How much structure does your homeschool need?

How much structure does your homeschool need?

Without structure children can become confused and distracted. Kids need a certain amount of predictability to feel safe and secure, and plans can provide confidence and calm. Time spent looking for books and supplies is time that could have been spent learning.

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How to teach your homeschool Bible class without curriculum {free printable}

How to teach your homeschool Bible class without curriculum {free printable}

Studying Scripture is essential for every Christian family, but the Christian homeschooling family often asks, "How do I teach Bible class in my homeschool?"

Like most homeschool families, we immediately started searching for a Bible curriculum. An organized program is like a security blanket. It makes us feel as though all bases will be covered, and there will be no knowledge gaps. Teaching involves little to no elbow grease, as lesson plans are already laid out. We have confidence someone with expertise has chosen this material for a specific reason, and approved it for publishing. After all, how many of us homeschooling parents are theologians or curriculum publishers?

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Brookdale House:Drawing Around Europe [Review]

Brookdale House:Drawing Around Europe [Review]

The best homeschool resources are easy to use and work well with other curricula and programs. A painless way for your students to study and learn about Europe is Drawing Around the World: Europe from Brookdale House.

In a combination of art and geography, Drawing Around the World: Europe helps your child learn about Europe by drawing the shape of each country and where it is located, and by researching basic facts about those countries. It is set up on a four day schedule, so with regular review and practice, the student should eventually be able to draw and label a map of Europe from memory.  

Each of my reviews contains a detailed description of the product, service, or program, how we used it, and I share my recommendations and personal thoughts to help you find resources helpful for your family.
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Homeschool Extremes: always home or never home?

Homeschool Extremes: always home or never home?

The pendulum of homeschool life never seems to stop swinging. Our families grow and change, not just because our children are getting older (and so are we) but because our location, budget, health, work schedules - all of these things can change as well.

One of the adjustments we often have to make is how much time we spend at home, or should I say, home alone. At different points in our homeschool life we've been unbelievably hectic, then a couple of years later, almost totally isolated. There is always a struggle going on in the back of my mind as to how I can maintain a balance for myself and my kids.

Can you relate?

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True confessions of a happy homeschooler [Part 2]

True confessions of a happy homeschooler [Part 2]

Lately I've been thinking a lot about the number of articles and posts I've read where folks are confessing that their lives aren't perfect. The buzz words today are 'authenticity' and 'transparency'. Whatever your vocation or message, it has become important to emphasize that you have many flaws and sometimes bad things happen in your life.  

I recognize the need to find our 'tribe', to know we aren't alone, to gain encouragement from the idea that others have faced similar circumstances, to feel understood. But I thought it was a given that even if someone appears to be blissfully successful, they still put their pants on one leg at a time and sneeze green boogers like the rest of us. I mean, haven't you noticed how many Hollywood couples can't seem to stay married, (or faithful) for longer than 5 minutes? Death, disease, betrayal, and fear are felt by everyone - just read the headlines while waiting in the checkout line at the store. Tragedy is not a respecter of persons.

Does anyone really Have It All? 

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