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

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

The Father of American Literature Samuel Langhorne Clemens was born on November 30, 1835. Of  course you and I know him better as Mark Twain, master story-teller, humorist and teacher.  Some of his most well-known novels are The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, and The Prince And The Pauper. As we get ready to dive in to his life and works, take a look at these 8 Things You May Not Know About Mark Twain, and watch the video below. The Adventures of  Huckleberry Finn One of Twain’s most popular novels is The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. If you haven’t read it, IREAD 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

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

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

This past weekend we increased our household size by 5. My sisters were out-of-town, so the nieces and the nephew spent a few days with us. I’m really enjoying being an auntie these days, specially because of the new babies. Since my youngest is already 9, it’s been a long time since we’ve had babies in the house. I can absolutely say, that it was more work than I remember.  I don’t think I have the energy for a brand new baby at this age, I’m sure glad I had mine as young as I did On  Monday, we started our last week of homeschool, and atREAD MORE

Our move has taken much longer than we originally planned. After looking at a ridiculous number of homes, we finally found one that is just right for us. The only catch, is that it is not available yet. In the meantime, the old house is on the market, our ‘everything’ is in storage, and we’ve been paying an extended visit to grandpa’s house in Arizona. Consistently homeschooling during this move has been almost as difficult as finding a house. By day 20 (yes 20), we are finally getting a hang of it. Here are 4 tips in case you’re ever in a similar situation; thoughREAD 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