Lucky for us, my husband and I are of the mindset that we just have to get away sometimes, despite the cost or all-the-things-needing-doing. It's educational for the kids, and it's important for our mental health too. There are so many places to explore nearby in the southeast U.S., and going for a few days … Continue reading Biloxi Vacation
If you live in Georgia, I recommend you take a drive to the town of Locust Grove and visit Noah’s Ark. We’ve been there twice, but the first time we went, it was flooded, so we were only able to walk around the perimeter, although we had fun doing that too. This last time, we … Continue reading Noah’s Ark
My eight-year-old (who you know as my little birder) took piano lessons for nine months, enjoyed it for awhile, and then decided that the piano wasn't for him. We had told him we wouldn’t make him continue lessons, if he didn’t like it, and we were true to our word. However, he was good at … Continue reading Homeschooling & Music: Cello
If you’ve been following my blog for some time, you may remember that my eight-year-old has loved birds since he was about four-years-old. Well, we all love birds, but he’s the one that has inspired us to pay more attention to them, and birdwatching has turned into a family project. If you’d like to see … Continue reading It’s Still Birds
This is my third year writing about my son’s main interest—classical piano. In fact, I think we can stop calling it a project now. This is his chosen vocation, which, yes, I believe a child his age can have because I've seen it over and over again in my husband, myself, and in the biographies … Continue reading Three Years of Piano
Here it is -- the end of April -- and while our homeschool year won't officially end until July or August, I begin now to start thinking about what I want to finish, what I'll carry over to next year, what to work on over the summer, and we start to shift to other meaningful … Continue reading A year of meaningful work
In this PDF resource, you will find tips for keeping homeschooling costs low, places to earn a little extra money, a summary of advice all financial experts teach, how to teach kids about money, links to free educational resources and more.
How do I teach 1st grade? What are my kids supposed to learn? What resources should I use? How do I plan lessons and schedule my day? How do I meet other homeschoolers? The Everyday Homeschooler’s Guide to Teaching the Early Years will answer these questions and more. This simple guide also shows you how to create an environment that … Continue reading PDF Resource: How To Homeschool 1st Grade/The Early Years
Life may not be boring, but I can write about it only so much, or I'm going to bore you. I mean, how many times do you want to read that the eight-year-old beat me at Star Wars Monopoly? (And I swear I'm not letting him win.) Or that the eleven-year-old played Mozart's Fantasia for the thousandth time, or that I am still a failure at cooking, and you couldn't eat off my floors, but all the laundry gets done, and the dishes are washed three times a day.
If you’re a seasoned homeschooling parent, you probably know that deep sense of satisfaction when you have completed a long curriculum with your child. I had this feeling last year when my eleven-year-old finished the 10th book in the Life of Fred series, which is the end of what the author, Dr. Stanley Schmidt, terms his … Continue reading Math Curriculum Review: Life of Fred Elementary Series