• JUST LIFE

    Yes Mom, You Are Doing A Good Job

    Just in case there is one person out there that needed to be told this today, I thought it was a good day (Monday)  to post this blog! After talking to a few “mom friends”, some who use public school and some who home school, I’ve come to the conclusion that sometimes moms just need to know they are doing something right. As a home school parent, we balance so much more than just academics, and in the scheme of this wonderful life we live in, sometimes I think its the other things that we are balancing that will stick with our children more than what they learn in text…

  • ARCH COOKING CLASS

    Walking Tacos & Homemade Taco Seasoning

    Our first cooking class, we made walking tacos. I know, some of you are wondering what that is! Don’t feel left out, because I went strait to google the first time somebody  mentioned them to me! I thought they would be perfect for the kids  to make,  so they could customize their taco any way they wanted. The older class browned our beef, and each of the kids measured out the seasonings for our tacos. Each child had a vegetable to cut up, using their  “kids in the kitchen knives”. They were so excited to learn knife techniques, that some of them even tried vegetables they had not tried before,…

  • TEENAGERS

    Monday With Teenagers By Ruth

    How many times have I been asked if my homeschooled teenager has enough socialization?  Pretty much, each time that someone asked me about homeschooling.  The topic is always a bit touchy I would say.  We can talk socialization as much as you want in the homeschool world but honestly, if we stop and think about it, is it because you are surrounded by others in a regular setting, which is school that you will socialize with them?  The feeling of being lonely seems a very common with high school students who don’t fit in any “clicks”. Anyway, this is how it goes in my house on a regular Monday.  We…

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  • ARCH LIFE

    To Start A Homeschool Group By Sara

    This is not a piece about complaining or anything but more about how a co-op works. If you are thinking about starting your own homeschool group, this one is for you. I remember a time when I was just a member of a homeschool group. I would receive a multitude of emails reminding me that I needed to pay for classes, or don’t forget to sign up for this, or that we have a special meeting and so on. You understand that right? As a member, I would also be asked how I could help or get involved in the homeschool group. I shall not lie here but there were…

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  • THE REAL THING

    Let “Perfect” Go By Kristina

    My house is a mess. Not like I have a few dishes in the sink that couldn’t fit in my dishwasher, mess. But like I have at least 2 more loads of dishes sitting on my counters waiting to be clean, mess. It seems like the mess reflects my life right now. I feel like my life is the mess. I am not organized. I tend to be late to things. I seem to be taking less showers, don’t judge! I try to see how long I can hide in my room in the mornings before I have to get up and face my crazy messy children. Anyone feel me?…

  • ADVICE

    Short Days By Christina

    I remember a friend one time telling me the important thing to worry about with homeschooling is reading writing and arithmetic. That comes in handy when dad is off and we have school work that needs to be done. It seems to be really hard for my kids to want to do any school while dad is off. But I try to remember the important subjects to keep school short: Reading Writing and Arithmetic. I have to admit we don’t spend much time if any on writing. My kids can write fairly well and they dislike it. I would like to add something maybe it could be in the place…

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  • ADVICE

    Academic Competitions In The Homeschooling World By Sara

    For us, it started when he was in kindergarten.  We had studied all our words and were now going to see how well we remember them at the Spelling Bee of our homeschool group.  I was looking at him, sitting there, in front of a crowd, just playing with his number that was around his neck, waiting his turn.  I was a nervous mother in the crowd of other nervous parents, while he couldn’t care less.  They were down to 5, now 3, now 2, I couldn’t take it anymore and voila!  He did it!  He won! That was 8 years ago!  Since then, we participated in each one of…

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  • ADVICE

    How Are You?

    How many times have I said those 3 simple words while crossing another mom in the halls?  A lot of times!  How many times did I really stop and look that mom in the eyes while saying those words?  Not often, which is sad. I do not know if it’s because I am getting older, or that I wished someone would have took the time to mean it while asking me, or that I saw a lot of hurt lately but, now I just stop and make sure things are ok.  If not in person, because I am press with time, via text or phone.  Seriously, we are a bunch…

  • LIFE CHOICES

    The “Why” Behind The Mess By Kristina

    My decision to homeschool was not an easy one. Homeschooling was not on my radar. I didn’t know much about it except all of those “stories” you hear. The idea to homeschool came to my husband. His sister started to homeschool her children with much success. I still was reluctant to the idea. So we weighed our options. Public school was a big no. We both went to public school and did not have wonderful experiences with it. Plus the influence of the other kids was a big factor. The next option was private school, which costed an arm and a leg. We were already tight on money. So really…

  • QUOTE

    “Education means inspiring someone’s mind, not just filling their head.” By Katie Lusk