Homeschooling

7 Lessons I Learned from The Animal School and How They Shaped Our Homeschool

Homeschooling encouragement

During our early stages of homeschooling I did a lot of reading to learn about approaches, learning styles, and such, to create a vision for what I wanted our homeschool to be like. Somewhere along the way I came across “The Animal School.” It’s a fable that was originally written in 1940 by George Reavis, …

Learning How to Learn…And Loving It!

Learning How to Learn...And Loving It!

When I retired as Homeschool Teacher, I started blogging because I enjoyed writing and wanted to learn more about using the internet. I earned a Bachelor’s degree in Advertising, but that was right before the internet came to be, so my education didn’t include anything about it. I haven’t always enjoyed writing, either. I went to …

10 Pieces of Advice for New Homeschoolers

10 Pieces of Advice for New Homeschoolers

Can I really do this? What if the naysayers are right? If you’re new to homeschooling, then you probably have these anxieties and many more. I know how you feel because I spent fourteen years homeschooling my two children, and all along the way I had anxieties and doubts. Now that I’ve reached the end of …

Thinking Outside the Desk while Homeschooling

Thinking Outside the Desk

When we first began homeschooling, I was a voracious reader about teaching styles and methods. I read many books that caused me to rethink education and convinced me that I didn’t need to recreate my own school experience. Maybe it was even better not to. With my mind opened to new possibilities, I was motivated …

Save Your Memories with an Easy Email Journal

Save Your Memories with an Easy Email Journal

I’ve kept an “email journal” since my children were born. Periodically, I would write an email to my parents and sister about my family’s activities, then I would print it out and keep a copy for myself. It’s hard for me to believe that so much time has passed, but I’ve put over twenty years …

Warnings from a Retired Homeschool Mom

Warnings from a Retired Homeschool Mom

If you arrived at this post while researching homeschooling, I’m glad I caught you in time. I need to warn you about some things before you make this life-altering decision for your family! Once you begin to see learning everywhere you just can’t unsee it. Once you’ve learned to think outside the box, it’s really …

Greater Inspiration ~ An Interview with David Hunt

Greaterthemovie

While writing about “I’ll Fly Away’s” role in Greaterthemovie, I wondered if I might also be able to interview David Hunt, its Director and Co-Writer. Since we are both homeschooling families, we had something in common, and that gave me the courage to contact him. Even though Mr. Hunt had a hectic schedule, he made some time for …

Empty Nest ~ What’s Next?

Empty Nest

We celebrated our youngest’s 18th birthday by moving her into the college dorm. She’s at a great school and I’m really happy for her, but as my husband said, “I’m excited for her, but sad for me.” This is a big change for us because both of our children are now grown and we’ve just become …

Homeschooling and Entrepreneurship

Walmart Locker on Mid-Life Blogger

Our son, Hayden, lacks one class for his Associates degree, but an opportunity caused him to put his college education on hold. Opportunity Knocks A few years ago, Hayden decided to buy a computer repair business. Not too long after he bought it, a local tv station invited him to appear for a short interview. It …

Boredom: Gateway to Creativity

Bird Drawing by Margaret Curren on Mid-Life Blogger

“Mooooooommmmm, I’m booorrred!” Believe it or not, I was happy to hear those words from my children. It wasn’t my responsibility to constantly entertain them and when they got to the point that they were bored, that’s when their creativity took over… if I didn’t rush in to rescue them. When we made the decision to …