How to ensure your kids will succeed at higher level math {Review}

Algebra … Trigonometry … Calculus … How do you feel about teaching these subjects? I did okay in math in high school — but I wasn’t a whiz. So I know that I’m not the best resource when it comes time for my kids to learn their higher level math. But that’s okay! Because my […]

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Will your homeschooled kids be weird? Here’s how you know.

I admit it. I asked the “question.” One of the first things I asked when I met a mom who homeschooled — years before I started homeschooling myself — was “Aren’t you worried your kids will be weird?” This was LONG before I knew the arguments about socialization and the benefits of homeschooling. All I […]

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Toss the dreaded spelling list and play this game instead! {Review}

Spelling … how’s it going in your house? I look at spelling a lot like learning basic math facts. Absolutely important as a building block to higher level schooling — but not always as exciting to learn. Over the years, I’ve tried so many different approaches — memorizing basic lists, using copywork, playing tons of […]

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Want college-bound kids? … Do THIS before anything else!

Do you want your kids to go to college? Or do you have dreams of them becoming an entrepreneur? I certainly did. But over the years, I made one crucial mistake that made my oldest not care about what she did after high school. In this video, I talk about the mistake I made and […]

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Sticky Grammar without the Fuss {Review}

Some parts of learning are intrinsically fun — science experiments, family board games, cool fieldtrips. And some parts … well maybe not so much. I’m not sure ANYONE loves to do long division. Grammar tends to fall into that camp for a lot of kids. Absolutely necessary to write well and communicate effectively. But something […]

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Make Math Come Alive with Life of Fred {Review}

Do you ever feel like it’s easy to get kids to love reading? But it’s like pulling teeth to get your kids to do math? I hear you! Of my four kids, one came out of the womb loving math. I swear he could count before he could speak. But the other three … well […]

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Make the Periodic Table Come Alive {Review}

Do you remember memorizing the periodic table in high school? I do. What I can’t remember is WHY I had to memorize it. What was the point? Why was it beneficial? I’m not a big fan of memorizing just for the sake of memorizing. But sometimes we fall into that trap when we start putting […]

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How to Answer the “What About Socialization” Question

If you haven’t had someone ask you “What about socialization?” … then wait a few minutes … it’s coming. This question seems to show up over and over again in homeschool conversations with people outside of the homeschool world. And knowing how to ANSWER that question can feel a little tricky! Today I’m sharing the […]

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Build A-MAZE-ing Problem Solving Skills with Perplexus {Review}

No … not the gritty cleaner left in the sink after you scrub it. I’m talking about GRIT … the ability to keep going when things get tough and see a goal all the way to the end? It’s an absolutely essential skill to have as a successful adult. And it’s also one that we […]

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A Go-To Resource for Planning Your Homeschool Year {Review}

Have you mapped out your upcoming school year? Did you cover all the bases? I always start by making a big list of EVERYTHING we could possibly do … and then pairing it waaaaaay back. In fact, just the other day a brand-new homeschool mom asked me what was my top piece of advice going […]

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