F is for Finally

F is for Finally Ever have one of those moments? You have been trying to teach your child spelling, or addition, or history, or even to write his letters for what seems like eons. It may actually have been years that you have been at it. Then one day, quietly and without fanfare, your wonderful precious child gets it. He all of a sudden, overnight, understands! And what is your first thought? Well, what is your first thought after you call your husband at work to tell him the wonderful news about a minutia of your homeschooling life that he absolutely doesn’t understand? If youRead More →

D is for Dreams and Direction

Welcome back to Blogging Through the Alphabet! We are on week 4, and that means the letter D. . . . . .join my two wonderful co-hosts ( Amanda @ Hopkins Homeschool and DaLynn @ Biblical Womanhood) and me as we blog together through the alphabet (Link Up is below) Now, let’s consider ‘D’. . . D is for Dreams and Direction Dreams. We all have them for our children. If we homeschool, I suspect we spend more time dreaming of our children’s futures. But once all the dreaming is done, how do we help our children find their way? What resources can we use?Read More →

A is for Art & Advice

ABCs of Homeschooling With Grace Week 1: A is for Art & Advice I decided to post each week with two subjects: first I will share some teaching resources we love in our homeschool, and second some advice for mom. This week is all about the letter A and I am highlighting Art resources for your homeschool and places to find Advice for mom… Art Resources Teaching Techniques & Great Resources I Used in My Homeschool Art History: Polite Sarcasm (with Sister Wendy) Ideas & Fostering Creativity: Dancing Sculptures, Cookie Creations (painting & baking), Chaos Begats Creativity, Togetherness Teaching Art: Awesome Color & Color WheelRead More →

This Week Was About Getting Out Of Their Way… Our Weekly WrapUp & the Friday Funnies, Flops, and Fails Linkup This Week I Realized I Had Become THAT Homeschooling Mom This week was a monumental, clouds parting above, music playing from the heavens, kind of a week for me. I realized that I was well on my way to becoming that overbearing homeschool mom character you see in cartoon strips. My Kids Were So Ready For Me To Back Off I think for my kids, this week was more of a relief than anything else. Mom was no longer chasing about behind them with pilesRead More →

I think that the first person who ever called me a neighbor was Mr. Rogers when I was but a tot. There was a man wholey focused on children and the nurture of their souls. I have only ever met one other human being as focused on children and their well-being as Mr. Rogers, and that is a karate instructor I know who is focused on saving children from neglect, pressure, and even abuse at the hands of their parents. But back to Mr. Rogers. He was my first neighbor. He was also the person who explained to me, very patiently in his books, whyRead More →

​The Cat and The Green Army Men – A Homeschooling Parable The Parable We had a birthday recently in our house, which is always a cause for decorations and chocolate cake. This time I decorated the table with little plastic green army men and plastic chickens, for reasons that could only make sense if you knew my kids. Strangely, my kids never got to play with the green army men. Our little orange cat decided that in fact those green army men were for him. God only knows what goes through the mind of our cat and why molded green plastic toys are on hisRead More →

​Learning to Lead in the World Today Isn’t that why we homeschool our children? My husband and I know what we want for our family. We have a deep and abiding conviction that our children need what we only can give them. I know they will not get it unless we get up early and plan and prepare and spend our days raising strong sons and daughters and teaching them our morals and the basics. We teach them to tell right from wrong and to resist deception in all its forms. And most importantly we teach them to teach themselves. Helping our children to understandRead More →

Raise Them Up – How Can You Find The Best Way? How can your best “raise them up”? That is a question that all homeschooling parents struggle with daily. We have been homeschooling for a long time. Our journey is a bit unique because even though we have two children, they are twins and mostly travel through schooling adventures at the same time. And so every course and each activity I plan or create is only used once. I need to be learning and growing at the same pace as my kids to prepare new materials and fill in the gaps in my own educationRead More →