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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 […]

The Struggling Middle School Reader

Do you have an older elementary or early middle school student still struggling with reading comprehension, or maybe even with decoding skills? While many of us think of a child learning to read at about age five, the truth is that the reading readiness age varies widely, as children mature […]

Chocolate-Filled Paratha

My friend Stephanie over at https://unfoldinglovelyeats.com/ is always on a food adventure of some sort and inspired me to try paratha, a layered Indian flatbread. You can find the original recipe I used  here: https://thegardeningfoodie.com/layered-flatbread/ and see my original flatbread post here: Layered Indian Flatbread (Paratha) This was super with […]

Layered Flatbread

Layered Indian Flatbread (Paratha)

Paratha, or a layered Indian flatbread. I was inspired by my beautiful friend Stephanie over at https://unfoldinglovelyeats.com/ to try a layered Indian flatbread. Since I’ve never actually had it before, I’m not sure what it’s supposed to be like, but I liked it. (You can find the original recipe here: […]

Is my child ready to read

Is My Child Ready to Read?

Some of our kiddos read at age four, while others didn’t read till almost eight. One of my girls had no interest in even learning the alphabet as late as first grade, and I felt a bit panicked that she wasn’t reading at all in first grade, but she suddenly […]

Quick Scalloped Potatoes – Pressure Cooker Style

30 minutes from “chicken in the freezer” and potatoes in the bag, to chicken, scalloped potatoes, and Brussels sprouts on the table!      I got a hankering for scalloped potatoes. Well, I was hoping to cook them sliced, in sauce, in the IP – pot in pot — but […]