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, […]

Plan A Homeschool Year: My Simple Method for an Entire Year of Plans

This post includes affiliate links. I’ve been talking with my friends lately about how I plan a homeschool year so that we could have a better and smoother year. I used to just kind of have a basic idea of what we were going to do with our year and then wing it – hoping […]

99 Acts of Kindness

The last few years, I’ve tried to promote a different way of thinking with my kids at Christmas. Instead of just being focused on gifts, and what material things they want to have, we’ve started a tradition of doing acts of kindness throughout the month for others. Each day we aim to accomplish something, no matter […]

Homeschooling As A Single Mom

I’m homeschooling as a single mom.  What exactly does that look like?  Well, I imagine it looks very different for each single mom who home educates, depending on the amount of child support they receive and how much they have to work to make ends meet. I am one of the lucky single parents who […]

Five Ways to Avoid Homeschool Burnout

As homeschooling parents, we love spending time learning with and teaching our kids. However, home education is a huge responsibility, and we feel that keenly. Symptoms of burnout can sneak up even on veteran homeschoolers. Homeschooling parents can experience a particularly rough season with illness or pregnancy, or children who struggle or who develop bad […]