Our journey to the “best” homeschool curriculum

When I first began homeschooling, I thought my chosen curriculum (KONOS) would be the one to see us through high school.  It was activity based with lots and lots of great ideas for every unit, as well as an emphasis on character building, which my 5 year-old daughter needed at the time!  (Our first unit was ‘Obedience’!) I think we were about halfway into our second year when I noticed that one of our next assigned activities was to make …

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A basket of essential oils for nearly every ailment

I’ve only been on the essential oils bandwagon for a few months now, but I’m a complete convert.  I tend to be a very skeptical person and when a friend told tales of the wondrous things her little bottle of lemon essential oil could do, I rolled my eyes. Not only were there too many varieties for any human to comprehend but they seemed quite expensive. Eventually, I decided to purchase just one bottle and once I began using it …

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A Mom’s Advice to the Homeschool Mom Wannabe

Are you a wannabe homeschool mom? Are you looking for some sane advice? You’re in the right place! No doubt about it, jumping into the homeschool world can be terrifying. Not only is a parent going against the flow, but most homeschooling moms don’t consider themselves to be teachers and are unsure of their own abilities. I know there’s a lot of interest out there when it comes to homeschooling, and when one of my readers submitted several questions to …

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Smart & Stupid Things I’ve done as a Homeschooler

I promised you that I would share some of the smartest and stupidest things I’ve done in my seven years of homeschooling, and I have.  They’re just not posted on my blog! My friend, Patrice Lewis, has posted my list over on her blog, Rural Revolution.  You can read it there.  See, I owed her an article from a couple of months ago and had to keep my word!  I hope you enjoy my list and feel free to add …

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How to Decide if Homeschooling is Right for You

Surely by now you know at least one family who homeschools. Perhaps you’ve wondered if this choice might be a good fit for you and your family. As a homeschooler for the past seven years and a professional educator for fifteen years before that, here are a few things to consider. 1.    How happy are you with your child’s school? Many different elements make up your child’s school experience. The mix of children in his or her classroom, the homeroom …

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Stepping into homeschooling

As the current school year comes to an end, a lot of parents begin wondering if homeschooling might be the right option for next year.  My family is finishing our seventh year of homeschooling, and there’s never been a doubt in my mind that it was the right choice. I believe that homeschooling is the best option for many, but not all, kids.  When I was a classroom teacher, it was impossible for me to know in depth the strengths …

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Preparing With Babies in Mind

For some of us, being prepared for the possibility of a disaster striking means having baby essentials in mind on top of everything else. If you have little ones, or are expecting to have any in the near future, it’s important to think of what you’ll need for that precious little one as well.   Preparing For An Unassisted Birth First of all, if you are currently expecting, or think that pregnancy could be a possibility in the near future, …

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Top 5 Favorite Medicinal Herbs

 Top 5 Favorite Medicinal Herbs Whether you grow your own herbs or buy them, these are my top 5 favorite medicinal herbs to have on hand.  I am NOT a doctor!  These herbs are not substitutes for a doctor’s medical advice! They are simple herbs, usually in capsule or tea form, that can be purchased at your local grocery or health food store.  1.  Echinacea This herb is an immunity boosting supplement. Take it during cold and flu season. It should …

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Two Things My Kids Know About Guns

We took the kids to the shooting range again yesterday, along with a reporter and photographer from the Arizona Republic, and once more I felt so grateful that my kids are confident, yet cautious, around guns.  From the beginning, my husband and I wanted our kids to know two very important things about guns. #1   A gun is no big deal. Remember the scene in, “The Sixth Sense”, when a boy says to the main character, “Wanna see my dad’s gun?”  …

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