Day Two: How I Started This Journey

In February 2007, I walked out of my oldest son's school, and I wasn't about to look back. I was a single parent, and a Ph.D. student, and since moving to Michigan, there was one hurdle after another with the school my then 8-year-old went to. The latest problem was that he was despondent each … Continue reading Day Two: How I Started This Journey

Overview of the Homeschooling Planning Tools I Use

I'm joining in the Timberdoodle Blog Hop again today, and I wanted to talk about planning. I'm a big fan of planning. I feel like even if I don't follow the plan exactly, if I have a plan, that's a huge boost to getting things done. It helps to eliminate the risk of decision fatigue. … Continue reading Overview of the Homeschooling Planning Tools I Use

How Do You Know What to Teach?

One challenge parents struggle with is determining what to teach. In the case where you're homeschooling through K-12 or an online school, that information is often provided for you, but if you want to veer from what's prescribed, how do you figure out what to teach, and what constitutes covering a given subject? Providing A … Continue reading How Do You Know What to Teach?

Tips for Temporarily Homeschooling

Wow. None of us expected to be where we are right now. It's overwhelming, it's a little bit scary, and we have our kids to keep calm and occupy. Last summer, we'd made a decision that we'd send our kids to public school, but that I would "afterschool" and do summer enrichment wtih them. Our … Continue reading Tips for Temporarily Homeschooling

How to Start Homeschooling

I've had a number of friends ask, "If I wanted to homeschool my child, how do I get started?" I've also had a number of friends say, "There's so much information, where do I start? What do I┬áneed to know? What do I need to teach in my homeschool?" I've answered these questions so many … Continue reading How to Start Homeschooling

What Life Skills Are You Teaching Your Children?

My small ones love helping around the house with various tasks. Here they are, using the stud finder and measuring tape to "help" mount the television set in our master bedroom. What sorts of chores/tasks do you let children help with? Do you have a list of skills you'd like them to learn by the … Continue reading What Life Skills Are You Teaching Your Children?