Middle School – The Lost Years

As a first-time homeschool parent, middle school freaked me out. As a result, neither my oldest child nor I enjoyed her middle school years. I’m now older and wiser and can tell you what you really need to know about how to teach middle school at home.

The Joy of Found Lessons

One of my favorite parts of homeschooling is when we randomly stumble into a lesson. I like the joy of learning about something that was not part of the lesson plans and the wonder it creates for my kids. Found lessons involve taking a risk, setting aside plans and learning what life has brought into your day.

How to teach art when you don’t know anything about art!

Art is an essential part of a good education. Experts and teachers all say that we should be teaching art, both appreciation and the actual creation of art. And while I agree, this isn’t easy for every homeschooling parent to do. Books and videos are all great help. But at the end of the day, if you can’t draw, it is easy to feel overwhelmed trying to teach art to your child. But it doesn’t have to be scary.

Surviving Mom Guilt While Homeschooling Multiple Children

There are a lot of reasons we all have mom guilt. Parenting is a minefield of opportunities to “fail”. For those of us who homeschool, that list can be twice as long. When you have multiple children, there are even more things to do and worry about.

Magic Monday: Penguins in Person!

What do you do when you are using our Orange Level: Wonderful World curriculum to learn about penguins, and there is an amazing aquarium nearby? You go see some penguins, of course!

To Co-Op Or Not To Co-Op. That Is The Question.

Co-ops are popular. They can provide you and your children with a sense of community and give children an opportunity to experience group learning. But, they can also create a different kind of stress in your homeschool and stop you from having your own best homeschool year possible. Are they worth it? It depends.

Special Needs Homeschooling – Homeschooling in Hard Mode

When you homeschool a child who has a learning disability, developmental delay or other challenges that make them different, homeschooling is much harder than it is for other parents.  It is like we are all playing the same game but the game is set to “hard mode.”

Foundations & Fundamentals, Our Newest Program, is Now Available!

Hooray! It is finally here! Our newest Orange Level curriculum: Foundations and Fundamentals. This program is a secular, multi-sensory, complete curriculum based on child development that will get your child started off with reading, writing, and math in the best way possible!

Childhood Passions are Overrated

I’m tired of hearing parents talk about how they want their child to find their “passion in life.” They say this as though this one miraculous interest would save them from a lifetime of challenges. I don’t want my child to find a single driving passion in their young lives. I want them to find a passion for life.