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Evaluations & Portfolios

In other posts, we’ve discussed testing and assessment options. Depending on the legal requirements for homeschoolers in your state, you […]

Which test is best

Which Test is Best?

One of the most frequent questions I get about testing is,          “Which test should I use?           Which one […]

Testing Basics

Testing Basics

At this time of year, many parents are thinking about how to assess their children’s progress. The first step is […]

Oatmeal -- Everyday Homemaking

Oh-so-good Oatmeal

On a chilly morning like this, I like a warm, satisfying bowl of oatmeal — and what better way to start than with fresh oats! Just a bit under 1/3 cup oat groats yields a generous 1/3+ cup of rolled oats, so I start my water to boil while I […]

Homemade Tortillas -- Everyday Homemaking

Homemade Tortillas

INGREDIENTS: 1 cup warm water ¼ cup olive oil 2-3 cups fresh flour (we mill our own for maximum nutrition/freshness – I usually use soft wheat or hard white, with a bit of barley) 1 tsp salt ¼ tsp baking powder Add spice/garlic if desired – I use McCormick’s (Original, […]

Stuffed Peppers -- Everyday Homemaking

Kitchen Tips – How to Prep 13 Meat Meals in an Hour

Vicki’s Kitchen Tips   Stuffed Peppers go together in a jiffy with pre-browned hamburger and pre-cooked rice. How to make your own CreamO soup: If you don’t have canned soup, make your own CreamO chicken soup by mixing 2 tsp chicken bouillon granules with 1 cup water; heat to boiling. […]

handwriting practice -- Everyday Homemaking

Navigating the Used Curriculum Route

It’s that time of year when we stock up for next year. One way we homeschool on a shoestring budget is to consider buying used materials. Buying used curriculum is sort of like taking a shortcut when I drive: If I am familiar with the area through which I’m being […]

Chicken Quesadillas

We love these for a quick, simple, nutritious supper! I keep cooked, chopped chicken in the freezer and almost always have either store-bought or homemade tortillas on hand for these. Preheat the skillet to medium high so you don’t burn the tortilla right away — you can see that in […]

Serving -- Everyday Homemaking

Getting Kids to Help at Home (part one)

Laying a Foundation (Part One) (excerpted from The Everyday Family Chore System)   Child training is the first step to successful home management training. The purposes of implementing a family chore system are (1) to train your children to be responsible members of a family and to diligently serve one […]

Flip Chart -- Everyday Homemaking

Burnout Busters for Busy Moms

(Adapted from Home Education 101: A Mentoring Program for New Homeschoolers and Home Education 101: A Mentor’s Manual © 2003/2005 by Vicki Bentley) Set up a Command Center. Remember The Bridge on “Star Trek”? This should be an area close to your family’s activities in the house, not totally isolated […]

Set Up a Command Center

(Adapted from Home Education 101: A Mentor’s Manual © 2003 by Vicki Bentley) Set up a command center. Remember The Bridge on “Star Trek”? This should be an area close to your family’s activities in the house, not totally isolated – you want to actually use it! This is where […]

Homemade Pizza -- Everyday Homemaking

Pizza with Less Mess

Here you can follow the process from dough to pizza box. I am not a professional baker; I’m a mom with a mill and a mixer and a desire to provide yummy, wholesome bread for her babies. Hopefully, seeing some of the process “in action” will be helpful as you […]

Everyday Cooking -- Vicki Bentley -- Everyday Homemaking

Be Creative and Win a Cookbook!

I’m revising Everyday Cooking and my kids thought this would be a great opportunity to encourage other moms with a few (of my many) cooking mishaps anecdotes. By the time I wore myself out laughing (and groaning) over the goof-ups, I couldn’t think of what to call the section. Keep […]