Category Archives for Tips & Tricks

How to Answer the “What About Socialization” Question

If you haven’t had someone ask you “What about socialization?” … then wait a few minutes … it’s coming. This question seems to show up over and over again in homeschool conversations with people outside of the homeschool world. And knowing how to ANSWER that question can feel a little tricky! Today I’m sharing the […]

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#1 Top Question to Save Your Sanity in the Fall

I hope you’re in the thick of summer vacation — family trips, lazy days at the pool, late-night movie nights with the kids. But if you’re anything like me, you’re also heavy into thinking about the next school year. What you’ll study AND what you hope your school day will FEEL like. Every year about […]

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Free Time in Your Homeschool & Early Costco Readers {Review}

Are you free? As in … are you free to occasionally do something just for you? Free time can sometimes feel like a mirage for busy homeschool moms. There’s just soooo much that you have to do (even in the summer!). But making sure you get free time as a mom is super duper important! […]

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The Value of Carschooling

How much time do you spend in the car? Between lessons and co-ops and errands, I have spent HOURS and HOURS in the car over my homeschooling lifetime. Fortunately, I learned that my time in the car could be put to good use. And make the trip more enjoyable at the same time. Carschooling is […]

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3 Essential Writing Skills + Teach 1 with This Tell Tale Game {Review}

Ever feel frustrated because your kid doesn’t want to write? Or do you wish you could simplify your language arts curriculum, save yourself some time, AND still produce great writers? It’s totally possible to inspire a love of writing AND do it in less time and effort. Because writing breaks down into THREE essential elements. […]

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When Your Toddler Won’t Let You Read

Question: What do you do when your toddler won’t let you read with your older kids? Answer: This used to happen to us ALL THE TIME! My youngest was such a stinker. We would be sitting on the couch trying to read. He would run over and pull at the book … scream loudly … […]

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Why I Sometimes Play Dumb

Sometimes I play dumb with my kids. The other day my daughter asked me if I knew what words she could use to replace “show” in a paper she was writing. Immediately my brain started to churn out ideas — “display” “mirror” “reflect” “exemplify.” But I caught myself before the words left my mouth … […]

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How to Regulate Screen Time

Question: How do you regulate screen time? Answer: Ah … screen time … the big elephant in the room for every homeschool parent. To do it … to not do it … how much is too much? … what about educational stuff? Here’s what we do: 1. Each kid has certain planned learning experiences (some […]

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How to Teach the Countries of the World

Question: How can I teach my kids the countries of the world? Answer: I’ve done a few different things. 1. We put a big map up on the wall. My favorite is the laminated map that Costco sells every fall because it also has flags and a US map comes with it. I’ve seen other […]

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Turning “I can’t!” into “I CAN!”

I once asked my six year old to pick up some food that had fallen on the floor during dinner time. I knew she would be squeamish—it was peas and mashed potatoes, after all—so I offered her a paper towel to protect her fingers from slimy cold food and lots of encouraging words. She still collapsed in […]

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