Posts in category Joy of learning

10 Tips for a Great Start to Your School Year:

This is such an exciting time of year! All those new school books have arrived in the mail, and you’re thinking through how to use them.  (Okay, so it’s also a little overwhelming, I know…) But even the kids are starting to look forward to starting homeschooling again as they look at their books! Most […]

Language Arts in the Middle School and High School Years

“I’m not sure what to do for language arts this year!” or “I don’t know what to cover for language arts in the middle school and high school years.” These are common statements that I hear from homeschool parents! I think that’s because language arts has so many different facets to it, it can feel […]

7 Tips for Homeschooling Your Preschooler

I love to meet and talk to parents who are just beginning to homeschool their preschooler! They’re so excited and eager to learn more about homeschooling. Unfortunately, I find that parents who are just starting to homeschool preschoolers are making the same mistakes I did! They think they need to buy expensive curriculum, and spend […]

Motherhood: A Blessed Calling!

Lately, God has been impressing on my heart the importance of being a mom. I was a stay-at-home mom for 23 years, and I loved it! It was a privilege and blessing to be home with our kids and to homeschool them (well, most of the time)! But there were many times throughout those years […]

4 Homeschool Pitfalls to Avoid

As we began homeschooling, I remember thinking that I needed to do things right! I wanted our kids to have the best education possible. I bought little metal desks for the two oldest kids (ages 6 & 4) to do their school work in.  I bought all the workbooks and the teacher’s guides and we […]

The Key to Successful Homeschooling

When we started homeschooling back in 1995, it was NOT something many people did, it was, in fact, a bit socially unacceptable.  People looked at you weird when you said you homeschooling. People didn’t understand why you would even WANT to homeschool! There weren’t a lot of options out there for curriculum.  There weren’t a […]

7 Benefits of Reading Aloud to your Children

Some of my fondest memories from our families homeschool years were when the kids and I were reading a good book together (or rather, I was reading it aloud to them).  I remember getting all choked up in the touching story of an orphan called “Freckles”, and laughing with the kids while reading “Mr. Popper’s […]

Great Educational Gifts: BOOKS!

(This post contains affiliate links) Last week I shared some fun, educational games that you could get your children for Christmas.  Check out the post “Great Educational Gifts: GAMES!” if you missed it. This week I want to give you some suggestions for books that would be wonderful Christmas gifts! Of course, we all know it’s […]

Great Educational Gifts: GAMES!

Great Educational Gifts: GAMES!

(This post contains some affiliate links)   Christmas is just around the corner, and the scramble to find the perfect gift for each of your loved ones has begun. I don’t know about you, but I’ve always felt that a gift that benefits a child’s education is a better gift than one that is just […]

Understand Your Child’s Love Language

Understand Your Child’s Love Language

Children have a great need to feel unconditionally loved.  God created us to need love, and He sent His Son to die for our sins to show us His unconditional love. Jesus said we’re to follow His example of loving others in John 13: 34-35:   34 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I […]