Category Archives: Homeschool Helps

Faithful Prioritization: Make a List and Check it Twice

Make a List

A lot of demands were coming at me at once and my multi-tasking skills were being pushed to their limits. I had made a “to do” list for the day and the week, but where were they? I kept on taking the interruptions . . . the phone calls, the emails, the walk-in visitors, and employee’s questions. Before I knew it the day was over and I was exhausted. I had no idea if I had met my day’s objectives because I had no idea where my “to do” list was located. A mound of papers stood on my desk. Read more

The Earth is the Lord’s – Earth Day Activities for Christian Homeschoolers


Windmill and Field of Flowers representing Earth Day Activities

The earth is the LORD’s and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein, for he has founded it upon the seas and established it upon the rivers. -Psalm 24:1-2

Have you considered incorporating Earth Day Activities into your coursework this week?

This year, Earth Day is celebrated around the world on Saturday, April 22, 2017. It offers an opportunity to hone in our curriculum calendar to consider world events, stoking our students’ interest in environmental science, while cultivating a biblically-centered worldview on care for God’s creation. Check out the links below and discern if any of the activities might benefit your students if you incorporate these ideas into your curriculum this week. Read more

4 Ideas for Spring Break Homeschool Field Trips

Palm trees and sunset with text overlay 4 homeschool field trip ideas for spring break

Spring Break is upon us! Need ideas for homeschool field trips to get the family out of the house? While your students might take a break from worksheets and textbooks, there’s no reason the learning needs to stop.

As a homeschool parent, there are a number of homeschool field trips waiting for you and your family to embark upon. The following list is focused on the Los Angeles and Orange County area of Southern California, but if you’re reading from outside the area, use this as a launch pad for your own field trip research. When you go on one of these field trips, keep the conversation going with our discussion questions, below.

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Writing Objectives: The ABCDs of Clear, Concise, and Measurable Actions

Woman typing at her desktop, writing objectives for learning

One of the most conceptually difficult, yet extremely essential pedagogical skills is that of writing good lesson objectives. New, experienced, and veteran classroom and homeschool educators alike often experience difficulties developing clear, concise, and measurable objectives. However, without the presence of such objectives, the purpose of the lesson can quickly become unclear to both students and teachers.

Consequently, the skill of identifying and writing objectives that are clear, concise, and measurable is crucial to the success of any lesson or unit of study. So, what does it look like in homeschooling? Read more

The Young Entomologist


For a number of years I taught writing classes to homeschooling children. I loved teaching this class. I’ll never forget one particular young man (let’s call him Charlie) and his keen interest in insects. When I asked him to write a story, he would create insect characters. When I asked him to write a poem, it would be about an insect. When I asked him to write a report, he would choose an insect to study. Charlie was completely enthralled with insects. Read more

Fresh Starts: A New Year’s Blog Post

Pen on open notebook and coffee cup

As we enter into the new year, I am thinking about fresh starts. For example, I love that I can start a new calendar, set and reach a new set of goals, begin a new journal, work on new habits in health and exercise, read some new books, or explore a new hobby. Fresh starts are like clean slates … and most people like fresh starts … they find it … well … refreshing! Read more

Deeper Thinking

scubaConsider this, some scuba divers won’t go deeper than twenty or thirty feet; others, however, are willing to take the deep dives and explore hidden treasures. Teachers and home educators are the same way. How do you get your students to think for themselves, rather than to simply absorb someone else’s thinking? It begins with modeling true curiosity, asking the deeper questions, and habituating the students to explore their own questions. Read more

Accelerator Pedal

SUVThere have been a number of times in my driving career where an accident was avoided by pulling my foot off the accelerator pedal or, conversely, by pushing down hard and fast on the accelerator pedal. Had I not taken immediate action, these situations would have ended in fender benders, side swipes, or head on collisions with dire consequences. Read more

Real Homeschool Moms Share Spiritual and Practical Advice

Mom adviceMuch has changed since I first began my homeschooling journey in 1991. I remember feeling quite the fashionista with my spiral perm, denim dress, and white tennis shoes with bobby socks. Of course fashion is not the only thing that has, quite thankfully, changed over the years. The climate of homeschooling has changed as well. The resources that parents have available to them today are abundant. Many universities no longer question a transcript from a homeschooled applicant, and as a matter of fact, many of them seek out and welcome homeschoolers.

Homeschool Moms Share Spiritual and Practical Advice

Yet, even with all the advances within the homeschooling community, some things never change. I polled some real homeschool moms with whom I am friends—some veteran, some still in the midst of the great homeschooling adventure—and asked them what they wish they had known when they started homeschooling. Now, these homeschool moms share spiritual and practical advice with you. Read more

Students: Why You Should Care About a General Education


Should students care about General Education?

As a teacher, I’ve heard numerous students claim such things as, “I am only going to be an electrician, so I don’t need a college degree” or “I’m planning on just staying home with my kids, so I don’t really need an education.” These statements are troubling, for more than one reason.

The first is tangential to my point, but worth noting: using language such as “only” or “just” to describe your future occupation does a disservice to it and to you as a pursuant of it. Our society would be in serious trouble if we had no electricians or mechanics or janitors, and taking care of a home is a much bigger job than the word “just” implies. Jobs that keep society running are important.

A similar problem happens in the reverse; I’ve heard students say, “I am going to be a physicist, so why should I read Shakespeare?” The “only” is implied here; it may be true that you will become a physicist, but surely you won’t just be a physicist and have no other duties or interests. Everyone—electricians, mechanics, physicists, teachers, parents—are humans, and, as humans, you need more than just vocational training to flourish. Read more

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