Dear Mom, Where did the time go? We see our children growing and learning every day, but it is still hard to believe the teen years are approaching and it is about time to start thinking about high school. Every stage of the homeschool journey has it's joys and challenges. I bet you just started to feel like you had a few things figured out with this homeschooling business and then … [Read more...] about Dear Mom (of a soon-to-be homeschool high school student),
There are quite a few opinions that society continues to hold about homeschoolers. One of them is that all homeschoolers are weird. Believe it or not, I used to worry about that. Would my kids be weird if I homeschooled them? Would they have any friends? In my house, this long held belief is actually true. Over the years, my kids have come to realize that they're a bit different compared to … [Read more...] about Yes, My Homeschoolers are Weird – and I Love It!
As our children are moving into the high school years we are encouraging them to seek opportunities to get involved in the community through volunteering. Volunteering provides many benefits for teens. By participating in community service activities teens can meet new people, learn the value of serving others, build life skills, explore potential career options, and more. If your teen is … [Read more...] about 20 Volunteer Ideas for Teens & Families
The more time I spend teaching middle school, the more I believe that these three years need to prepare our students for their next big phase - high school. As parents, we want our kids to be successful during this transition. As homeschoolers, we're fortunate because we have the flexibility and ability to design our children's lesson plans, so we can focus some of our time and energy on these … [Read more...] about 5 Things Middle Schoolers Should Do Before Starting High School
It's a new month, which means it's time to focus on a new genre for our 2016 Reading Adventure! This month, our family will be reading biographies. This post contains affiliate links. Personally, I think it's important for kids to read about the lives of extraordinary people through biographies, autobiographies, and memoirs.Their stories not only share information, but inspire and … [Read more...] about 5 Interesting Biographies to Inspire Preteens
For our second month of our 2016 Reading Adventure, I've decided to focus on the classics. There is a lot of debate about what makes a book a classic. I chose books that were written well over fifty years ago and have stood the test of time, meaning they continue to be read over the generations. This post contains affiliate links. I know many people shy away from reading classics because … [Read more...] about Challenge Middle Schoolers with these 5 Excellent Classics