Homeschooling is a full-time job. If you feel like it’s hard to keep up with other aspects of life while homeschooling – you’re not crazy and you’re not alone.

Homeschooling is not for everyone and it’s not always a rosy, sunshiny path. But if it’s our calling, we can do it competently, capably, and confidently. That doesn’t mean finding the easy answer or the magic solution; it means being faithful.

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What do I do when my kid complains?
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It will happen. “I hate this book!”

 “Do we have to do Morning Time?” “There’s no point in learning algebra!” When it happens, you have not failed. Pick up your shield of imperviousness, homeschool mama;... Read More

When your kid says, “I hate math!”
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If you’ve homeschooled for any length of time, you’ve probably encountered them: math fits. On good days, it looks like mad math doodles and rhyming complaints. On average days, it looks like snarky word-answers to... Read More

Macbeth Lesson Plans
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Yes, Macbeth is dark and gruesome and not the easiest Shakespeare story to relate to. The Scottish thane Macbeth listens to witches who clearly should not be trusted and nothing good comes of it –... Read More

How Truth, Goodness, and Beauty Fit in Real Life
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Have you ever walked into a conversation halfway through? Perhaps, unbeknownst to you, it was a conversation that had been going on sporadically between these friends for weeks or even months. It’s a fascinating conversation,... Read More

Morning Time As Happy Time
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What is happiness, really? That’s actually a deep philosophical question expounded upon by great minds for millennia. Too often, we think happiness is doing what we want, having no laundry to fold, or eating chocolate.... Read More

Merchant of Venice Lesson Plans
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Merchant of Venice might be a politically incorrect play, but it is too good for us to ignore. While it makes moderns uncomfortable because the Jew is made to forcibly convert in the end, it... Read More

Making kids care: ordo amoris in real life
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The math page looms. “But I don’t want to,” the child moans. The book awaits. “But I don’t like it,” the child whines. Maybe you start off homeschooling with grand visions and high hopes. Maybe... Read More

5 Tips for Using Math-U-See
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Is there more angst spilt in homeschooling over any subject more than math? Math is a subject none of us want to mess up. Once our children hit middle school, people start asking how we... Read More

3 Ways Kids’ Personalities Affect Learning
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By now you know I like to geek out about personality. I’ve written about the personalities of homeschool moms. I’ve theorized about kids’ personalities and learning styles. And I’ve applied all my researching and musing... Read More

Lesson Plans for The Comedy of Errors
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The Comedy of Errors is a great play for kids who might be skeptical about Shakespeare. Full of slap-stick humor, over-the-top coincidences, and witty one-liners, Comedy of Errors is more about the laughs than the... Read More

Why I Love Math-U-See
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I am not a math person. Math has been the subject that daunts me most when I think about the big picture of homeschooling. Or, at least, it did. Now that I’m 9 years into this... Read More

5 Tips for Tutoring Writing
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Fourteen years ago, a fresh English major graduate, I was hired by a group of homeschool moms to teach their middle schoolers how to write and tutor writing with them one-on-one. They gave me the... Read More

Lesson Plans for Much Ado About Nothing
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Shakespeare doesn’t have to be scary or intense to incorporate into your homeschool. The stories are timeless, the language is beautiful, and they are chock full of ridiculous characters and jokes that are sure to... Read More

Homeschooling is an art.
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Applying formulas will not work. But something does need to be applied: ourselves. We don’t need more tactics, different set-ups, or a new curriculum. We need a new attitude, a new approach – not in... Read More