Homeschooling In Texas, Laws and Requirements

Howdy! I’m so excited. =) It’s been a really, really long time since I’ve participated in a 5-Day Hopscotch Series. (The Hopscotch, if you remember, is when all the participating bloggers write about one their own topic for five days.) I feel like I can safely add this to my plate right now, so I thought I would continue the Texas theme from my Back to School Gift Basket and talk about “Homeschooling in Texas” for the next five days. Homeschooling in Texas is really quite simple! If you’ve been homeschooling here for a while, you’re probably thinking, “What’s there to tell?”

Giveaway! My Favorite Back to School Things, with a Texas Twist *Closed*

“Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens, bright copper kettles and warm, woolen mittens. . . “ It’s here! It’s one of my FAVORITE THINGS to do. It’s time for the annual Back to School Gift Basket Giveaway. *Snoopy Dance* And Y’ALL. This year, I’m giving away a basket of some of my favorite things–with a Texas twist because I do love me some Texas-y things. (You know what they say about Texans and their state pride. . . ) “Brown paper packages tied up with strings, these are a few of my favorite things! “ (Are you singing yet?)

10 Fourth Grade Books Made Into Movies

Books really start getting fun around fourth grade! That was the year I really remember getting into reading. My favorite book that year was Charlotte’s Web–I read it twice! I remember reading Freckle Juice, too, (which hasn’t been made into a movie yet,) and I know there were many others. ONE THING you’ll notice which is different about this list: the “read-aloud” section is gone. Read-alouds are still good! Read to your kids until they move out of the house. =) Just pick one. Any of the books on this list will do. You can also take turns reading the book to

Nine 3rd Grade Books That Have Been Made Into Movies

Hello, friends! I finally finished compiling a list of 3rd grade books which have been made into movies. But first, just a quick note to point out what you’ve probably already noticed. If you’re reading this in your inbox, everything should look a lot cleaner and nicer than what it has for many years. I finally made the jump away from the old RSS service and I’m glad I did! I haven’t liked the way the old emails have looked for a very long time. But enough about that!… July is here and almost half-gone already! Summer break is on the down

3 Ways to Help ADHD Kids Learn Math

Nothing in our homeschooling journey has made me cry more than trying to teach my 14 year old daughter math. There have been tears, frustrations, sulky looks, and harsh words — and a good portion of them were my own. (And then there were more tears because I’m not proud of that.) It’s not entirely Arielle’s fault, though. Her brain and her body are not cooperating. They are actually working together against her, in spite of her best efforts. The only part that actually falls on her is saying “I can’t” and giving up. Though I’ve always suspected she has some attention

Reminding Myself Why I Homeschool

A few days ago I noticed a piece of paper which had fallen down behind the aquarium stand. I “fished” it out from between the stand and the wall to discover that it was the list of “reasons why we homeschool” which used to hang on the bulletin board above the aquarium. It was wrinkled and showed signs of water damage on one corner. It was stained and dirty with a half dozen thumbtack holes and a handful of smudgy fingerprints. Misplaced, worn… it looks like I feel. I haven’t exactly been 100% happy with our schooling for the past couple