Are You Crazy Enough to Homeschool Your Children?

Are You Crazy Enough to Homeschool Your Children?

There was a time when homeschooling looked crazy and dangerous. I was convinced that it harmed children, and I was sure it could never work. But, here I am, 27 years later, still teaching reading, writing, and enjoying a host of amazing experiences with my 15 children. I’ve … Read More…

Large Family Stress Reduction: Keeping Track by Herding

Large Family Stress Reduction: Keeping Track by Herding

If children do not know where they are supposed to be and what they are supposed to be doing, they get creative trying to figure things out, and the results can be disastrous! I once passed a park in a rural area and witnessed a fascinating display. A … Read More…

5 Ways to Cook BIG!

5 Ways to Cook BIG!

It takes more than just a little ingenuity to feed a large family in a small family world.  I grew up in a family of three–my mother, my sister, and me–so there was little opportunity to learn how to whip up a batch of 6 dozen cookies (that … Read More…

Large Family Stress Reduction: Facing it!

Large Family Stress Reduction: Facing it!

This post is not about looking one’s responsibilities straight in the eye, although that is a good subject to cover! No, this post will be all about creating a “neat” out of a mess! It’s obvious that, no matter how we try and keep a lid on clutter, … Read More…

Large Family Stress Reduction: Streamlining

Large Family Stress Reduction: Streamlining

It could be said that most of our time is spent dealing with all of our “stuff.” We have to shuffle it around, polish it, maintain it, categorize it, pick it up, stow it, etc. This is only exacerbated when your family has been multiplied by love! Along … Read More…

Large Family Stress Reduction: Getting Ahead Part 2

Large Family Stress Reduction: Getting Ahead Part 2

In my last installment in this series, Large family crisis reduction: getting ahead {part 1}, we discussed the basic ideas behind doing things ahead, or, as Don Aslett puts it, creating a “frontlog” instead of a “backlog.” Of course there are times when even the best of plans … Read More…

Large Family Stress Reduction: Getting Ahead, Part 1

Large Family Stress Reduction: Getting Ahead, Part 1

Are you constantly feeling like you are chasing one disaster after another, as if you are endlessly “running behind”? I know exactly what you mean… If you’ve never lived in a large family, it is probably hard to understand just how “dynamic” life can be! I grew up … Read More…

Using Vintage Books for Homeschooling {Video}

Using Vintage Books for Homeschooling {Video}

I’m having so much fun with these videos that I decided to go for another one; this time about the many ways we can use any number of vintage books, not just the McGuffey readers, in our homeschooling adventure. As a help, I am including here a short … Read More…

Five Things That Steal Motherly Joy and How to Avoid Them

Five Things That Steal Motherly Joy and How to Avoid Them

Did you know that motherhood is supposed to be joyful? I know that this is not a popular perspective. There are so many embittered souls who are willing to share one horror story after another, or who say, “Just wait until…” He makes the barren woman abide in … Read More…

Using the McGuffey Readers for Progressing Readers and Writers

Using the McGuffey Readers for Progressing Readers and Writers

As promised, I have uploaded my next installment on how I use the “McG’s” as we affectionately call them.

 

This time my focus is on those who are reading on their own, but need further practice and guidance as they are developing their skills. I also offer some general practical advice on homeschooling.

 

I am having so much fun doing these! I can’t wait until I can set these things up for another round of video sharing–hope you enjoy!