back to school

I was one of those weird kids who loved going back to school each fall. I loved thinking about all of the new things I was going to learn, shopping for new school clothes with my mom, and picking out fun, brightly colored school supplies. I don’t think my mom ever experienced any of the anxiety that parents have today when it comes to sending the kids back to school.   First, there are the uniform requirements. You need to… Read more »

It’s been a while since I did a homeschool roundup kind of post, so I decided to go ahead and put one together today in honor of President’s Day. If you are a homeschool mom or teacher looking for a fun activity in honor of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, here are a few ideas that I particularly love. There are plenty of really cute and fun activities and crafts for elementary school children, but it’s harder to find appropriate… Read more »

how to make ice cream in a bag

For the longest time, I’ve seen pins and posts about making ice cream in a bag. Today for science, we finally did it. I gave each of my kids their own individual bag to make. Here’s the recipe that we followed.     Shaking for 10 minutes was the hardest part, but I loved it because they really had to work for their ice cream. After about 5 minutes our hands got so cold that we switched to wearing oven… Read more »

Whether you are a homeschool mom like I am or the mom of an elementary, middle, or high school student, back-to-school is a lot of work. Everyone needs new gear and supplies, and  getting back into a school routine is tough! While you were checking things off that back-to-school list, I’ll bet that you forgot a few items. Yes, moms, we need our own back-to-school shopping list! Being a mom is hard work, and we deserve some cute new gear… Read more »

homeschool olympic games rio 2016 middle school

Homeschooling during the Olympic Games is great! There are so many fun ways to break up the usual school routine to make learning fun and relevant. This year, however, I found that a lot of ideas just did not seem to work now that I have two middle schoolers. We’ve already learned about the first Olympic games, completed a lapbook, and created our own Olympic games complete with medals, flag, and laurel crowns. These things are great in elementary school,… Read more »

saving on back-to-school supplies

  I just finished teaching my summer class at the university, and my daughter is still in San Francisco. So, it really blows my mind that kids in South Mississippi are already back in school today. I don’t want to think about summer being over already. Besides, we’re in the middle of a heat wave with “feel like” temps reaching 110 degrees this week! Nevertheless, I’ve picked up some great tips over the years for back-to-school savings that I decided… Read more »