How Do I Teach Language Arts?

Nothing plagues a new homeschooling mama more than anxiously waiting for the day her child will catch up to the neighbor kid who has been reading chapter books since they were four.  I personally know the panic that arises when your child has indeed not to learned to read “in 100 easy lessons.”  Let’s talk […]

How to Approach Topical Subjects (History, Science, Literature, Geography)

Aside from math and language arts, let’s talk about the other subjects you’ll likely be teaching in your homeschool: history, science, geography, and literature. The topical subject are bodies of knowledge and don’t follow a linear, sequential pattern. Through a child’s school years, topical subjects move from idea to idea and these ideas are not […]

What Age Should I Start Homeschooling?

“When should I start?” This is THE most common question I get about homeschooling! Often this question is tied to a deep fear that if we don’t start soon enough or “on time” that our child will be disadvantaged or behind for the rest of their education. We’re going to break that all down in […]

Answering the Socialization Question

Socialization…it’s kind of the “s” word among homeschoolers.  In fact, it can sometimes seem like a tired old topic we wonder if anyone really asks about anymore. Or so this is what I thought when I unwittingly posted an eight-second Instagram reel about it. (Tra la la) FALSE. It turns out that socialization is still […]

4 Techniques for Hacking Your Homeschool Curriculum

Are you shopping for homeschool curriculum?  Are you feeling the rush of magic and wonder?  Goodness, I love those mid summer Amazon packages of possibility on my door step! All of us have had an experienced homeschooler or two tell us to just relax on curriculum. Well, thank you for that, but what does that […]

Our 2 Essential Learning Formats

One way that I’ve simplified our homeschool (and homeschool planning) is by consolidating all of our structured learning into two simple learning formats: Reading Aloud and Table Time. While we use a lot of natural learning (games, baking, field trips, play) these two formats cover the structured part of our learning day. They represent the […]

Homeschool Year Recap 2021/2022: The Playful Pioneers

As I was doing some preliminary packing and decluttering for our upcoming move, it dawned on me that I had never done a homeschool year recap for the blog! This past school year was one of the messiest and most relaxed years we’ve ever had.  We incorporated screens, did a lot of free play, listened […]