• Why we quit using the Charlotte Mason method and what we are doing instead
    charlotte mason,  methods & philosophies,  real homeschool stories

    Why We Quit Using the Charlotte Mason Method

    If you have been following around here for a little while you may know that we (well, I) decided to give the Charlotte Mason method a try for this school year. I love the Charlotte Mason method, I love all the photos I see and really agree with most of the method. But I am just unable to follow it. Seriously, we maybe did one month of a revised version of the method before it just simply fell apart.     The truth is, I’m more of an organic homeschooler and we all do better when we view homeschooling as a lifestyle, not something we “do”. My goals for homeschooling…

  • Tips for Working at Home - while also being a homeschooling mother
    real homeschool stories

    Tips for Work at Home Homeschooling Moms

    I’ve been surprised in the years that we’ve been homeschooling to find out just how many homeschooling moms also homeschool. The majority of them work from home but some of them even manage to work outside the home! There are a variety of reasons mother’s homeschool and work, for some they really aren’t given any other option and others make the choice. For me working at home has been a choice I’ve made. Originally, back before we even had kids I told Jared that after the one year maternity leave we get here in Canada I would want to go back to work. Sometimes I feel like I blindsided him…

  • day in the life,  real homeschool stories

    A Homeschool Day in the Life – Kindergarten and Grade Three

    I love getting a little peek into the lives of other homeschoolers and today I thought I would give you a little peek into our homeschool! I mentioned last week in our homeschool cart tour that I have plan on doing a few more videos this year, and a day in the life of our homeschool was the most requested video. It took us a few weeks to get into our homeschool groove this year, as is the case every year, but we are into a really good rhythm right now. So, one day last week I captured the majority of our homeschool day on video. Unfortunately for the video…

  • A Homeschool Interview - a peek into the lives of a homeschooling family
    homeschool interviews,  real homeschool stories

    A Homeschool Interview – Jessie

    Welcome back to my homeschool interview series! Jessie was the first one to fill out my interview questions so hers is the first interview I’m going to share (mine the one where I interviewed myself, but I don’t know if that legitimately counts . . .). I hope you enjoy getting a little peek into the lives of another homeschooling family. If you would like to be featured in an upcoming interview you can fill out your answers to the questions here!   TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT YOURSELF AND YOUR FAMILY. My husband and I have been married for ten years and we have three little adventurers- Sonic is…

  • A Homeschool Interview
    homeschool interviews,  real homeschool stories

    A Homeschool Interview – Chantel

    Welcome to the first day of a new series: Homeschool Interviews where I will be interviewing different homeschoolers! I thought it would be fun to create this new series, if you would like to be featured in a future interview you can just head over here to answer the interview questions. I would love to get a number of different interviews in the series because everyone homeschools in such a unique way and it is nice to see how other people homeschool. But first I thought I would kick things off by answering the questions myself. There were so many other questions I would love to include but I decided to…

  • What's working (and not working) in our homeschool
    month in review,  real homeschool stories

    What’s Currently Working (and Not Working) In Our Homeschool

    We are a few weeks into the new homeschool year and I thought it would be a good time to step back and re-evaluate what is (and isn’t) working. This stepping back was very helpful for me and I hope to continue to do it on a monthly-ish basis, hopefully I’ll see some growth from month to month. I did monthly reviews for the first half of the first year we homeschooled and this would be pretty much the same idea. This is our third year homeschooling and our style has definitely changed since the beginning of the first year. This year I decided to try a little bit more…