Homeschool Basics: Balancing Your Own Goals and Dreams

Congratulations to last week’s winner: Jessica Lippe — please e-mail your mailing addresses to my assistant (amy@triciagoyer.com)! Enter below for your chance to win a copy of Homeschool Basics! Balancing Your Own Goals and Dreams (from Homeschool Basics) It’s easy to think about focusing on relationships with others. It’s harder remembering that we also need to nurture our relationships with ourselves. It’s very easy to convince yourself that you to give up all your goals and dreams to homeschool your kids. But {Read More}

How to Encourage Your Kids to Write | Kristin L. Hanley

As an online English professor I know what it means to teach “the dreaded class.” Aside from public speaking courses, composition seems to be the most intimidating class students take. The way they tremble during introductions, you’d think I’d asked my students to swim with sharks. Although writing well can feel like jumping into deep waters, I encourage my students to take deep breaths and realize that it won’t be as bad as they think (they might even have a {Read More}

Homeschooling Fears

  When I first started homeschooling I was afraid of a few things. Homeschooling Fears 1. My kids would get on my nerves. 2. My kids wouldn’t get enough socialization. 3. My educational weaknesses would be my kids’ educational weaknesses. Now in my 17th year 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 … {Read More}

The Most Important Part about Homeschooling

I started homeschooling in 1994. At the time there were no homeschooling blogs, very few curriculum choices, and not very many people to talk with about homeschooling questions. Homeschooling and a Love for Learning I remember one gathering of homeschool moms that I went to. We sat in Linda’s living room and just talked about homeschooling. Some moms had been doing it for a while, and they provided tips. In the midst of their tips there were about 71.3 kids {Read More}

5 Keys to Homeschooling Success

As a homeschooling mom for twenty years (with fifteen years to go), I have a lot of stuff. Books, papers, DVDs, CDs, schedules, papers, you name it. Yet even more consuming is organizing my thoughts and plans. There is so much you can do, how do you know what you should do? After twenty years of trial and error, here are 5 keys to homeschooling success: Let your natural bent guide you. As a writer I love everything literature-based. The curriculum {Read More}

Preparing Your Teen’s Heart for Graduation

I’ve been a homeschooling mom for twenty-five years with two college graduates and one child in the process. (I also have a kindergartener and two preschoolers, but that’s a different blog!) How do you prepare your teen’s heart for college? My kids did (mostly) awesome in college. They got good grades, made good friends, and blossomed into godly adults. All my kids went to secular local and state colleges, yet their relationship with God grew. Looking back at their teen years, {Read More}

Ask Tricia | Homeschooling

I get asked questions all the time. As a wife of twenty-six years, a mom of ten—seven having been adopted, a homeschooler and a writer of over 60 books people want to know how my life works. Here is one of those questions and my short answer. More to come in the coming weeks! Would you decide to homeschool your kids again if given the chance? What benefits have you seen in your older kids as a result of their {Read More}

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}

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}

Back-to-School Reading Recommendations

I LOVE getting to share my childhood favorites with my kids! This summer, we enjoyed reading through Bob books (time and time again with the little ones), Laura Ingalls Wilder and Beverly Cleary. Now that it’s back-to-school time (how did the summer fly by so quickly?!), we are looking for more books to add to our ever-growing collection. What are some of your reading recommendations? Leave a comment below to share your suggestions! Here are some of our favorites: Bob Books {Read More}

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