September 1, 2013

We’ve organized our books, set up our school supplies and prepared for our first day back to school. But there’s something else we must do in order to have our school year run smoothly. We need to create a daily routine. I’m not a fan of the strict schedule. Every time I’ve created one, I’ve … Continue reading "Back to Homeschool Series – “The Daily Routine”"


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August 22, 2013

Last time we talked about organizing your home library. Today, I want to chat a bit about how to organize your child’s schoolwork. There are many different ways you can do this, but I’m going to show you what works for my family. This is our “School” shelf in the kitchen. I wish we had a … Continue reading "Back to Homeschool Series – “Organizing Your Schoolwork”"


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August 19, 2013

It’s that time of year again! By the end of August, I’m usually just about ready for autumn to begin. I love this season – the leaves changing, the cooler temperatures, the brand spanking new school supplies, and the excitement that a new school year brings (with no mistakes in it yet)! I’ve been brainstorming some … Continue reading "Back to Homeschool Series – “Book Organization”"


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May 5, 2013

My twins do not like to read. They also despise history. There, I said it. This has been difficult for me to accept. I’m as enthusiastic as Buddy the Elf when it comes to history, pass the maple syrup! And books? I am what you may consider a book hoarder. I have loved reading since … Continue reading "Keeping it Real"


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April 15, 2013

Have you been wondering if Build Your Library is the right curriculum for you?  Today only, The Secular Home School Community is hosting a giveaway and you could enter to win a free Instructor’s Guide for a full year program! What do you get in an Instructor’s Guide? You get: A booklist A daily AND weekly … Continue reading "Build Your Library Giveaway"


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April 4, 2013

Figuring out which math curriculum to use has probably given me the most problems over the course of our homeschooling journey. Personally, I was never very good at it when I was in school, so teaching my children math promised to be a daunting task. After many years of worrying about math, I’ve finally found … Continue reading "Recommended Math Programs"


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March 13, 2013

Every summer, Discovery Channel has their Shark Week special, and my family and I look forward to it every year – to say we are shark fans would be an understatement! So of course, I had to write a Shark Unit Study! Now you can celebrate Shark Week any time of year! With this multi-age … Continue reading "Unit Study: Sharks!"


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March 6, 2013

One of the biggest benefits of homeschooling my children, by far, has been my self-education. I can honestly say that I’ve learned more in ten years of homeschooling than I ever learned in all my years in public schools. When you homeschool, inevitably, you will come across topics you never really studied before. This is … Continue reading "Self-Education, a happy side effect to homeschooling"


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March 3, 2013

I posted once before about how to use a Timeline or Book of Centuries in your studies. I thought I would take it a step further, and make it even easier for you to use a timeline with your children. As far as I’m concerned, they are one of the most helpful tools when studying … Continue reading "New at Build Your Library – Timeline Figures"


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February 10, 2013

Reading aloud to your children is so important. I cannot stress that enough. It may be one of the most important things you do for them, educationally speaking. Most parents can find the time to read a picture book or two with their infants and toddlers, but once a child learns to read, that snuggly … Continue reading "The Importance of Reading Aloud"


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Have you been looking for a literature based homeschool curriculum that is secular? How about a way to incorporate narration, copywork, dictation and memory work into your child’s education? Or art study that ties into history?

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