Age-Appropriate Chores for Children

Do you find it hard to homeschool and keep your home in order? You may be struggling because you aren’t giving your children chores. Why are you not giving your children chores? Are you not giving your kids chores for any of these reasons? You think they’re too young It’s easier to do it yourself You don’t have energy to train them Your kids whine and complain when you give them chores You want their childhood to be happy The reality is that getting your kids to work is biblical – Lamentations 3:27 says, “It is…

12 Ways to Develop Patience

How many times have you heard someone say, “I don’t have the patience to homeschool”? This was one of the most common comments I heard when people heard I homeschooled my children. The reality is, I was (am) not by nature a patient person! What is impatience? Impatience is all about instant gratification. We want something NOW. We don’t want to wait. We want our kids to learn to read, to grasp a challenging math concept, to hurry up and get their chores done, or to mature in their thinking. And we want it done yesterday! How to…

How to Plan and Create a Unit Study

Do you love the idea of unit studies but just can’t seem to pull one together? Have you toyed with the idea of creating a unit study but it seems too loose and free and lacking structure – leaving you insecure? I feel you! I loved the idea of unit studies and tried a few but never felt like I really did a good job at it.   Let’s unpack how to put a unit study together successfully.   What is a unit study? A unit study is a fun way to learn and focuses on a central theme…

Creative Teaching Methods without Using Textbooks

Are you tired of spending all day with books, trying to push more information into your child’s overstuffed brain? Do you want to keep your child’s love for learning alive, or revive that love? Are you tired of textbooks and looking for some creative teaching methods? Let’s talk about creative teaching! What does creative teaching mean? Simply put, it means finding creative, alternative, fun ways to teach your children. This kind of learning reignites the natural love for learning that kids are born with and that too many textbooks tend to kill.   Consider this scenario: As…

How to Teach Using Incidental Learning

There are two ways to learn new things – deliberately or incidentally. Studying a specific topic is deliberate learning. Memorising times tables, historical dates, or scientific formulas are also deliberate learning. Deliberate learning is important for memorising important facts and information but it is not the only way to learn. Often, things can be learned incidentally – by chance, in connection with something else, or as a result of natural curiosity. Incidental learning is fun, stress free, and creative. What is incidental learning? Incidental learning is learning that happens as a result of naturally occurring “incidents” or situations…

4 Steps to Teaching Kids to Read

How am I ever going to teach my kids to read? I worried over this question a lot. I didn’t know where to start and I wondered whether I’d be able to do it. Looking back, it’s way easier than I thought.  I should have stressed less. Are you qualified to teach your child to read? Yes. Any parent who can read can teach their child to read. Don’t be intimidated by the fact that you are not educated in this area. By the end of this post you’ll know how to do it…

How to Deal with Learning Gaps

A common fear homeschoolers have is that they are not teaching their kids enough, that they’re going to create huge gaps in their learning. The fear of learning gaps can keep you enslaved to a school model, scope-and-sequence curriculum that satisfies national standards instead of being free to pursue free, delightful, God-led learning for your children. The reality is, following a school model curriculum doesn’t guarantee there will be no gaps in your child’s education. You are never going to be able to cover everything there is to know about every subject all of…

How to Homeschool Multiple Kids at Once

Let’s be honest, homeschooling multiple kids can make you feel like you’re losing your mind. At least, that’s how I felt a lot of the time – and I suspect I’m not alone! It’s challenging – you’re juggling multiple personalities, learning styles, subjects, and grades, and it seems that everyone always wants your attention at the same time. (Reliving some deeply buried stress from my homeschool days here…) If you relate to this, take heart. With a little planning and a few helpful tips you can homeschool all your kids with a lot less…

4 Steps to Stress-free Homeschool Planning

Homeschool planning can be a huge source of anxiety. Some people are great planners and get their lives organized down to the last minute detail. I was never like that. I struggled to think one day ahead, never mind a whole month or year! (I did get better with time though!) I had a general plan of what we would do in a year, but planned more specifically for only about a month ahead – and then it was a fairly loose plan that kept changing all the time. Sometimes I wrote what we did into my planner after we did…