Homeschooling

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lesson planning

Lesson Planning 101

There’s a saying, “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” Lesson planning is just determining what you want to cover in the school year and laying out a framework to accomplish those goals — a strategy for homeschool success. Some parents will plan in more detail than others, but even […]

Four Needs of Homeschool Families

Homeschool parents across the country share with me their fears and concerns: What if I’m not doing enough? Will he get into college? What should she know? What if he doesn’t like me when he grows up? How do I homeschool and get dinner on the table in the same […]

Getting the Most Out of Your Homeschool Convention

Many state or regional conventions are not just for homeschoolers, but are truly family expositions, with lots of workshops and exhibits of interest to families–regardless of education choice. If this is your first or second (or tenth) homeschool convention, it is easy to be overwhelmed by the enormity of the […]

Homeschooling the Young Learner

Do you sometimes second-guess your “credentials” to educate your child at home? Parents, you come into homeschooling with the greatest qualifications: a deep love for your child and a vested interest in his success! You can homeschool! You’ve already been homeschooling your young child—you’ve taught him to talk and you’ve […]

Creating Your Own Opportunities

We lived out in the country during our homeschooling years, so I understand how difficult arranging home education activities can be, especially if you don’t have a family large enough for built-in sports teams or your own Bible quiz league! When we bring our kids home, we need to provide […]

Last-Minute Christmas Ideas for Busy Families

  I know it’s already mid-December, but I didn’t want to miss the opportunity to encourage you in this holiday season, so here are a few past posts/articles I thought were worth a reprise!           Giving “Thanks” The holidays are just around the corner, and that often means gift-giving […]

The Life-Changing Gift of Friendship

A young mom recently expressed her confusion as to why so few families participate in local support group activities but so many women lament being lonely. I was reminded of this post that showed up in my social media feed a while back: We have lived in [a fairly small […]

9 Ideas for Children’s Artwork

  All those art projects and other hard-to-file artifacts . . . If your child is older than two, you’ve probably figured out that the artwork just keeps multiplying. Between coloring pages, noodle necklaces, gingerbread houses, Lego creations, Mr. Potato Head statues, and fingerpaintings, even a toddler can keep you […]

Hospitality–You DO Have “What It Takes”

While this was originally written for a homeschool audience, the principles apply within any family, so I wanted to share with you. No kiddos? I hope you can still glean some how-to encouragements! Hospitality is defined by Merriam-Webster as “generous and friendly treatment of visitors and guests.” So how does […]

The Unhurried Homeschooler — review

“I see so many homeschooling parents stressing about the right curriculum, “getting behind,” or feeling inadequate….” If I wrote a mini-book on homeschooling, it would sound pretty much like this…Durenda and I must be kindred spirits! And I love the subtitle: “a simple, mercifully short book on homeschooling.” Haha! (I […]