The Best Almost Free Language Arts Curriculum You’ll Ever Need

If you have more than one child and you are homeschooling, you know about Scattered Brain Syndrome. Since I have 15 children, I guess my brain is more scattered than the rest of civilization (an excuse I might use when apologizing for missing that doctor’s appointment on Monday…). This is why I was so very […]

How to Solve Homeschool Problems

Ever feel like a homeschooling failure? Relax, you’re among friends! Grab a cup of whatever makes you smile and read this post to find out how to make sense of homeschooling and rest your weary heart. In a way of personal confessions, I could tell you some stories! I think my first homeschooled children were […]

Homeschooling with Toddlers: Tips 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 […]

Gentle Grammar for Young Children

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 […]

Drawing to Learn for Effective Homeschooling

When it comes to rearing children, I am all for enforcing requirements and boundaries. In our house we make beds, wash dishes, brush teeth, respect the space and belongings of others, and answer with respect. I am also a great believer in giving children freedom wherever possible, and especially when considering the greater part of […]

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Drawing to Learn

We homeschoolers are living an educator’s dream. No top-down imperatives to get in our way. If we find something that works, we can implement it immediately instead of waiting for permission from some remote authority. This is one reason why I am so thankful for the Internet. We can find encouragement and inspiration at the […]

How to Print and Bind Old Books for Homeschooling {Video Tutorial}

One of my favorite things about this digital age is the easy access to old books. They are such a boon to modern homeschooling in so many ways and the price is just right (mostly FREE)! The only problem is how to get them into the hands of our children. The easiest way is via […]

Yes, You CAN Homeschool a Large Family!

The other day I was listening to an interview with a well-known author who questioned the idea of homeschooling a large family. She wasn’t being spiteful or mean, and from her perspective it was true; she only had four children and she was basing her assumptions on her own struggles. It was actually quite typical. […]

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.   […]

Keeping Track With Our Un-Spiral Spirals {Free Download}

Using  cheap spirals for daily assignments for my children was a genius idea (I first read about it on Sarah Mackenzie’s blog, Amongst Lovely Things). It kept us focused, gave us a feeling of accomplishment, and helped us to order our days better so that there was plenty of time left over for spontaneity. However, […]