A Day in the Life…Homeschooling & Working with a Baby

Since I get the question "How do you do it all?" often, I thought I would give you a glimpse into a normal day in our home. I say this not with false humility but in all seriousness: right now I don't feel like I'm getting anything done, and that's with my husband home full…

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Free Homeschooling Checklist and Proofreading Marks Printable!

Earlier this month, I shared a screenshot of the checklist my girls have been using for their school work (as part of my "Homeschool Planning Made Easy" post), and a few people emailed to ask if it was available as a printable. So today it is! Click here to download or print the homeschool checklist.…

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Homeschool Planning Made Easy

It's ironic, really, considering I make to-do lists and schedules for fun, but planning has always been my Achilles' heel as a homeschool mom. I've tried a variety of different methods over the years, but even when I plan out assignments just one week at a time, something inevitably pops up and we get off…

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What Grade Would You Get as the Parent of a Student?

The following post is from Jennifer, a lifelong educator: See all of the Homework Helps posts here. Let’s face it.  Most kids aren’t born organized, intrinsically motivated, and willing to work hard to get good grades.  They take a lot of cues from our words, actions, and attitudes towards their efforts at school.  Take the…

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From Picture Books to Chapter Books: Transitioning Read Alouds

The following guest post is from Haley of Carrots for Michaelmas: I couldn’t wait for the day when our firstborn was ready to enjoy some of my most beloved books. I daydreamed about snuggling up at bedtime reading The Chronicles of Narnia, while my little one was transfixed by the story--sitting still, imagination whirring. But…

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How to Help Your Child Become a Better Writer

The following post is from Jennifer, a lifelong educator: See all of the Homework Helps posts here. Hoping your child will attend a good college?  Maybe even get a scholarship?  Don’t wait until high school to help them develop strong writing skills. Written expression is part of every classroom.  Many students either have to record…

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Five Bible Studies for Kids for Just $7.40! {BundleoftheWeek.com}

  This week's bundle includes a ton of Bible study resources for kids! Discover resources for Scripture memorization, Bible study and character development, as well as handwriting practice, letter recognition, and more! This week only, get all five of these ebooks for more than 80% off: God's Word in My Heart by Jennifer Thorson Write…

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5 Preschool Learning Resources for Just $7.40! {BundleoftheWeek.com}

With back to school for older kids behind us, this week's bundle is designed for parents of preschoolers! Whether you're looking for informal learning activities or more structured curricula, this collection includes inspiration for learning activities you can do at home with your preschooler, tons of great printables and an 80-minute audio recording to encourage…

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How to Support Your Child’s Homework … Without Doing It Yourself

The following post is from Jennifer, a lifelong educator: See all of the Homework Helps posts here. Homework is a double-edged sword.  The time spent in additional practice gives some students the boost they need to move forward in school.  That same practice, however, eats into precious family time. Complying with the teacher’s requirements and maintaining…

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First Day of School Pictures

Although we homeschool all summer, yesterday we kicked off our new school year with our favorite annual traditions: letter pancakes for breakfast, first-day-of-school photos, interviews, and ice cream sundaes for dinner! I love, love the first day of school for taking annual pictures because our first day tends to be pretty fun and laid back,…

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