It’s time for the 9th Back to Homeschool Blog Hop! Are you ready for the new homeschool year? We are, almost. The mere idea of teaching multiple subjects to four different grades is exhausting. So a few years ago, I opted to combine subjects and curriculum when possible. We adjust the workload and expectations depending on the girl’s ability and interest, and not on their grade level. Right from the start, the girls are involved in the curriculum choice process. This helps take a little of the pressure off me, and helps them become more accountable for their own education. Before overwhelming you with our middle & high school curriculum choices, you should know that our homeschool style is a combination between the Classical Education Method and the Charlotte Mason Philosophy. Therefore our curriculum choices will reflect a bit of both. We call it Classical Charlotte Mason. You can read more about it here. Something else you ought to know, is that we’re huge fans of history, science and the arts. Therefore you’ll see a larger selection of resources in those areas. Here is some of the middle and high school curriculum we’re using this year: Artist, Composer, Nature andREAD MORE

Relax You CAN Homeschool High School

When I started homeschooling high school a few years ago, all I could think of, was the millions of things that could go wrong, as a result of me not choosing the right curriculum, not assigning the right credit, or not meeting college requirements. Homeschooling High School was seriously scary as a rookie homeschooler, and it can intimidate even some veterans. Though homeschooling my then high school sophomore and junior was not the original plan; I had no other choice. The charter school system was failing them, and neither was on track to graduating high school on time. If homeschooling high school is in your near future, and you’re frantically looking for a paper bag to breathe into like I was just a few years ago, let me assure you that you won’t need it. Homeschooling high school is not that hard, and you might even have fun. This week, I’m sharing some tips and resources to get you excited about homeschooling your high schooler, at Kingdom First Homeschool, where 29 bloggers are sharing encouragement and wisdom to help you on your homeschool journey. You can also join the Homeschooling 101 Blog Party group on Facebook to chat with the blog contributorsREAD MORE

How I Teach Apologetics In Our Homeschool

It’s no secret apologetics are a crucial part of our homeschool. I’ve shared on previous occasions the reasons why having a biblical foundation is critical to prevent losing our kids to the world. Teaching Apologetics Is A Priority in Our Homeschool I picked up Already Gone by Ken Ham & Britt Beemer after a conference a few years ago. In this book, Ken and Britt uncover the reasons why young people are loosing their faith, even while attending Sunday school. I’ve read it a few times over the years and the statistics are eye-opening. In the last three years, I’ve seen a rapid increase in the number of kids we once knew as good church kids, walk away from the church and from Christ. This realization, prompted me to be more intentional about preparing my girls to defend their faith in the event it would ever be questioned. I formally introduced apologetics in our homeschool this spring. How I Teach Apologetics and How You Can Too We spend a dedicated 30 to 45 minutes twice a week discussing topics like the reliability of the Bible, a literal 6 day creation, the existence of God, absolute truth, etc. We start our time with prayer, followed by a quickREAD MORE

I hope my last-minute homeschool journey brings you encouragement, and shows you that you can graduate your homeschooler. Though I’m not an expert, I’m a firm believer that a successful home education is possible even when you start at the last-minute and even when you have no idea how you’re going to pull it off. A little over three years ago, after much prayer, my husband and I decided to homeschool our then Kindergartener, 2nd, 4th and 6th graders. I was so exited, I bought lots of books and set up a space in our home. My girls were counting down the days left in their public school career. I also have two older children, who at the time were enrolled in a charter school. My oldest would be a senior that fall, and my daughter would be a junior. Homeschooling was not an option for these extremely social kids. These two had ZERO interest in homeschooling. They both felt it was weird and that homeschooled kids were awkward. Since we were going to be homeschooling the little ones, I quit my job and started to do tons of research, and the more I learned, the more I wanted to homeschool the oldest two; but I was terrified. How was I going toREAD MORE