Homeschool YOUR Way (And the hardest part of homeschooling so far.)

Homeschooling has had it’s difficulties and struggles all along, but recently we’ve been tackling a new challenge: transitioning from high school to college.  Yes, one of the most difficult things we have done so far is actually not homeschooling at all. And it has actually been very eye opening and clarifying for our way of homeschooling. Let me explain. First off, let me emphasize that my daughter isn’t struggling IN college. She has adjusted very well, she’s doing great in her classes, and she is making great grades. No, our “struggle” is a deep internal dissatisfaction with the way that

Our Alphabetical Middle Grades Read-Aloud Challenge

*This post contains affiliate links.* Reading By the Letter: Our Alphabetical Middle Grades Read-Aloud Challenge I love books. I’ve tried to pass on my love of books to my children, and one of the ways I’ve tried to do that is by reading to my kids. I love reading to them and even though they’ve grown up quite a bit now (and one of them is about to be 18!) I keep on reading to them. Some days they are more agreeable than others, but mostly they don’t mind.  We’ve read so many great stories over the years. We do have

Faith-Based Curriculum: By Design Science (1-8) Review

We love science.  For me, studying science reveals some of the amazing ways God left his fingerprints in this world he created. When you see how intricate and awe-inspiring the world really is, how complex and clever the design of everything around us, it’s as if creation itself calls out, “look here! See God here? And here??” My 12 year old son loves science, too. He finds it interesting and fascinating. Right now he’s particularly interested in energy, forces, motion, and other physics-related things. He’s also curious about chemistry, the elements, and other earth science things. Finding the right science

How to: Taking Your Own Homeschool Senior Portraits

How to Take Your Own Homeschool Senior Portraits Taking your own homeschool senior portraits is a bit of a challenge but something you can totally pull off with some planning and effort. (This is something else we were trying to do in the middle of graduating early and planning a graduation and registering for classes.) Ideally, you won’t be trying to get all of these things done at once. Even if you do have more time to get this done, you’re still going to run into some challenges, learning curves, and hurdles. It turned out that one of our biggest

101 Reasons to Embrace Eclectic Homeschooling

I know so many homeschool moms who have chosen the path of eclectic homeschooling. Although,. . . I’m sure most of them would tell you that it felt like it was the other way around: eclectic homeschooling kind of found THEM. Most homeschoolers begin their journey looking through the abundant and wonderful options of complete, packaged, homeschool curricula. Many of them even start there, giving it a go for a year, or two, or three. But at some point, those of us who call ourselves “eclectic homeschoolers” veered off that path. (Or we never even set foot on it at

The Homeschool Graduation Ceremony; How to Graduate Your Homeschool Child Part 2

Believe it or not, planning the homeschool graduation ceremony was the hardest part of graduating our daughter.  That is both because actually graduating her was quite easy, AND because planning the ceremony had more decisions to make. Actually… the *hardest* part was doing both of those at the same time, which is the major drawback to graduating in December. But I digress.  The Texas homeschool graduation ceremony, like everything else, has no requirements. In fact, you don’t even have to have a ceremony at all. (And some don’t!) We personally know homeschoolers who have opted for a formal ceremony, a