Tag Archive: unit studies

You’re Doing Too Much!

Whether you homeschool year-round, or you’re winding up this school year and already planning for the next, this post can help you manage your time and find ways to make sure you (and your kids) stay motivated. Lately I’ve been following a few other homeschool sites on Facebook.  There are a couple of common themes…




Can You Teach Science Without Textbooks?

As I tackle this question I would like to first point out that two of my grown children are “scientists.”  My daughter has a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in the sciences (her Master’s degree is in Forensic Drug Chemistry) and my middle son is a Computer Engineering major. And over the course of my…




Homeschooling ABC’s: P, Q, and R

Have you thought lately about why you’re homeschooling?  Do you struggle with finding the time to “do it all” as a homeschooler?  Could you use some rest and relaxation?  If so, this post will help you to better focus and feel more encouraged whether you’re a new homeschooler or a veteran of many years.  Take…




Homeschooling ABC’s: J, K, and L

With this post we’re officially half-way through our “Homeschooling ABC’s” journey.  I hope you’ve enjoyed these posts!  If nothing else, you’ve got to love the picture above.  I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for a trip to the beach.  The sun and the surf…I love ’em! J is for Jocularity: Isn’t that a…




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…




How To: Teach Science

  I am anti-textbook.  Well, not really.  I use them throughout my children’s schooling for math, and for reading up until 6th grade.  But for most other subjects I feel you can do better without textbooks. I started home-schooling in 1990 with my oldest child (my only daughter).  She was in first grade.  It only took…




How to Home-School: Unit Studies

This post is the third in a six-part series on “Teaching Methods.” Unit studies is a teaching method that has two particular advantages: It allows you to cover a number of different subjects while focusing on a particular topic, and It allows you to teach those subjects over a broad range of ages and/or grades. …