• How Does Homeschooling Work? You wouldn’t believe how simple it is

    How Does It Work? Anytime I tell someone that I homeschool my boys, they usually get a confused look on their face and ask me, “How does homeschooling work exactly?” I smile a bit and laugh because the answer is so simple and yet so very complex. The very simple and short answer is that homeschool works exactly the way you want it to within the confines of your state’s laws. Follow State Laws!! The most important thing to do when you want to consider homeschooling is to look at the laws related to homeschooling in your state. However you decide to do your homeschool, you want to make sure that…

  • Sentence Building Activities – Ways to make it easier

    Making Sentence Building Tactile I’m not sure about you and yours, but my son is as logical and concrete a thinker as you can get. If he can’t see it, then he just can’t comprehend it. Thankfully, learning this has made helping him learn easier. In math, applying this visual/tactile learning process is really easy with manipulatives and graphs. However, English has been rather difficult. He can say a sentence perfectly well, but when he writes it down on paper, he seems to skip over words and we end up with a pretty disjointed sentence. We started exploring the visual side of English by doing worksheets, so that he could…

  • Homeschool Field Trip Ideas… It’s easier than you might think

    Homeschool Field Trip Ideas… The first year we homeschooled, I was so excited… I sat down and made a list of all the places we were going to go and all the things that we were going to learn about those places. While my intentions were great and my ideas grand, I have to admit that we might have made it to one of those places. We were so busy with school work and house work and… just life in general. So while I was a bit put out by the fact that we didn’t hit all of the educational highlights that I had planned, I realized that life, all…

  • Careers and Children – The tug of war

    Careers and Children Oh boy, has this week been rough! I know that I homeschool my children and that I spend copious amounts of time with them each day (especially since I work nights, which leaves me home during the times that they are awake, and because I only work maybe 2-3 nights a week). However, this does NOT absolve me of the guilt of having to leave my children and go to work. Right in the heart… My 4-year-old son came up to me about 15 minutes before I had to start getting ready to go. He said, “Mommy, I want to cuddle.” Yes, I know, cue the sound of the…

  • Teaching Children Multiplication… Here we go down the rabbit hole

    Teaching Multiplication – do I have to? Once a child has mastered the concepts of adding large numbers and subtracting numbers (even when they have to borrow), one is obligated to continue on and start teaching children multiplication. I’m not entirely sure why, but I am dreading it… with a passion. Maybe because math was never really my thing. I am definitely more of an english/reading fanatic (and I love to read). I almost wish my husband would teach the math side of it because as my dad used to tell me, “Erin, you’re not a very logical thinker.” Well, I guess it’s time I change that… Best fact ever: 0 x anything =…

  • Homeschooling While Working Full Time – It can be done!

    Can it be done? I made the decision to homeschool after I had just graduated and started a job in my chosen career field (health-related). I had asked to be put on the schedule as PRN (which means that I would only work as needed, at my convenience), but somehow or another, I ended up in a full-time position. While I was less than thrilled about this outcome, I didn’t want to speak up and risk losing my job before I even started it. So I adjusted my life to prepare for this grueling schedule while trying to homeschool at the same time. There were days where I literally told my husband,…

  • Kids Schedules… Is that a thing?

    Time is a valuable commodity Time is one of those few precious things that you can’t get back once it’s gone. Ask anyone who has watched their children grow up too fast. They know exactly what I’m talking about. I’m at that stage in my life where I’m feeling baby fever because my littles are getting way too big and aren’t exactly thrilled with cuddle time. I have learned that there is nothing I value more than my time (family excluded). I absolutely hate it when my time is wasted. I also hate seeing my children waste their time. Let me define that a bit… I like to see my kids prioritize…

  • Best Homeschool Curriculum – How to choose?

    What is the best homeschool curriculum? That is a GREAT question!! It’s also a question that only you can answer. Choosing the best homeschool curriculum is relative to you and your family. A box curriculum can cost a great deal of money, so how much are you and your family comfortable spending on the purchase of books and their support material? Also, are you even sure you want a boxed curriculum? Maybe you want to chose some books from one company and some videos from another company. Or maybe your child learns best from conversation and you don’t really want to use books at all.  Boxed Curriculums A boxed curriculum…

  • Can I Homeschool My Child? – It’s the question we all ask ourselves

    Can you homeschool? The long and short answer is YES!! Absolutely and unequivocally, you can homeschool your child! Will you feel absolutely unprepared at times and insufficient? Of course. We’re human. Remember that feeling when you first found out you were about to have a baby? Did you feel overwhelmed and maybe just a little inadequate? I know I did. And I suffered those same exact feelings again when I thought about homeschooling. I didn’t… at first… Currently, my son is 8 years old and in second grade. He went to a public school for Pre-K and Kindergarten because I was so unsure of my ability, as just a mom, to…

  • About Me

    There’s always a set of rules. Everywhere we go. Everything we do. There’s a rule for it. If you want to play a game, you have to follow the rules. If you want to drive a car, you have to follow the rules. If you want to hold a job, you have to follow the rules. I’ve never been a big fan of the rules, but I completely understand why they are there. I have never been the letter-of-the-law kind, but I do believe that the intent behind the rule should be acknowledged and (usually) adhered to. This blog is my way of sharing my thoughts, ideas, and my general craziness…