April 23, 2014

When Homeschooling Is Hard

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  Some homeschool days are all unicorns and rainbows, right?  Well, maybe not.  But some are definitely better than others. Some days, homeschooling is just plain hard.   The baby cries. All. Day. Long. The 9 year old takes three hours to do one. Page. Of math. The kindergartener and the preschooler fight. The second grader needs help learning a new concept but he can't … [Read more...]

Gearing Up for The Homeschool Moms’ Winter Summit

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I know you have heard me talking about The Homeschool Moms' Winter Summit that is taking place today and tomorrow in Norman, Oklahoma, and ONE WEEK from today in San Marcos, Texas. I have been praying, and dreaming, and planning, and thinking, and anticipating this event for exactly one year now.  I cannot wait to see all of the beautiful moms there a week from today.  I cannot wait to … [Read more...]

Reviewing Goals for Your Homeschool

Reviewing Goals for Homeschool

By Contributing Writer, Kelly Wiggains   The end of January is a tough place for homeschooling. It's the dead of winter. The holidays are over. Spring is still a tiny, tiny dot on the horizon. Families can easily get discouraged or stuck in a rut.   I find it helpful to spend some time reviewing our family goals for homeschooling to both motivate and encourage me. I am able to … [Read more...]

Homeschooling During the Christmas Season

Homeschooling During the Christmas Season

  By Contributing Writer, Kelly Wiggains Christmas Season is in full swing, and for my little homeschool, I am trying to stay on track with a semblance of a routine. When I am in charge of our school calendar, I can easily become one of the children, "Who needs school? Let's make cookies!" Then, I can swing the other way when I start contemplating the cost of college tuition and become … [Read more...]

10 Great Gift Ideas for Preschoolers {and a Giveaway!}

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It's that time of year again when I am contemplating just what thoughtful (and delightful) gifts to get for each of our boys. Some of these items stock the shelves in our schoolroom, while others have been lost over the years.  And still others just went into my shopping cart at Amazon a few moments ago. Since our boys don't really need a bunch of new toys piled under the tree year after … [Read more...]

Scripture Stickies {and a Christmas Giveaway!}

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Years and years ago, when my husband and I were newlyweds, I wrote dozens of my favorite Scriptures on sticky notes and plastered them all over our apartment because I was just that determined to memorize some of my favorites.  It might have been pretty weird for visitors who came over to our place who weren't quite accustomed to the way I do things, let alone our devotion to learning God's Word … [Read more...]

Cultivating Thankfulness in Children

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By Contributing Writer, Jennifer When you think of November, what comes to mind first? Turkey? Family? Food? Thankfulness? Being thankful is something that I try to practice all throughout the year, not just in November during Thanksgiving time. And if we are wanting our children to have thankfulness in their hearts, as we all should,  we must cultivate that starting at a … [Read more...]

Building Healthy Habits: Establishing a Morning Routine

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Part of the homeschool life is learning to blend home routines with school routines, and all homeschool moms love when a morning goes right. On those days, the kids snuggle or read until breakfast. They happily clean their plates, stack their dishes by the sink, clean off the table, sweep underneath it. Then, they all march in time to their bedrooms to change clothes, make their beds, and report … [Read more...]

The Homeschool Moms’ Winter Summit 2014: Now In Oklahoma AND Texas!!

Homeschool Moms Winter Summit 2014

  Last January I was so blessed to get to attend the Homeschool Moms' Winter Summit in Oklahoma.  I was so encouraged by it that I hoped and prayed that we could somehow bring something so heart-felt and wonderful to Texas. Well, God was one step ahead of me, because guess what, y'all?  The Homeschool Moms' Winter Summit is coming to Texas!! I feel so blessed to get to be on the … [Read more...]

Organizing the Homeschool Room with Baskets

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September has meant the rush of back-to-school days! We're still adjusting to new routines, new classes and simply letting go of the laid-back summer we enjoyed.  Fresh starts are energizing though - it's all good. For our family, school and home are the same environment.  We enjoy our homeschooling journey and the joy of learning together.  The days are full, but rewarding. However, … [Read more...]