Homeschooling

Several years ago we decided to homeschool year round. There are so many benefits of year round homeschooling that our family loves. Because we homeschool year around it may seem like we’re a super-serious, hard academic homeschool family. Actually we’re relaxed...
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Oh, Spring! How I wish we had more time to stop and smell your beautiful flowers. Even as a laid-back homeschooling family we are super busy in the spring. Our spring homeschool schedule is pretty minimalist. Since we homeschool year around,...
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Language arts is one of my favorite subjects to teach my children. Maybe because I’m a writer? Over the years, I’ve found many great free language arts resources for homeschoolers. We’ve enriched our language arts learning with what we’ve found...
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Our daily schedule has changed again and so our daily homeschool schedule must also be revised. Read on to find out all about our new winter homeschool schedule, the boys extracurriculars and how I fit in working from home and...
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Science is one of the most fun homeschool subjects to teach my sons. Our family is pretty science-focused but we had to force our boys to focus on science. I create my own homeschool curriculum, but often the science portion...
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Yes! You CAN Work Full Time and Homeschool Your Children Are you a parent who is interested in homeschooling but you working full time? I have great news. You absolutely can work full time and homeschool. Yes, even if both...
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After spending way too much money on our first set of homeschool curriculum just to discover we hated it, I decided to create my own homeschool curriculum. While I love shopping for new homeschool workbooks and supplies, I quickly discovered...
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Did you know that there is no shortage of free homeschooling reading resources? Homeschooling doesn’t have to be an expensive venture.  There are plenty of resources out there that are completely free.  We’re fortunate to live in the digital age...
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What’s Wrong With Common Core Math? Before you read this post, check out this problem.  Did the common core method of calculation make sense to you?  It did to me.  But, that doesn’t mean I’m rushing to teach my homeschooled...
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I admit, my arts are music and writing. My husband is all science and sports. We don’t spend a lot of time on art (outside of music) around here because we fill our time with other activities. But, some of...
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 If your kids are as into science as mine are, then you’re going to love this great holiday gift guide for kids who love science. We’ve always tried to get gifts for our boys that were educational so as they’ve...
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If you’re looking for some great holiday gift ideas for the special homeschooled child in your life or just want to take advantage of holiday sales to add to your homeschool stash, now is the time! Check out this awesome...
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The Best Children’s Books About Fall Oh, sweet Autumn!  It’s that time of year again when we all feel a little more snuggly.  There are few things more precious on a cool fall day than snuggling up with my boys...
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  • Ways to Help a Child Who Daydreams in School
Happy Fall, Homeschool Mamas! Many of us are the midway point of this semester. The weather is gorgeous outside and sometimes our kiddos would rather be out there than trudging through homeschool lessons. That’s why I’m sharing some great tools...
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  • Why I'm Not Encouraging my Children to go to College
Call the parenting police! I’m not encouraging my kids to go to college. Really, it’s not that simple. Let’s get this out of the way:  We homeschool and we make college prep a priority. It is my responsibility to prepare...
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  • Help for Dyslexia
October is National Learning Disabilities Awareness month, and I’ll bet that at least one person in your life has been affected by a learning disability. I have a family member with dyslexia, so being a part of providing helpful resource...
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  • How to Make Homeschooling Fun
Here’s An Easy Way to Make Homeschool Learning More Fun One of the reasons that we homeschool is so our boys can learn in an environment that supports their individual learning styles. We also strive to make learning as natural and...
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  • The Best Homeschool Math Curriculum
Math can be quite the 4 letter word but, with the right curriculum, it becomes an amazing tool that unlocks the world around us. Using the best math curriculum for your individual children is important because each child learns differently. ...
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  • Life of Fred Buyer's Guide
I’ve heard about the Life of Fred series for almost as long as we’ve been homeschooling. It’s been highly recommended by all types of homeschoolers – secular and religious, eclectic and structured. Life of Fred was written by a former...
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  • Daily Homeschool Schedules
One of the questions I’m asked about homeschooling is what a typical day looks like. Whether you’re already homeschooling or thinking about homeschooling it can be fun to take a peek into another homeschool family’s daily routine. Our daily homeschool...
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  • 3 Back to School Must Haves for Moms
It’s back to school time! Every summer you dutifully shop for your children so that they have everything they need for back to school. You get them off to a great start with all of the essentials because you are a...
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  • The Best Summer Learning Workbooks
I know it doesn’t feel like it, but summer vacation is winding down. It seems to me like summer vacation gets shorter each year.  This time of the season is for all of the last minute things you wanted to...
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How to Homeschool Your Second Grader for Free When I was a new homeschooling mom, I spent way too much money on two complete homeschool curricula for my sons, who were then in 2nd grade and Kindergarten.  It was not a good...
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  • How to Start Homeschooling
So, you think you wanna home school?   If you’ve begun to research how to get started with homeschooling you might feel a bit overwhelmed.  Curriculum, co-ops and cover schools, oh my!I remember when we first began homeschooling. (Find out why...
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  • Homeschooling Advice for Moms
I’m pleased to have Dani Pettrey, author, mother of two and grandmother of one as a guest poster.  After you read Dani’s homeschooling wisdom and tips here, please visit her website, follow her on Facebook and Twitter.  Don’t forget to check...
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  • Computer Based Homeschool Curriculum
Where to Find Computer-Based Homeschool Curricula In our second year of home schooling I came across a message board post regarding computer based homeschool curriculum.  I decided to give it a shot and to use it as a supplement to what...
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  • Questions You Shouldn't Ask a Homeschooling Mom
How to Answer Annoying Homeschool Questions If you’re a homeschool mom, you have probably been involved an awkward conversation with a friend, family member or stranger who has tons of questions about how and why you homeschool.  Many of us...
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  • Homeschool and Common Legal Concerns
Editor’s Note:  This post was written by Our Small Hours contributor Christine Field of Real Mom Life. To find out more about Christine visit the Current Contributors page.  Be sure to follow Christine on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. Legal Concerns and...
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  • Secular Homeschoolers
Secular Homeschool Curriculum  One of the most commonly cited reasons for home schooling  is religion/spiritual beliefs.  Currently, the world of American home schooling is dominated by politically conservative Christians. Evangelical Christians have broken the way for the rest of us, made...
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  • The Best Computer for Gaming
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Intel. All opinions are 100% mine. The Best Computers for Gaming My boys are head over heels for Minecraft.  At first they were content to play on their video...
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  How to Choose a Cover School for Homeschooling In some states homeschooling statutes require that homeschooled students must attend a church school or other private school in order to be within the law.  My state doesn’t have any laws that actually address homeschooling....
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  • Free Online Homeschooling Resources
Free Online Homeschooling Resources There are so many free online homeschooling resources, proving that homeschooling doesn’t have to be expensive.   I’d like to share with you the free online homeschooling resources I’ve found to be helpful.  This post will be...
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How Much Time Does Homeschooling Take? When I first began to research homeschooling, one of the things I wanted to know more than anything else was how much of a time commitment I would have to make.  I found it...
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How to Create Your Own Homeschool Curriculum When I began my home schooling journey I was overwhelmed by the incredible number of curricula available.  I had no idea where to start.  If you are there, please check out this book...
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Why Do Parents Choose to Homeschool? The number of students between the ages of 5-17 who are homeschooled has risen by over 68% since 2003. (source)  Even still, the percentage of homeschooled students in the U.S. is only around 3.5%.  ...
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  • How to Schedule Your Day as a Mom
Daily Schedules for Stay at Home Moms As I’ve mentioned in my Myers-Briggs posts, I have a very strong “J”,or judging factor, to my personality.  I don’t like surprises but day runners, to-do lists and calendars make me giddier than...
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Editor’s Note:  This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Nickelodeon’s Blaze and the Monster Machines. All opinions are 100% mine. Nickelodeon’s Blaze and the Monster Machines There’s a new kids’ show in town and this one...
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How to Convince Your Husband to Homeschool Although we’ve been homeschooling since 2008, we almost didn’t homeschool at all.  My husband was not supportive of homeschool in the beginning.  Since he’s a pretty easy-going guy who is open to experience, I...
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  • Homeschool For Free
How to Homeschool Your First Grader for Free When I was a new homeschooling mom, I spent way too much money on two complete homeschool curricula for my sons, who were then in 2nd grade and Kindergarten.  It was not a good...
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  • Subscription Boxes for Kids
Editor’s Note:I was compensated and provided with a Space Scouts Subscription box in exchange for my honest review of this product. Subscription Boxes for Kids — Space Scouts If you haven’t discovered subscription boxes yet . . . well, you haven’t...
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  • How to Homeschool Your Kindergartener
How to Homeschool Your Kindergartener for Free When my family first began homeschooling I thought that I needed a fancy-schmancy complete curriculum.  I plunked down big bucks for an everything-included boxed curriculum for my 2nd grader and his preschool-kindergarten level...
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Editor’s Note:  This post was written by Tiffany from Mommy Methodology.  To find out more about Tiffany, please visit her website here and her contributor page here at Our Small Hours.  Be sure to follow Mommy Methodology on social media:...
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 By:  Lisa, Founder of Rest for the Weary Editor’s Note:  Today we are blessed to have Lisa from Rest for the Weary as a guest poster.  Homeschool burnout is a subject I’ve long wanted to cover, but I didn’t feel...
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 If you are already a homeschooling parent, you have probably been asked what grade your child is in.  While my children are mostly working at specific grade levels, some subjects are at one grade level while others are at another....
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Free Printables for Homeschool Organization Need lesson plan printables?  Schedule forms?  Grade book sheets?  Check out these free printables for your homeschooling organization needs. 1.  DonnaYoung.org Donna Young’s site is packed full of useful homeschool printables.  From planners to recording...
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Books for a Dollar?   About a decade ago I developed a bad habit.  I joined several book clubs and got tons of books for a low price.  I did this over and over and amassed quite a library.  I...
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 Home schooling doesn’t have to be an expensive venture.  There are plenty of resources to be found that are inexpensive and even FREE!  In the Free Home School Resources series I will share the wonderful, free home school resources that...
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  • Working Full Time and Homeschooling
Working Full Time and Homeschooling One of the most common questions I’m asked about my family’s lifestyle is, “How do you work full-time and home school?!”  I explain that some in my post about working full-time and home schooling.  I...
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Whether you’re a veteran home schooler or just getting started, you’ve probably heard of the various homeschooling styles.  If you are new to home schooling, you may wonder what advantages and disadvantages exist with each style.  Here is an overview of the...
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