Nutcracker Activities

In a previous post, we talked about our annual gingerbread decorating party tradition. Now let’s take a look at another annual tradition the Nutcracker–with additional Nutcracker activities, too! One of our favorite holiday traditions is going to the local production of the Nutcracker Ballet. We always have friends who are performing so it’s great to […]

Subscription Box Gift Ideas for Homeschoolers

Today, I’ve got more than 15 subscription box gift ideas that will make you the superhero of gift giving! It’s the gift that keeps coming for several months after the special occasion. There’s so many to choose from. You’re bound to find something that suits your situation. Oh what do you get for a homeschooler? […]

College Scholarships

As you plan ahead for what college you might attend after graduation, you’ll also need to consider how to pay for it. Your transcript and GPA will help qualify for various college scholarships worth considering.  Grants and Scholarships are money that you don’t have to pay back. You want to find as many of these opportunities […]

SC State Superintendent Candidates 2022

Part of my motivation for starting this blog was to help keep the homeschool community informed about various issues that affect us. I think it’s important to be aware of current legislation and elections so we can vote wisely. This is my perspective for the upcoming election about the SC State Superintendent Candidates 2022. As […]

Special Needs Workshop

Special Needs Workshop Presented by: Susan Blackwell Replay now available Are you homeschooling a special needs child? Do you need more support resources and information about making accommodations for your child’s learning differences? This FREE workshop is presented by Susan Blackwell, an independent education consultant, who has over 20 years of experience helping home educators. […]

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 […]

Homeschool Grade Levels

In another post, we discussed various grade level guidelines. Now, let’s consider how to determine your homeschool grade levels. You’re standing in line at the grocery store. The clerk begins making chit-chat with you and your kids. And then she asks your child: What grade are you in? It’s the dreaded question many homeschoolers do […]

SC State Fair Competitions

The SC State Fair Competitions have been some of my favorite homeschool activities. My kids loved the fun of competition, seeing their stuff on display…and the thrill of victory. I loved that it counts as schoolwork too. My first rationale for participating in the SC State Fair Competitions was so that my homeschool kids could […]

How to Document Unstructured Playtime

In a previous post about best advice for new homeschoolers, we encourage you to play more. But how do you document unstructured playtime? Our culture suffers from chronic busyness. We feel the pressure to schedule assignments and activities for every waking moment. Plus, we’re required to document the school activities. The weight of responsibility feels […]

Is Kindergarten Optional?

Is Kindergarten optional in South Carolina? This is a discussion that has come up several times recently. I’ve talked before about compulsory attendance law, but several inaccuracies are still lingering. Let’s talk about what we mean by “optional.” My husband says that the stop signs that are outlined in white are optional. It’s kind of […]

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