Homeschool Methods: Classical Education

The Classical education method of homeschooling is based on the historical concept known as the trivium, which focuses on logic and reasoning as the centre of learning. This is broken up into three stages: Grammar, Logic, and Rhetoric, focusing on different skills as children grow and develop. The Grammar stage is for the early years, up […]

Homeschool Methods: Traditional School-At-Home

A traditional or school-at-home approach is essentially trying to replicate the learning experience of a public school classroom at home: specific workspaces such as desks, textbooks and workbooks, assignments, and grades, often filling the day with structured study times and trying to match up to the same curriculum outlines set out by the government. There […]

Homeschool Methods: An Introduction

Both when you first start homeschooling and all the way through your adventure, you will likely think about the concept of homeschool methods a few times. Homeschooling offers the opportunity to approach learning and teaching differently than the traditional school system. There are lots of educational methodologies that we can choose from – even that […]

What if Homeschooling Isn’t Working?

From the outside looking in, homeschool has this sort of rosy, dreamy glow. If you were to believe the blogs, the news articles, Pinterest, the community in general, you might think that every day perfection is the norm. But what if, for you and your kids, things seem to be an every day struggle, you […]

Homeschooling Support. It's So Important.

Homeschooling Support. So Important!

I’m a veteran homeschooler – that means I’ve been around the homeschooling community for a while now – 15+ years. I’ve seen some trends… come….and go. Some for the better…. And some for the worse. I want to talk about a trend I’m seeing now … and it’s for the worse….so I’m hoping that by writing about it […]

20 Tips to Keep Your Sanity While Homeschooling.

20 Tips to Keep Your Sanity While Homeschooling

Homeschooling can be mentally, physically, and emotionally draining. The pressure and challenges of getting schooling done, while parenting kids, maintaining a home, and balancing extra activities amongst other things can really take a toll on homeschooling parents. There are days where no matter what you’ve had planned, everything gets derailed by one bad attitude or […]

Why should you consider buying digital homeschool curriculum

7 Benefits to Using Digital Curriculum in Your Homeschool

This post uses affiliate links. Everything seems to be moving to more of a digital format, and that goes with homeschool curricula as well. I know the appeal to see, touch, feel, and smell new books is hard to replace, but digital curriculum actually has a lot of great benefits. Benefits of Digital Curriculum Cost […]

Homeschool Burnout Survival Steps

If you are already feeling like you’ve hit the wall, and are tired, stressed, frazzled, and at the end of your rope….. there is hope. Here, you will find a collection of tips and ideas for surviving a homeschool burnout. Tip #1. Stop. If you are feeling burnt out, it’s time to stop. Cut all […]

Homeschooling and Extra Activities: Figuring Out What to Participate In

There is a common joke in the homeschooling world. “Why do they call it homeschooling when we are never at home!?” Although the general public tends to see home education as bubbling our kids away from the world, the reality is that there are plenty of opportunities for our kids to learn out and about. […]

8 Tips for Homeschooling When You Have Little Kids Too

Trying to homeschool with little ones around can be a challenge. Preschoolers and toddlers simply require a lot more time, attention, and support than older children do and are quite the demand on your focus. It can be hard to figure out how, exactly, to successfully meet their needs while still teaching their siblings. Let’s […]

Self Care Ideas for the Homeschooling Parent

People tell me over and over that self care is important for parents, especially for homeschooling parents. Since we are around kids essentially all day, every day – it can really be draining to us emotionally, physically, and mentally to be keeping up with all their needs all the time. Taking time to ourselves to […]

Working and Homeschooling – Yes, It’s Possible.

Working and Homeschooling. This can be a challenging scenario for a homeschooling family when the parents have to work. Is it possible to successfully homeschool this way? Absolutely! But again, this requires evaluation of priorities and intentional time planning. Whether you work out of the home or at home, juggling the needs of a job […]

Balancing Homeschool and Housekeeping

My favourite quote about housekeeping is “Cleaning your house while you have kids is like trying to brush your teeth while eating Oreos.”  Since we homeschool, we are home more and make more messes to clean up. It often feels like a lost cause. This post contains affiliate links. Housekeeping (laundry, cleaning, meal planning, etc) […]

Finding Family Time When You Homeschool

One of the strangest things about homeschooling is that in between the lessons, learning, housework, and the running around of everyday life, it can be far too easy to forget to set aside time for quality family time. Building the strong bonds of relationships between family members is important. Take your Teacher Hat Off. Before […]

Balancing Homeschooling: Avoiding the Overwhelm

Teaching our kids is a full-time job. No matter what methodology you follow in your homeschool – it takes time, effort, focus, and work. There are a million things needed to make the experience work. Considering how important a priority this learning process is to homeschoolers, it easily can become a big stress and permeate deep […]

Homeschooling & Life Balance: The Art of Priority

Prioritizing things in our life makes us conscious of what we should be focusing on instead of letting ourselves just wing it and hope for the best. As homeschoolers with many pulls in several directions, it’s essential to figure out what is important to us and what isn’t. There is this meme that appears on […]

Homeschooling and Balance

Homeschooling and Balance: 10 Days Exploring the Myth

Homeschooling and Balance. Is it even possible to find the perfect equilibrium to life as a homeschooling parent? Balance. The word itself conjures up images of wait staff holding trays of heavy, precariously perched glasses and dishes, swiftly weaving between the tables as they deliver their orders. Or maybe that of a gymnast nimbly jumping […]

Ultimate Field Trip Guide – Canada

Canada is an amazing country – you can see and experience it from coast to coast through some unique and exciting destinations. Whether we’re taking a journey to a local attraction for a learning experience day, or travelling from one coast to the other, or even touring the country from in front of our computer screen […]

Homeschooling with JOY: A Video Workshop for Homeschoolers

When my first daughter was nearing school age, I wondered where to turn.  I wanted to teach her myself, but I didn’t know if people did that.  It was 1991. Demanding mother that I was (am), I set out to interview all the schools that caught my attention in our area that might meet my […]

Unit Study Planner

Creating Unit Studies {+Printable}

One approach to learning is to use unit studies. This all-encompassing, focused study uses resources from all areas of a curriculum whenever possible, and provides an in-depth learning experience. Often these studies start with a main resource book, dig into extras, involve hands-on where possible, and expand through many subjects such as math, language, history, […]