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A Robust Guide For How To Start Homeschooling

Are you ready to take the plunge and figure out how to start homeschooling your child? Let's chat about how to start homeschooling in 2023! It can be an overwhelming task to take on, but with the right preparation and dedication, you can make it a successful and rewarding experience. In this blog post, we'll go over some tips and tricks to help you get ready for your first year of homeschooling. We'll discuss what materials to gather, how to create a plan for success, and how to stay organized and motivated. With these tips and tricks in your back pocket, you can rest assured that you are well on your way to having a successful and rewarding homeschooling experience!

Are you ready to take the plunge and figure out how to start homeschooling your child? Let’s chat about how to start homeschooling in 2023! It can be an overwhelming task to take on, but with the right preparation and dedication, you can make it a successful and rewarding experience.

In this blog post, we’ll go over some tips and tricks to help you get ready for your first year of homeschooling. We’ll discuss what materials to gather, how to create a plan for success, and how to stay organized and motivated.

With these tips and tricks in your back pocket, you can rest assured that you are well on your way to having a successful and rewarding homeschooling experience!

Homeschool Scavenger Hunt Ideas + FREE Scavenger Hunt Templates

Do you want to make learning fun and engaging for your homeschool students? Utilizing homeschool scavenger hunts is an excellent way to do just that! Homeschool scavenger hunts can be used to teach a variety of topics and concepts, while keeping your students engaged and excited. In this blog post, we will discuss the benefits of using scavenger hunts in your homeschool, how to create effective scavenger hunts, and how to make the most of your scavenger hunt experience. So, let's get started!

Do you want to make learning fun and engaging for your homeschool students? Utilizing homeschool scavenger hunts is an excellent way to do just that!

Homeschool scavenger hunts can be used to teach a variety of topics and concepts, while keeping your students engaged and excited.

In this blog post, we will discuss the benefits of using scavenger hunts in your homeschool, how to create effective scavenger hunts, and how to make the most of your scavenger hunt experience. So, let’s get started!

A creative approach to building your own homeschool lesson plans

Creating your own homeschool lesson plans can be a daunting task for parents and students alike. With the right approach, however, building homeschool lesson plans can be an enjoyable and rewarding experience for everyone involved. In this blog post, we’ll take a look at some key tips and strategies for making homeschool lesson plans more efficient and successful. We’ll cover topics such as setting a schedule, creating short- and long-term goals, finding the right resources, and more. Read on to learn how to make the most of your homeschool lesson plans!

Creating your own homeschool lesson plans can be a daunting task for parents and students alike. With the right approach, however, building homeschool lesson plans can be an enjoyable and rewarding experience for everyone involved.

In this blog post, we’ll take a look at some key tips and strategies for making homeschool lesson plans more efficient and successful. We’ll cover topics such as setting a schedule, creating short- and long-term goals, finding the right resources, and more.

Read on to learn how to make the most of your homeschool lesson plans!

Free Handwriting Printables | Winter-Themed Spiral Review for Handwriting

Practicing handwriting, especially with epic free handwriting printables, is an important part of your homeschool day! Handwriting helps children to develop motor skills, improve their spelling, and build their creativity. It also encourages problem-solving, collaboration, and communication skills. In this blog post, we'll explore why handwriting is important, provide helpful tips to make handwriting practice enjoyable for your family, and share one of our favorite free handwriting printables.

As a homeschool mama, I am ALWAYS looking for no-prep, fun ways to practice handwriting! And bonus points if it’s with EPIC free handwriting printables! 

I don’t know about you, but my kids absolutely loathe handwriting practice. And quite frankly, the free handwriting printables can be pretty boring these days. 

When our oldest son sees a handwriting worksheet full of a LOT of blank space for him to write the same letter or same word over and over until the sheet is full… He is overwhelmed. 

And honestly… I am too!

There has to be a better way to practice handwriting in our homeschool!

So, I set out to change that “traditional” method of handwriting (because you know I am all about ditching the traditional methods of homeschooling to create a homeschool we love! ), and I created something fun & engaging to help him practice handwriting at home! 

And now I want to share these free handwriting printables with you too!

Revealing Homeschool Trends for 2023 | Answering the question, “Can I homeschool?”

Homeschooling is a BIG decision. And I don’t want doubts and fears and "what if's"  cost you an epic homeschooling journey with your kids. So, in this post, I’m going to dig into some of the hot stats about homeschooling in 2023. As well as give you some doubt-squashing advice + tips so that you can finally get on track to starting a homeschool that brings you joy!

Homeschooling is a BIG decision. And I don’t want doubts and fears and “what if’s”  cost you an epic homeschooling journey with your kids.

So, in this post, I’m going to dig into some of the hot stats about homeschooling in 2023. As well as give you some doubt-squashing advice + tips so that you can finally get on track to starting a homeschool that brings you joy!

The Truth About Kids Learning a Second Language

Is it necessary for kids to learn a second language? Is it truly beneficial for my children to learn another language if they’re already native English speakers? After all, it is one the most spoken languages in the world, right? How do they learn better? Is it true that language learning is easier when you’re a kid? These are just a few of the questions you or many more parents might be asking yourselves. Especially if you’re considering enrolling your kids in language classes. That’s why in this blog we’re discussing the truth about kids learning a second language. In case you are still not sure about giving your children that opportunity, or how to do it.

Is it necessary for kids to learn a second language? Is it truly beneficial for my children to learn another language if they’re already native English speakers?

After all, it is one the most spoken languages in the world, right? How do they learn better? Is it true that language learning is easier when you’re a kid?
These are just a few of the questions you or many more parents might be asking yourselves. Especially if you’re considering enrolling your kids in language classes.

That’s why in this blog we’re discussing the truth about kids learning a second language. In case you are still not sure about giving your children that opportunity, or how to do it.

Career Exploration at Home

It's never too early to start thinking about a career! Here are a few great tips and tricks to help your homeschooler start career exploration at home!

The primary objective of career exploration in our homeschools should be rooted in self-awareness. We always start with teens knowing their aptitudes – the things they are naturally great at. After there is a firm foundation established, we begin career exploration. You can assign research projects and writing assignments based on careers that are a good match for their aptitude. Teens are able to do Virtual Job Shadowing for most careers through YouTube to see what a day in that career looks like. As early as 14, teens can begin to see what skills will be needed in a career field and start learning those skills. Math lessons can look like salary research, income tax differences by state and income fluctuation by region. Especially for teens with an entrepreneurial spirit, you will be amazed at how quickly they find motivation. You can show interest in their career exploration by asking really great questions.

Project-Based Learning in Montessori

If you’ve been interested in Montessori learning, you may have come across the concept of project-based learning in your research. There are examples of project-based learning throughout all types of educational backgrounds, from traditional to Montessori, and no matter the setting, it’s a valuable learning tool. To help make things a bit clearer, we’ve put together a little primer on Project-Based Learning and how it works within a Montessori learning environment.

If you’ve been interested in Montessori learning, you may have come across the concept of project-based learning in your research. There are examples of project-based learning throughout all types of educational backgrounds, from traditional to Montessori, and no matter the setting, it’s a valuable learning tool. To help make things a bit clearer, we’ve put together a little primer on Project-Based Learning and how it works within a Montessori learning environment.

22 FUN Educational Stocking Stuffers on Amazon

Shopping for the perfect educational stocking stuffers for your favorite student can be a daunting task. But this year, why not add a fun, educational twist to the traditional stocking stuffers? From books and brainteasers to DIY kits and more, there are plenty of educational stocking stuffers that will delight and inspire any young learner. Today, I am sharing 22 awesomely FUN educational stocking stuffers!! 

Shopping for the perfect educational stocking stuffers for your favorite student can be a daunting task. But this year, why not add a fun, educational twist to the traditional stocking stuffers? From books and brainteasers to DIY kits and more, there are plenty of educational stocking stuffers that will delight and inspire any young learner.

Today, I am sharing 22 awesomely FUN educational stocking stuffers!! 

12 Days of Christmas Freebies for your homeschool

12 days of christmas freebies for your homeschool

You can also get creative and turn everyday activities into Christmas-themed ones, such as playing Christmas carols during a science experiment or reading a Christmas-themed book during a math lesson.

No matter how you choose to use Christmas freebies in your homeschool, they can help make the holiday season even more special. With a little bit of creativity, you can find plenty of ways to use these resources for educational and fun activities.

These freebies will add so much fun to your homeschool this season! There are activity sheets, worksheets, games, time-fillers, crafts, and more – all here to help you homeschool through the winter season, stress-free!

It’s the most wonderful time… For Christmas Freebies!

Black Friday Homeschool Deals!!

Black Friday homeschool deals

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!! 🎄 Just a quick note: Hey friend, I hope you had a great Thanksgiving if you celebrated that yesterday! If not, I hope you take some time to reflect on things you’re thankful for this season. We can be thankful without celebrating a US-based holiday! Please know, I am grateful for YOU. There are so many homeschooling resources out there and you continue to show up here and support me! It means the world to me! ♥️ Thank you for taking the time to shop through my links this holiday season! It might not seem like much, but every penny adds up and helps me keep this website alive! Happy shopping!!

4 Simple Steps to Successfully Homeschool

Homeschooling has grown tremendously in the past few years with an estimated 2%-8% increase in homeschoolers each year. The pandemic definitely had a huge influence on the number of homeschoolers in the world today. Homeschooling can be a stressful endeavor. You may be worried about doing enough, doing too much, which curriculum is best for your child, is your child learning everything they should be…the list of worries never ends. But I’m here today to share the 4 simple steps that you can take to make sure this homeschool year is stress-free.

Homeschooling has grown tremendously in the past few years with an estimated 2%-8% increase in homeschoolers each year. The pandemic definitely had a huge influence on the number of homeschoolers in the world today.

Homeschooling can be a stressful endeavor. You may be worried about doing enough, doing too much, which curriculum is best for your child, is your child learning everything they should be…the list of worries never ends.

But I’m here today to share the 4 simple steps that you can take to make sure this homeschool year is stress-free.

pumpkins

Let's learn all about pumpkins! This blog post outlines resources for a mini unit study about pumpkins, so that you can find crafts and resources to plan as you learn! If you like a more open + go type of unit study, consider grabbing our Pumpkin Study Bundle! 

The Runaway Pumpkin by Kevin Lewis Too Many Pumpkins by Linda White The Pumpkin Book by Gail Gibbons Pumpkins by Jacqueline Farmer From Seed To Pumpkin by Wendy Pfeffer Pumpkin Jack by Will Hubbell Pumpkin Circle by George Levenson Here’s a wonderful breakdown of our poem for the week: The Pumpkin by John Greenleaf Whittier Here’s an awesome craft for older students to complete as well: 3D Paper Pumpkins by Non-Screen Activities for Kids

Our homeschool reward system!

good homeschool behavior and good homeschool habits and homeschool reward chart

Let’s chat about the new Homeschool Behavior Management System I am implementing this year into our homeschool! 🎉 I’m showing you our current behavior chart, as well as something new + fun for this year! If you watch The Office, you’re going to love this idea!! 😆 And if not, I think you’ll love it too!! Just with less giggles, probably. 🥳

Practice Multiplication | Tips, Tricks, and Resources

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Are you looking for an easy way to help your kids practice multiplication?

If you’re like me, when it comes to math, you always hear your mom’s voice in the back of your head saying, “I’m not a math person.”

Multiplication can be especially tricky, but don’t worry – we’ve got you covered.

Shop the NEW Create Your Homeschool Shop SALE!! — Grand Reopening Info!!

The CYH Shop got a MAJOR upgrade!! Check out what's new + shop awesome homeschool printables + resources on sale!!

Can I share a dream with you? For a while now, I’ve had this tugging on my heart to completely revamp this space on the internet. I want to make Create Your Homeschool a space where homeschool mamas like you can feel supported, encouraged, and have everything you need at your fingertips!  I’ve been working non-stop (literally, ask my family!) to bring this dream into reality. I’ve updated products, started writing blogs again, created content on our Facebook Group, started an incredible membership community, and it has truly be amazing to watch all of this passion and vision inside of my head burst into reality! Now, I’m ready to launch the next phase of Create Your Homeschool. Want to hear more about it? Keep reading. Create Your Homeschool is a space where you can get resources + support to help you create a homeschool that brings you joy. We don’t do traditional homeschooling around here… We create a learning experience that is unique to our family and something we are love!  One thing that has been lacking in this space, that I wasn’t quite sure how to make happen, is to provide resources for every walk of life in homeschooling. Mamas love my vision and mission, but often can’t find something that fits their specific needs in that moment.  And I needed to fix that! So, I was doing what every great woman is doing when she has her best ideas – taking a shower – and it hit me. 🤯 I don’t have to be everything for every person – I just need to provide a space inside of Create Your Homeschool that can be everything for every person!  And that’s how the idea to shift my entire resource strategy came to be!  I set out to find the best of the best homeschool resources creators and extended offers to them to create resources for YOU inside my shop! And now… I am SO STINKING PROUD AND EXCITED TO ANNOUNCE – The brand new, one-stop-homeschool-shop, is launching SEPTEMBER 1!! 🥳 The shop is quickly becoming one of my favorite spaces inside Create Your Homeschool! We’re creating a collection of incredible resources for your homeschool and the goal is to have at least one resource for every grade by the end of the year!  Our new shop vendors are SO excited to share their products with you and I can’t wait to share them with you too!! We’ve got tons of worksheets, homeschool printables, teacher planning resources, printable homeschool room decor, and more!

3 Free Art Projects for Your Homeschool

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Free Art Projects for Your Homeschool We all know art is a vital part of homeschooling, but… Sometimes it can be so overwhelming! That’s why I’ve put together this resource for you. I’ve gathered free art projects that you can do with your kids or that they can do on their own. These projects span ages 3-13, and I’ve listed them in age order. Enjoy! Teal Things Project Ages: 3-6 Supplies: clipart packet, teal paper, scissors, glue, teal craft items Is anyone else’s favorite color teal? Lili at Barefoot and Bilingual loves this color, so she put together a free teal clipart packet. I’ve outlined a teal things sorting craft. This helps young kids identify a color NOT on the rainbow which helps their observation skills and color awareness. Here’s how you can use this for your littles! -Download this free clipart packet. -Print out on paper. -Cut out/have your child cut out clipart pieces. This will depend on your child’s skill level. -Glue to a piece of construction paper. -Gather other things around your craft room to add. -Have fun! Click here to get this freebie!   How to Draw a Tiger Art & Writing Activity Age: 5-10 Supplies: printable worksheet, guided instructions, pencil, eraser, black marker, crayons. Did you know art is a perfect medium for learning skill subjects? I have found that even reluctant writers enjoy writing when their story is accompanied by a drawing they just made! In this art & writing activity, students learn to draw and color a tiger step-by-step. Then they write a story to explore their tiger even more. I differentiated this activity into 5-6 year old steps and 7-10 year old. A 5-6 year old will likely need a grownup’s help with the instructions and writing. A 7-10 year old will likely be able to complete this project on their own. Click here to go to this resource!   One Lantern to Rule Them All Ages: 8-13 Supplies: a pencil, white pencil, xacto knife with fresh blade, black paper, a ruler, and a space to cut on. Any other Lord of the Rings fans out there? This project is a great family collaboration craft that will bring you and your elementary-aged children together. Here’s an excerpt from the blog Raising Seidlings where you can find this free tutorial! “Then my son took a glue stick and glued together the scenes for each lantern. He started with the largest piece first, the background piece. Then the second largest and so on until we were adding final details. In this one it was the purple sky glued to the white, then the larger mountain scene, then smaller, then smaller. After that we added the stars and moon. We glued it all into the back of the lantern.” Click here to go to this tutorial! Wishing an art teacher could just come and teach for you? Here are some online art teachers I’ve reached out to who are offering a free class if you just ask! Click their link, claim your free $20 credit, then message them for your free class. Andrea Violet | Early Elementary Art Teacher  Alexandra McCarty | Art – STEAM – Dinosaurs & More! Raymond Mullikin | Professional Cartoonist & Credentialed Teacher Abbey Allen | Art Teacher of ARTventurous Animals Hope you enjoyed! Post a picture of any completed projects in the comments below. -Abbey Allen | Art Teacher of ARTventurous Animals

How to Choose a Preschool Homeschool Curriculum

How to Choose a Preschool Homeschool Curriculum

How to Choose a Preschool Homeschool Curriculum You’ve decided to homeschool your preschooler, but you’re unsure where to begin. Luckily, homeschooling doesn’t have to be a complicated process. A quality homeschool curriculum will save you time and energy and ensure your child is set on a path to success. Follow this guide to learn how to choose a preschool homeschool curriculum! Sample the Curriculum The first step to choosing a preschool homeschool curriculum is to sample it! You can read all the articles and reviews you want, but you won’t know if a preschool homeschool curriculum will work for you and your kid(s) until you try it. Once you receive a sample of the curriculum, you’ll need to ask yourself a couple of questions. We’ll go into each question in more depth later in this article. Is this curriculum conducive to homeschool learning? Will the curriculum keep your child engaged? Does the curriculum align with a scope and sequence? Is the curriculum accessible/easy to use? Does the curriculum offer resources and support? As you preview curriculums, keep these questions in mind. Answering them will help you determine if the curriculum is a good fit. Find a Curriculum Designed for Homeschooling While there are many great preschool homeschool curriculums out there, not all of them are specifically designed to meet the needs of homeschoolers. When considering what homeschooling style was right for you, you most likely looked for a style that would best fit your family’s needs. You need to do the same with the curriculum you choose. Standard curriculums are designed for classroom learning. They assume that your preschooler will have peers to interact with and access to materials that you may not have. | Related: A creative approach to building your own homeschool lesson plans Consider Montessori Homeschooling Structured homeschooling methods like virtual school, school-at-home and the classical style may be quicker and easier to implement than others, but they require significantly more from you and your children in terms of time committed to instruction and paperwork. And, they disallow one of my favorite benefits of homeschooling: schedule flexibility. Montessori homeschooling is an incredible choice to make when looking at what homeschool curriculum to choose for your preschooler. That said, it does require conscious efforts in terms of parenting that you may not be used to. You will need to be able to guide them gently, without limiting your child’s ability to choose what, how, or when they learn. If you and your children can self-direct and have respect for one another, Montessori may be a good fit. Ensure that Your Curriculum is Designed for Student Interest One of the key principles of Montessori education is that when a topic interests people, they’re likely to learn better. The goal is for your child to want to learn rather than feel forced to learn. Homeschooling provides a unique opportunity for you to control your child’s learning environment. Preschool is a time of critical development for children. During this time, you want your child to learn to love learning, not loathe it. The main goal of your curriculum should be to ignite curiosity in your child. You want them to feel proud of what they’ve learned. A curriculum with a child-centered educational approach will aid in this process. Choose a Curriculum with a Scope and Sequence It’s no secret that homeschooling a preschooler can overwhelm parents. If you’re just starting, you may feel like you’re drowning in standards and topics! But keep reading to learn How to choose a preschool homeschool curriculum that’s perfect for your family! You need a learning program that meets or exceeds standards. A scope and sequence can help you determine the order in which skills should be taught. The goal of Montessori learning is to follow your child, but a simplified scope and sequence can help you maintain a sense of structure. A quality curriculum will include a scope and sequence that lays everything out for you. This will make it easier for you to guide your child toward learning opportunities. Select an Accessible, Inclusive Curriculum As a homeschooling parent, your goal should be to support your child as they engage in self-regulated learning. You shouldn’t have to spend hours searching for instructional resources. Save yourself time and frustration by choosing a preschool homeschool curriculum that does the planning for you. Wouldn’t it be nice if all you had to do was select a lesson, print it, laminate it, and cut it out? An accessible curriculum will be easy to navigate. You should love working on schoolwork with your child. If they notice your frustration with the curriculum, they’ll subconsciously take on that frustration as their own. With Multisori’s preschool homeschool curriculum, the lesson instructions are direct. We list the supplies needed and a “What to Do” section. Kids, especially at preschool age, love to ask, “why?” They’re learning and exploring, and it’s important that they feel comfortable enough to ask questions. Multisori’s curriculum also includes a “Why Multisori Provides this Material” section. You can use this section to answer the never-ending “why” questions. By providing a solid answer to “why,” you’re able to encourage curiosity in your kid(s). Look for a Curriculum that Offers Support One of the downsides to homeschooling is that you may feel alone in your educational journey. When choosing a preschool homeschool curriculum, choose one with a supportive community that you can turn to for help. A strong support system can make or break a homeschooling parent. Homeschooling your preschooler doesn’t have to be complicated, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy! Studies have shown that parents want to be involved in their students’ education. A homeschool support group provides a way for parents to continue to grow and learn alongside their children. In addition, parents will be surrounded by other homeschooling parents in the same walk of life. With the Multisori curriculum, you’ll unlock access to a support group full of resources and friendly faces. Homeschooling moms say they love the M3… [read more]

How to get FREE homeschool printables

Are you wondering how to get your hands on #freehomeschoolprintables ?? 🤗 Free homeschool printables, or freebies if you will, can be an incredible asset to your homeschooling journey. They provide busy work when you crave it. They can help you manage and organize your homeschool*. They can help you *plan and track and do all the things! 👏🏻 #homeschoolhack But there’s something that free homeschool printables can’t do*. 🤯 And we’re going to chat a little about that today!

Are you wondering how to get your hands on FREE homeschool printables?? 🤗 Free homeschool printables, or freebies if you will, can be an incredible asset to your homeschooling journey. They provide busy work when you crave it. They can help you manage and organize your homeschool. They can help you plan and track and do all the things! 👏🏻 #homeschoolhack — But there’s something that free homeschool printables can’t do. 🤯 And we’re going to chat a little about that today!

How does homeschooling work?

how does homeschooling work?

Homeschooling can seem almost fairy-tale like, from the outside looking in. Especially with all of the influencers out there making it look perfect + almost impossible to recreate! Rest-assured, you CAN homeschool if you have a desire to do so.. And this blog post will help you get started by sharing how homeschooling can work for your family!