Twelve Reasons To Start Homeschooling This Fall

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to teach at home? Are you new to the whole idea of homeschooling? Maybe you're in the information-gathering stage, or perhaps you're already planning to begin homeschooling after summer.

Maybe you and your husband are ready to start teaching your kindergartner, or maybe you're just curious about the whole idea. Perhaps you're taking your kids out of the public school system. If so -- fantastic! You won't regret it.


I positioned myself between and behind each swing that sunny morning almost fourteen years ago.  That way, I could alternate pushing each four-year-old.  My mind wandered as I reflected on some of the things I wanted to accomplish that day... 

   The sound of those old swings at Baker Park lulled me into a thoughtful state.  Creeeeeeek... I gave a little push with my right hand.  Creeeeeeek... my left hand offered a gentle shove to the other twin's back.  I reviewed my grocery list and today's errands. 

Just One Thing...


As a Registered Nurse, I am often asked, "Is there one specific thing I can do to improve my child's health?" As a former home educator, I was often asked, "Is there one specific thing I can do to enhance my child's learning?" The answer is the same for both questions and it all begins with the brain...


32 Diamonds

  32 diamonds for life -- right in our mouths! Since I married a lab guy (dental technician and lab owner), I learned that taking care of our teeth is a big deal and that teeth are as precious as diamonds. 

        I learned that it's important to teach our kids about dental health at a young age, and that it's best to take a preventive approach. It's all about good habits. We either pay now for tooth cleaning and maintenance, or pay later with costly restorations and replacements.

Delicious Apples For September

What mom doesn't love the versatility and ease of serving apples? Apples with peanut butter, apples in pies, crisps, sauces, cider and jellies. You name it -- there are a myriad of ways to use apples. 

And what's with the warm smell of cinnamon and apples wafting through the house? If my family had to describe a wonderful smell in our house, I hope they would say either freshly baked oatmeal-chocolate-chip-cookies (I'll share my recipe with you soon) or apples with cinnamon. Nothing says autumn like a mouth-watering apple pie made with fresh Granny Smith apples!

The Exercise Of Choice For Busy Moms

Through my eleven years of home teaching, part of the way I kept my sanity was by walking -- No, seriously -- I always felt that I needed a good walk around the neighborhood to think, plan and unwind. Some days, walking was a way to have some quiet moments by myself to pray, get some fresh air and move around after some sedentary hours teaching. Sometimes on beautiful fall days when everyone was dreamily looking out the window, I'd say, "Guys, drop everything. We're going to the park!" 

Looking Forward To A Great Homeschooling Year

Are you making preparations for the upcoming school year? Finding books, gathering supplies and getting organized can be exciting! I also realize that it can be rather daunting at the same time!

     My encouragement to you today is to adopt the same approach to teaching academics as to teaching your kids anything else. For instance, let's look at bike riding. When you teach your children to ride a bike, you allow for individual differences in each child. Same goes with homeschooling.

Your Home Needs You

Today as I walked out to get the mail from the mailbox, I felt like I was at Death Valley -- not because of the heat, but because of the absence of people. No kids were out playing and the only sound to be heard were the birds. It's kind of sad to see kids hurried off to day camps and return exhausted at around five o'clock in the afternoon. The question becomes, "Where have all the mothers gone?"

In order to have an orderly, peaceful, loving home we must be there - at least some of the time.  I believe that the mother really sets the tone for the household, and if the house had a soul --- it would definitely be the mother. That might sound kind of odd, but the point is that our husbands and children (our homes) need us!


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