Get smoother mornings by having a morning time together.

Smoother Homeschool Mornings With “Morning Time”

I received a free copy of Your Morning Basket from Pam Barnhill. This review is my honest opinion which I hope you’ll enjoy! As always, I only recommend things I use myself. As a new homeschool mom, I was always tinkering with our mornings. I’m not alone in this. Every homeschool mom I know is constantly on the search for a …

How do you homeschool when your child hates school?

How to Homeschool When Your Child Hates School

There are lots of things we homeschooling moms never want to hear our children say. “I ate the last piece of chocolate cake.” “I’m not tired, I’m just getting started.” “I have to go potty! Ooops – I already did.” Nothing strikes fear like hearing these words, though: “I hate school.” You’re the homeschool mom, the teacher, principal, curriculum developer, …

How can you homeschool your weakest subjects?

Homeschooling Your Weakest Subjects

Being a homeschool mom does not mean you’re an expert in every subject you’re going to teach. Most of us (unless you’re a modern Renaissance woman) have an academic weakness or two. My biggest weaknesses are science and foreign language. I can make my way through a science textbook, but I probably won’t understand much of it. Even though I took …

New homeschool moms have fears - here's how to deal with them

Tackling Your Homeschool Fears

Nobody likes to face down their fears. It’s scary and challenging and just plain hard work. Nobody likes to live in a state of fear either. Whenever you start something new, there’s bound to be some fear associated with it. Motherhood is like that. So is homeschooling. Now that you’ve embarked on this grand plan to educate your own kids, …

Socialization Is Important When You Homeschool

Yes, Socialization Matters

What’s the question most new homeschool parents are asked by their doubting friends and relatives? “What about socialization?” This seems to be a major concern for the public-schooled crowd. Most homeschooling blogs and books address it, too. They hit it head-on with important truths like: Homeschooled kids socialize with people of all ages, not just their peers (making them “super-socialized”) …

How to homeschool if you've pulled your child out of a bad school experience

Homeschooling After a Bad Classroom Experience

When I ask new homeschool moms why they’ve decided to homeschool, a sizable group say they are pulling their child out of the classroom because of a bad experience. Whether it’s bullying, labeling, boredom, or bad company, bad school experiences are a major cause of families deciding to homeschool. Now that homeschooling is seen as an acceptable academic alternative, more parents are …

Simple tips for talking to your family and friends about your homeschool decision

How To Talk To Your Family and Friends About Homeschooling

Not everyone is a homeschooling fan. Maybe you were a doubter yourself at one time. When you decide to homeschool, it can be a lonely decision. You’ve done the research, read some books, lurked on some homeschooling blogs, and committed to giving your children a different kind of education. But not everyone thinks your decision is a good one. Some …