Look at My New Store

I have been updating my online store. My techie person (AKA Philip) listened to my pleas for a simpler system which didn’t require people to have to register and sign in to buy a simple PDF booklet. He searched for a simpler checkout system, and then spent some time moving everything across for me. I am really pleased. I’ve put … Continue reading

3 Ways to Organize Your Homeschool Equipment

We often talk about the academic side of homeschooling – what style of homeschooling, which curriculum, what books and more.  But when you are at home, working with your children in a daily rhythm, there is another aspect which is equally important. And that’s the practical side of the job.  Where you sit to work, what equipment you need to … Continue reading

Four Things You Can STOP Doing Today

When you are homeschooling it’s easy to get too busy and be so close to what you are doing that you lose focus and start to get too tired.  Here’s four things you can stop doing straight away, and your homeschool and family life will improve. STOP trying to learn everything all at once; you will find that it’s overwhelming. … Continue reading

Thoughts on Homeschooling Success

Happy New Year! At about this time of the year most people will have given up on their New Year Resolutions, which usually consist of trying to lose weight, living more healthily, and going to bed earlier.  For homeschooling parents, we can add promising ourselves to read to our children more frequently and to shout at them less. When we … Continue reading

I Can See It!

There was a solar eclipse of the sun last week.  Here in Auckland we got a good view of it.  They say that 83% of the sun’s surface was covered. At its height, we got an impression of looking at the world through sunglasses. And the really big and surprising thing that we noticed was there was no heat in the … Continue reading

Does This Count as Homeschooling?

 “I am beginning to learn that it is the sweet, simple things of life which are the real ones after all.” ~ Laura Ingalls Wilder. Turning Five My favourite-four-year-old  turned five this month.  It felt so momentous.  Half a decade old.  A milestone birthday, somehow. Five is often the time that some sort of formal academic teaching starts. We did … Continue reading

A Problem with List Making

… the real work is unseen. I like lists and I like ticking tasks off my to-do list as I complete them.  It improves my efficiency, it gives me a great sense of accomplishment, and I like the sense of achievement I see in children when they see tasks completed well.  But one problem with making a list is that … Continue reading

How to Improve Your Homeschooling Efficiency

Life is so busy in a homeschooling family.  Often it’s happy busy, but sometimes it’s stressful too. One way to handle the busy-ness is to make a list of things you need to do. It helps you to focus. It increases the chances of things being done. It helps prevent things being forgotten. But a to-do list needs to be … Continue reading

Is it a Book Report or a Book Review?

Do you ever get confused between a book review and book report?  Or maybe you’ve done what many people do and used the terms interchangeably.  There is a difference between the two; here’s a simple explanation: What is a book report? A book report summarizes the book’s contents. It gives an account of the contents of the book and a … Continue reading