary family in southern Mexico, and he had an amazing time. He… Read More