Adding in the Extras - Balancing Extracurricular Activities
Eclectic Homeschooling, Homeschool, New to Homeschooling, Unschooling

Adding in the Extras

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… Continue reading Adding in the Extras

Homeschool, Parenting

Filling In the Gaps: Homeschooling Special Needs Kids

Moms of special needs kids - gifted, 2E (twice exceptional), and special needs - get to hear it all. "Aren't you just handicapping him?" "If you give her accommodations, she'll never be able to do it on her own!" And the one we tell ourselves, time and time again: "What will people think?"

Devotional, Parenting

To Glorify God’s Name

“Lord, we show our trust in your by obeying your laws; our heart's desire is to glorify your name.” ~Isaiah 26:8, NLT I came across this verse a couple of weeks ago and I’ve been thinking about it ever since. When I see verses like this, written by the heroes of the faith, I get the feeling that they were written in a scene like something out of a classic movie. A bold, gray-haired, authoritative man speaks with power as the music swells. Clouds roll in the background and waves crash along a shore. (Not sure why this is always in my mind, since Israel isn’t known for its shoreline, but stay with me.) Although this scene evokes emotion, it also makes me feel like the glory of God is something that is totally removed from life as I know it. This verse speaks the opposite. Glorifying God is the essence of life as I know it. That’s kind of mind-blowing, if you think about it.

High School, Homeschool, Life Skills, Parenting

Oh, But My Darling…What If You Fly?

I posted part of this poem on my Facebook page a few days ago, and I’ve been thinking about it ever since. There is freedom waiting for you, on the breezes of the sky, and you ask, “What if I fall?” Oh, but my darling, What if you fly? ~Erin Hanson I’ve written a bit about my son…he’s a non-stop, driven, out-of-the-box kind of guy. What I don’t write or talk about much, however, is how I learned to let him fly.

High School, Homeschool, Life Skills, Parenting

Homeschooling High School: The Importance of Teaching Worldview

One of the amazing things about homeschooling is the ability to daily pour into our children – to mentor them, disciple them, watch them grow, and laugh with them. We get to be a part of both the little, random details and the major milestones in their lives. While the daily side of it might get a bit chaotic at times, I honestly can’t think of a higher privilege. That niggling little thought looms, though, and it pops up at the weirdest times: what about when they leave home? Did I do enough? Will they be ready?

Homeschool, New to Homeschooling, Parenting

Homeschooling the “Non-Stop” Child

You’ve probably read the advice in the parenting books…”Sleep when the baby sleeps.” Well, that’s wonderful advice, except when your baby never sleeps! When you fast-forward a few years, the baby who doesn’t sleep becomes the child who never stops. While this child is completely amazing in so many ways, they’re also hard to keep up with!

High School, Homeschool, New to Homeschooling, Parenting

Homeschooling High School: Figuring Out the Basics

High school. In the early years, it’s the time we homeschool parents look forward to: a time when our kids will be able to learn independently, when they’ll be able to get jobs and start making their own way. A time when they’ll have their driver’s license and we won’t have to drive them all over creation; instead, we’ll be able to hand them the keys. A time when they’ll be able to dig deep and start to really figure out ideas. That all tends to change when the high school years loom close.

Homeschool, New to Homeschooling

Real Life Homeschooling: Flexibility Is Key

I don’t know what the weather is like where you live, but here in Oklahoma, we’re kind of known for winds that randomly “come sweeping down the plain.” Not the gentle, breezy type, but the ones that leave trees laying in your yard and have roofers stopping by out of the blue to provide bids. Those winds come out of nowhere, act in ways that you can’t really anticipate, and disappear just as suddenly as they began. Life is kind of like that sometimes.

Homeschool, New to Homeschooling, Parenting, Teaching

Back to Homeschool: 7 Ways to Start Out Strong

Ah, the thrill of a new homeschool year. Books ready to dig into, shiny new lesson plans to implement, a well-structured schedule that will work. If you’re anything like me, you get excited over the spring and summer by all the prospects of what the new year will bring. It’s fun to unbox all of your new curriculum choices, and seeing the mailman or FedEx guy walk up to your door with boxes of books makes your heart leap for a moment. There is such a thing as “new book smell,” and it’s wonderful.

Devotional, Parenting

Devotional Thoughts: Train Up a Child

“Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.” I came across this scripture when I was preparing for a Hebrew lesson the other day…and noticed something I’d never seen before, having only read it in English. Time after time, I’ve heard teachings about this verse, saying that if you raise your child in a faithful home and educate them about God, even if they rebel as a young adult, they will eventually return to “the way they should go” – that it’s a scriptural promise.