Category: Practical Tips

Thriving Homeschool Motherhood Does Not Look Like Pinterest, Marla Szwast, Jump Into Genius, Homeschool

Thriving Homeschool Motherhood Does Not Look Like Pinterest

I just want to remind every mom out there who is feeling weighed down by all the imperfect mom guilt. Homeschooling is life. Life is messy. Pinterest is a photo-op. It shows us the best possible outcomes, tied up in a bow. Completely Staged. Even my messy photo for this graphic isn’t really messy enough.…
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Getting Little Boys to Sit Down and Learn

Getting Little Boys to Sit Down and Learn

I see plea’s about the inability of boys to sit still and learn come up frequently in homeschooling forums and facebook groups. Everyone wants to know how to get them to sit still and also if their inability to sit still is normal. The question of whether or not they would be better off in…
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A Homeschool Day-in-the-Life with Six Kids, Ages 8-15

Yes, I have decided to jump into the January day in the life, bandwagon. Partly because I don’t write many personal posts and thought this would be a good chance to connect with my readers. Also, because in years past when I needed January inspiration these posts sometimes helped, but I found a lot of…
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7 Strategies to Keep The Boring Out and Get Kids Interested in Learning

7 Strategies to Keep The Boring Out and Get Kids Interested in Learning

So learning all this stuff about neuroscience, cognitive science, and functional brain theory is fun, right? But the thing is, it is only useful if we can see how all this knowledge should be affecting our daily lives. With that in mind, I am dedicating my weekly blog posts in November to addressing some of…
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Work it Wednesday - Work Those Walls

Work it Wednesday – Work Those Walls

Make Your Wall Work for You Working your walls is a great compliment to your homeschool. Whatever you are learning, there is some amazing thing you can add to your wall to reinforce it. Beautiful visuals, simple word cards, or a list of primes all have a time and place to sit on your wall. Kids…
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Moms Magic Irresponsibility Repentance Machine

Moms Magic Irresponsibility Repentance Machine

Last week I promised to write about how to get your kids to stop whining when it is time to clean up or do chores. This trick also helps the chores get done well. This is a really old coffee can I found at my grandmother’s house while helping sort through a lifetime of treasures…
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Help! I'm Homeschooling Highschool - A Weapon to Keep Panic at Bay

Help! I’m Homeschooling Highschool – A Weapon to Keep Panic at Bay

Three words – Know Your Vision I know, I know, you don’t have time to create a vision statement for high school, you have too many practical decisions to make and hours of research before you can make them wisely. But please, just stop for a moment. Without a clear vision of what you want…
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Avoiding Overwhelm From the Inside-Out

Avoiding Overwhelm: From the Inside Out

I do not think it necessary to expound on why we want to avoid overwhelm in our homeschools. Overwhelm equals stress, chaos, and uncertainty, none of which complement a healthy lifestyle. Overwhelm can be a rather quiet beast, creeping in gradually until one day you just CAN’T. I find keeping overwhelm at bay starts with…
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Putting Mistakes in Their Place

Putting Mistakes in Their Place

When I was a young, new, enthusiastic, homeschool mom I did some things right. I did some things wrong. Guess what? It doesn’t really matter. My kids don’t remember the mistakes I made. They also don’t remember when I was super-awesome. Now that I am a seasoned homeschool mom (hey, I have grey hair proof…
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10 things I’ve learned in 10 years of Home Education

10 things I’ve learned in 10 years of Home Education

1. The most important ingredient to a successful homeschool is a confident, peaceful mom. Kids will pick up and emulate the attitude of the leader. The leader is you, and if you are panicked, disheveled, or worried, they will be as well. 2. Because of the above, you must chill out. I don’t care how…
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