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.

When the Homeschool Year Gets Derailed: A Cautionary Tale

Written by Jessica.

Last September, I was anticipating our best homeschool year yet. I had years of homeschooling experience and for once felt confident. I’d researched and purchased what I thought was the just-right curriculum for my kids and was ready and organized. I had ideas and plans to keep my kids busy in their waiting times, to schedule our day, and to add in some fun. I was eager to start the year.

We had a happy and awesome first day and a few really productive early weeks of homeschooling. But then the year took a dramatic turn and our homeschool slowly started unraveling. I didn’t know it yet at that time, but our entire year would be quite the challenge.

11th Grade Homeschool Curriculum Choices 2019-2010

11th Grade Homeschool Curriculum Choices 2019-2010 #homeschool #curriculum #homeeducation

Here in our state, 11th grade can be a turning point year. Students who have college aspirations and above-average grades can choose to enroll in a state-approved college to earn dual credit for free.

Most homeschoolers who take advantage of this program, usually enroll in a local community college, but they can also enroll in online courses from any of the approved colleges/universities in order to learn at home or from a distance. My daughter has chosen to do the latter and has selected a somewhat local Christian university.

8th Grade Homeschool Curriculum Choices 2019-2020

8th Grade Homeschool Curriculum Choices 2019-2020 #homeschool #curriculum #homeeducation

Hardworking. Selfless. Curious. Sheep-dog.
This is my oldest son in a nut-shell. He's a bit of an introvert who has a heart for the gospel and a deep passion for serving others.

He has had military aspirations since he was three-years-old and has never wavered in that desire. Not even a little bit.

Last year, that passion led him to join the Civil Air Patrol, a youth auxiliary program of the Air Force. If you ever need him, just look for the kid wearing camo and doing chin-ups in the doorframe. The kid's serious about staying in shape.

What We're Reading in August 2019

What We're Reading in August 2019 #homeschool #readaloud #kidlit #homeschooling #homeeducation

I've got something in the works for you, Mama. I can't spill the beans just yet, but I can give you a teeny hint. It has something to do with your reading life and it includes a community of moms who, like you, love books.

Do I have your attention, yet?

I hope so. Stay tuned in the coming weeks. I'll be dropping the announcement soon.

Until then, keep reading--to your kids and to yourself--and remember the wise words of vaudeville actor Groucho Marx, “Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read.”

7th Grade Homeschool Curriculum Choices 2019-2020

My middle son is anything but middle or mediocre. He's quite the character with very strong opinions about what he likes and what he doesn't.

He's an introvert and prefers the quiet comforts of his room to any other place.

While there, he usually buries himself in a mound of Legos, a stack of good books, or old Calvin & Hobbes comics. He's an old soul, has a deep love for vintage cars, and eats salsa by the jar. Please don't touch his hair. Ever. He hates that.