3rd Grade Homeschool Curriculum Picks

Do you have a 3rd grader this year? It's a great year! Come and see what I recommend for my active 3rd grade boy. Hint: sitting still is required, but not as much as you'd expect!

Last week I shared about the curriculum I will be using for my kindergartener. This week, it's time to jump to 3rd grade. Some days it's kind of hard to believe how quickly we've gotten here. I'll spare you the "seems like just yesterday when he was born," but I can definitely testify to the fact that time flies! My 3rd grader this go round is Nathan. His curriculum looks a lot different than his sisters' did a few years ago. Of course, I have discovered new things, but most of the changes … [Read more...]

5 Reasons to Build Your Own Homeschool Bundle

Homeschool curriculum doesn't have to break the bank. You can build your own or supplement with these amazing deals.

By now you've probably seen a few banners floating around for this thing called "Build Your Bundle." If you haven't, don't worry. We don't think you are weird. Haha. Last week I told you that whenever I see sales, I take them seriously. Even if I had money to waste, I wouldn't want to! I wouldn't say that I'm cheap or even super frugal, but I definitely do my best to save money. I bet you do, too. And that's why I thought I would take a few minutes to tell you exactly why I think your family … [Read more...]

Kindergarten Homeschool Curriculum

My kindergarten homeschool philosophy is this: keep it simple and develop strong basics. This selection of kindergarten homeschool curriculum does exactly that!

For 2016, I'm excited to be welcoming another kindergartner. The event is a little bittersweet though, as Luke is probably my last child to start school. Sniff. Sniff. (Unless God has some miraculous plans that He has yet to reveal.) Despite the sniffling, I'm certain that this is going to be a great year. I LOVE kindergarten. It's a year to explore just about everything. It's laid back, with no pressure to perform or develop any crucial skills in a hurry. (As long as you are homeschooled.) … [Read more...]

How Saving Money on Homeschool Curriculum Buys Vacations and Car Repairs

My absolute favorite sale of the year! It's Black Friday for homeschoolers and you can get an exclusive coupon to save even more. You know you want to click.

Sale. You either see that word and get all giddy inside or you grit your teeth and turn your nose up. I know because I've lived with both. My momma is the kind of person who would much rather pay an extra $100 for something than even figure out the details of the sale. And me? Well, I'm the girl who creates floor maps of the best deals at Target for Black Friday. Talk about stark difference. Over the years I've tried to convince my mom of all the money she is wasting. But she just can't … [Read more...]

Finding the Courage to Homeschool OUTSIDE the Box

Don't believe the lie that you aren't qualified to hand-pick homeschool curriculum for your family. YOU are uniquely equipped to do this, not the publisher. Come on, let's get out of the box!

Her name was Tiffany. She was much like you. Two small children stood wrapped around her ankles and one was inside her womb. Year one of homeschooling had been successfully checked off, but something was very wrong. From the minute she entered the booth where I was working, her countenance was marred with anxiety, disdain, and hopelessness. I had seen this look before, so I made a beeline to her side. "Can I help you find something?" I asked. She looked up at me with a blank stare and then … [Read more...]

Can a Single Mom Homeschool?

Do you know a single mom who wishes to homeschool? It's not an impossible dream. Encourage and equip her as God specializes in doing BEYOND what we can think or imagine!

We sat there on the couch watching our children play. I was nursing my newborn and she was bouncing a crawler on her knee. The kitchen sink was piled high and the floors were dirty. Evidence that this single mom gig was difficult surrounded me and the verdict was handed down through her question. “When do you think you’ll call the school?” Part of me wanted to throw her out, punch her in the face, or at least throw myself on the floor for a good tantrum. Her words were like fresh, … [Read more...]

How to Create A Home Filled With Laughter

They say laughter is the best medicine. Do you want to create a safe and healthy environment for your family? If so, laughter is a key element! See how we create opportunities to laugh out loud in our home.

They say laughter is the best medicine. And while I can think of something else that is a bit more effective for truly solving your problems (Jesus), I do have to agree that laughter is good for everyone. In fact, Proverbs 17:22 says that a joyful heart is good medicine. And it's true. Even when the darkest storms are raging in our homes, a little comic relief is just exactly what our hearts need to weather the storm. Laughing together builds a strong family bond, heals brokenness, and … [Read more...]