Homeschooling High School Geography

  Homeschooling High School? Need to teach geography? Over the past two months, I’ve written a trio of posts about homeschooling high school geography, over on the Bright Ideas Press blog. I can’t repost them on my blog, since I wrote them for Bright Ideas Press, but I can point you to them. If you’re trying to choose a geography curriculum, looking for help teaching it, or looking for ways to make geography more interesting for high schoolers, maybe these can help you make some decisions. Take a peek at these three high school geography posts: What To Look For

Charlie Brown Thanksgiving Bible Lesson

You probably don’t normally think “Charlie Brown” when you think of Bible lessons. You probably don’t think “chalk art,” either, for that matter. Our small church body is in that place where we have a small class with a few students in a wide range of ages, and teaching to each age simultaneously can be a bit of a challenge. (Thankfully, I do have a smidge of experience in that department.) That said, I do like to think outside the box a little bit. I initially thought I’d do this Charlie Brown Thanksgiving Chalk Art Tutorial from Hodge Podge at home with my

Thanksgiving Activities for Middle Schoolers

  It can be difficult to find good resources and activities for middle schoolers. It’s easier for preschool, kindergarten. . . everything up through third or fourth grade.  But you start getting in to those middle years and it does become more of a challenge. Why do you think that is? Thanksgiving Activities for Middle Schoolers I’ve noticed that “Middle School” has a wide variety of interpretations for different people–usually based on our own public school experience. My first year of middle school was 5th grade, but for many it’s 7th-8th grade. Some people I’ve met were in middle school from

Back to School 2016-2017: 11th, 8th, 5th Grade

Back to School 2016!! I can’t believe summer is over. I am unusually unready for the start of the school year–and my favorite season of the year (fall.) I don’t mean I’m not ready with curriculum or books or an organized school space (though, I’m not exactly prepared there, either.) I’ve been resting my heart and my mind this summer, taking an abnormally long summer break, delaying our start back to school, eliminating excess activities and tasks, and healing from a burnout. I’m not quite ready to dive back in to the chaos of the school year,.. and yet I

Homeschool High School Dual Credit

One of the scary things about homeschooling is entering new phases and doing things you’ve never done before, especially if you’re the “trailblazers” in your group. Like, say, homeschool high school dual credit. Though we personally know a few homeschoolers with kids older than ours, most of my kids’ homeschooling friends are their ages and younger. So we don’t have a friend who “just did this last year” and can tell us what to expect. But one of good things about homeschooling is that we aren’t doing this alone! There are those who HAVE gone before us, done this before, and

Using Heirloom Audio Adventures For Read Aloud Time

*The following is an Heirloom Audio Adventures review–a new product we are trying out for the fall semester of 2016.*  This past spring, our homeschool got stuck in a rut. It was a boring, no frills, minimalistic rut caused by an over-scheduling of *stuff* and an under-scheduling of quality learning. While we took our out-of-character-for-us Summer Break, the kids and I discussed changes to make this year, such as adding our read aloud time back in, making sure we get enough fun learning in, and spending enough time on history and science. Of course, the best laid plans in our house are