The end of our dance era…but the beginning of something else.

In honor of dance classes starting this week, I’m posting our pictures of what may be our last dance recital.  Since our move to the country, it quickly became abundantly clear that we could not drive an hour each way two to three days a week for dance classes.  This decision was met with mixed […]

Our typical school day, if there is any such thing as typical.

This is the next installment in a series on kicking off the homeschool year.  See my other topics on picking curriculum (part 1 and part 2), finding curriculum without taking out a second mortgage, and starting the actual schooling. Now that you’ve decided to homeschool and have rounded up enough books to fill a library […]

Still looking? Check these 4 tips for finding homeschool curriculum.

Homeschoolers, as a rule, are a thrifty lot.  We educate children on a budget that is about 1% of a public school’s budget.  Of course, Our teacher and principal don’t get paid, but we don’t get subsidized curricula. Many of us teach class at the dining room table, but we buy ALL our own supplies, […]

7 Tips to Start the Homeschool Year

This is my tenth year of homeschooling.  My oldest daughter is entering ninth grade, and I have a sixth grader, a third grader, and a kindergartner.  Then, one on the end shadowing just about everyone.  I think I’ll just start her out in second grade. To continue my impromptu homeschooling theme, I’d like to share […]

My Curriculum Choices, Part 2

I’m finishing my overview of the subjects we teach and how I choose my curriculum.  This is part 2, so if you missed the first post, read it too. Somehow, I like Science much better as a homeschool mom/teacher than I did as a student.  I  use several different methods here.  We read from science […]

Picking Curriculum, My Way

As we enter the third week of our tenth year of homeschooling, I sometimes think about why we do what we do.  I have settled into a pretty routine choice of most of our curriculum, but only after lots of reading, agonizing, switching, and second-guessing. Every family is different.  And every child is different. But […]

Summer Vacation: Family Reunion, Sightseeing, Celebrity Stalking

We recently took a trip to see family.  In true redneck fashion, we made use of what is available to have a good time.  You don’t have to watch your step with these horses.  They might buck you off, if you don’t hang on, though. How many kids can fit into a toddler wading pool?  […]

One Week Behind Us and Everyone Is Still Alive

We finished our first week of homeschool today.  It was a little stop-and-go, feeling our way along…even with all the planning I did.  That’s life, and if I hadn’t done any planning, we likely would have done even less. Our challenges included half the house getting sick, my quarterly kidney stone attack,  not having all […]

6 Ways to Kick-off A Good School Year

In celebration for starting homeschool next week, here are six things I do to I ensure a good start to the year.  I promise they will last until at least Thanksgiving.  After New Year’s, you might need a booster shot. 1. Ease into your routine.  If you’ve all been sleeping until noon every day during summer, […]

Starting With What We Have: A New Homeschool Year

Homeschooler or not, the end of July means one thing. School is just around the corner. For us, it’s next week. More or less. That just means we’re starting some subjects, but not everything. I’ve been a little slow pulling everything together for a couple of reasons. First, we didn’t have the money to get […]