How to Grade a Homeschool Unit Study for an Older Child (& high school assessment) and more...

{Please share my weekly newsletter with another homeschool mom who would benefit from it.} Newsletter Winter January 15, 2016.

(I don't have enough to do, so for 2016 I created a new Pinterest account, come on over and follow me there too.)

Slow uhmm Sweet Start to the New Year!

Look who came to visit, Mr. Senior 2013. I admit it, I have been playing hooky.


I haven’t seen my baby in 6 months since he left South America to move to New York.

And I had all my sweet men corralled in one spot, a favorite Japanese restaurant, so I grabbed a picture or two.

(Of course, I only took pictures of us after I stopped crying like a baby.)

He leaves this week, but I am so happy to at least be on the same continent with him again.

Back to reality, I need to scoot on with our homeschooling, so look what we have been up to.


If only magic fairy dust could be sprinkled in my fairy tale land that I like to escape to when the hard times of homeschooling hit. And then all my homeschool woes could go away. I’m still waiting for it to happen.

In the meantime, sharing 3 ways you’re making homeschool harder than it has to be, I hope these tried and true tips will help you make some changes and sprinkle a little magic fairy dust for you.

Creative Ways to Give Life to History

History field trips have a way of not only making history fun, but places have a way of helping a child remember important dates, important people and events.

Moving from the book to visiting historical places makes learning history memorable and engaging.

Look at this list of 22 places to visit for history and oh yes, be sure to print off some copies of my Homeschool Field Trip Journal Pages and my free Editable Field Trip Tracking Guide.


Homeschool Luv

Slapping down a map to label states and countries has never been an engaging way to teach my kids homeschool geography. Drill and kill of boring facts to remember only worked for a short time too.

I am sharing 11 awesome ways to learn geography that don’t include labeling a map because geography is so much more than writing out the names of states and countries.

Can you say snore? zzzzzzzz. (okay, okay)

Including ways to teach geography to a variety of ages, I hope some of these help you to get out of your geography rut.

7 Step Curriculum Planner.

Did you grab your 2016 calendars yet? I have two color options.

Here is Dreaming!

And here is Sparkle!

What's Coming Up!

You know my passion for hands-on activities.

I have a HUGE, HUGE resource coming, 365 Days of Hands-On Activities.

One for every day of the year! Stay tuned.

And I have some updates coming up for the planner including some 2017 forms and a fun twist on a new fun science curriculum we are using.

Don't Forget About Our Exclusive Facebook Group.

Be sure to read the guidelines because I want it to be a place that everybody feels welcomed.

Just Plain Fun Things

I love this reference, The Ultimate Guide to Ancient History.

And I love this reference too, Kids Learning to Code!

Check out all the other blog posts below!

Hugs and you know I love ya,

How to Grade a Homeschool Unit Study for an Older Child (& high school assessment)

I didn’t choose to do homeschool unit studies because I felt I was creative or liked flying by the seat of pants. What I do like about homeschool unit studies is the unbridled time for learning topics that interests my kids. Later on I would learn that is called mastery learning. Choosing to move away […]

You’ve Pitched the Homeschool Curriculum – Now What?

Falling in and out of love with homeschool curriculum is a rite of passage for us. But after pitching my curriculum, many years  I wished I would have done something differently besides just purchase more homeschool curriculum. And of course, any solution has to be easy because by the time you hit a road block, […]

7 Homeschool Lies I Want to Tell My Younger Self

Having the courage to chase away secret homeschool fears is not easy to do when you’re a new homeschooler. You’re worried about doing everything right and I was no different when I was new to homeschooling. Learning that my fear was one of the biggest obstacles to overcoming homeschooling and if I could turn back […]

Public School is NOT Free! (but neither is homeschool)

Every summer when the boys were little, we packed up and headed to sunny Florida to tour those free tours of new condos to buy. All we had to do was go through a tour and listen to the sales pitch. They were sort of like those time sharing condos, but you really owned the […]

31 Days of Dinner Ideas for October With Linked Recipes for Busy Homeschool Nights

Continuing on in my series for 31 Days of Dinner Ideas, I have the 31 days of dinner ideas for October with linked recipes ready. Did you know by the time we finish doing this together we will have over 365 meal ideas to put in our recipe book? I will be making a new […]

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Check out these other posts:

What is a Lapbook Video.

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Anatomy of a Well Laid Out High School Geography Curriculum

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