Seasons of Life

For several years this homeschool blog has been inactive. The authors have flown away from blogging here to spend more time with our little ones or have soared onto new projects. That simply is how the different seasons of motherhood come and go and we do our best to embrace each special season with gratitude and joy.

We've truly enjoyed encouraging fellow mothers here with over 7 million pageviews. Wow! We hope this blog will continue to be a source of encouragement. Blessings!


Homeschooling High School {Blog Hop}

Homeschooling through the High School years can seem like a daunting prospect to many a homeschooling family but it need not be. In order to equip and encourage you, we have a group of 18 bloggers whose aim is to lift the veil on homeschooling through the high school years. You are more than able to home school your children all the way through to graduation.

Home School High School Topics

Over the next seven months we will be sharing some insights into the following aspects of home educating through the high school years:
  • 24 June - Planning for High School {How and When,ways to/how we're planning to earn college credit while still in high school, Meeting High School Requirements, how to assign credit when there aren't tests, What records do you keep? How do you present them? What influences your method, your emphasis in certain areas?}
  • 29 July - Electives {Following Passions, following interests, fitting a job in with school, and Being intentional in Preparing for what comes after high school, Life skills.}
  • 26 August - Math, Science, Biology, History {What do you use ? Why do you use ... ? What influences your choices/selection? }
  • 30 September - Language Arts {Poetry, Literature, Composition, writing, What influenced your choices/selection?}
  • 28 October - "How am I going to teach High School ...?" {Addressing the fear factor of teaching subjects we struggle with or know nothing about, How to achieve credit in subjects your student *hates*}
  • 25 November - How do you fit it all in ? {homeschooling high school alongside homeschooling the others, Fostering Independence, Do you generalise or specialise? Schedules,}
  • 30 December - Graduation { Fostering Independence, How do you know when they are done ?}

Introducing your Home School High School Hosts

Our hope is that you will be encouraged and inspired to home school your children through the high school years.

2015 Build Your Bundle for Homeschoolers!

It's time to start planning for the next school year...are you excited?  I am!  I love going to homeschool conventions and looking at all the curriculum, don't you?  I always leave so inspired.  I've peaked at what's included in these bundles and I just want to tell you that you are really going to enjoy your virtual shopping this year!

The 2015 Build Your Bundle Sale is almost here! To celebrate the upcoming sale, we are doing a pre-sale giveaway for 3 bundles of your choice AND offering you a special coupon code.

Enter to win 3 bundles of your choice!

Do you have any plans to attend any homeschool conventions this year?  Which one are you going to?


Homeschool Successfully When Life Happens

There's a  brand new eBook for Home Educating families called:  Homeschooling Successfully When Life Happens. I'm really excited about this eBook.  I've printed it and it's on my bedside table.  I love the real life encouragement from these woman who all share their real life experience in the different chapters of the book.

Their message is clear that no matter what your individual situation, know that you can homeschool, and do it well despite your circumstances. Each Mother share practical wisdom and insight.

For a limited time, you can purchase Homeschool Successfully When Life Happens for the introductory price of $3.99.

Here are a few of the topics covered

  • Homeschooling without Chaos
  • Homeschooling During a Difficult Pregnancy
  • Homeschooling with ADHD
  • Homeschooling with Learning Challenges and Dyslexia
  • Homeschooling a Struggling Reader
  • Homeschooling and Adoption
  • Homeschooling with a Chronic Illness
  • Homeschooling for the Long Haul
 Plus, when you purchase before April 30th, you will receive three bonus products with your purchase, with a combined total retail value of $19.95.

  •  Fifteen beautiful posters.  Each one corresponds to a chapter in the book.

  • Bible study, prayer and quiet time pages from

  • Overcoming Obstacles to Homeschool Successfully Audio book from Mommy Jammies Night.

{This post contains affiliate links. This means that if you click on one of these links, I may earn a small commission on a purchase you make}

Passover / Easter & Lent Resources

The internet and pinterest are over flowing with great ideas and inspiration for the upcoming Easter / Passover celebrations.  This week over at Every Bed of Roses you can find a round - up post of Easter / Passover Resource with over 40 links to some amazing FREE resources and ideas covering:
  • Books
  • On the WWW
  • Lent
  • YouTube
  • Printables
  • Unit Studies


Yes, I am a Crazy Homeschool Mom

When I began homeschooling, I wanted to prove to others that I was not crazy.

I would often get questioned by family, friends, and others. I would firmly reply with several reasons why I chose that education path for my children, even citing research to back me up. I wanted to prove to them that I was a loving mother who wanted what I thought was best for my children.

Here I am 16 years into homeschooling and I've discovered that I AM CRAZY after all.

I am CRAZY over Jesus. I want Him to be the main focus of our homeschool day. I want our curriculum to be centered around His Word. I want to pray often as a family. I want our family to be His servants when given the opportunity. Jesus is my Lord and Savior and I am crazy over Him.

I am CRAZY over my husband. I am so appreciative of my husband's support of homeschooling. He provides for our family so I can stay home and teach our children. He takes them on field trips. He does science experiments with them. He helps keep them accountable. I am head over heels crazy for this man.

I am CRAZY over my children. I want to be a part of their entire day, every day, not just on weekends and holidays. I love being around them and enjoy every minute I have with them. I have so many fond memories that wouldn't have happened if it weren't for homeschooling. My kids make my heart sing with joy and I am crazy over them.

Even though homeschooling can be challenging for a mother, I feel very blessed to be a crazy homeschool mom and I will continue to be crazy over Jesus, my husband, and my children. I even designed this shirt to publicly announce why I am crazy. (I'm curious if I will get any questions about why I homeschool while wearing it.)

Keep Calm and Homeschool On,


FUN ways to celebrate President's Day

Here are some ways you can have FUN celebrating President's Day with your kids!

Make President's Day Dessert Pizza!

Dump Cake is a family favorite! If your family likes cherries and pineapples, then you have to try this super simple recipe!

Write a letter to the President. Click here to read how to write it, where to send it, and what you will receive back from the White House.

Create "fun learning packets" using free printables from

Learn about money and presidents. Even though we see money daily, do we really pay attention to it? This quiz will reveal how observant and knowledgeable you are with money.


Homeschool Language Arts {Virtual Curriculum Fair}

Hosted this week by

There are some wonderful homeschool bloggers sharing their thoughts and inspiration on Language Arts and your homeschool.  Be sure to grab a cup of coffee / tea and take some time over the week ahead to read over these posts

2015 dates and themes:

  1. January 5th---Playing with Words: the Language Arts---includes phonics, reading, writing, grammar, spelling, speech, literature, etc., etc., etc. Latin and foreign language studies could also go here.
  2. January 12th---Discovering Patterns: Mathematics, Logic, and Science---includes anything to do with mathematics, mathematical thinking, numbers, arithmetic, symbolic logic, critical thinking, and math-y sciences (physics, chemistry, etc.).
  3. January 19th---Exploring Our World: Social Studies and more Science---includes history, geography, world cultures, worldview, biology, botany, geology, etc., etc., etc.
  4. January 26th---Seeking Beauty: the Arts and Everything that Brings Beauty to Our World---includes any of the arts, handicrafts, but really ANYTHING at all that adds beauty to your homeschool.

Your Turn

FREE NO PREP Journal Prompts for the NEW YEAR!

I wanted to make a FREEBIE for you that included some New Year's Writing Prompts!  I love the New Year because it is a great time to reflect and make some "attainable" goals and to get kids writing!  

Writing is a skill that requires daily practice.  These simple journal prompts are designated to help BEGINNING and/or STRUGGLING writers build confidence, practice articulating thoughts, work on fine motor skills and use proper letter formation.  
Included on each journal prompt:
*I Can… statements with text and visual support to remind students to:
-use capital letters
-use finder spacing between words
-sound out and spell words
-use periods
-draw pictures to support their writing

*Illustrated Word Bank to help students spell words and generate ideas for their writing.
*Place to draw a picture to support their writing.

Hop on over to The Moffatt Girls blog to grab this FREEBIE!


Looking for some FUN Christmas activities?

I am having such a wonderful time with my kids this month.

We've been busy reviewing skills and completing FUN activities
(gotta fabulous freebies that are educational),

creating lots of art projects

having FUN theme days, such as: Polar Express Day

Candy Cane Day

Reindeer Day

making (and eating) yummy recipes
This recipe has been pinned like a gazillion times because it is THE BEST CHRISTMAS TREAT EVER! Can you sense my enthusiasm? But literally thousands of people flock to my blog every week for this special treat! You have to check it out!

While you're there, make sure to also check out my Christmas Morning French Toast Casserole! I make this every Christmas Eve before I go to bed, place it in the fridge, and then pop it in the oven when we are opening presents Christmas morning. It makes the house smell so good, and I love having a warm breakfast with no cooking that morning.

And we can't forget about these A.DOR.A.BLE reindeer cookies. My kids love making these!

I invite you to grab a cup of hot chocolate and meet me at my little old blog to read more. Just click the image below and keep scrolling down to read all my Christmas posts.

Christmas Week

Enjoy this special time of year with your family!


FREE Homeschool Ebooks for a limited time

Hello Homeschool Chicks! I hope you are having fun getting prepared for the holidays. Recently, I read this post on how you can give an Ebook when it's on sale or free to anyone with an email account? That is so cool!

(By the way, you don't have to own a Kindle- you can download Kindle books to iPhonesAndroidsiPadsMacs and PC's!)

And here is the sneaky but very clever part-
Amazon will let you select when the Ebook will be gifted, which means you can purchase books on sale or that have gone FREE now and then give them for Christmas!

To celebrate the holidays, I am offering 3 FREE homeschool Ebooks valued at $27.85!

You can grab them for yourself or gift them to friends and family. This deal will only be effective from Dec 12- 16 so knock out some Christmas shopping while treating yourself, too.

This deal has expired but you can receive a 30% discount when you purchase all three books! Use this code TS6CZUBJ  and begin shopping HERE.

Make sure to follow these simple instructions on how to gift a book, so they will not even know that you got them for free.


Back to Homeschool Encouragement

How has your first week back at school been ?  This past week the Schoolhouse Review Crew have been sharing some of their Back to Homeschool ideas, tips and insights.  So come and be equiped and encouraged by homeschool Mum's from around the glob for the year ahead.

Back to Homeschool Blog Hop

Marcy @ Ben and Me
Jacquelin @ A Stable Beginning

Karen @ Tots and Me

Rebecca @ Raventhreads
Jennifer @ Milk & Honey Mommy
Lisa @ A Rup Life
Beth @ Weavings

Melanie @ finchnwren

Shawna @ Tenacity Divine
Adena @ AdenaF

Remember to visit Marcy over at Ben and Me and enter the Back to Homeschool Giveaway.  There are TWO major prizes up for grabs.


2014 FIFA & Brazil Unit Study Resources

In celebration of the beginning of the FIFA World Cup 2014 which begins today I have put together a page of FREE resources for you.

In the 2014 World Cup Soccer Unit Study Resources post you will find links to YouTube clips, on line printables,  book lists, pins and a board on Pinterest,  resources covering information from the history to the science behind soccer and FIFA as well as a list of resources to explore the host country Brazil.


Homeschool 4 FREE

With the advent of the internet and the generosity of many homeschool mothers there are some amazing resources available for us today.  In January I shared a long list of links to FREE resources available today on the net for Homeschool families.  Due to it's sheer length finding specific resources was a little overwhelming.  This list has now been broken down into the following pages

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