Category Archives: Encouragement and Inspiration

Living Life Out Loud

  “Maybe someday we’ll live our lives out loud, we’ll be better off somehow, someday…” – Rob Thomas One day I was driving along listening to some of my favorite tunes and this Rob Thomas song came on. It’s called “Someday” and the line that talks about living our lives “out loud” really struck me….

5 Tips for Taking Care of the Homeschooling Mom

You take care of everyone else. The laundry, the cooking, the shopping…AND the homeschooling. On top of everything else, you’ve taken responsibility for your child’s education. What were you thinking? Okay, just kidding on that last sentence. But let’s be real. Being a homeschooling mom can be downright difficult, and who is taking care of…

Should Homeschooling Be Fun?

Some months back I was reading a homeschooling article where the author contended that one of the problems with the education system today is that learning is expected to be “fun” all the time.  And I agree with her. On the other hand, I often talk on this blog about ways you can keep your…

Help and Hope for Your Holidays

This isn’t going to be a long post.  I know you’re probably busy making travel plans or getting ready to host the whole family for Thanksgiving dinner. But before you get too busy I wanted to let you know about a few posts that I wrote, over the last couple of years or so, that…

Is It Time for a Homeschool Checkup?

We all know that regular physical checkups can help us to identify small problems before they become big ones, or sometimes can make a crucial difference in a situation where a disease can be cured if found and treated early. While I don’t mean to sound dramatic, our homeschools can benefit from “checkups” too.  What…

The Book of Psalms: Words of Comfort and Hope…from God…to You

First, a disclaimer: this post technically doesn’t have anything to do with homeschooling.  And yes, it is about the Bible.  So if you are only on this site because you want to know about homeschooling, I suggest you check out some of my previous posts listed in the right sidebar.  As my regular readers know,…

9 Helpful Hints for a (Relatively) Happy Homeschool

Today I am offering some “helpful hints” that have been gleaned from my 20+ years of homeschooling.  I hope that you will find that applying one (or more!) of these tips helps your homeschool day go a little more smoothly! Hint #1 – Don’t get into schoolwork when you have somewhere to go or are…

Home-School Credit and Other Christmasy Thoughts

Home-schoolers often try to find ways to give their children “credit” for the variety of experiences they encounter in daily life (and if you’re not already using this strategy you should be!) I want to offer you some ideas for how you can use your holiday preparations and festivities as credit for just about every school subject you might…

Tips For Coping With Grief During The Holidays

If you have read my Thanksgiving post then you know that I have experienced the loss of several close family members.  I am only too aware of how difficult the holidays can be for someone who has lost a loved one. A couple of weeks ago I received some correspondence from the Florida office of…

How Homeschooling is Like Learning to Drive a Car

So have you heard about the “home-school-amatic?”  It slices, dices, and solves quadratic equations in 60 seconds or less!  You haven’t heard of it?  Neither have I. Let’s face it, there is nothing automatic about home-schooling.  It takes work and commitment.  It also reaps benefits that are far-reaching and profound. Okay, so you’re asking: but…