Five years later, does TJED work?

We always knew we wanted to create a different learning environment for our kids than we had growing up. We wanted their education to be different from a public, private or christian school. In one way or the other, Mark and I combined had experienced all three. We wanted a hands-on, …

Continue reading

How do you give homeschool one on one time to multiple kids?

We utilize unit studies as much as possible in our homeschooling. Everything from science and history to art and family work time. Working together inspires the littles to learn and it inspires the oldest to lead. It also teaches to respect all levels of learning. As much as we try …

Continue reading

We use unit studies to homeschool our kiddos to save our sanity

*I was given unit studies to help facilitate my review. All thoughts are honest and based upon our families experience. One of the first things I do to plan for the next year is figure out what areas we can do together as a family. Last year when the twins …

Continue reading

Our First Day Back to School

We had our first official back to school day today. Well, honestly, we school throughout the year. We don’t technically take a “break” during the summer, but I do become more laid back and we only continue to work on math and language arts. Homeschooling year round works well for …

Continue reading

Part 7: Timothy’s Passion Tailored Learning

You may be wondering how Timothy’s passions can be tailored when he is only a year old. It’s funny, but even at a year old, he does already have interests and passions. He may not know that is what they are called, but I as his mom and mentor do …

Continue reading

Part 6: Titus’ Passion Tailored Learning

Titus, his very name makes me smile and giggle. He is affectionate as he is funny. He runs around all day doing ninja kicks, saying funny stuff, and running up to us with hugs. He is also an introvert, although while Maddie is an Introvert/Introvert, Titus is an Extrovert/Introvert. He can …

Continue reading

Part 5: Naomi’s Passion Tailored Learning

My sweet, compassionate, encouraging Naomi is wise beyond her years. Her brain often functions as if it has thousands of browser windows open at one time. She struggles to fall asleep at night because her mind contemplates everything from why her room is pink and brown to death. Last year …

Continue reading

Part 3: Homeschool Tailored to Passions not Textbooks

Mark and I  have always taken a classical approach/CharlotteMason/unschooling/Thomas Jefferson Education approach in teaching our kids. We have always believed that our relationship with our kids must come first, then discipline and guidance, and academics follow after both of those. Kids are smart, they don’t care what we know until …

Continue reading

Part 2: What Our Days of Learning Look Like

The key to homeschooling with as little stress as possible is to learn to become flexible. Time is not your keeper, you are not held to eat breakfast at 8am every. single. day. If math takes twice as long as normal it is ok to skip science, reading, history, or …

Continue reading

Part 1: Relationship, Discipline, and Then Academics

When I have parents ask me for advice in where to start in their first homeschool year, the answer is never academics. I actually suggest the family take a year off of academics, especially if they are pulling their kids out of public school. This sounds backwards, but as backward …

Continue reading