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Homeschooling Middle School Kids with GrammarFlip

Dec 8, 2016

A simple, straight-forward homeschool grammar program that is perfect for independent learning in the middle school years.


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Over the years, I've pretty much stuck with grammar books that fit with our Charlotte Mason philosophy. And I still like those books.

But the world is more technology-oriented these days, which means we have more options when it comes to homeschool curriculum choices.

As most of you know, my kids and I prefer real books and pencil/paper over online learning. Every now and then, however, we try out an online learning program.

This time, it's GrammarFlip.

TLTR Synopsis: This grammar program is fantastic for middle school kids. We loved it and you can get a 30-day trial here.

Learning about U.S. Elections with Homeschool in the Woods

Aug 17, 2016

Guest Blogger, Kaylene, joins us today to share her experience with Homeschool in the Woods U.S. Elections Pak.


{Disclosure: The Heart of Michelle has been hired as a Brand Ambassador for this company, a position for which I am compensated, having used the products myself and finding them to be a worthy of promotion.}

"Mom, what's Trump?"

Caught off guard I tried to figure out what my six year old was asking me. Apparently he read "Trump" on a sign while we were driving and was curious what it was.

A Simple Way to Include Music Appreciation in Your Homeschool

Mar 16, 2016


If you've been a long-time reader here, you know I'm all about fine arts in the homeschool.

Music, art, composers, artists - I write about them all the time. I've raised several artists and composers.

It's what we do here.

So when I was approached to review Zeezok Publishing's music appreciation curriculum, I couldn't have been more excited!

The 7 Best Benefits of Notebooking

Jan 29, 2016

benefits of notebooking

Let's talk about notebooking.

I discovered notebooking in 2009. I've found it offers an array of benefits to my children and our homeschool. Today, I'd like to share a few of those benefits with you.

2 Books Every Homeschool Mom Needs

Dec 7, 2015

two homeschool books

Maybe you're new to homeschooling. Maybe you aren't. 

No matter what your situation is, these books need to be on your bookshelf (or Kindle).

When you're new, you feel unsure about where to start. When you've been at it for 20 years, you need fresh ideas. 

In these two books you are sure to find creative ideas for managing your homeschool, teaching your kids, and feeling like there is someone else on this journey with you.

Because we are out here. And we want to help.

Lapbooking Resources for Your Homeschool

Dec 2, 2015

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Confession: I've never been great about the lapbooking thing. 

One reason is messes drive me crazy. All the cutting, leaving bits and pieces about is cringe-worthy in my mind. Another reason is I'm not a very creative or crafty person, so it overwhelms me to a degree (again - all those bits and pieces). 

Whether or not the messes make me nuts, I am aware that children love this sort of thing. Not only do they enjoy it, it helps them learn. 

Creating lapbooks or notebooking folders helps a child retain the information she's learning. 


Lapbooking Activities Use Different Parts of the Brain

Lapbooking involves visual, audible, and kinesthetic input. Since these are storied in different parts of the brain, incorporating all of them into a lesson helps form a complete memory. 

In other words, your child will form and store a complete memory of the information she's been taught.

I've included a video below to help you understand how this would work. But first, let me get to the meat of this post.

Lapbooking Resources for Your Homeschool

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I've turned to my colleagues at iHomeschool Network to bring you some lapbooking resources for your homeschool. Here ya' go. 

Raising Lifelong Learners
Lapbooking with Gifted Children 

Susan Evans
How to Make Lapbooks 

Adventures in Mommydom
Creating Country Reports 
Ireland for Kids

Tina's Dynamic Homeschool Plus
What Is a Lapbook (Video)  
Beware of the 3 Cs of Lapbooking
Free Lapbooking Resources
Free 27 Week American History Study Through Lapbooking

*Also over over Lapbooks on the menu at Tina's blog to find 40 FREE lapbooks.

Embracing Destiny
The Ultimate Guide to Free Lapbooks for Every Subject
Mr. Popper’s Penguins Free Lapbook

Year Round Homeschooling
Essential Lapbooking Supplies
Develop Preschool and Kindergarten Skills with Lapbooking
Using Lapbooks as Reference Tools
Homeschool Lapbooking Curriculum Round Up

Lapbooks and Literature
Studying Geography with Lapbooks
Fall Themed Lapbooks
The Versatility of Lapbooks

Our Good Life
How to Build a Lapbook

The Heart of Michelle 
An Antonio Vivaldi Composer Study

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4 Reasons Your Children Need Their Own Homeschool Planners

Jul 3, 2015


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Every homeschool mom needs a planner.

We have to keep our activities and time organized. Chores, kids' lessons, grocery lists, we keep all of this in our handy-dandy planner. So why get the kids their own? 

I could easily use my own planner to keep track of my daughters' lessons, but I don't. I have two reasons for not doing that.

Why You Need a Traditional Homeschool Planner

Jun 29, 2015

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Pen-and-paper homeschool planners may be a better choice.

A homeschool planner is an important item to every parent and student. 

This is where you organize your schedule and plan your activities. This is where the daily and weekly planning is recorded, and where creative ideas are brainstormed and organized.

10 Items Absolutely Every Homeschool Should Have

Jun 22, 2015

Whether you're a new homeschooler, or you've been doing this for twenty years, you need a few things to help your homeschool run smoothly.
List of homeschool supplies

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Every homeschool needs some basic supplies.

Of course you'll need pencils and other basic school supplies. But what else is helpful to a homeschool family?

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