Classical Charlotte Mason

What is Classical Charlotte Mason? It’s really is a thing, I promise. There are many debates as to why one method is better than the other, however there are many of us who see a great benefit of combining these two philosophies. Homeschooling allows us to customize the education of each individual child, so don’t be afraid to be creative! Here is what we discussed, during out 10 day series: Principles and Benefits of a Classical Education Principles and Benefits of a Charlotte Mason Education Similarities Between the Classical & Charlotte Mason Methods Our Classical Charlotte Mason Weekly Schedule Favorite Classical Charlotte Mason Language Arts ResourcesREAD 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,READ 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

Famous Birthdays

I’ll admit it, I’m an Abraham Lincoln groupie. I became absolutely fascinated by The Liberator while reading KIlling Lincoln in 2011. Until then, my knowledge of the 16th President of the United States was limited to “Lincoln was the 16th President of the United States”. I’m not kidding, that was it. History was NOT my favorite subject. Oh how things have changed! In fact, you could say that my fascination with history (particularly American History) began when I learned how this self-educated man was elected to congress, became President, issued the Emancipation Proclamation, established the US National Banking System, signed the 13th Amendment abolishing slavery andREAD 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

Famous Birthdays

This month, as we take part of the iHomeschool Network October birthday celebration, we will take a look at the life of John Adams, the 2nd President of the United States. A Brief History John Adams was born on October 30th, 1735 in his family’s farm in Quincy, Massachusetts. He was named after his father, a farmer who was also a deacon in the church.  John’s education was very important to his father, it was his dream to see his son graduated from Harvard. He taught his son to read at a very young age, and enlisted him into various schools to prepare him forREAD 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

Famous Birthdays

If your house is anything like mine, the Hamilton Musical soundtrack is on repeat (please preview before the kids hear it). I tend to block a lot of the stuff my kids constantly play; however when it comes to Hamilton, I catch myself singing at the top of my lungs 9 times out of 10. It’s crazy. I took American History in high school and again in college. I even taught it to my two oldest in high school, but I’ve never been more driven to fully understand every detail of the American Revolution, as I am now. One of the major players in our country’sREAD MORE

The Relaxed Mom Homeschool Planner

If you’ve been following my blog for any length of time you know I’m big on planning, organizing and pretty much trying to keep track of the many hats I wear on a daily basis. I love planners, yet I’m not into the glam planning that is so popular these days. I don’t do the stickers or elaborate layouts. I consider myself to be a ‘get to the point’ planner, as if that  was a real category. I have two big problems when searching for a new planner: Though there are thousands of planners to chose from, most will have a number of pages I’ll never use; andREAD MORE

Even though we call this thing we do homeschooling, most of us spend a great deal of time learning and teaching outside our homes. In fact one of the greatest advantages of homeschooling is that we are not confined to anyplace in particular. Because of our busy schedules, we often take school ‘to-go’. Here’s a list of the 10 best supplies for homeschooling on the go in our opinion.READ MORE

For the last three years I’ve been a been able to work while homeschooling and successfully taking care of my home. Believe me when I say I’m not telling you this with the intention to toot my own horn, but to encourage you to ask Christ for His strength on your day to day routines. Our families and our our homes are a blessing and a great responsibility He has entrusted us with! here’s a peek at how we balance homeschooling and homeschooling at the same time.READ 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

These past three years, we’ve followed a traditional school calendar. After so many years of public school, we were all used to routinely taking 2 weeks off in the winter and the entire summer off. Also, we have cousins, and lots of public schooled friends that like to plan beach days and sleep overs during the summer. It was just easier that way, or so we thought until it was time to start school in the fall, and it took an entire month for everyone to get back into the homeschool routine, and then interrupted by the two week Thanksgiving break, and as soon as we gotREAD 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