A few of our recent posts….

Teaching Geography

If you know me or have read much of my material, you know I am extremely geographically challenged. I’m not […]

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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 […]

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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 […]

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Crusty, No-Knead Bread

Read this post for the basics, then check out the update here!   Just five minutes before I head to bed, then a few moments’ prep in the morning, and we have a yummy loaf with a crisy, crackly crust and a very tender crumb. And only FOUR ingredients–but lots […]

When Life Broadsides Your Homeschool

You had a wonderful plan this fall for a well-rounded education, envisioning academic excellence and character development in your smiling, well-adjusted offspring. But then…It happened (pick one): Your husband got transferred and you have now moved cross country, separated from your family or community support system. Your husband has been […]

Do Your Kids Waste or Lose School Supplies?

Do your lessons get delayed because somebody can’t find a pencil or her notebook is missing? Are you appalled at the amount of paper your dear children waste? I found that when these items were simply provided for their use, they tended to not take particularly great care of them, […]