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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.

Difficult High School Subjects

The Elliott kids - December 2011

If you’ve been following along with our current year’s homeschooling plans, you know that we’re homeschooling five children, plus we have two little ones. This gives us a 10th grader, 7th grader, 6th grader, 4th grader, and 1st grader.

Learning Problems

Nothing is quite as unnerving to a homeschooling mom as finding out that her child is struggling in school. I know, because I’ve been there! I have several children that struggle in reading, spelling, handwriting, and math — and it can be scary!

Choosing & Using Curriculum (Book Review)

Way back when my first child was only a couple years old, I just knew I was going to homeschool him. I was not only going to homeschool him, he was going to be the smartest little thing that ever walked the face of the earth.

Bible Memory Freebie…

My friend Diane, from Gentle Shepherd Curriculum, is offering a very nice freebie right now on her website. It’s a 57-page ebook of Bible memory passages. Each passage of Scripture is written in a large, italic font. She has intended for children to copy the verses in their best penmanship into their notebooks each day, but I’m also thinking that I, the mother, could print these and place them in my notebook to review orally with my children each day.

Bible Curriculum That Is Anti-Bible?

Several weeks ago, I first heard about a Bible curriculum by Peter Enns, published by Peace Hill Press, the publishing arm of The Well-Trained Mind. Since so many homeschoolers are “classical” in style, this really made my ears perk up.

Book Review – "Don't Make Me Count to Three!"


I don’t know where I heard about this book. It might have been from one of you, or maybe someone at my church told me about it, or maybe I read about it on someone’s blog. I wish I could remember, because I’d like to thank that person!

Comparing Phonics Methods

Anne, you state that you use Abeka to teach reading, yet you also say that All About Spelling is your favorite spelling/phonics program.  Do you use both at the same time, or use Abeka for two years (K & 1st) than switch to AAS in 2nd grade, or maybe some other combination altogether? 

The Mother at Home (Book Review)

I would like to recommend an excellent parenting resource, available to be read for free online. It’s a little book called The Mother at Home, by John S. C. Abbott. It’s an old book, published in 1833.

Here’s a little excerpt:

A pious and faithful mother may have a dissolute child.

Review of Abeka Arithmetic

Our family has been using Abeka Arithmetic since my oldest son was in 1st grade. I started with Singapore math, on the recommendation of Sonlight curriculum, but on the advice of several teachers, we decided to switch to Abeka. This is truly one decision I have never regretted!