What can you learn from a single chapter of a classic novel?

September 26, 2014

How much can you learn about a novel from the first chapter? That was my experiment in today’s literature class (for homeschoolers in grades 9-12). I read the first chapter of Jane Eyre aloud and asked my students to tell me everything they noticed that might provide a clue to the rest of the novel. Here […]

Literature of the Middle Ages, Renaissance, and Reformation

October 18, 2012

One of the things I love about homeschooling is the opportunity for students to read whole books rather than textbook snippets. Every Friday I teach 18 students in grades 9-12 as part of a weekly homeschool co-op, and it’s thrilling to see these young people reading and discussing classic literature. We spend most of our […]

Celebrate Homeschool Freedom Day!

August 7, 2012

On the first day of public school in our town, we celebrate Homeschool Freedom Day (a term I coined years ago). Whether or not our homeschool year has started, we DON’T have lessons that day. Instead, we celebrate, usually by going to the park for a picnic with homeschooling friends . . . just because […]

Homeschooling Today’s 20th anniversary prize sign-up

June 17, 2012

Homechooling Today has been part of my family’s homeschool journey almost since the beginning. I’m honored to write the “Literature through the Centuries” column for the magazine and still enjoy reading each issue after 15 years of homeschooling. To celebrate their 20th anniversary, Homeschooling Today is hosting 20 weeks of fabulous prizes AND special Grand […]

Join me for the Ultimate Homeschool Expo!

April 23, 2012

Looking for encouragement and practical tips for your homeschool journey? Join me for the conference you can attend at home! There are dozens of speakers on a huge variety of topics ranging from communication to computer science to couponing! I’ll be speaking twice–once on overcoming interruptions and distractions and once on building a home library […]

83 Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day!

February 9, 2012

83 Ways to Celebrate Valentines – February 1-14, 2012. Celebrate with us by receiving a gift! Includes history of Valentines Day, Homeschool Activities, Crafts, Special Family Activities and much more I am partnering with “How To Homeschool My Child” to bring you a special gift on Monday, February 13, 2012. Go to http://www.HowToHomeschoolMychild.com now to […]

Twelve Days of Christmas with Homeschooling Today

December 21, 2011

Twelve Days of Christmas – December 26, 2011 through January 6, 2012. Celebrate with us by receiving a gift for the season! I am partnering with Homeschooling Today magazine to bring you a special discount on January 2. Go to www.HomeschoolingToday.com now to sign up on the home page for the Homeschooling Helper e-newsletter to […]

How Do You Do It All? Big sale with HUGE bonus package!

December 5, 2011

Are you overwhelmed by juggling everything on your endless to-do list? Is it tough to balance your family life and work responsibilities? Throw in a home business and/or homeschooling, and the challenges grow even more! If you’re frustrated, exhausted, and overwhelmed, you may benefit from my 7-hour home study course, How Do You Do It […]

What are your favorite books? What do you want to read?

December 2, 2011

I teach a weekly literature class for grades 9-12 as part of our homeschool co-op. Here’s this week’s assignment, which I developed 4 years ago in response to a student’s complaint: “Why do we have to read this stuff? Why can’t we just read whatever we want?” The answers were fascinating. Eager to hear what […]

Join me for the Schoolhouse Expo!

March 15, 2011

I’ll be speaking at the online Schoolhouse Expo on March 15 at 7:00 p.m. Central. My topic is “How Do You Do It All? Balancing Family Life and Home Business.” Here’s the workshop description: Home business blends well with homeschooling, but it can also create frustration, exhaustion, and chaos. You may be paralyzed by an […]