US State Study for Homeschoolers

A couple of years ago I shared how we did a US state study┬áin our homeschool. I wanted to revisited that post, clean it up, and share it with you guys once more! There's a lot of golden nuggets in it that will hopefully it will help those of you who are planning for this next year :-). Without further ado... Our US State Study There is a fair amount out there to use when studying the US … [Read more...]

What should I do if I find classical education in the middle of the cycle?

So, you have just stumble upon this wonderful method for homeschooling called classical education. Maybe you found it when a friend handed you her copy of The Well-Trained Mind. Maybe you stumbled upon the classical science series on this blog and fell in love. But no matter how you found it, you want to start using this method in your homeschool. The only problem is that your oldest is … [Read more...]

Homeschool Science Corner ~ Science Encyclopedias

I see A LOT of different science encyclopedias in my line of work. In fact, "a lot" doesn't cover the volume of children's scientific reference books I have been through. I've seen the awesome, the good, the bad, and the ugly. I do enjoy leafing through these resources and sharing them with my own children, so I can't complain! Today, I wanted to share with you some of my favorites - … [Read more...]

A Day in the Life a Newly Independent Learner

A few weeks ago I shared some tips for working towards independent learning in your homeschool. I wanted to revisit this topic by sharing what a day in the life of a newly independent learner looks like. My daughter, who is 11 years old, is relatively new at the full-time independent learning gig. She has been doing her own reading and math homework for quite awhile, but it wasn't until last … [Read more...]

Working towards Independence in your Homeschool

One of the key skills that we as homeschoolers can impart our students is to teach them how to learn independently. This is a gradual process, but today I want to share with you three steps for getting your students started on the road to independent learning. What is independent learning? Independent learning is a style of education that focuses on independent study under the guidance of a … [Read more...]

Perfect Curriculum Panic

It's Friday. You are set to begin school on Monday. You read on the forum, or on your favorite blog, about such and such curriculum and you begin to sweat. Your heart rate and breathing increase. Panic sets in. All the while the question races through your mind, "Is that the perfect curriculum?" I have been there friends! As homeschooling moms, we put a lot of pressure on ourselves … [Read more...]