I'm a wife to my "Mr. Right". A momma of five. A maker of slow food and simple living. A collector of memories, a keeper of books, and a champion for books that make memories. An addict who likes my half-and-half with a splash of coffee. A fractured pot transformed by the One Who makes broken things beautiful. I heart homeschooling, brake for libraries, and am glad you're here with me on the journey! Be sure to subscribe to my daily digest via email or RSS feed. Or, follow along with Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Google +, Youtube, or Pinterest.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Public, Private, and Home Schools...There's Room for Them All

Pubic, Private, and Home School...there's room for all options and we can all co-exist together. Pro-education means pro-choice.

Written by Jessica.

Most parents begin weighing parenting choices even before their first child is born. There are so many decisions to be made: natural childbirth versus medicated…breast or bottle…cloth diapers or disposable…co-sleeping, rooming in, or the crib…to stay at home or to go back to work…what style of parenting…when to introduce solid foods…when to vaccinate…when to wean. Intentional and thoughtful parents study all of their options, do research, consult trusted family and friends, consider their own faith, values, and unique circumstances, balance all of these many factors, and try to make the best and most informed decisions that they can.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Homeschool Curriculum 2017-2018

Homeschool Curriculum choices for a 9th, 6th, 5th, 3rd, and K5 student 2017-2018

We've hit a milestone year.


I'll just leave that there for a second so that you can feel the full weight of it. Deep breaths, everyone.

For months, I've had my sleeves rolled up and have been etching out a tentative four-year plan for my daughter. Since I'm a firm believer in family-style learning, I've done my best to weave a robust 9th grade year into our eclectic a la carte school day. In addition to highschool, I'll also be juggling 6th, 5th, 3rd, and Kindergarten respectively. (Phew...it kind of makes my arms tired just thinking about keeping all those balls in the air.)

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Parenting Like It's 1985...sort of

How one mom parents like it's 1985.

Written by Krista Smith.

I grew up in the ‘80s and like most kids of that generation, my neighborhood was my oyster and I spent many a summer day away from home from dawn until dusk, playing with friends, riding my bike or getting a Slurpee at the local 7-11. I knew to be wise about strangers and I was careful about traffic.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

What We're Reading in July 2017

What We're Reading in July-summer reading picks for a homeschooling family of 7

We are deep into summer and our daily reading times have become a great way to escape the heat. These long, balmy days have found us curled up on a blanket in the shade, stretched out, reading together right in the middle of the front yard. Admittedly, we get a few funny looks from the neighbors across the street, but we just shrug it off and keep on turning page after page.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

A Former Homeschooler Turned Roadschooling Mom: Meet Chelsea Gonzales

A Former Homeschooler Turned Roadschooling Mom-the story of one mom who homeschooled as a child and is now homeschooling her son in an RV

Written by Chelsea Gonzales of Wonder Wherever We Wander.

When I was about 10 years old, my parents asked me the craziest question: 
“What if we did school at home?” 

It seemed so ridiculous—a thought no kid would ever actually get to entertain. Yet there it was, being offered as if it were perfectly normal.

I had never heard of homeschooling before, and there weren't many homeschooling families to be found in our area even if a person knew where to look. I was intrigued, but I did take an extra cautious look at the idea before jumping on board. 

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Why I Don't Give My Kids Tests

It's difficult for most homeschooling skeptics to think outside the traditional classroom box. Unconventional methods frighten them. That's understandable, I suppose. A person can't truly comprehend that which he has never experienced. So, many regular folks assume that homeschool is suppose to look like school...only at home. Sadly, many homeschoolers think that too.

But, you can't just replace desks with dining room tables and expect the end result to be dramatically different.

No. Homeschooling is not school at home. It is an entirely different animal altogether and should therefore look vastly different. In its daily liturgy. In its focus. In its very DNA.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Dear Homeschool Mom, Enjoy Every Minute

Dear Homeschool Mom, Enjoy Every Minute

Written by Jessica.

I was in the third trimester of my first pregnancy at the end of a school year and had put in my resignation from teaching a couple months prior. Since my position now needed to be filled, that news was shared with all the students and families in our school. The school had excellent parental involvement, and since I had taught there for many years I had gotten to know the families well and had even taught siblings from the same families. During those last several weeks of the school year, I was inundated with congratulations, well wishes, and advice not only from my colleagues, but also from parents of current and former students.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Sneaky Learning Ideas for Summer Road Trips

Sneaky Learning Ideas for Summer Road Trips- 1980s style car ride fun SANS screens

What do you get when you combine seven people, one dog, a very small space, and eight to ten hours a day of unstructured togetherness?

Well, it depends on the season. 

Should all of that be tossed together in the dead of a tundra-like midwestern winter, I'd say you have a recipe for cabin fever with a side of seasonal neurosis.

But, should you be stirring that pot in the sunshine of summer, I'd assume you're cooking up road trip bliss.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

How to Buy and Sell Used Curriculum

Great tips for buying and selling at a used curriculum sale.

Written by Tammy Sorenson

What does a homeschool Mom love more than the smell of coffee, clean laundry, and clean children? I would venture to say it might be the smell of books and curriculum at discounted prices.

Many homeschool groups get together throughout the year to have used curriculum sales. These swap-and-shop gatherings are a great way to add books and curriculum to your homeschool without having to spend a ton of money, which makes most homeschool moms do a little happy dance.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Sabbath Schooling: The Simple Schedule to Save Your Sanity

Sabbath Schooling: The Simple Schedule to Save Your Sanity-tips for how and why to schedule the homeschool year using a sabbath calendar

Time. T.I.M.E. Four little letters that hold our entire lives. Time is a leveler, you know. It makes us all equal. There’s no other commodity in life that doesn’t care about status or title or bank account. Time is no respecter of persons. We’re all the same when time is handed out each day. The rich and the poor, the famous and the ordinary, the brilliant and the average…all have the same number of moments in a day. Barring God takes us home to eternity, we’ll all wake up tomorrow morning and be gifted the same 24 hours. Once a moment is spent, that’s it. It’s gone. You can’t win it back. You can't earn it back. You can't buy it back. Time is the currency of life. And I don’t know about you, but I want to spend it well. Especially when it comes to the time I have with my children.


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