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  • Homeschool Hints: Encouragement for Newbies

    So, you’ve found yourselves suddenly thrust into homeschooling. It wasn’t part of your plan. You don’t know where to start. You’re worried about your kid… that you’re going to ruin them academically, that they’re not going to know what to do without seeing their friends, that you all are going to kill each other in […]

  • Homeschool Hints: Help Your Struggling Student

    A funny thing seems to happen when homeschooling. You and your student(s) hit a groove and for a little while things seem to be sailing along smoothly. Then, suddenly, it all comes to a screeching halt. One day you realize one of your kids is slipping behind. A couple of errors here and there have […]

  • Homeschool Hints: How to Handle THE Socialization Question

    If you’ve ever even mentioned you’re thinking of homeschooling to non-homeschooling people, you’ll get the question, “What about socialization?” For many homeschooling parents, “socialization” is a trigger word…causing clenched fists and eye twitches. I TRY to have grace when people ask the question. Some days, that grace comes more easily. Some days, it’s harder. Often, […]

  • Homeschool Hints: How to Survive Summer

    Summer break. Time for pools, vacations, sleeping in and moments packed with fun. Unless you’re a homeschooler. For homeschoolers, summer means all of the zoos, museums, theaters and favorite haunts are packed with people. If you’re new to homeschooling, figuring out how to navigate summer is a little tricky. Your “normal” is turned on its ear […]

  • Homeschool Hints: How to Raise Readers

    This mama’s heart skipped a beat the other day and I’ll tell you why. It was library day. Our kids normally love our trips to the library, so that was no surprise. On this particular day, we’d made our quick trip in, the kids picked out a pile of books and we hopped back in […]

  • Homeschool Hints: Simple Steps to Writing a Basic Essay

    My approach to homeschooling is much like my approach to most things. I don’t like making things harder than they need to be. I like to keep things relaxed and as stress free as possible. For parents who don’t love writing, teaching writing to your students can be a daunting task. I stumbled upon a […]

  • 5 Must-Haves for Homeschool Newbies

    So, you’re considering homeschooling?  Or maybe just curious.  The wonderful thing about homeschooling is that there are countless paths you can take.   The terrible thing about homeschooling is that there are countless paths you can take.  No, you’re not reading that wrong.  The benefits and challenges are often the same!  To get started, check with […]

  • How to Volunteer During COVID-19

    Wow, folks. We find ourselves in some straaaaange new times, don’t we? Physical distancing for COVID-19 has created challenges we’ve never before had to imagine. And for those of us, and there are MANY, who want to put ourselves to work and feel useful, it’s a bit hard to figure out where to start. How […]

  • Get Your Kicks… and Then Some

    We’re a homeschooling family – Mom, Dad and 4 kids – and we love to learn on the go. We’ve explored Washington, D.C., Williamsburg, VA, and several sites in our historically rich native South Carolina. Our kids range in age from 5-14 years old and this year seemed like the perfect time to go on […]

  • Easy DIY Polar Express “Believe” Jingle Bell Ornament

    Like many families, mine has a list of movies and books we read each year during the Christmas season. On both lists is the same title, “The Polar Express.” Although the movie has some creepy animation and takes a lot of liberties with the story, it’s certainly a crowd pleaser. The gist of the story […]