• How do You Start Homeschooling? How to Homeschool Legally and Find a Method and Homeschool Style that Works for Your Family
    homeschool basics,  methods & philosophies,  real homeschool stories

    How to Start Homeschooling: homeschool legally and find a method that works for your family

    You have decided you want to homeschool but how do you actually start homeschooling? How do you make sure you are homeschooling legally as well as how do you really educate your children? I will be tackling those two questions today. If you have been homeschooling for years but feel like you are stuck in a rut you may still benefit from this video as I give some tips and tricks on how to find a method that works for your personality and your family.       WATCH NEXT Homeschool Q & A – With My Husband! Homeschool Bookshelf & Cabinet Tour – Sharing Some of Our Favorite Homeschool Resources…

  • The 5 Most Popular Homeschool Methods and Styles Explained
    methods & philosophies

    The 5 Most Popular Homeschool Methods and Styles Explained

    I’m not really the kind of person who likes to put myself in a box (I’m a rebel through and through) BUT I have found it helpful to figure out what homeschool method works best for us. We just finished our fourth year homeschooling and we finally hit our stride in the last few months of this year once I realized that there was a definite homeschool style that suited our family. Today I’m going to share the five most popular homeschool methods that I see people gravitating to these days and what they actually mean. These are very short summaries to give you an overview. My goal here is…

  • The Best Chapter Books for Boys - Great Novels for Elementary Boys - funny and serious novels for boys
    book lists,  elementary,  middle grades

    Chapter Books for Boys – Novels Boys (& Girls!) Will Love! a combination of funny and serious books

    Today I am sharing some of the best chapter books for boys (in my opinion). Ephraim loves these novels so they are kid approved too! These novels are perfect for boys but most girls will enjoy them as well!     If you want to see more book lists for boys in the future, let me know!     The Best Chapter Books for Boys   Charlotte’s Web Some Pig. Humble. Radiant. These are the words in Charlotte’s Web, high up in Zuckerman’s barn. Charlotte’s spiderweb tells of her feelings for a little pig named Wilbur, who simply wants a friend. They also express the love of a girl named Fern,…

  • What's Been Working in Our Homeschool Lately, Resources We're Loving & Things I Need to Change
    month in review,  real homeschool stories,  resources

    What’s Been Working in Our Homeschool Lately, Resources We’re Loving & Things I Need to Change

    I thought it would be fun to start a new series here on things that have been working in our homeschool lately, resources we’re loving and things I need to change. We are doing year rounds schooling this year so while lots of people are closing out their school year we will just continue on the way we do. That being said, summer learning looks quite a bit different here than winter learning, since we spend a lot more time outside in the summer than we do in the winter. Okay, the video and the resources are below!       I would love it if you would subscribe on…

  • Homeschool Q & A - what about socialization, unschooling, following a curriculum and more!
    real homeschool stories

    Homeschool Q & A – With My Husband!

    I get lots of questions about homeschooling and I decided to bring Jared in for a Q & A video because homeschooling does not fall completely on my shoulders, it’s something we do as we live life together as a family. In the video we are tackling these: how is unschooling going? what if your husband isn’t on board with homeschooling? what is your favorite part of homeschooling? how do you make sure you are following your local curriculum? how do we manage with extra curricular activities? how to we make individual Bible reading part of kids’ day? how do we homeschool while adjusting to a new foster care placement?…

  • Free Homeschool Vision Planner Guide Book for planning homeschool year
    homeschool planning

    Free Homeschool Vision Planner Guide Book – Updated!

    Even though we recently switched to officially unschooling I still like planning. I’m in the process of reflecting on our last school year and will soon be planning for the next (though, to be honest, we learn all year round). Last year I made a homeschool vision planner guide book and it was well received and downloaded thousands of times, I am going to be using the vision planner again this year to do some planning for our year but first I wanted to make a few updates. The vision planner has now been updated and I can’t wait for other homeschoolers to use it to set a vision for…