Encourage Your Child to High Standards While Learning at Home

LauraAll Posts, New Homeschooler

Janelle asked, “How do you encourage your kids to high standards in their learning without the benchmark of peers? How do you keep your kids motivated in their schoolwork without daily feedback from teachers and grades?” This is a great question. My heart goes out to you as you face this challenge. If my kids suddenly had to attend school … Read More

How to Stay Home With Your Kids Without Losing Your Mind

LauraAll Posts, Motherhood, New Homeschooler

Abby asked, “Help! I’m not used to being home with my kids all day, every day. How I can be a good mom even though my kids are driving me crazy??” Hi, Abby. I hear you. It’s not easy, that’s for sure! Even after 14 years of being home with my kids “all day, every day,” I feel like the … Read More

Quick and Easy Lesson Plans: Reassurance That Your Child IS Learning at Home

LauraNew Homeschooler

Molly asked, “Could you give me some simple steps to prepare for the daily lessons? For example, should I print them out? Get them ready the night before? When and how do I prepare the learning supplies we’ll need?” Hi, Molly! You came to the right girl. Over the years, I’ve tried just about everything and can give you my … Read More

Simple Strategies for Teaching Your Child Math and Reading at Home

LauraFirst Grade, Kindergarten, New Homeschooler

The “backward 5” has happened to all of my kindergartners. They work SO hard to make their “5” face the right direction, but if they take a break from academics, they return to their desks and write their “5’s” backward again. Maybe it’s genetic? Maybe it’s universal? I dunno. But I do know that our littlest learners need consistent, almost-daily … Read More

Try “Unit Studies” for Fun, Structure, and Accomplishment in Your Homeschool

LauraNew Homeschooler

Amy asked: Us Virginians now know we’re not returning to school this school year. I think something that will help me and the kids is some goals to work towards so we have bigger picture structure and direction… So far I’ve just been pulling this and that lesson or activities to cover a range of studies, but now I’ll need … Read More

This Will Set You Up For Immediate Homeschooling Success

LauraAll Posts, New Homeschooler

If I suddenly had to show up at your place of employment and do the work you do every day, I would be overwhelmed. I would need you to take me under your wing and give me the big picture of what was going on. I’d need you to offer some tips, tricks, and insights so that I could jump … Read More

A Simple Homeschool Schedule to Keep Kids Occupied All Day

LauraAll Posts, Arts and Crafts, New Homeschooler

Hey, new homeschooler. Are you wondering what you should do with your kids all day? Hi, I’m Laura. I’ve been homeschooling my children for twelve years. I have six kids ranging in age from 1 to 14 years-old and I can tell you one thing… homeschooling is hard but rewarding work! I can’t imagine having to homeschool in a snap … Read More

How to Have a Great Day with Your Child

LauraBabies, Early Elementary Education, Family Fun, Healthy Living, Motherhood, New Homeschooler, Preschool

Days at home with kids can drag on. Whether you have a newborn, a toddler, or a handful of kids, you probably know that feeling of not knowing what to do with yourself. I’ve spent many days at home feeling lonely, isolated, overwhelmed, distracted, and resentful. Of course that makes my kids feel restless and discontent. They either bounce off … Read More