A few of our recent posts….

Aaaand…We’re OFF!

“Aaand … we’re off! … like a dirty shirt!” This is how every road trip begins for our family. Well, […]

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 […]

Grateful for a Helping Hand

I’m participating in a challenge to comment on 30 Days of Gratitude. You know the sort: It makes its rounds of the internet — especially around Thanksgiving —  and challenges you with categories of things to be thankful for. I tend to fizzle out around Day 5 because I get […]

Help Me Choose a New Planner

It’s that time again for my ADD self to organize my brain/days in a paper planner. I’ve tried digital — I use digital at work but not by choice, and it’s just not what comes naturally to me. I always end up reaching for paper. My first priority planner This […]

Bosch Universal Plus and a few accessories

NOTE: The sale is While Supplies Last, but the products are still great kitchen helpers, so I’m leaving the basics here for you! Let me know if you have any product questions! Follow my Facebook page for updates on newer sale specials: Everyday Homemaking $399 and up! 2022 BLACK FRIDAY […]

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Help! I’m Organizationally Challenged!

As I’ve spoken with many of you on the phone or via email and shared with you in person at your state conventions, a recurring theme has been: Help! I’m committed to homeschooling, but I’m feeling overwhelmed just by everyday life! For those of you who were “born organized,” you […]

What Does It Cost to Homeschool?

(or: How do I Budget for This?) If you are considering home education, the chances are high that you are either a single-income family or at least a not-so-much-disposable-income family, and if you’re like many of us, your budget is pretty tight. Although some sources say that the average homeschool […]

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Suddenly Homeschooling: The Basics

Well, you thought life would be back to “normal” by now, but it’s not looking promising. Perhaps you suddenly find yourself considering homeschooling because your local school is not currently an option for your family this fall. Let me share a few basics that I hope will encourage and equip […]

What to Do with Your Young Learner

Note: While this article is geared primarily for preschool, most of the suggestions are also applicable through the early primary grades. SEE RESOURCES listed at the bottom of the page.   A young mom writes: I’m new at homeschooling—I have 2-year-old twins. I want to teach them and get them […]

What About Socialization?

Q: What about socialization, and how can I be sure I’m doing a good job at it? Are there any tools to help me? A: It may help to first define terms: Socialization is the lifelong process through which people learn (dare I say internalize?) the values and norms of […]

5 Tips for a Solid Start in Your New Year

We talked earlier about how to finish this past year strong, what to do with all those papers (including the prolific artwork!), and even gave you a tool to assess how the year went—plus some ideas for enjoying the summer. (If you are new, you may want to file that […]