Category Archives: Homeschooling

When our firstborn was signing up for his sophomore college classes, his freshman English teacher stopped and excitedly asked if he would be taking another one of her classes. Disappointed to hear he would not she replied, “Too bad! You were one of my best writers!” Wow! If only we had been able to see Continue Reading →

On this day in history 1969, Neil Armstrong became the first man to walk on the Moon. Fellow Astronaut Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin Jr. would be the second. A historic event, to say the least, the Apollo 11 Mission is one of the many exciting things your kids will discover and experience with Homeschool Legacy’s Great Continue Reading →

Ever feel like you need a vacation after your vacation? Isn’t the purpose of one to rest and relax and focus on our family? Instead, we often wind up more stressed and exhausted from trying to cram in more than is humanly (or financially) possible! For me, just the thought of preparing for a family vacation is enough to send me Continue Reading →

Do you ever feel like you used to be a “fun mom”…until you started homeschooling? It doesn’t have to be that way. When tears and frustration replace love and laughter its time to get back to basics and remember the “Three R’s.” 1. Remember Do you remember the reasons you started homeschooling? Write them down and Continue Reading →

As homeschoolers, our homeschool legacy is also our family legacy. The two are inextricably intertwined. But, to be successful, it is important that we keep the end-goal in mind. But, what is our end-goal? Is our ultimate goal for our kids to excel in academics, sports or the arts? Is it to raise child prodigies and geniuses? Continue Reading →

Many of us are already getting excited about planning the coming school year. We will consider the needs of each of our children, what worked, what didn’t, what improvements need to be made, and how we will do it all without breaking the bank! After seventeen years of homeschooling, I can confidentially say I am an expert at Continue Reading →

On this Memorial Day, Homeschool Legacy would like to pay homage to the millions of soldiers throughout our history who fought bravely and willingly laid down their lives, so that we may live free and peaceful lives. As many of us enjoy a pleasant backyard barbecue this Memorial Day with family and friends, let us pause and Continue Reading →

I was surprised when a dear friend once introduced me to a group of homeschool moms as “a woman I’m so impressed with because she and her family eat dinner together every night!” That struck me so funny! I thought everyone did that! My husband and I grew up when it was the norm for families Continue Reading →

My husband and I knew from the get-go that neither of our active and equally creative sons would have thrived in an overladen textbook environment. Nor would we have wanted them to. While investigating various homeschool philosophies, we hit on two which when combined would fit our family perfectly: Charlotte Mason and Unit Studies. Unbeknownst Continue Reading →

CHARACTER. Is there anything more important that we can instill in our children? Character defines a person, it defines a family, it defines a community, it defines a nation. The Greek philosopher Heraclitus wisely stated, “Good character is not formed in a week or a month. It is created little by little, day by day. Protracted Continue Reading →

From the very first day we began homeschooling until our sons graduated from high school, unit studies took front and center stage. We had a separate math curriculum, and in our boys’ formative years, we utilized various Bible, handwriting, spelling, grammar, and language resources. But, when it came to history and science we were all about unit studies! For Continue Reading →

Creatures of habit…that’s what we are. Whether there is a better, more efficient, or easier way to do something, we often resort to auto-pilot. If our child asks why we do something a certain way, we may find ourselves responding with, “I don’t know, that’s the way I’ve always done it.” We see habitual behavior Continue Reading →

For homeschoolers, the end of the school year is a time to reflect and reevaluate what worked, what didn’t, where we excelled or struggled, and consider possible changes. Now a “retired” homeschool mom, I based my evaluations mostly on spiritual and academic improvement and one very important question “Did we have fun?” For our family, that last Continue Reading →

Woo-hoo! Max turned two yesterday! We survived! Major milestone. You may remember Max from a post I wrote about this time last year called Max-imizing Your Parenting Efforts. But, just in case you haven’t had the pleasure, Max is what you would call “strong-willed,” and because of that, he has done a miraculous job of swiftly whipping our Continue Reading →

As the end of the school year draws to a close we homeschool parents start doing what we love most…shopping for homeschool curriculum! It’s like Christmas for us! But, if we’re not careful we can get a little craaazy and end up having to take out a second mortgage on our home! To prevent that Continue Reading →

Have you been hit with a severe case of spring fever? Don’t worry; it can happen to the best of us. Even when you think you’ve taken all the necessary precautions to guard against it, spring fever can hit your homeschool like a ton of bricks! Oh sure. Last summer you diligently and faithfully scoured Continue Reading →

Do you have an easily distracted child? Do you send him (or her) off to do a chore and before you know it he’s off gallivanting in a world of his own? We had one of these amazing kids! The good news is he’s now an even more amazing adult! See if you recognize this scenario…your child Continue Reading →

“And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow, stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so? It came without ribbons. It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags. And he puzzled and puzzled ’till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before. What Continue Reading →

As much as I appreciate the benefits of year-round homeschooling, my husband and I just couldn’t shake our precious, childhood memories of long, leisurely summers, so we passed that tradition on to our children. The only problem with this plan was that the extended vacation time tended to make us ALL a bit lazy, so we had to Continue Reading →

Before we started homeschooling, we had never heard of unit studies. But, once we tried one we were hooked! What began as a trial study soon became the backbone of our curriculum. With our sons now grown and graduated from college, we can truthfully say we wouldn’t have homeschooled any other way! Why? 1.Unit Studies Continue Reading →