Activity Basket for Kids: I Can Draw Animals!

Activity Baskets for Kids: I Can Draw Animals

At the beginning of the school year, I budget quite a bit of our homeschool money for crafts, markers, crayons, and art supplies.  My children know that they are welcome to any of those supplies at any time (as long as they clean up when they’re finished!). I’ve noticed that my little girls – ages […]

Learning to Simplify: How to Create a Simple Schedule for Your Family

Living the Simple Life: How to Create a Simple Schedule for Your Family

Yesterday, I continued writing in my Learning to Live the Simple Life series.  I didn’t intend to write two posts on how I keep my family from being overscheduled, but it exploded into an enormous topic! Make sure you read why it’s so important for my family to keep our daily schedule from getting out […]

Learning to Simplify: Our Daily Schedule and Why It Needs to Be Simple

Living the Simple Life: Why I Need a Simple Schedule

I’m so glad you’re following along with me in my mission to make my life more simple.  We’re heading into our last week of school here at the Hill House, and this is always a productive time for me to reflect on what has worked this past year and what has not. This week, I’m […]

How to Redeem Bad Homeschool Mornings (Plus a video!)

How to Redeem Your Homeschool Day

“Mom, I’m not going to do my jobs this morning!” “I don’t want to brush my teeth!” “[Insert child’s name], I have told you FOUR times to pick up those toys before school starts!” Surely I am not the only homeschooling mother that has the occasional bad morning. Oh, you know the kind.  Where children […]

How Meal Planning Breakfast Saves My Homeschool Day

How Meal Planning Breakfast Makes My Homeschool Day Easier plus tips and ideas!

If you read homemaking/parenting/mama blogs at all, you know that meal planning is a hot topic! Freezer cooking, crock pot cooking, and once-a-month shopping trips are discussed in great detail.  Don’t you just love the resources available for a mama on the internet? It really is a vast sea of knowledge and experience.  I adore […]

Chalk Pastel Resources – 50% off!

Birds Nest Chalk Pastel

We are enormous fans of chalk pastels here at the Hill House!  I’ve written several times about how EASY they are for a mama to incorporate in her homeschool week. So I’m very happy to share with you that Hodgepodge is having a huge 50% off sale from April 13-15 on all chalk pastel ebooks! […]

Our Favorite Homeschool Books!

Usborne Books - The perfect books for your unit study!

Friends, I am so excited about today’s post! Throughout our homeschooling years (5 years to date), a series of books has stayed tried and true for us – Usborne books! It all started with a book on Ancient Greece when my oldest son was in the 1st grade.  I had no idea how this book would […]

Take a Peek at Our Current Homeschool Preschool Routine!

Our Preschool Routine

The online homeschooling community is so giving, isn’t it?  Each year, bloggers post what curricula they are using, why they’re choosing said curricula, and any helpful hints for the coming school year. For newer, and even more experienced homeschool moms, this is a dream! It’s such a treat to peek into another family’s homeschool and […]

Switching Curriculum in the Middle of the Homeschool Year

Switching Curriculum in the Middle of Your Homeschool Year

We are now in our 5th year of homeschooling here in the Hill House.  That’s so hard to believe on many levels! I could write a book on the many things I’ve learned in this 5 years.  One of the biggest concepts? I can change curriculum during the middle of our homeschool year. I know […]

Henry the Castaway Activities

Henry the Castaway activities

We love literature-based learning in our homeschool!  It’s such a gentle, effective way to learn and we can’t get enough of it. (This post contains affiliate links.  Please see my disclosure policy for more information.) The past couple of weeks we’ve been reading Henry the Castaway by Mark Taylor.  Because we’ve had a few days […]

The Best Dictionary for Kindergarten through 2nd Grade

Best Dictionary for Kindergarten through 2nd Grade

I’m frequently asked what my favorite ______ is for homeschooling. You can insert the word pencil, printer, curriculum, file folders, read-alouds, or any other item we homeschool mamas frequently ponder over. So today I’m sharing what I have found to be the best dictionary for Kindergarten – 2nd Grade.   Dictionary for Kindergarten – 2nd […]