I hear from a lot of families who struggle to find a simple AND effective system for getting their kids to do chores consistently. We would all love to find a system that does not involve constant nagging, or inconsistencies. (Or just giving up and doing it all ourselves because sometimes that's just easier, right?) Well, I spent years trying...and failing...to find a system that would work for my boys. And since by nature I'm not the most organized person, I was beginning to blame myself
Our homeschool life is not perfect, but I can say that most of the time, I'm really happy with it. Most of the time I am so glad we do it. Most of the time I really love our daily groove. (If you read this post, you'll know that our schedule can be a little nuts, but much of that is due to surf, not homeschooling, so that's another subject.) I have come to terms with the fact that there is no ideal school situation. With the pros will come the cons, and though I believe that homeschooling
A look at our typical homeschool days. :) I don't even know how to start this post. The first words I typed were "Oh dread." (I don't even say "Oh dread," but somehow I typed it.) Then I tried "It's complicated." and "There's a reason I haven't written this post before." But the people have spoken. And over the last year (or four) I have had a lot of requests for a post on "a typical day" in our life as a home school family. The only problem is... We don't have one. (I mean, a
Hi Friends!... Well, I'm happy to say that by the time you read this, I'll either be on the airplane to Canada, or maybe even cruising the Canadian Gulf Islands on my parents' boat. (I'm so excited!! I have been dreaming of this trip for years!) Before leaving home though, I've had a lot to do..So much to do to prepare for the boys and I to travel, to prepare to leave Dave alone at home (awww,) and also preparing for the homeschool year that begins just ten days after we get back! Wow.
Well friends...You know I only post about homeschooling about once every two years, right? So bear with me while I finish what I started last week when I responded to the hottest question in the homeschool world: "What curriculum do you use?" Today, I share a quick and honest look at some of the things that stand out to me when I think of our homeschool life. Some of the stuff that us homeschoolers don't talk as much about. As homeschoolers, we tend to get super defensive (or maybe it's just
For a homeschool mom-blogger, I suppose I don't talk about homeschooling very much. This is probably because I really don't feel like a serious, professional, homeschool momma. There are other bloggers out there--Who share great ideas, create printables, and put together amazing curriculums. They get excited about homeschooling, and inspire me to do the same. Those are the homeschool experts. And next to them, I feel pretty lame. I homeschool for many good reasons, but I am far from the
I don't write a lot about homeschooling because I don't feel like much of an expert on the subject. That may sound funny, because I've homeschooled for eight years, and you'd hope that I know a thing or two by now, but it's true. There are plenty of mom-bloggers out there who write curriculums, create unit studies, and share printables, and I consider them the experts. I homeschool my three school-aged boys with an online program, and my job is simply facilitator, grader, and warden of the