Encouragement

The Real Cost of Frugal Homeschooling

To say that our family struggled financially throughout the years would be an understatement. With our primary income dependent on the construction industry, there were frequent periods of unemployment. To help make ends meet, I worked odd jobs while juggling being a wife and mother. I found babysitting detrimental to the time I wanted to spend with my own children and a huge interruption to homeschooling. I did some transcription work from home and cleaned houses for a time and even worked at one point taking magazine subscriptions...

Teaching Math - Counting Everything, Everywhere You Go

 

I told Meg, my older daughter, that I had a half-baked idea for a math project. "Cool!" she said, but the word "baked" reminded her of our not-very-successful and not-yet-baked-at-all cuneiform cylinder seals. They were lying on the stove all squashy and green. "It isn't with salt dough, though, is it, Mommy?"

Healthy Homeschool Moms Need Treats!

I stumbled on a fascinating blog post this week entitled We Must Have Treats! Here’s Why by happiness expert and widely acclaimed author Gretchen Rubin. After reading her post, I immediately connected with her.

What she had to say about giving ourselves treats is vitally important for homeschooling moms – well, for everyone really, but I’m targeting burned-out, emotionally drained, physically frazzled home educators … yes, YOU!

Our Homeschooling Journey | Introducing Rose Focht to the Blog!

My oldest child learned how to read in a way that you wouldn’t quite expect, but it worked for her due to the flexibility that homeschooling allows. My husband took the lead on teaching her, pointing out the letters to her on our bathroom wallpaper while she was potty-training. She knew her alphabet before she was two, and I breezily built on that knowledge by reciting to her things like “A says aa, B says buh…” at every opportunity. I had a set of McGuffey’s readers on our shelf, so I pulled out the primer one day and started pointing out simple words...

Help! My Teen Refuses to Do Her School Work!

 

As I field questions from homeschool moms who are seeking my advice, one question comes up rather frequently. “My teen refuses to do her course work. What can I do?” I’d like to share 5 suggestions from my experience as a consultant and former homeschool mom.

 

Can We Skip Doing Math Today?

When I was in elementary school, I remember enjoying doing workbook pages, especially math ones. Yep, I was one of those weird kids. I also wrote left-handed back when all the desks were made for right-handed kids. My first grade teacher even tried to force me to write right-handed. It didn’t work. My resistance to conversion may have pushed her to retire early; for me at the very least, it ruined any interest in handwriting for a long time.

We Often Come Up Short, but God Never Does | Introducing Julie Schnatterly to the Blog!

If the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, my journey as a homeschool mom may have begun with a crawl, a limp and couple of do-si-dos which ended up leaving me facing in the wrong direction. I grew up in a very dysfunctional family and came to motherhood more unprepared than the next person. I only knew that when they placed my firstborn into my arms, I would give all of my heart and soul to protect and nurture her in the best way I knew how. 

I Like to Do a Little Reading in My Off-Duty | Introducing Carolyn Bales to the Blog!

My daughter, Meg, is sitting at the kitchen table with a screwdriver and a puddle of turquoise play-doh. We have a library book on Mesopotamia open to the cuneiform numbers, and she's imitating them. Triangular reed stalks not being in season, I twisted a flat-head screwdriver for each print, and that worked pretty well. Meg prefers scraping triangles with a pine twig for added authenticity.

A Journey Worth Starting | Introducing Amy Koons to the Blog!

 

Hi, I'm Amy Koons. It's great to join the HSLDA blogging community! I look forward to posting here and hopefully hearing back from many of you as we share in the rewarding, and definitely never dull, experience of homeschooling our children.

10 Ways to Speak the Language of Love to Your Kids

“I love you.” Sometimes saying these three little words is the best way to express our love to our children. They certainly need to hear it, as do all those we love.

Though I say them often to my children, however, sometimes my negative actions can speak louder than my words. I can be quick to judge the intention of their hearts, slow to listen, and slow to forgive an offense.

National School Choice Week: Why I Chose Homeschooling - Guest Post

When I first heard about homeschooling, I was intrigued by the idea of teaching my kids at home. I was impressed with the quality and character of the homeschool kids I knew. But I wasn’t convinced that it would be the best path for my children.

Then the Lord brought a wise, older woman into my life who asked me this question, “Who cares most about your children: you, or your children’s teachers?”

When High School is Just around the Corner

 

For parents who realize that middle school will soon be drawing to a close, HSLDA has some great resources to help you prepare for the challenge of homeschooling through high school, understand the personal and academic records you should keep, and begin the process of developing a 4 year plan for your teen. 

We've got lots of resources to get you started >>

Homeschooling Through Hard Times

Breathe. Try to keep calm. Claim and walk out the Scripture promise from Isaiah 26:3, "You will keep him in perfect peace, he whose mind is stayed (or fixed) on You, because He trusts in You." The past couple of months have not been easy for me—life (and thus homeschooling) has been broadsided by broken appliances, family sickness, a loved one hospitalized, a car accident, relative visits, and did I forget to mention the holidays and all the preparations that those entail?

All the Things You Can Think!

Basecamp is a communication and organization software company that offers accounts to project managers to help them successfully monitor project status, which requires effective communication and efficient organization. Basecamp software simplifies the communication process to help people streamline collaboration on various projects. This high tech tool will be a marvelous asset to any tech savvy mother willing to implement it in her homeschool.

The Price is Right: Free Online Math and Economic Resources

Because homeschooling families are always conscious of keeping curriculum costs down, many will benefit from two new free resources now being offered online by college trained professors.

Dr. Jeff Haymond, a professor of economics at Cedarville University, has authored a free online textbook,  No Free Lunch: Economics for a Fallen WorldThis introductory economics textbook investigates the free market system from a Christian worldview.

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