As the homesteading movement continues to grow, many are left wondering what are homesteaders? This term has recently been revived as more families choose the life of self-sufficiency. It is important to begin by pointing out the difference between a farm and a homestead. The main difference is its size. A homestead is essentially a
With back-to-school season here in full force, many parents may be considering if public schools are right for their children as opposed to homeschooling. We believe that homeschooling can be extremely beneficial for adolescents. The main benefits include learning core life skills, increased flexibility, stronger parent/child relationships, and advanced independence. A majority of these skills
Hey Mama, Fitting it all in can be a real challenge some days. Today, I had to take my younger kids to the McDonald’s Play Place so I could get some work done. But the most important thing that helps me get anything accomplished is standing on God’s promises and asking Him what I need to fit
Does teaching spelling make you smile, sing, and celebrate? Or does it wear you out as you shed a few tears? And just why are wear and tear spelled the same but sound so different? Seems like a lot of “wear and tear” on this old homeschool mom! Sometimes spelling success comes through hard work over many years, and sometimes it comes
We’ve all been asked, “Why do you homeschool?” I always give a different answer depending on where I am, what I am doing, and how much time I have until the kids get antsy. Putting down my answer in words gave me clarity and helped me remember some basics that I can now share quickly.
One thing have I asked of the LORD, that I will seek after…(Ps. 27:4a) In this crowded 21st century life, it’s hard to zero in on one thing to ask of the Lord. As a home educator, many things vie for attention: children, spouse, house, activities of all kinds, not the least
Hey Mama, Is there stress or strife in your family? When the family isn’t rested, there tends to be more stress and strife among its members. I don’t know about you, but our summer so far has been the busiest ever. In fact, we have been doing nothing but running around (all really
The end of the academic school year comes with mixed emotions: relief, elation, excitement, bittersweetness, or perhaps a twinge of sadness if it’s the year my last child graduates. I label it “good” if my children make reasonable or exceptional academic progress. Perhaps one child overcame that math hang-up. I finished all but one