About Kim Andrysczyk

Homeschool veteran, Association Director, coffee addict, sarcasm expert, and accidental blogger. I'm here to encourage you thru the tough times and inspire you toward excellence. If I can make it, so can you!

Host a Gingerbread Decorating Party

One of our favorite holiday traditions is decorating gingerbread houses. We love to host a gingerbread decorating party. It’s a great activity for family, friends…and even our homeschool class or even the whole group. I have done this gingerbread decorating party for school groups, sunday school class, kid’s parties and just our family. It’s so […]

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 […]

Getting Started: Curriculum Ideas

You’ve suddenly decided that you’re going to homeschool. You’re looking for getting started curriculum ideas, so you can hit the ground running. Especially if you are making this transition mid-year–you want to find a curriculum that’s quick and easy to start right now. Many new homeschoolers seek out a curriculum that follows a more traditional […]

Give Thanks Campaign

November is often when we take time to think of things for which we are grateful.  Now that the elections are over…let’s use the opportunity to initiate a Give Thanks Campaign.  What if we promote that attitude of gratitude in our homeschool community? What if we take time to thank the people who support us? We […]

What Does 180 Day Requirement Mean?

What does the 180 day requirement mean? Your accountability association verifies that you have completed the days. So you should also complete the 180 day report for your association. Be sure that you comply with their policies, procedures and deadlines. In South Carolina, compulsory attendance is 180 days. When we choose to homeschool, we are […]

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? […]

Grade Level Guidelines and Standards

What sort of grade level guidelines and standards should homeschoolers follow? As you take on the responsibility of educating our own kids, some of you are wondering what you should be doing at each grade level. How do you know if you’re “keeping up with the schools”? There are not any specific objectives in homeschool […]

SC Uniform Grade Scale

As you work on your parent-made transcript for your high schooler, here’s what you need to know about the SC Uniform Grade Scale. We’ve got this unique and complicated grade scale system set forth by the Department of Education. All public schools and most private schools utilize this policy. You may be wondering why it matters […]

Lesson Plan Examples

Let’s take a look at some lesson plan examples. In a previous post, I explained about homeschool record-keeping requirements. Now, let’s see more about the details and format of lesson plans (or journals). Homeschool law in South Carolina requires you to do lesson plans or a journal. But, what should they look like? What details […]

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 […]