Homeschooling with Little Ones: Some Tips & Tricks {Real Life Homeschooling}

This week I'm teaming up with the Schoolhouse Review Crew to share what homeschooling looks like "in real life." You'll see the good, the bad, and the ugly in our homeschool as I give you a glimpse into life in our home with 4 girls ages 6, 4, 2, and 7 months. It's a wild ride, but there really is some learning going on!  When I first considered homeschooling our oldest daughter, I imagined a quiet learning environment with just the two of us huddled around the kitchen table focused … [Read more...]

What’s Working in Our Homeschool {Real Life Homeschooling}

This week I'm teaming up with the Schoolhouse Review Crew to share what homeschooling looks like "in real life." You'll see the good, the bad, and the ugly in our homeschool as I give you a glimpse into life in our home with 4 girls ages 6, 4, 2, and 7 months. It's a wild ride, but there really is some learning going on!  My family and closest friends would tell you that I do not like change. I am not spontaneous nor do I like surprises or the unexpected. But when it comes to … [Read more...]

A Day in the Life of a Homeschool Mom of Many {Real Life Homeschooling}

This week I'm teaming up with the Schoolhouse Review Crew to share what homeschooling looks like "in real life." You'll see the good, the bad, and the ugly in our homeschool as I give you a glimpse into life in our home with 4 girls ages 6, 4, 2, and 7 months. It's a wild ride, but there really is some learning going on!  Yesterday, I shared with you how we homeschool in a small house. Today, I'm giving you a peek into our day. I'm going to warn you though that it is not pretty. When a … [Read more...]

Homeschooling in a Little House: {Real Life Homeschooling}

This week I'm teaming up with the Schoolhouse Review Crew to share what homeschooling looks like "in real life." You'll see the good, the bad, and the ugly in our homeschool as I give you a glimpse into life in our home with 4 girls ages 6, 4, 2, and 7 months. It's a wild ride, but there really is some learning going on!  I first talked about where we homeschool in this 2013 post -- back when we were first getting started homeschooling. At the time, I truly did not believe we would still … [Read more...]

Encourage Independent Learning with This One Tool

This post contains affiliate links. See my disclosure policy for more information. Thanks for supporting this blog! One of my goals for our children is that they become independent learners, meaning that gradually they move from complete dependence on me as their primary teacher to eventually taking complete charge of their own educations. Ultimately, my hope is that by the time they reach high school, they are designing their own courses of study with the guidance of their parents. I … [Read more...]

5 Lessons I Learned My First Year Homeschooling

Earlier this week I shared 5 lessons I learned in my first year homeschooling over at MamaGab. Here's an excerpt: Looking back over our first year, I see many lessons I’ve learned about myself, my children, and our approach to homeschooling. Like all aspects of our lives, we can choose to learn from those lessons — or not. As you prepare for your school year, consider your own previous year and how you can make changes to improve this next one. And if you’re a new homeschooler, maybe … [Read more...]

Our Summer Homeschooling Routine: A Work in Progress

This post may contain affiliate links, which help support our homeschool & family at no expense to you. See my disclosure policy for more information. I posted recently about our decision to homeschool year round. The freedom and flexibility a year-round schedule provides is a boon to my type-A personality of getting things done and not wasting time. Plus, my little ones crave the structure. As does Mama. However, summer time homeschooling, I'm realizing, is a different … [Read more...]

Homeschooling 1st Grade & PreK: Our 2014-2015 Curriculum

As I mentioned in my post on year round homeschooling, we aren't concerned with grade levels. My girls are ages 5 1/2, 3 1/2, and 2, and, by law, my oldest Kate doesn't have to start school until October when she turns 6. However, she's been wanting to learn how to read since she was 4, so it just made sense to start "school" when she was ready. While technically Kate would be entering kindergarten this fall, we actually completed her kindergarten work plus some first grade-level materials in … [Read more...]

Why We Homeschool Year Round {At Least For Now}

We recently completed our first "official" year of homeschooling.  Yea! While the kids and I were ready for a break, this month of chores, character, and outdoor fun has led me to the conclusion that 6 weeks off is far too long for us. There are varying opinions among homeschoolers about how to structure your school year. Some follow the public school calendar {2 weeks off for Christmas, 1 week off for Spring Break, 3 months off in the Summer}; some school 9 weeks then take 4 weeks off; some … [Read more...]