A Download for Your Children

A Feel-Good Day Last Friday was a worldwide ‘Feel-Good Day’.  Who couldn’t be wooed and impressed by the beautiful wedding that was watched by millions around the world?  Here was good news.  Here was something going right.  Here was happiness and goodwill. No wonder we got a bit of a warm glow from it. I would like to add some … Continue reading

Are You Focusing On The Right Things in Homeschooling?

Do you know what is right or important to you in homeschooling your children?  Are you focusing on the right things in your homeschooling and family? When I started homeschooling in England in 1985 there was not much in the way of homeschool curriculum and there were absolutely no support groups in my area.  There was no Internet and very … Continue reading

What Home Education is Not

Did you know that homeschooling is one of the best ways to enjoy life?  Just think about it.  Ask a group of homeschoolers about what they want homeschool or home education to be. They will probably say that they like being with their children and they want to enjoy life with them and see their children take delight in learning.  … Continue reading

If Momma Ain’t Happy…

  Hands up if you feel disappointed when you go out without a child and see a fire engine but have no-one to point it out to. Or what about having dinner with an adult and you want to cut their meat for them or help them clear their plate. Have you ever corrected someone’s grammar – out LOUD? (so … Continue reading

Stop, Listen and Enjoy

This week I have a new article in the Guest Writers section. Please take time to treat yourself to a lovely article written by my Spanish friend, Silvia Cachia.  The article is called Stop, Listen and Enjoy and Silvia tells her story of her homeschool journey to date, using beautiful words, fonts  colours and pictures. Here’s a taste of the … Continue reading

Why Crafts Are Good For Your Preschooler…

… And Four Ideas of Things to Make Getting a preschooler to sit still can be a near-impossible feat. They’re constantly exploring the world around them. That’s a good thing, but sometimes they need some creative downtime. That’s where preschool crafts come in. . Crafting is great for preschoolers for a number of reasons. It can help them develop a longer attention span. Most … Continue reading

Are You a Coach or a Critic?

Do you ever talk to yourself? Sometimes I do.  I found out recently that I even talk to myself  when I am typing.  I found out because my children told me. Apparently, I nod and shake my head and smile or frown, and even speak quietly as I type. I’ve been told that I look very funny. I don’t believe them, of course. The funny … Continue reading

Stress Management for Homeschooling Mothers

As homeschool mothers we often expect far too much of ourselves. It’s not uncommon for us to have high expectations that make life uncomfortable for ourselves and for our children. Then when our expectations are not met we are disappointed, or maybe angry. We drive ourselves harder and struggle on, saying that we will push through this ‘pain barrier’. If … Continue reading

Why Homeschooling Can Be So Good For Teens

When I recently offered a best selling, award-winning novel about a teenage boy to a teenage boy that I tutor he was baffled. Why would I suggest that he read this book when it wasn’t on his school reading list and his mother wasn’t insisting that he read it? This is a top-performing student attending a top high school. And … Continue reading