• Self-Care & Parenting

    Time Flies

    When our children are first born, it seems like forever until they’ll walk, talk, and be bustling little kids scampering around the house. It seems like ages until they’ll be holding intellectual conversations with us, driving a car, and moving away. But, boy, time flies, and those days come sooner than we expect. How do we cope with the rapid passing of time? How do we make the most of each day? How do we cherish our precious moments before they’ve escaped us?   I saw a quote online over the summer that said something to the effect of “We only have 18 summers with our children”. 18 summers. 18…

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  • Community,  Q + A

    Q + A with Shanda

    What is your name and general location My name is Shanda and I’m from the Mitten State – Michigan!   How many children do you have and what are their ages? I have three kiddos ages 5, 2 and 4 months.   What are the main reasons you chose to home educate? Education is so important. I wanted to make sure that both the mind AND heart were being nurtured and grown. I believe it’s my job as a parent to help bend my children’s hearts toward God. There is no greater calling or purpose of being a mother than that.   Do you follow a specific method or style…

  • Community,  Q + A

    Q + A with Leah Massey

    What is your name and general location? My name is Leah Massey.  I live in the Metro Detroit area of southeast Michigan. How many children do you have and what are their ages? Our oldest, Sabrina is 20 now.  I call her Rookie Woman.  Tyler, our Man Cub, is 9.  Anara is our youngest at 4.  Her personality has gotten her the name of Tiny Tyrant. 🙂   What are the main reasons you chose to home educate? I originally started thinking about home education when Rookie Woman was about three years old.  I realized she was just starting to get really fun as her personality started blossoming.  When I…

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  • Co-op,  Community

    Our Homeschool Week During Co-op Semester

    Are you a member of a homeschool co-op? We have been a part of BLHC for 2 1/2 years and we absolutely love it! I have been an educator with our co-op for 2 years and truly enjoy the opportunity to teach my own kids alongside other children in a classroom setting. We host our co-op classes at local parks so the kids can run and play on the playground in between classes. It is almost a ‘high school’ scheduling system and I believe this helps teach kids time management and independence. Although we are so busy during co-op semester, we all love it and look forward to it each…

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  • Community,  Q + A

    Q + A with Laura Stroup

    What is your name and general location? My name is Laura Stroup. We live in the  Missouri Ozarks. How many children do you have and what are their ages?  3 kids – 9, 6, and 6 months. We have adopted all of our kids. Being a multiracial family has its challenges, but they are such a blessing to us. Our family is perfect just the way it is. What are the main reasons you chose to home educate?  We want our kids to have the freedom to be themselves and learn in ways that best suit them and our family as a whole. We also like that our kids can…

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  • Literacy,  Unit Study

    Poetry Tea Time

    What is Poetry Tea Time? Poetry Tea Time is a term coined by the wonderful Julie Bogart from Brave Writer. She is brilliant, intelligent, and fun! Julie comes up with incredible ways to raise lifelong readers and passionate writers. Poetry Tea Time is quite simply a time to gather with tea (or any drink of your choice) and read aloud poetry. This is meant to foster bonding and inspire critical thinking. Delighting in the finer things in life that are often overlooked is a luxury we should all make time for. It calms us, it soothes our souls, and it draws us closer; to one another and to literature. How…

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  • Community,  Q + A

    Q + A with Misty Dixon

    Q + A with Misty Dixon from southeast North Carolina     How many children do you have and what are their ages?  I have 3 children. My oldest is 19, and currently away at University. Before that, he was homeschooled. My daughter is 14, and my youngest son is 8. What are the main reasons you chose to home educate?  We first chose to home educate because we weren’t 100% satisfied with any of the other options. Now we continue to home educate because it suits our family so well. I can’t imagine doing anything else. Do you follow a specific method or style of teaching?  I feel like…

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    Resources,  STEM

    Steam Kids Challenge

    STEM or STEAM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, (Art), and Math. It’s everywhere these days as children are interested in technology and the advancements we are making as a society. We are a very STEM-oriented homeschooling family in that we do a lot of science and technology-based lessons at home. My children are naturally very curious about science and love the hands-on learning that STEM guides provide. We often perform science experiments, incorporate themed math lessons and tie in art to our daily lessons. Roo’s favorite subject is math and Chickie always wants to craft and paint, so STEAM-based learning is perfect for us to combine academics with…

  • Resources,  STEM

    Do You Use YouTube To Homeschool?

    Some families have the no-or-limit screen policy, some use screens just for school or just for fun. We use screens for learning and fun in the format of YouTube videos. But, I do limit their use including days with no screens at all: no tv, no video or phone games, no iPad, no computer. Sometimes, all of us need a break from technology in order to reconnect with the Earth and ourselves. With that being said, I have found tablets to be a wonderful addition to our homeschooling routine. When we learn about geography or animals or historical landmarks, few resources can grab my child’s attention in an interactive way.…

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  • Literacy,  Resources

    Early Literacy

    How do you grow your child’s vocabulary and literacy skills? Do you read aloud? Do you do weekly spelling tests? Do you play Scrabble? There are so many fun ways to challenge our kids to learn and today I’m going to share one of my favorites with you! I don’t have a name for this activity, but it’s essentially learning by context clues alone. It’s a wonderful exercise and is helpful in many ways, but my kids just think its an awesome game and they always ask me to keep going! So let’s get down to it! I will include original passages I’ve wrote for free on my FREEBIES tab,…