Homeschool Blog

  • Flying High

    Posted in Daily Focus on Monday, Apr 21st
  • The annual kite flying day was only two weeks away for our homeschooling group, and my oldest son was looking forward to winning the category for the highest flying kite. For several months, he had been preparing the perfect design. Using the old box shape, he believed that his kite would fly higher and better than any other kite in western Nebraska's strong, spring winds. His balsa wood frame was tightly wrapped in light-weight flour sack cloths, and with his father's help, he tested the kite's lift and drag performance several times. Read More...


  • Side by Side

    Posted in Daily Focus on Wednesday, Apr 16th
  • Would you like to know a successful homeschooling secret? My children did their best schoolwork when I sat next to them as they completed their assignments. Sounds too simple, doesn't it? I thought so, too, until I tested my theory. No matter their age, the difference was remarkable between the days when I quietly sat nearby and the days when I was busy with chores in another room. Apparently, my presence empowered them with the reassurance that I was there to help if they had a question. Read More...


  • Homeschooling Comfort

    Posted in Daily Focus on Friday, Apr 11th
  • Let's face it. Some mornings you wake up as a homeschooling parent and say, "If I have another day like I did yesterday, I'm going to lose it!" Between your little ones fighting and your older children taking the lazy way out of their schoolwork, you're tired of being a policeman. Ironically, those discouraging days seem to be the very ones when someone calls wanting your encouragement to start homeschooling. You feel like the proverbial blind leading the blind and think to yourself, "If she only knew!" Read More...


    In honor of National Autism Awareness Month in April, we bring you the story of an autistic child and his family, who were called to homeschool under unique circumstances. Read More...


  • Homeschool Messes

    Posted in Daily Focus on Friday, Mar 7th
  • Do you ever feel like you pick up messes all day? As a homeschooling parent, I quickly learned not to wait until the end of the day to clean the house. Walking through each room throughout the day, I continually organized and put a few things away as my children were studying. If I didn't, I knew I wouldn't have enough energy left to tackle the mountains of laundry, dishes, and clutter before bed. Read More...


  • Smooth as Honey

    Posted in Daily Focus on Saturday, Mar 1st
  • I heard voices quietly talking in my daughters' bedroom as I put the laundry away in the hall closet. My oldest daughter was coercing her younger sister into trading something with her. Because I couldn't see what was going on, I assumed they were trading old stuffed animals or some other inexpensive toy. As I walked past the door to their room, however, I saw my younger daughter replacing her piggy bank on the shelf. Questioning the transaction, I went on with my work and waited until my older daughter left the room. When my younger daughter was alone, I quietly asked, "What did you just trade with your sister?" Read More...


  • Daily Walks

    Posted in Daily Focus on Wednesday, Jan 15th
  • Taking a walk after supper became a guarded ritual for our homeschooling family. Each night, the entire family walked together down our country road to a creek a quarter mile away. Since our youngest daughter wasn't capable of such a long hike, we improvised and included her in this family time by pulling her along in our little red wagon. As we walked, we talked about whatever came to mind and observed the wonders of God's creation in nature. We never knew where the conversation was headed or what discoveries we would see along the way. We simply enjoyed the exercise and looked forward to this unhurried time of being together as a family. Read More...


  • Homeschool Bed and Breakfast

    Posted in Daily Focus on Monday, Jan 6th
  • One of my greatest pleasures as a homeschooling mother was giving my children a hot breakfast with a warm "good morning" each day. My sense of nurturing was satisfied as I watched sleepy-eyed yawns turn into energetic smiles. Cornbread, pancakes, waffles, omelets, French toast, apple muffins, and the like provided the necessary brain power for them to learn their homeschooling lessons. However, just as important as the nourishing food was the encouragement and love expressed when the food was served with a hug and a kiss. Read More...


    Whether you greet the idea of New Year’s resolutions with a grin or a groan, it’s hard not to feel hopeful as you peel the plastic away from that shiny new calendar. Maybe you’ve resolved to get to the gym twice a week, for example,... Read More...


  • Meeting of the Minds

    Posted in Daily Focus on Tuesday, Dec 31st
  • Our homeschooling days would never have survived without incorporating family meetings. Every week, we sat down for a discussion time with our children to ask for their feedback about our homeschooling schedule and activities. Curriculum choices that weren't working were replaced with options that met each child's learning style. Unrealistic goals based on prepackaged teacher's keys were adapted to fit the abilities of each child. The enlistment of our children's insightful and creative opinions helped to keep our homeschooling interesting, workable, and fun. Read More...


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