Encouragement, Homeschool

We Haven’t “Done School” in Six Months, and I’m totally ok with it.

Have you ever wondered what unschooling looks like? Check out our summer of unschooling!

What does unschooling look like? It doesn't look like we "schooled" these last six months, but our summer of unschooling taught us 5 great life lessons!

In the last six months we have completed about 5 days of traditional sit down schoolwork. And you know what? I am totally ok with this. As I was looking through my calendar, I was a bit surprised at first, because I know they have gained so much during the past six months I couldn’t possibly feel guilty about our lack of “school.”

We have always leaned towards the unschooling method of homeschooling, but at times you feel guilty for not doing enough traditional school work. But these past six months have taught me the girls are living and learning side-by-side. They learn things even if I am not sitting there right beside them. But how? read more

Encouragement, Homeschool

Why we homeschool . . . and you should too!

Why we homeschool . . . and think you should too!

why we homeschool

If you spend any time around homeschoolers, the inevitable question comes up: “Why did you choose to homeschool?” The question can take many forms: “So what’s your story?” “Did you send your kids to school?” “Are you believers?” Ok, maybe the last question isn’t exactly what people say, but it does come up. This isn’t a secular vs Christians post by any means, but wanting to teach your children Christian values is a main reason many families choose to homeschool. read more

Activities, Encouragement, Homeschool

Weekly Wrap-Up – Real Socialization

Real Socialization

We have been taking a break from “school work” for last couple of weeks. My oldest was having trouble sleeping, which means we weren’t sleeping. She was saying she was sick, but she didn’t seem to be sick. It was an ordeal, let me tell you. The bright spot in our week was our weekly open gym time.

One of the things I love about it the most is the kids of all ages playing together. 13 year olds to 3 year olds all having a good time and bonding together as homeschoolers. It was utterly adorable watching the older girls teach Bear how to walk on stilts. read more

Encouragement, Homeschool

The Pros of Homeschooling

The day-to-day life of homeschooling can be tough, but I believe the pros of homeschooling far outweighs the cons.

Pros Of Homeschooling

Homeschooling is hard. Like, drinking-in-the-middle-of-the-day-hard. Pounding-your-head-against-the-wall hard. Shouting “Why did I ever think this was a good idea??!!” Uffda. It’s tough. Somedays just suck!

BUT there are times when homeschooling isn’t so tough. The rare days when you can balance it all: wife, mother, teacher, caretaker. Days when you savor . . . read more

Encouragement, Homeschool

New School Year Resolutions

School Resolutions

For most kids across the country, today marks the return to school. Others have been in school for the last couple of weeks. For us, it marks the return of not-back-to-school time. Last night, there was no hustle to get things ready: supplies, outfits, lunches, etc. It was just another normal evening. Our mornings will remain slow-paced as we all won’t be rushing out the door. I am (mostly) all ready for our first unit on Pirates on Wednesday. Today we have our annual get together with our homeschool group to plan our year and let the kids see their friends. It’s bittersweet that the summer has come to an end, but we are lucky that our school year doesn’t look like most families. We have our school work spread out throughout the week, but our days don’t look much different than the summer. I have been thinking about my goals for year, and after reading Learning with Boys blog post, I would follow suit and make 5 New School Year Resolutions. read more