• Our Homeschool Week in Review - what we did and resources we used with a toddler, preschooler, first grader and fourth grader
    real homeschool stories,  week in review

    Homeschool Week in Review – Volume One

    Way back when I started this blog I used to do a monthly review of our homeschool and I kind of want to bring that idea back. Over on my personal blog I just started doing weekly reviews and I want to do the same thing here homeschool style. Because we don’t follow a particular homeschool method and are a bit more on the unschooly side no week (or day!) looks the same. Since we added a toddler and a preschooler into our home* just over two weeks ago things really don’t look the same! *Added to our home via foster care, if you are curious you can read more…

  • How I Plan Our Homeschool Year Without a Curriculum
    homeschool planning,  real homeschool stories

    How I Plan Our Homeschool Year Without a Curriculum

    When sharing about our homeschool rhythm a few weeks ago I mentioned that I wanted to write a post about how I plan our year without a curriculum and I got a few online and in-person questions and comments on how I do it so here it is! When people find out that we homeschool and that our school division has zero curriculum requirements I can see the looks of concern and worry start to creep up on their faces. If I know homeschooling is not something they are interested in ever doing I’ll usually be quick to appease their fears by letting them know that I have my degree…

  • A peek inside the Elementary Homeschool Bundle - what we are using and how we are incorporating it
    real homeschool stories,  resources

    A Peek Inside the Elementary Bundle and What We’re Using This Year

    The second annual Elementary Bundle is available this week over at Intentional Bundles and I wanted to take a few minutes and share a peek inside some of the products and what and how we will be using them in our homeschool this year. UPDATE: The Elementary Bundle is now over BUT from time to time the bundles are brought back for a short flash sale, so make sure to be signed up for my newsletter to hear if that happens for this one! The thing I like about the bundle is that even if we won’t be using a product this year I can download it and use it…

  • Our Homeschool Rhythm - Tea Time, Morning Loop & Afternoon Loop
    homeschool planning,  real homeschool stories

    Our Homeschool Rhythm – Tea Time, Morning Loop & Afternoon Loop

    As I was planning our homeschool year it became clear to me that this was the year to finally get on board with loop scheduling! My oldest is in grade four this year and I’ve really noticed an increase in the amount that I want her to learn this year and have decided that this is the year we start sitting down and having more focused “school time”. After our first few years being more on the relaxed/semi-unschooling side this is definitely a change. I’ll be honest, there has been a bit of push back on her part, especially since we “started” a light version of our rhythm a couple…

  • A Look Inside My Mother Morning Basket
    mother culture,  real homeschool stories

    A Look Inside My Mother Morning Basket

    Last week I asked on Instagram which post out of a few ideas that I had you guys wanted to see on the blog first and my mother morning basket was the most popular response! I do think it is important to continue learning and growing as adults and making a morning basket for myself has been a way to make sure what I think is the most important learning gets done. A big key for me has been to start slow. I started with just two things in the basket and have slowly worked my way up to more and I assume once the weather cools down and winter…

  • Our Summer Homeschooling - Heartschooling Ideal Rhythm
    heart schooling,  homeschool planning,  methods & philosophies,  real homeschool stories

    Our Ideal Summer Heartschooling Rhythm

    If you have been here for any length of time you’ll probably already know that I am not big on schedules. I mean, I’ve created broad annual goals each year to avoid them and my mini planner is perfect for those with schedule avoidance. But I wanted to go a little deeper into my heartschooling plan for the summer. I actually think this is more than a schedule, I think it may be . . . dare I say . . . a routine. Me and routine, we have a love-hate history. I’m not a fan of her but I see the benefits of getting to know her so I’m slowly…