A few of our recent posts….

Life is Still Messy

Let’s be real … homeschooling is not a cure for all that ails our families. Life is still messy. In […]

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 […]

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Making the Most of the Middle School Years

If you homeschooled your child through the primary grades, you may find that you initially experienced moments of self-doubt, but you managed through the first year (or two, or three) and gained confidence to educate your child at home…until now! It is not uncommon for parents to second-guess themselves all […]

Life is Still Messy

Let’s be real … homeschooling is not a cure for all that ails our families. Life is still messy. In fact, sometimes all that one-on-one time can really magnify shortcomings in our relationships with our children as well as with our spouses. Some of the most heartbreaking consulting calls I […]

Aaaand…We’re OFF!

“Aaand … we’re off! … like a dirty shirt!” This is how every road trip begins for our family. Well, sometimes if my husband hesitates too long after the first part, the kids (or now the grandkids) try to “fake him out” with maybe “like a dirty undershirt!” or “like […]

5 Tips for Finishing Your Homeschool Year Strong

It seems like just last week you were writing up those lesson plans for the fall, planning a few field trips, organizing the bookshelves, and suddenly . . . the year has gone by! Where did the time go? Whether you’re raring to go for another few months, or you are dragging […]

Cultivating a Heart of Kindness

We all have probably heard the principle that it is better to give than to receive, but how do we teach our children to treat others kindly, give generously, and serve willingly? What are our kids mirroring? Children are often like little mirrors, reflecting our attitudes and actions. They are […]

Evaluations & Portfolios

In other posts, we’ve discussed testing and assessment options. Depending on the legal requirements for homeschoolers in your state, you may choose to instead have your child evaluated, or have a portfolio evaluation. Evaluations Who might benefit from an evaluation? Young children, students who don’t read well or quickly yet, children with learning […]

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 is best?            How do I choose            From the CAT, SAT, MAT, or Iowa Test?” Well, maybe not in such Seussical style, but you get the idea! The CAT […]

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 to determine your own state’s testing requirements, if there are any. The law may require that you periodically demonstrate academic progress. Some statutes mandate standardized testing, while others may allow for […]

Southwestern Chicken-and-Corn Chowder

Tonight was one of those What-Should-I-Make? nights, when I didn’t plan ahead and I was too tired to really cook. Enter: leftovers and bits of veggies left in the crisper, plus a few cans from the pantry. It’s pretty forgiving as well, since you can skip the extra veggies if […]

How to Use the Dough Hook Extender for the Bosch Universal Plus

For years, cooks used the Bosch Universal mixer with the original dough hook, with much success. Even after the Universal Plus was released, the same dough hook has worked well for thousands of bakers—but for some who were concerned about small-batch kneading, Bosch came out with a dough hook extender. […]