Build a Basic Graham Cracker House

Today I’m excited to show you how to build a basic graham cracker house. Decorating these gingerbread houses is a family tradition for more than 20 years. It’s so easy and so much fun! The cracker houses look like little outhouses or doghouses…but, they turn out so cute when they’re decorated. And it’s just the right […]

Eat the Frog First

Eat the frog first? I’d actually prefer coffee thanks. But, then what’s after the coffee? The menu says: Frog. This is one of those life-skill lessons that’s especially good for us as homeschoolers. It’s about how you schedule your day. How you tackle the tendency to procrastinate? Take my word for it as a professional […]

College Preview Days Fall 2017

It’s time again for College Preview Days! There’s so many opportunities for your high school student to consider. So get a jumpstart as soon as possible. I love College Preview Days! It’s a low-pressure way to see what each college has to offer. You get a feel for the personality of the school. And a […]

Buzzword of the Day: Accredited

Today we have a new buzzword: Accredited. I have heard this word more in the past few weeks than I’ve heard for years before. For some reason, this is suddenly a big concern. At least, for public school officials in South Carolina. Do you look for programs that are accredited? Do you know what it […]

Who’s the Authority Anyway?

How do we know “you homeschoolers” are official? Who oversees you? Who’s the authority that holds you accountable anyway? These are the questions I often hear from school officials. Sometimes I hear homeschoolers saying similar things. I believe these questions are missing the foundational concept about education–and who is the authority over it anyway? Are […]

The REAL Problem with Socialization

It’s the inevitable question every homeschooler will be asked. “What are you going to do about socialization?” It’s a common myth that homeschoolers are weird and unsocialized. Let’s face it some people are socially awkward. No matter what educational setting they choose. But, I’m not talking about the myth and the misconception about socialization. I’m […]

South Carolina Regions: A Glossary of Terms

Welcome to South Carolina! Let me be among the first to say, “We’re glad y’all are here!” Let’s talk about some of the locational terms of South Carolina Regions. This glossary of terms will help you get connected to the homeschool resources nearby you. Find some local field trip ideas to get you started. You […]

Professional Development For Home Educators

Are you qualified to teach? It’s a question that every home educator has faced.  Yes…we are! Today, I’d like to address some ways that home educators get professional development credentials. I have a college degree in Elementary Education. But if I wanted to teach in a school, I would also have to do continuing training […]

Profile of a South Carolina Graduate

The Department of Education has developed a profile of a South Carolina graduate. It stands as the goal of the public education system to produce a well-rounded, productive citizen. Let’s see if our homeschool grads fit the profile, too. As homeschoolers, that’s our goal too. I think it’s beneficial to take a look at the […]

3 Reasons You Should Keep Good Homeschool Records

You should keep good homeschool records. Not because the law requires you to do it. Ok, yeah. Here in South Carolina, the law does require you to maintain good homeschool records. But, that’s not the reason you should. This post contains affiliate links If that’s the only reason you keep records, you’ll dread it. You’ll […]