Easing Back into the Homeschool Routine (after a long winter’s nap!)

JMJ  *The week before school commences again is a good time to get back in the habit of getting up earlier, adjusting your household time zone, so it is not a shocker, and nobody experiences that tired “jet lag” feeling the first week back in school. Ring the School Bell 79/180 days Besides getting back…

How to Spot a Homeschool Mom

JMJ 53 *Her teenagers are still fighting to see who gets to sit next to her at Sunday Mass. She invites entire families to birthday parties.  Thus parties can involve huge numbers of homeschoolers running around in the backyard. She may still be driving a van, to load up with her kids and her friends’…

Count Your Homeschool Blessings Part 2

JMJ 52  *Feeling a negative attitude creeping into my day, I think it is a great time to count some more of my blessings!  When life gets crazy and seems unmanageable, it is time to count my blessings, and realize that the trials of today are temporary.  Some days are just going to be plain difficult….

Letting go of the Excess Sentimental Clutter in Your Life

JMJ 51  *Doodle Bear, along with a couple of other bags of cast-aways, were taken to Goodwill today.  I tried to find a home for Doodle Bear amongst our homeschoolers, but it appears most moms are also housing an overabundance of stuffed friends already!  Ring the School Bell 51/180 Days Farewell dear Doodle Bear, who…

5 Ways to Graduate from College Debt-Free

JMJ 49  *Now I know there are private schools where the chances of graduating debt-free are pretty slim.  If your heart is set on one of these schools, the idea is to graduate with the least amount of debt possible.  The following  ideas to graduate completely debt-free, might not all be popular, but they are…

How to Ace your Music School Audition

JMJ 48  *The show must go on!  At the audition itself, advise your child not to freeze up if she makes an error.  As they say, when performing, pretend like you meant it!  People rarely play a piece perfectly while auditioning.  The judges also want to see how she will recover from a momentary lapse….

A Guide to College Open Houses, Homeschool-Style

JMJ 45 *University open houses and guided school tours are an opportunity not only for the students to catch a glimpse of what life at that university might be like, but also for the school to put its best foot forward to lure more applications and money to their institution. Ring the School Bell 45/180…

Count your Homeschool Blessings- Part 1

JMJ 44  *Rather than wallow in the mundane-ness of today, I figure it is a good day to count our blessings.  This is the kind of day to reflect on and count our blessings and look at the beauty of what is around us.  I thank God for all He has given us through homeschooling…

8 Steps to Creating a Winning Science Fair Project

JMJ 38  *First of all, it is important to remember your child should be doing this primarily to learn more about science concepts, with a possibility of winning.  If you are entering the science fair solely to win, you will miss some of the enjoyment of it all.  But, your child will certainly increase their…

A Field Trip Planning Strategy

JMJ 33  *Field trips are an awesome perk for homeschoolers.  Not restricted to the twice a year norm of many public schools, field trips can be taken as often as desired.  In our family, we try to include field trips as part of our curriculum, at least a couple of times a month.  Not only…