Tag: homeschooling

Hey, What Are You Looking At?

It’s that time of year. We began our homeschool year this week and as I evaluate where each child is, the old tendency to compare surprises my heart yet again. Comparison is always a cruel tormentor: Maybe we should have done that curriculum all along. 

In Praise of the Pensive Child

One of the best ways to validate your children is to accept them for who they are. There is a huge tendency to push our kids into what we love or what is currently pushed by society. Peter has often said that “what you praise, 

DIY Watercolor Bird Silhouette Art for Kids

I’m teaching a great group of homeschoolers simple watercolor techniques, and today I thought I’d post our next project as a tutorial that you can use for your kids. Silhouette art is popular right now, and is super easy to create. Supply list:  Watercolor paper, 

Five Questions Every Homeschooling Mom Should Ask Before Choosing Curriculum

We are almost to the end of our homeschool year, and this is NOT the time that I want to be thinking about next years curriculum, but alas, the MassHope Convention is in town and instead of checking out and heading to the beach, I 

Creative Ways to Beat Winter Boredom With Little Ones

Winters can seem L-O-N-G when you are a homeschooling mom of little ones. I think it is because we tend to hunker down and plow through our schoolwork with little to no regard for how long it takes. We all get tired of being inside 

Home School Daze

Well, I had intended to rest after our long trip to SC. But, things have been a whirlwind of planning around here, and there has been precious little time to rest when there is laundry galore, and so much to do before school starts! My 

A Little Trick I’ve Learned By Homeschooling

Because I have five children and home school them all, I have learned a little survival trick in life. This trick is called “zoning out.” Incase you are not a “zoner”, let me tell you how this works. My kids will be incessantly talking to 

A Little Secret for Moms

This is a post dedicated to mothers of young children–babies and toddlers, to be precise. I have a little secret to tell you… Being a mother is hard. It is the hardest job you will ever do. Babies don’t come with manuals. Sometimes the “maternal 

Some Good Advice on Home Education

A home schooling mentor once gave me some good advice: Begin with the end in mind. Looking back, my friend was insightful.  But when you are a new homeschooling mother, you are– I don’t know–just plain overwhelmed. And scared. Well-meaning people unintentionally put fear–no, out 

My Big Little Girl

My oldest daughter is growing up! I know it has been 17 years in the making, but it hit me like a ton of bricks the other day. I was happily checking my mail, when I saw the latest Timberdoodle  catalog. We order tons of homeschooling