ABC’s of Homeschooling ~ Autonomy

“What the vast majority of American children needs is to stop being pampered, stop being indulged, stop being chauffeured, stop being catered to. In the final analysis it is not what you do for your children but what you have taught them to do for themselves that will make them successful human beings.” ~ Ann Landers I’m sure that we can all agree that we want our children to grow up to be “successful human beings” — right? The question is: “How do you define ‘successful?’” Of course for me, personally, my main measure of success will be whether or not

USING those free Unit Study downloads and all those other freebies..

Today’s tip is a quick and easy for actually USING those free unit studies and other freebies you may collect all over your laptop hard drive. Oh, you don’t? Is that just me?? Well, if you ever *should* find yourself gathering freebies willy nilly and scattering them across multiple computers or burying them in your downloads folder to be forgotten and never used…. I have a tip for you. =) Because *I*… I *do* have a problem with “collecting” freebies. I wouldn’t go as far as to say I “hoard” them, though. (But what hoarder ever does?) Truly, I don’t,

ABC’s of Homeschooling ~ Testing

“Do you test your kids?” Raise your hand if you’ve ever been asked that question! I’d be surprised if you haven’t. (If you haven’t you probably will eventually!) If not by a skeptical or concerned family member, then you’ll probably be quizzed by a fellow curious homeschooler. “Should I test? When do I test? Do YOU test?” Of course.. if you live in a state that requires testing then all of this is probably moot. Everyone probably assumes you do because you’re supposed to do so. But if you live in a state that doesn’t require it, like Texas (I

ABC’s of Homeschooling ~ Spelling : Guest Posting at The Momma Knows!

My letter “S” post isn’t here! Today it’s over AT The Momma Knows. And it’s all about…. SPELLING! Did you just jump? Get the willies? Are you skeered? Spelling is another one of those skills that parents often worry about but I’m going to let you in on a little secret.. … well, you’re going to have to click on over to read the rest of it. ;0) ~~~ Also, you may have noticed that I didn’t write one for Q. Or R. Or that I have written ANYTHING else for the past two weeks! Well… things have been QUIET.

Overcoming Obstacles & Phonics ~ ABC’S of Homeschooling

Obstacles. I can’t say that word without thinking of “O Brother, Where Are Thou” and how they say it as OB’STACK’els. But I digress. Obstacles are a part of life, and most certainly, a part of homeschooling. There is almost an unwritten guarantee that your child will dislike and struggle with either math or reading. (Or if not one of those, writing.) In our house we’ve run up against all three. Princess had some difficulty grasping math, Drama Queen had trouble learning to read, and now they both take issue with writing. Now, however, the issue isn’t that they *can’t*

Kicking Off the New Year, Live Animals, and Music ~ The ABC’s of Homeschooling

Here we are nearly 3 weeks into the new year and I haven’t done a single ABC’s of Homeschooling post! In fact, I haven’t done many posts at all! There’s been several things going on over here. We got back into school after a long break (sorta, more on that in a minute,) we got a baby cockatiel, we’ve been sick — not very fun, and we’ve got some new and exciting things planned for the 2nd half of the year. Let me catch you up on what’s going on at Faith Family Home School right now! Kicking Off the