How Much Time Does it Take to Homeschool?

Homeschooling is a big time commitment, so it makes sense that many people who are considering homeschool wonder how much time it takes. The answer is that it varies tremendously based on many factors. The beauty of homeschool is that it is individual, and so every homeschool looks different. How many children are you homeschooling?Continue reading “How Much Time Does it Take to Homeschool?”

Adorable Crafts for Books! Old Macdonald Had a Farm (with FREE pattern!)

Learn how to make these cute finger puppets that go along with Old MacDonald Had a Farm. Includes FREE pattern!

How to Homeschool with Toddlers (or Get Something Else Done – Like Laundry, or Dishes, or Going to the Bathroom Alone)

Toddlers. Opinionated. Willful. Energetic. Emotional. And so demanding. I love toddlers. They are so much fun. But they can really make life challenging at times, including homeschool life. I’m not going to lie, it can be remarkably frustrating to be trying to diagram a sentence with an older child when your toddler decides to writeContinue reading “How to Homeschool with Toddlers (or Get Something Else Done – Like Laundry, or Dishes, or Going to the Bathroom Alone)”

Homeschooling: What About the S Word? (Socialization)

When people talk to me about homeschool, the question that almost everyone asks is, what about socialization? If you are reading this because you are thinking about homeschool, I’ll be honest with you – the socialization thing is a challenge. It’s a challenge in a good way, though. I’ll explain more what I mean byContinue reading “Homeschooling: What About the S Word? (Socialization)”

The Fun, Easy, and Quick Way to Teach Your Child to Read at Home: Part 1

Teaching reading is probably the most important part of a child’s early education, but for some parents, it is also the most daunting. After all, most of us were very young when we learned to read ourselves, and we may not quite remember how it was done. Today I want to offer you this reassurance:Continue reading “The Fun, Easy, and Quick Way to Teach Your Child to Read at Home: Part 1”

13 Inspiring Children’s Books About the Civil Rights Movement

This is a list of living books that tell the stories of the people and events of the Civil Rights Movement. While these are picture books, they are stories that all ages can appreciate. Some of my very favorite children’s books are on this list because they tell such inspiring stories of courage and determination.Continue reading “13 Inspiring Children’s Books About the Civil Rights Movement”

Learning About Pioneers with American Girl Kirsten, Part 4: The Dakota Native Americans

An important part of the story of the pioneers is the story of the Native Americans that lived in the land before them. In this lesson we will learn about the Dakota natives that lived in the Minnesota Territory before Kirsten and her family arrived.

American Girl Kaya Part 2: Nimiipuu Food

Learn about the way Native Americans got their food and how they cooked. Free lesson plan full of fun hands-on activities for learning about the Nimiipuu tribe!

Learning About Colonial America with Felicity Part 4: Clothing

Some of the early colonists were puritans and were known for their plain and somber style of dress. But not where Felicity lived! In the Virginia colony, people loved fashion! They imitated the latest styles in England and they liked to wear fancy and beautiful clothing, shoes, accessories, and wigs. The wealthier colonists imported muchContinue reading “Learning About Colonial America with Felicity Part 4: Clothing”