In our home grocery shopping is not incidental, it is MONUMENTAL ! We have to take out a back seat in our 15 passenger van to fit a major grocery-shop, and even then we have to use a few seats as well, and then putting all of that food away takes a small army. Thankfully, I’ve… Continue reading 15 Grocery Shopping Hacks from a Mom of 15
I have to admit, homeschooling with toddlers has not always been smooth sailing. Our 15 children are spaced an average of 21 months apart, and between some there were only 14 months. At one time we had three under the age of three, and another time we had five under five! Before I go too… Continue reading Homeschooling with Toddlers: Tips from a Mom of 15
There is a stage where the gap between the ability to read and the ability to write is enormous. Of course, early efforts are so precious and endearing! What cold-hearted person could discourage such amazing beginnings, and yet… …I have observed that, if not corrected early-on, some habits of poor grammar and spelling can become… Continue reading Gentle Grammar for Young Children
I was not raised to want a lot of kids. In fact, when I was carrying my first child I was very, very afraid. Babies and children were a mystery to me. Even the men I knew were better with infants than I was. But as soon as I pushed my little daughter… Continue reading How Did You End up with 15 Kids?
During my 27 years of homeschooling, nothing has contributed more to our stability and success than the McGuffey Readers. I am a great promoter of delight-directed learning and I believe it is the only way to allow the God-given genius in each child flourish and take flight. I try and make certain my children have… Continue reading Free Lesson Sheets Printables
Lots of distractible children and a huge, long dining table do not make for a productive study time. I know this because I have a humongous table and a whole parcel of highly distractible children. My solution?–Study Carrels. The idea is an old one, employed by educators for eons. It has stood the test of… Continue reading How to Make a Study Carrel for FREE!
There’s nothing wrong with a travel vacation, but most of the time it’s all go, go, go! Then, after the “break” is over, you feel like you need another vacation just to rest. Since we are so big, and since almost all of us live in the same area, we try and stick around home… Continue reading Our Space Vacation
Theories are nice to read about, but we all need to have real-life examples of just how things work, don’t we? (I know I sure do!) So, how ’bout hearing how we’ve done things at our house? Here is an example of a relaxed homeschool schedule (although I prefer the word “routine”). Our educational… Continue reading A Relaxed Homeschool Schedule
There are those emergencies that crop up suddenly, and this is where a good manager must think quickly and clearly. If you have been following along, we have been doing a number of posts on large family stress reduction. First, we discussed how to get ahead (part one and part two), streamline, face it, and… Continue reading Large Family Stress Reduction: Ordering
It doesn’t take a genius to educate a large family at home, but it does take quite a bit of focus and ingenuity. This is especially true when considering the direction and logistical details for another year of learning. If you are like me, you can use any help you can get, and I am… Continue reading More than 15 Homeschool Hacks from a Mom of 15