Free Webinar Tonight: Experience Astronomy


One of our favorite family activities is star gazing. We have a small telescope and we’ve learned how to locate planets with it. We’ve also been to observatories and planetariums to get an even better view of the night sky. If you don’t have a telescope or a nearby observatory, just getting outside with a simple constellation chart can provide hours of homeschool lessons!

If you’re looking for ideas on how to teach astronomy and ways to incorporate it into your science studies, you’ll want to register for the free webinar being held tonight at 8 pm EST: Using Astronomy to Make Science Fun.

FREE webinar 8-4-15 at 8 pm EST

It’s being hosted by the creators of Experience Astronomy online course, which begins in September.  The webinar is free and there is no obligation.

Have you studied astronomy in your homeschool?



Experience Astronomy

Sara (75 Posts)

I'm a reader, writer, dreamer, wife, and homeschooling mom of 3 girls. We take a relaxed, eclectic, Charlotte Mason-leaning, Montessori-ish, literature-rich, delight-directed, almost unschooling-at-times approach to learning. Lots of unit studies, field trips, and lapbooks, too. I like to blog about our learning adventures (plus faith and encouragement) at Embracing Destiny.

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6 Revealing Questions for Worried New Homeschool Moms

Dear New Homeschool Moms,

Dear Worried New Homeschool Moms, 6 revealing questions to ask yourself. at The Homeschool Post

I know you are scared. I was once too, and some days I still am. You have good reason to be and it will seem like everyone who is already doing it just wants you to jump in with both feet and no life preserver because they just keep telling you “You can do it” or “It will be o.k.” But, you are thinking, “What if I can’t or it’s not o.k.?”

The thing is, you are right. You can’t know for sure if you can do it until you do it. You can’t know if it’s going to be o.k. until you have done it at least for a while. And throughout your years of homeschooling these will be questions you will ask yourself again and again. Along with a host of other questions, like, “Will I really be able to direct 13 years of home education, successfully?” or, “What will happen if I mess up?”

The reality is homeschooling works for those who really are committed to doing it. But that doesn’t mean it’s easy. In fact, some days it’s really hard. You’ll question your decision over and over again. There may come a point where you think, “I got this!” and you proceed with confidence for a year, two or even 5 and then suddenly you might start to have doubts again.

You might see another child who is further along than yours and wonder if you missed something important. You may realize how short time is and panic that you aren’t doing enough. You might feel completely isolated and wonder if your doing what is best for your kids. Any of these or a number of other things might set those doubts to spinning.

So how do you know if you have made the right decision? Is it o.k. to proceed with the plan? Should you hurry and chase that yellow bus that just stopped at the neighbor’s house and shuffle your kids on board too?

6 Questions for New Homeschool Moms to Ask Themselves

You have to ask yourself a few questions. You have already asked yourself these questions but they are questions you need to ask yourself again and again to remind yourself of why you made the decision to homeschool in the first place.

  1. What spiritual goals do I want for my children?
  2. Can the public/private school provide for the unique needs of MY child?
  3. What am I concerned my child WILL learn if we utilize a group classroom option?
  4. Do I believe that choosing public/private education will strengthen our family unit?
  5. Can I really trust a complete stranger with the care and overall well-being of my child?
  6. Do I trust the government method of education?

These are questions you will ask yourself again and again. I can’t answer the questions for you. Only you know how you feel about them. Don’t feel guilty for asking them. Know and remain confident in the fact that you want the best for your child. {Tweet That} When you proceed with that thought in your heart and seek to fulfill that  commitment, you can’t go wrong.

Are you ready? How many kids do you have and what ages/grades are you starting with? Let us know in the comments if you are new to homeschooling.

Renée (22 Posts)

Renée Brown is author at her personal blog, Great Peace Academy. She is a homeschooling mom to her one amazing son, Jonathan and has been the wife of her Beloved Michael for 21 years. On her blog you will find discussions about her work as a homeschooling mom, her family and her faith.

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One of Our Favorite Creative (and Frugal) Homeschool Tools


If you’re like me, you’re always looking for creative methods to use in your homeschool to keep your kids engaged with the learning process.  On the other hand, budget is also a consideration so you need resources that won’t break the bank. Does that sound familiar?

I’ve found something that works for us that fits both of those requirements: notebooking.  We have been using notebooking for a while in our homeschool lessons and have found it to work for a wide range of ages, interests, and abilities.  Whether you’re a Charlotte Mason homeschooler, take a delight-directed approach to learning, Classical, or something in between, notebooking can work for you.

Notebooking: all-purpose, frugal homeschooling tool

We love notebooking because:

  • We can follow our interests — notebooking works for any topic!
  • It allows kids to retain the information they’ve learned.
  • It’s easily customizable for age and ability.
  • It’s inexpensive.
  • It’s portable so it works for carschooling and field trips.
  • It creates a great record or portfolio of learning.
  • It creates a reference tool for future studies.

Check out these posts to get more ideas for notebooking:

Explore, Discover, and Create with Notebooking

Laying a New Foundation for your Homeschool

Homeschool Notebooking Curriculum Round Up


Notebooking Pages Lifetime Membership Sale

Now is a great time to try notebooking (or stock up on notebooking pages if you already love it!) during the Notebooking Pages lifetime membership sale.  You can save 25% off the regular price, now through Aug. 7th.  You can even download a free sampler pack to get an idea of what’s included.  Read on for the details below!

Now through August 7th:

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Happy Homeschooling,

Sara (75 Posts)

I'm a reader, writer, dreamer, wife, and homeschooling mom of 3 girls. We take a relaxed, eclectic, Charlotte Mason-leaning, Montessori-ish, literature-rich, delight-directed, almost unschooling-at-times approach to learning. Lots of unit studies, field trips, and lapbooks, too. I like to blog about our learning adventures (plus faith and encouragement) at Embracing Destiny.

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