Back to School Shopping Spree

Back to School Giveaway!

Back to School Shopping Spree

It’s that wonderful week of the year when a bunch of bloggers from the iHomeschool Network do a massive Back to School Giveaway.

This year I’m doing a Back to School Shopping Spree and giving away two gift cards. The first is a $25 Amazon gift card so you can buy pencils or sketchpads or graphic novels or chocolate (or whatever else you need this year!).

The second is a $25 gift card to my Sallie Borrink Printables Shop. You can pick out copywork or fun fact cards or a … Read more »

Using Audio Dramas for History

Using Audio Dramas for History

Using Audio Dramas for History

History is one of my favorite subjects, but I never had the opportunity to listen to high quality audio dramas when I was younger. At least not the kind that Heirloom Audio has created. I was excited to receive copies of four of their audio dramas to listen to. Now I am excited to share with you my thoughts about how I would suggest using these dramas with your own family (as well as a great offer at the end!). This post is sponsored by Heirloom Audio. All content and photos are my own.

These are the … Read more »

Celebrating the Homeschool Successes2

Celebrating the Homeschool Successes

Celebrating the Homeschool Successes2

As we wrap up with the last day of the 10 Days of Homeschool Encouragement, I’d like to ask you to get involved. I’d like to celebrate our homeschool successes.

It’s easy to focus on the things that don’t go well. That’s why I started out with The Real Phases of the Homeschool Year and a printable you can download. But the truth is that we all do so much well and we tend to overlook it.

We play it down.

We think the successes aren’t as important as the obvious failures.

We don’t allow the successes to shape how we … Read more »

Choose Your Five People Carefully

Choose Your Five People Carefully

Choose Your Five People Carefully

I don’t know who said it first, but the idea is that you become like the five people you spend the most time with. So if you want to see who you will be in ten years, look at the people you are spending the most time with every week.  I’ve looked back over my life in ten year increments and I find this to be quite accurate in many ways.

Who Are Your Five People Right Now?

Today I want to encourage you to think about the five people you spend time with who most influence your homeschooling. Who do … Read more »

Creating with 3D Pens for Kids2

Creating with 3D Pens for Kids

Creating with 3D Pens for Kids2

Caroline enjoys trying almost any new art medium we discover. She especially enjoys working with three dimensional art and toys. Because of this, she could hardly wait to get her box of IDO3D Art Pens opened when it arrived!

I received this product for free and was compensated for my time reviewing the product and writing this review. All opinions are our own and I was not required to post a positive review.

Using IDO3D Art Pens

IDO3D Art has developed special pens that make it possible for kids to create three dimensional objects with polymers. The kit … Read more »

The Power of a Simplified Life

The Power of a Simplified Life

The Power of a Simplified Life

Is it ironic that I’m writing about the power of a simplified life a day late? Kind of. But there’s still a story to be told and a lesson to be learned.

When I started this series on homeschool encouragement, I wanted to have all ten days finished before it went live. I didn’t. I was a few days ahead at the start, but still doing some writing. Last evening, I sat down to finish up numerous things but I could not access my site, write anything in my dashboard, nothing. My website hosting would not let me do … Read more »

Trusting Your Instincts When No One Understands

Trusting Your Instincts When No One Understands

Trusting Your Instincts When No One Understands

If there is one concept that has driven my parenting and homeschooling, it is this – trust your instincts even when no one understands. Fully embracing this idea early on changed the course of my parenting and made me a much more effective parent to my daughter.

As a Christian, I believe that sometimes it is hard to tell where our gut instinct ends and the leading of the Holy Spirit begins. (How the Holy Spirit works is a discussion beyond the scope of this post!) But in either case, learning to listen and trust your intuition is vitally important. … Read more »

Before You Plan Your Homeschool Year

Before You Plan Your Homeschool Year

Before You Plan Your Homeschool Year

Homeschool planning is obviously a big deal for a lot of moms because everyone has an opinion (and blog post) about how it should be done. I confess I am much more of a go with the flow type homeschooler overall.  So I’m not going to offer up some detailed step-by-step guide. I could, but I’m not going to.

What I do have is something I think is more valuable. It’s a simple page that will help you before you get into the thick of curriculum selection and planning. It is focused on reflecting on the great, the good, the … Read more »

Homeschool Mom Care - Beyond Survival Mode

Homeschool Mom Care: Beyond Survival Mode

Homeschool Mom Care - Beyond Survival Mode

Homeschool moms spend hours and hours researching curriculum, reading reviews online, and ordering just the right supplies for their children. But how much time do they invest in their own needs for the school year? Do most moms even realize or admit they have needs?

Can we make one thing crystal clear right now?

Homeschool mom DOES NOT equal martyr.

We’ve all lived in survival mode at one time or another. It might have been because of a needy baby, a death in the family, a job loss, or some other significant life situation. You come to a point where you realize … Read more »