15 Life Skills Essential for my Children

As homeschoolers, we often like to think that our children are better prepared to handle life situations than many of their public school counterparts. After all, they do see us “living life” day after day. But after speaking with many homeschooling moms that wonder if they are allowing their children enough opportunity to truly interact with […]

5 Historical Locations to Visit on the East Coast

This post is from contributing writer, Tonya from The Traveling Praters.  1. St. Augustine, Florida The first city in the United States, St. Augustine is a beautiful, historic city that offers many free and low cost attractions for families. Visit Fort Matanzas, Castillo de San Marcos and the Colonial Spanish Quarters to learn about pirate […]

My Heart is Preparing for the Road Ahead

This post is from contributing writer, Tonya from The Traveling Praters.  I’ve never forgotten a discussion that took place at one of the first homeschool support group meetings I attended. A veteran homeschool mom stood up and announced that she no longer wanted to homeschool. After homeschooling for 20+ years, graduating three students, and serving as […]

Purchasing a Class Ring for your Homeschooled Student

The following is a post from contributing writer Tonya Prater of The Traveling Praters. My children don’t often feel that they are missing out on popular public school traditions. They’ve taken dozens of field trips, participated in classes, attended prom, played sports, and even have the option of graduating in a formal ceremony through our […]

Ten Ways Homeschoolers can Save Money on Prom Expenses

Prom is highly regarded in the public school realm. From the time I was a small child, I would listen to the older kids excitedly anticipate their big night. You may have gone and remember the dance fondly. My husband (or high school sweetheart, as he was known at the time) and I went and […]

How to Minister to a Sick Friend

Nearly ten years ago, I was struck with an incredible illness. Overnight, I was unable to get out of bed. I couldn’t run errands, clean my house, or school my children. I was absolutely dependent on other people. I don’t know what I would have done without the friends and family that cared for me […]

Creating a One-of-a-Kind Bible in Nine Easy Steps

Bible Craft

This simple craft, turning an inexpensive Bible into a special, personalized gift, can be completed in less than an hour by your teenager or by younger children with a bit of assistance. You will need to gather the following supplies: A Bible Coordinating scrapbooking supplies, paper, ink, stickers, ribbons, and embellishments of your choice Scissors […]

Six Reasons You Should Save Time in Your Schedule for Field Trips

I’m nearing the end of my homeschool journey. One child will graduate next year and the other two will soon follow. As I look back over our fondest homeschool memories I think of amazing read alouds that stole a piece or our hearts, co-ops with friends, and even a few science experiments gone bad. I also remember […]

5 Things My Kids are Required to Know About Car Maintenance

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  My husband is my mechanic. Unless something major happens to one of our vehicles, he is my go-to-guy. He can fix almost anything and he saves us a ton of money in the process. Over the course of the past year, we have added two driver’s in our house. My oldest son even purchased his first car. Car […]

A Couple Tips for Visiting the Metropolitan Museum of Art

I remember reading From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler when I was a young girl. Being very imaginative, I’d ponder the possible scenarios that a night at the museum could entail and dreamed of one day visiting the Metropolitan of Art in New York City. It took me many years, but I […]

Can you Suggest a High School Math Course?

Of all the subjects we’ve covered over the years, none have caused more frustration than math. Thinking back, I remember my young 6 year old son sitting at the kitchen table in tears because he didn’t want to do school work anymore.  It was because he didn’t understand math. Fast forward 12 years and now […]