Our Organized Homeschool Space

When I was 2, I was the little girl who organized her stuffed animals by height, color and type on her bed each morning. I was the girl who cried when her younger sister sharpened one of the color pencils a little more than the rest, and the girl who had to get a brand new notebook every time a page had a tiny smudge. Wait a minute, I’m still that girl. I’m obsessive when it comes to organization. In my family it’s called the sickness and it’s taken very seriously. Having an obsessive personality can sometimes be beneficial. This month, I let the OCDREAD MORE

These 10 free must have apps would allow our homeschool to run un-interrupted even if we had to get rid of all the printed curriculum we currently own.  1. Livribox We had been using the subscription based Kindle Unlimited and Audible until we heard about this free app. Livribox features free public domain audiobooks, in multiple languages and versions read by volunteers. We’re not just enjoying listening, but a couple of my girls are actually interested in becoming volunteers. 2 .Evernote Evernote is a virtual notebook that keeps your notes, files, bookmarks, and reminders neatly organized. I admit it took a little bit of timeREAD MORE

My Favorite Posts of 2016 | The Musings of Mum

Last week I shared our Top 10 Posts, based on your shares, likes and visits. Today, it’s my turn to share my favorites. Coincidentally, every series I wrote in 2016, turned out to be in my top 10. 10. Summer Homeschool Prep Series This was my first series ever. I’m a planner, scheduler, list maker, box checker, you name it. I’ll admit it’s not my best work, but it’s what kicked of my serious blogging year. 9. Christmas in Bolivia I loved writing this post, because it brought me back to my roots, my people, my land. And the fact that it’s all about Christmas,READ 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

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

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

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