Avoid the Comparison Trap

Wednesday, 30 March 2016 by

Homeschool Conference season is quickly approaching. I can get pretty flustered this time of year. Usually, I begin by doubting my approach altogether. Am I focusing too much on the school routine? Should I lean more toward Charlotte Mason? Are my expectations too high? I’m not doing enough. I need to add copywork. We should

Do It Nice or Do It Twice

Monday, 28 March 2016 by

Do It Nice or Do It Twice—Achieving Higher Standards with a Simple Reminder The-child-who-will-not-be-named handed me a paper that was legible, but barely. I didn’t bother to read it. “Do over,” I said, handing it back. Child-who-will-not-be-named stared in disbelief, mouth hanging open like a fish who had just been hooked. “You know the rule,

Focus on the Little Things

Saturday, 26 March 2016 by

I have been thinking a lot lately about trying a new thing in our home school. As my baby becomes more involved and mobile, keeping her busy and safe while working with the other three has become a challenge. Add to that my oldest son’s need for constant assistance when it comes to his school

Spring is rapidly approaching, and with it marks the downhill stretch of our school year. This is the time I struggle not to panic over what we did not get done. Every fall I have lofty plans of what I expect to accomplish during our school year. It always involves reading the finest literature, and

Climbing the Ugly Mountain

Wednesday, 23 March 2016 by

You make plans.  You struggle over choices and possible outcomes.   There are sacrifices and battles in order to make it happen.  Then you take big steps into the journey with hopeful eyes only to be met with the biggest brick wall in town.  Maybe the future now looks exactly the way you DIDN’T want it

I think so! How about we look at things from a couple of different perspectives. Allow yourself to relax. If you have already committed to homeschooling, then trust yourself and go forward with your decision. Maybe this article can help you have more fun with the adventure you’ve chosen. If you are still contemplating your

Just Do You

Saturday, 19 March 2016 by

The people in my house are loud. Unquestionably loud. Deafeningly loud. I, however, am quiet. How quiet? Church mice might occasionally ask me to speak up. I’m out-numbered by my husband and kids, four of the most loving, tender, and funny people you could ever meet. They also happen to be completely audible from any

Lately on Pinterest I am seeing a lot of information about STEM or STEAM  projects.  I have to admit that they look like fascinating projects — that combination of the disciplines of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (sometimes adding Art). So fascinating indeed that I plan to do a day of STEM projects with my