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 onceREAD MORE

Famous Birthdays

This March marks the 266th birthday celebration of the 4th President of the United States, James Madison. I have to tell you I’ve really been enjoying this famous birthdays series. I’ve learned so much by gathering resources for you, I hope you are too! Quick Facts About the 4th American President James Madison was born on March 16, 1751 in Port Conway VA. Madison attended Princeton University, studied Law and graduated early. He later served 2 consecutive terms as President of the United States from 1809-He died on June 28, 1836 at the age of 85 and is buried in Montpelier VA. A Brief Biography James Madison’s Greatest Accomplishments He played aREAD MORE

Encouragement and Inspiration for the Homeschool Blahs

Are you in need of encouragement and inspiration for the homeschool blahs? I’ve heard it say that many homeschoolers are ready to call it quits in November and February. I’ve been there more than once due to burnout and when our routine and curriculum just weren’t working. Here’s some great news whether this describes how you’re feeling or if you just need some encouragement and inspiration. The bloggers at iHomeschool Network, have put together an amazing resource to get you soaring through the rest of the year. The Big Book of Homeschool Ideas Volume 2 was just released and is available on paperback and KindleREAD MORE

This past year was full of unexpected changes for our family; and though in the beginning things looked grim, the Lord blessed the final outcome. This was also the year in which I finally started to blog regularly, something I’d been wanting to do for years. I want to thank you, my readers for your support and encouragement in this season, and I can’t begin to explain how exited I am about what is coming in 2017. Here are your top posts from 2016. 10. The Importance of Chores Yes, we all want to serve our families, children included; however failing to teach them toREAD MORE

Eleven years ago, I left a job at a company I loved, because my faith was under attack. I was mocked, and wrongly accused, yet the worst part was lacking the words to articulate my belief in Christ; and not having the ability defend my faith. This experience later inspired me to seek answers that would not just allow me to communicate clearly, but to have the ability to make a case for Christ and to even possibly persuade further discussion with an unbeliever. There are many reasons why apologetics should be a priority in every Christian home; last week I shared 5 reasons whyREAD MORE

During the Summer of 2015, I was determined to start blogging consistently. Blogs had become my primary source of information for all things homeschooling for some time, and I had developed friendships with many bloggers over the years. It was then that I first heard of the 2:1 Conference. As October approached my Facebook, Twitter and Persicope feeds were swarmed by conference posts. With no ticket, and no real direction to my blogging I missed out, but made a mental note to attend the following year. In June of 2016, with a vision, a plan and full support from my family, I committed to thisREAD MORE

Since I am a working homeschooling mom, my days are busy, and my schedule is demanding not just on me, but on the rest of the family too. With that being said, our days are more structured than most homeschool families. READ MORE

(This post contains affiliate links. See my full disclosure here.)   After trying various homeschool curriculum and philosophies (traditional, classical, Charlotte Mason, un-schooling, etc.), we realized that like many other families our style didn’t really fit into any one single box. Our learning style has evolved over time, and we’ve finally come up with our own “philosophy”. We consider ourselves interest-led-classical-charlotte-mason-homeschoolers. Maybe we should come up with an acronym for that one. What this means to us, is that the girls are very involved in choosing curriculum, field-trips, and any other learning activities. We borrow ideas from different styles, and come up with customized educational plans.READ MORE

(This post contains affiliate links, see my full disclosure here.) As a brand new homeschooler, 3 years ago I set out to create the ideal school at home. I read through countless books and articles. Watched way too many TED talks and devised the perfect “home/school” plan. I literally mapped out the next 12 years of home education, with a complete list of curriculum, projects, field-trips, etc. If you’ve been following my blog for any length of time you know I’m a planner. And a little very obsessive at times. How I Managed To Frustrate Everyone Before we even began homeschooling, I did some research on learningREAD MORE

10 Days of Back to School Planning

Now that we’ve got our curriculum, calendar, and lesson plan in place; it may feel like we’re done, however a crucial part is to plan labs, projects and field trips now. I’m one of those people that really needs to see the big picture to feel  at ease. On day seven of this series we talked about making a side note of anything that might require extra time and planning. Now it’s time to prepare for those days. Last year, my daughter’s best friend joined us for biology labs all year. This sort of co-op approach helped with the cost of lab supplies and kept bothREAD MORE

10 Days of Back to School Planning

Months before we started our first year of homeschooling I was completely overwhelmed by the incredible amount of choices in homeschool curriculum. It wasn’t just that were was tons to choose from, but also that there were so many different styles and philosophies. I was drowning in catalogs, and I doubted if I had heard the call to homeschool at this point. Today we’ll discuss how to choose the right homeschool curriculum for your family.READ MORE

10 Days of Back to School Planning

Reality is, that most homes don’t look Pinterest perfect, and that’s just real life. When you add homeschooling to an already hectic day, our homes often look more like disaster zones. On this 4th day of our summer series, I wanted to share how we manage the homeschool clutter chaos.READ MORE

How We Organized Our Homeschool Space | The Musings of Mum

As we wrap up the school year, and as conventions are around the corner, I’m exited to make room for new curriculum and re-arrange our homeschool space. (This post contains affiliate links. See my full disclosure here.) I’m also very exited about organizing our homeschool space. Yes, organization makes me giddy. For the last few weeks I’ve been cataloguing bookshelves, cleaning out drawers, making lists and getting ready to sell or donate what we don’t plan on using. In our old house, like many homeschool families we used our “formal dining room” as a dedicated schoolroom. Because of the layout, the room was somewhat separate from theREAD MORE

Today I’m participating in the 30 Ways We Homeschool Blog Party at They Call Me Blessed. I’ll be sharing about our Interest-Led Classical Charlotte Mason approach, as well as our daily routine including my work schedule and next years curriculum. Wether you’re a veteran homeschooler or just getting started, this is a great place to gather ideas, gain some wisdom, and get to know 30 very unique families. Before you head over, don’t forget to enter the giveaways.READ MORE

As mothers, we just want the best for our children, from a great meal to a great education. However this becomes even more trivial when it comes to their spiritual development. As their parent I have been entrusted with so much! It is crucial I make sure they are in God’s word daily. READ MORE