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Good Ways for Mom to Spend the Summer

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The Benefits of Notebooking

Some recent notebooking pages made here in the Elliott house

Guest post by Debra Reed, NotebookingPages.com

At the end of each school year, are you finding yourself swimming through mounds of worksheets, quizzes, tests, and half-finished workbooks wondering just what to do with it all?

When a Homeschooling Mom Needs a Substitute Teacher

Previously I’ve written about how to prepare for those days when you are exhausted. You’re the mom, the wife, and the teacher — but some days, you’re just too tired to do it all.

However, if you’re blessed to have a mother, a sister, a husband, or a close friend who can visit your home for a day and act as a “substitute teacher,” then you are very blessed indeed!

Time for God, Husband, and Kids — When You’re Exhausted!

I received an excellent reader question lately, and she gave permission for me to share it with you:

1.  How do you prioritize your relationship with your husband when you have lots of kids and no money or anyone around for babysitting?

8 Things to Do Before Starting Homeschool

How many more weeks until school starts at your house? We’re planning to start back up again the first week of August — and it just recently dawned on me how soon that will be!

So I thought I’d make a list of the things I need to get done in the four weeks of summer I have left.

Tips for Attending an Online Homeschooling Conference

It’s that time of year again — the time for homeschooling conferences. It’s so fun to attend a live conference, to network with other homeschooling families, to hear inspiring speakers, and oh, those vendors and exhibits!

However, with the rising costs of gas, hotels and even babysitters, online conferences have been increasing in popularity the last few summers.

What Homeschooling with the Bible Might Look Like

You know what would be awesome? Awesome would be a camera crew going into a variety of homes on an average Tuesday morning and filming what their homeschool actually looks like.We could see how their kitchens were set up, how they handled the toddlers at breakfast, how they got the knots out of all the girls’ hair, and how they all found their pencils at school time.

Homeschool Daily Schedule

The following is a guest post by homeschooling mom Kelli Rizutto. She has three children, ages 11, 9, and 6.

I wanted to share what we do to help plan our days during the homeschool year.

I do a homeschool/chore daily schedule for my kids on Microsoft Word.

Homeschooling for Free

If your budget is so tight that you can’t afford to homeschool, does that mean you should quit and send your kids to (free) public school?

No way! Thankfully, we live in an era quite unlike our parents or even homeschoolers of just a decade ago.

Notebooking Ideas for Homeschooling

Notebooking is an idea with which I have a love-hate relationship. I love it because it provides my children with a creative outlet, it requires that they regurgitate what they’ve learned from our reading and discussions, and it gives them with a great way to review what they’ve learned as they look back through their notebook all school year.