Homeschooling Fears

When I first started homeschooling I was afraid of a few things. My kids would get on my nerves. My kids wouldn’t get enough socialization. My educational weaknesses would be my kids’ educational weaknesses. Now in my 20+ years of homeschooling, I can say that all of those have come TRUE. 1. My kids did get on my nerves. There were times I’d escape into my bedroom for three minutes of peace and quiet … only to have them follow me, {Read More}

Great Read Alouds for K-2

Looking for some great books to read with your kids? Here’s a list of read alouds for K-2. Perfect for your library’s summer reading program! 1.  The Little Old Lady Who was not Afraid of Anything by Linda Williams 2.  Love you Forever by Robert Munsch 3.  I Have to Go by Robert Munsch 4.  The Mud Puddle by Robert Munsch 5.  Thomas’ Snowsuit by Robert Munsch 6.  Mortimer by Robert Munsch 7.  David’s Father by Robert Munsch 8.  If {Read More}

7 Ways To Teach Your Kids About Freedom

Every July we all become more aware of freedom. Yet July 4th is more than just watermelon, barbecues, sparklers and fireworks. Yes, we need to take time to celebrate freedom, but we also need to take time to teach it. As Ronald Reagan said, “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.” Big {Read More}

Living History: The Real People Behind the Stories {by Kelli Stuart}

I can count on one hand the teachers who impacted me the most growing up. It started in 11th grade with my history teacher. On the first day of school, he came to class dressed as Captain Meriwether Lewis, and launched into a ten-minute monologue on the adventures of Lewis and Clark. I was hooked. Up until that time, history had been nothing but boring stories and pictures in books to me. But he brought it to life. He made {Read More}

15 Fingerprint Crafts to Do With Your Kids

In light of Tuesday’s post about The Lifegiving Home by Sally and Sarah Clarkson, I’m looking for ways to fill my home with love this February. Craft time is always hit in the Goyer household, and we seem to always have half-full bottles of finger paint scattered around the house. Below I’ve compiled a list of 15 fingerprint crafts I’ve bookmarked for a snowy/rainy day when we’re all stuck inside. Which craft will you do with your family? Fingerprint Hearts | Crafty Morning Fingerprint {Read More}

How to Homeschool Multiple Ages

Q: My kids are ages four-and-a-half years old, two-and-a-half years, and ten-and-a-half months old. I am intimidated to homeschool them for some reason! You’ve been home-educating for a while now, I would love to glean from your knowledge and experience! Are there any tips or advice that you can offer me as I begin to teach multiple ages? A: When I first started homeschooling, my children were the same ages as your kids! I’ve been a homeschooling mom for more than {Read More}

The BIG list of {FREE} Christmas Printables!

HUNDREDS of great projects you can print and use! I’ve turned into a printable junkie. I love finding great projects, printing them up and then using them around the homes, with my kids, or for gifts! Any time day or night you’ll hear my printer buzzing and my kids racing up the stairs to see what I’ve found. I’ve gathered a huge collection of awesome FREE Christmas printables. Be warned … stock up on toner or ink before opening these {Read More}

10 Ways to Make Your Homeschooling Easier {+ giveaway!}

I’ve been homeschooling most of my life – first as a homeschool student myself, and now as a homeschool mother of four. Now that I’m graduating my oldest son, it’s a good time to look back and see what works and what doesn’t work. And you know what works? Easy. Easy works, hard doesn’t. It seems obvious, but that’s not how I tend to operate much of the time. I seem to think that if I complicate things, if I {Read More}

14 Reasons Why I Homeschool

I’ve been a homeschooling mom for 20+ years. I’ve homeschooled three children all the way through high school, and my youngest child is 5-years-old, so I still have a long way to go. Why do I homeschool? Not because I want to hide my children away from the world. Not because I don’t have any dreams or goals of my own. Just the opposite. I sacrifice a lot to spend this time and effort on my kids. As a successful {Read More}

Deals of the Day | 9.4.15

Discounted Prints Summer may be over, but your memories don’t have to be! Snapfish has a great sale going on until September 14th—take 60% off prints using the code TAKE60. I know have a ton of snapshots from our summer adventures I want off my camera and in my hands!  Click here to print now. *Offer excludes Framed Prints. Offer expires at 11:59 p.m PT on September 14, 2015, while supplies last. Only one coupon, promotion, or account credit can {Read More}

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