Elemental Biology for the Grammar Stage Review

kids and animal pelts science class

As homeschool moms already know, flexibility is an incredibly important skill to hone. We love our planners and our outlines (and our laminating machines!), and routine is the beating heart of a healthy homeschool day. But whether you're facing a world pandemic or trying to teach a subject across a smattering of varied ages, flexibility is a workhorse in our toolbox. As you know about me, when I make plans, schedules, outlines, or even just a grocery list, I like to stick to them. I stay focused and determined and I always see things through, so when a worldwide pandemic threatened to...

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How three lists can save your homeschool… and your sanity

I got an email this morning that almost made me break out into hives. It was from a popular homeschool planning company that was touting their ready-made homeschool plans. Now having done this homeschool mentor thing for a number of years I know that people really want plans that are already made -- after all we sell ready-made Morning Time plans for just those folks (and I use them myself!!). What made these plans so cringe-worthy was not the quality -- in fact, I am positive that they are excellent plans -- but instead the grid. These plans were all laid out on a weekly grid. So on Day...

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Organize Your Homeschool Room with this Handy Guide

organized buckets in homeschool room

I wrote earlier that Pam’s The Homeschool Organization Challenge book makes my inner organizer happy. I’m a big organization geek and usually love to read anything about putting life into more of an order, but this handy guide from Pam is even fabulous for those readers whose ranking of organizing joy is pretty much right up there with a root canal on their list of things to do. She starts with such little steps – it’s all just so totally doable – and in 28 days or less, you’ll have a tidy, functional homeschooling space (whatever that looks like for you) that will breathe life into the...

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How a homeschool mom can worry less and do more

How homeschool moms can worry less and do more my brain

Most days I feel like my brain is a sieve. Can anyone else relate? It is full, absolutely full to the brim, and I am hustling like crazy to plug all the little holes and keep everything from running out of it. Remember to pay the bills. Remember to make the dental appointment (I have a referral for my son to get a tooth pulled. It is dated 2-5-18 and that appointment is still not made.) Remember to give the dogs their heartworm medication. Switch the laundry before it sours. Stir the chili before it burns. Read to the kids before they grow up and leave forever. *sniff* Read more or listen...

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It’s time for the checklist homeschool moms to stop apologizing

Checklist homeschool moms stop apologizing Pam Barnhill Homeschool Solutions

My kids piled out of the mini-van and chatted happily, heading in the door of the donut shop. It was hot -- almost 100 degrees on this mid-July day. But it was the first day of school and that means donuts. This was not some spontaneous decision made in the moment, but instead, a planned (and beloved) tradition that makes the first day of school something we anticipate instead of dread. We always start school on Wednesday. We always start with just a handful of subjects. We always start with a tidy schoolroom. And we always get donuts. Why? Because we like it that way and also because mom...

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YMB #74 Celebrate Books: A Conversation with Mary Wilson

YMB #74 Celebrate Books: A Conversation with Mary Wilson

I am joined today on the podcast by Mary Wilson, a homeschool mom and book lover who believes that fun should be an integral part of the homeschool day. In this episode Mary and I discuss the idea of celebrating books in big and small ways. We chat about some of Mary's past book celebrations, how she got started, and why she thinks this is a unique and important way to introduce your kids to literature. We also chat about how you can make book...

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YMB #73 Finding Truth in Every Subject: A Conversation with Brandy Vencel

YMB #73 Finding Truth in Every Subject: A Conversation with Brandy Vencel

On today's episode of the podcast I am chatting with a good friend Brandy Vencel all about which subjects in our homeschools are appropriate for Morning Time. Are some activities and subjects holier than others? Are there any subjects that do not pertain to God? These are all fascinating questions. While we do not claim to have a definitive answer we welcome you to join us as we begin the discussion. Let us know what you think in the comments.Links and...

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Traveling Through the Pages Summer Reading Adventure

Summer Reading Program

It's summer!! And summer means it's time for the Traveling Through the Pages Summer Reading Adventure. We are so excited to bring you this fun summer reading program of books, ideas, and helpful tips to encourage kids to read all summer long. We also created a set of Morning Time plans to go with this program -- doing the plans along with the program will check off squares in the reading program through read-alouds for your kids if they are young, or encourage older readers to learn more about the topics you are studying in Morning Time. Morning Time is the perfect summer learning...

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YMB #72 Help! My Kid Hates Morning Time

What do you do when you have a kid (or two or more) who do not like Morning Time? As much as we want to think that our kids will be as enamored with the idea of Truth, Goodness, and Beauty as we are, sometimes that just isn't the case -- especially when we start building a Morning Time habit after our homeschools are already established. Today I am joined by Dawn Garrett, Community Manager here at Your Morning Basket, and we chat about solutions to this...

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The Ultimate Guide to Relaxed Poetry in Your Morning Time

The Ultimate Guide to Homeschool Poetry

April is poetry month. And in a month like this, there are two types of people. There are those who say, "Poetry MONTH? Only one month for poetry?!? We do poetry all the time in our homeschool!" And then there are those who say, "POETRY month? We've done poetry in our morning time. Once, I think. But a whole month just for poetry?!?" If you're the first type of homeschool mom, then you're going to love this post because we're going to load you up with ideas for enjoying the very thing you love: poetry in your morning basket! And if you're the second type of homeschooler, well, then you're...

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