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 monthly newsletter. Or, follow along with Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Google +, Youtube, or Pinterest.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

6 Ways I'm Using Summer to Have a Better Homeschool Year

6 Ways I'm Using Summer to Have a Better Homeschool Year

Written by Jessica.

It’s summertime, and like many homeschooling parents, I’m luxuriating in the free time and breathing space of these carefree days. About a third of next year’s curriculum is here, but I’ve got a couple of big decisions still to make. I’m already thinking about what school supplies we’ll need.

Summer is brief, and a new homeschool year will be here before I know it. I’ve not always used my summer days as well as I could have and have learned a few lessons the hard way about how, and how not to use my summertime! With that in mind, here are some things I am doing this summer to help me have a better homeschool year, and some I am not.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

The Case for One-Day House Cleaning

The Case for One-Day House Cleaning

Written by Krista Smith.

I love homeschooling. I love that through schooling at home, Jesus gets to be the biggest, most important part of our day. I love that my kiddo’s interests get to take center stage and that state curriculums that don’t truly have my child’s actual education in mind get to take a seat. I love that, for us, a 4 ½ day schedule is a perfect fit and that on our ½ day (Friday) we get to wear our pajamas. All.Day.Long.

No apologies necessary.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

What We're Reading in July 2018

What We're Reading in July 2018

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The other day while browsing the bookshelves of our local library, I nearly tripped over my middle son. He was sprawled out on the floor surrounded by every single book in the If You Had Animal... series, or at least all the titles our library owns.

Since he's going to be in 6th grade this coming year, some would see this series as being well below what he should be reading and enjoying. Our school district seems to think so. According to the hand-scribbled number the Old Guard has asked the librarians to place on the inside flap of each of these books, they are beneath him and not worth his time. The "professionals" would rather redirect him to more robust books. But here's the one solid truth that that little number ignores: a good book that is worth reading is worth reading no matter what your age or grade level.

Thursday, June 28, 2018

What a Homeschooler Really Thinks of Distance Learning from BJU Press

I am a finite woman with limited expertise. I know a lot about some things, but very little about most others. My ignorance doesn't have to limit my homeschool, however.

What's more, even if I could teach every subject at every level, I don't think I should. I think it's vital that my kids, especially my middle and high schoolers, be exposed to the teaching of others from time to time.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Learning Through FREE {or super cheap} Summer Fun

Written by Chelsea Gonzales.

Summer is here, and that means your days are longer, you're probably taking a break from school work, and consequently, your kids have lots of extra time on their hands. Fortunately, most homeschooled kids are generally pretty good at finding ways to fill their own time. However, as a mom, it's always helpful to have a few new and interesting ideas up your sleeve.