101 Ways to Simplify Your Homeschool

101 Ways to Simplify Your Homeschool

101 Ways to Simplify Your Homeschool

Homeschooling does not have to be complicated. We often make it more complicated primarily out of fear – fear of not doing enough, fear of not keeping up with the other homeschool families we know, fear of ruining our child for life, etc. Instead of acting on fear, I’m going to give you 101 ways to simplify your homeschool. Choose the ones that work best for your situation and find freedom in simplifying!

1. Consider relaxed homeschooling

2. Understand your who your child really is instead of putting your expectations on her

3. Ditch the schedule when the weather … Read more »

He Drew Me Aside

He Drew Me Aside – “I Needed the Quiet” by Alice Hansche Mortenson

He Drew Me Aside

This post was originally written March 13, 2005. I am posting it again unedited and complete.

I wrote previously about how after we have walked with Christ for awhile, we begin to see patterns in the way He deals with us as individuals. At that time I wrote of how God speaks to me through His creation. Until yesterday, I had forgotten one of the other ways.

I was looking for a recipe and pulled a cookbook off my shelf that didn’t look familiar. (That was because it was one that my husband had from his bachelor days.) When I … Read more »

Fun With Lil' Fishys

Fun with Lil’ Fishys Fish Toys

Fun With Lil' Fishys

Caroline was excited to get her hands on a whole bunch of Lil’ Fishys. She loves pretty much any toy that is animal related and the fact that these were for playing in the water made them all the more fun!

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Lil Fishys Fish Toys

We knew for a few weeks that these were coming and Caroline was excited to see them after watching videos about them and checking them … Read more »

How We Ended Up (Almost) Unschoolers

How We Ended Up (Almost) Unschoolers

How We Ended Up (Almost) Unschoolers

Of everything that has happened to me as a parent, perhaps nothing has surprised me and bewildered me more than the fact that we have ended up as (almost) unschoolers. Homeschooling was always on my radar. Unschooling was not.

I have a teaching degree. I was in a specialized program that focused on creating effective learning curriculum. How is it that I could end up basically unschooling my daughter?

In reality, it has been a slow process of me letting go of preconceived ideas, but if I could do it over again we would have fully embraced unschooling from the start. … Read more »

Cultivating Contentment

Cultivating Contentment

Cultivating Contentment

This was originally posted March 29, 2006. I have updated and edited it a bit to share again.

He is a wise man who does not grieve for those things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.
Epictetus

The words content and contentment are only used about a dozen times in the Bible, yet all believers would certainly agree that it is a character quality basic to godly living. One well-known passage regarding contentment is found in Philippians 4 where Paul explains his understanding of contentment:

I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what … Read more »

Learning Geography with Gardening

Learning Geography with Gardening

Learning Geography with Gardening

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Miracle-Gro Gro-ables. All opinions are 100% mine.

Integrating multiple subjects is a great way to get the most bang for your homeschooling time. Some topics naturally seem to go together – science and math, history and geography, and reading and writing. If I asked you what you could integrate with gardening, I’m sure your first thought would be science and then probably math.

What about integrating gardening and geography? That’s what we’re doing as we continue to work on our Gro-ables Project.

Hardiness Zones in the United States

Understanding … Read more »