Why We Opted Out of State Testing

Why we opted OUT of state testing

We have been homeschooling eight kids for 20 years. Much of that time our kids have been involved in a parent partnership program through our local public school. We had never planned on being involved in anything that had to do with the public school, but this program was set up by a mom who had homeschooled all of her now grown kids and had a heart for homeschooling. Because of this, the program was Read More

Raising Relational Kids in a Screen-Driven World-Review

Raising realtional kids in a screen driven world

Just reviewed this and I HIGHLY recommend it!  In fact, I want to give a copy away for FREE .  All you have to do is leave a comment here, on this post, and on January 20, I will pick a winner using my very professional method:  drawing a name out of a hat!  I’ll notify the winner via email! Growing Up Social (*Contains affiliate link) The cover of this  book says it all.  Two small Read More

Fearless Homeschooling

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Homeschooling is amazing.  We have the opportunity to fine tune our children’s education to fit their personality, gifts, strengths and weaknesses.  We can let them follow their interests and provide them with resources that encourage creativity and learning.  It’s the opportunity of a lifetime…theoretically.  But why is it that reality somehow ends up looking strikingly different than we had pictured? I’ll tell you exactly why:  As I look back over the last 20 years of Read More

Why I am Switching to Montessori After 20 years of Homeshooling

Switching to Montessori

(*Contains Affiliate Links*) *Update:  I am still perusing Montessori books learning more about the philosophies and methods.  I find myself being inspired by the philosophies.   I think if I were at the beginning of my homeschooling journey, rather than at the end, I would press forward to learn more of the methods as I am sure there is great value there.  However, after having already homeschooled for 20 years, I am comfortable with letting Read More

Family Advent-Unwrapping the Greatest Gift

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UNWRAPPING THE GREATEST GIFT (Contains affiliate links) (Photo courtesy of aholyexperience.com) Our family hadn’t really done much throughout the advent season until a few years ago.  Maybe it’s because we had so many little ones running around for so many years.  It was hard to get them to sit still!  Anyhow, I read Ann Voskamp’s book, “One Thousand Gifts“, and had been introduced to her advent story for families, on her blog.  I printed the Read More

Let Them Be Men

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Awhile back I wrote a post called, “Let Them be Boys“.   There is plenty of scientific evidence that proves that boys are hard wired very differently than girls*.  It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure this out.  And we, as moms, know more than anyone that it’s true.  You can take the toy guns away, but boys will figure out that a piece of toast or wood shaped remotely like a gun will Read More

The Meanest Mother in the World!

The Meanest mother in the world

I don’t know that many parents in this day and age really understand the many ways our kids benefit from having a good work ethic. Work ethic is defined as this:  A value based on hard work and diligence. It is also a belief in the moral benefit of work and its ability to enhance character. The challenges we face constantly in the adult world are most successfully overcome by the same character qualities needed Read More

How We Homeschooled Eight Kids

How we have homeschooled eight kids

 (*Contains affiliate links*) When it comes to homeschooling, the options seem countless AND it can feel overwhelming to decide what will be the best fit for our family.  Honestly, if I were just starting out right now, and wasn’t already almost 2 decades and eight kids into this, I would be a nervous wreck!   When I started, there weren’t nearly as many options and I think that actually made things simpler and certainly less Read More