The Ultimate Laura Ingalls Wilder Road Trip

The Ultimate Laura Ingalls Wilder Road Trip! 🚙🏞

Hey all! I’m super excited to share this with you ~ my BFF Sarah recently took this amazing road trip visiting a bunch of Laura Ingalls Wilder sites, really diving into a passion of her daughter’s. This is what homeschooling is all about! She graciously agreed to share with us some photos of her journey, along with links & prices, so we can follow in her footsteps with our own Little House fans! {She was traveling with her husband, 10 year old daughter, 3 year old son, and 1 year old daughter.} Continue reading below to see what Sarah had to say:  We just took the Read More

How to Organize a Homeschool Co-op ~ Our Cozy Den

How to Plan a Homeschool Co-op 📋📚✅

My family moves around a lot — all part and parcel of the military life. In all that moving, I have organized and run four very different co-ops in the various places that we have called home, with varying degrees of success. I’m going to give you a rundown on how to throw one together, how to choose the overall feel of your co-op, and how to learn from some of the mistakes I’ve made so you can avoid them! Now — this is a LONG post — and it can get overwhelming if you read it all and your head starts to swim. If Read More

How (& why!) to Send Documents to Kindle 📄📲 ~ Our Cozy Den

How (& why!) to Send Documents to Kindle 📄📲

I’m a busy busy mom. Sometimes I barely have time to gather my thoughts before they’re racing in another direction. Homeschooling four kids is no cake walk, so I take all the shortcuts I can get. This is one of my favorite time-saving life hacks: sending documents to my Kindle devices for easy access! It’s not a new concept. Kindle has had this feature for years. But I realized recently that a lot of people didn’t know about it when I shared with my Thursday afternoon Bible Study group that they could do it with the new book we were reading (which was in ebook Read More

How to Plan a Great Homeschool Campout {with FREE printable itinerary!}

How to Plan a Homeschool Campout ⛺️ {with FREE printable itinerary!📋}

We are rather new to camping. We started in 2015, when our youngest was just about to turn 4. He was potty trained and old enough to skip naps if needed, and it seemed the perfect time to venture into the great outdoors >>gulp<< overnight. My husband and I had both camped as kids, but it is NOT the same thing as an adult, being responsible for feeding people without a kitchen and packing all of the necessary gear. But we managed to survive a night in our local area, later to be followed by 10 days of touring the beautiful Great Lakes. The following Spring Read More

The NO-PLAN Plan for Middle School Science

The NO-PLAN Plan for Middle School Science

This school year is the first time since I started homeschooling that I have FOUR kids in FOUR different grades… and on top of that I now have a middle schooler, as Connor has entered 6th grade (gulp!) Lemme tell ya, it’s not easy to homeschool a 6th grader and a kindergartener at the same time and feel like they are both getting challenged! So this year I decided to do something a little different in Science. Usually, science is a subject that I teach all of the kids together — what I call Group Subjects. We also have Independent Subjects, which they each do Read More

How to Save Money on Homeschooling 📚💰 ~ Our Cozy Den

How to Save Money on Homeschooling 📚💰

Homeschooling can be expensive. When I was a kid, my aunt homeschooled my cousins, and there weren’t many curriculum options out there. Which also meant that families didn’t spend a ton of money. But today, there are literally thousands of homeschool curriculum options, and the money can fly out the window faster than you can count it. In my post about “10 Ways Homeschooling is Cheaper than Public School“, I mention that it’s not necessary to spend money on curriculum. There are TONS of ways to get free curriculum, and even more ways to cut costs on the things you do decide to purchase. Today, Read More

How Do You Do It All!?! {& other questions people ask me} ~ Our Cozy Den

How Do You Do It All?!? {& other ?s people ask me}

Like any mom, I wear many hats: cook, chauffeur, personal shopper, maid, homeschool teacher, nurse, blogger, and the million other things we moms do to facilitate our families’ lives. I’ll never forget one evening, I was chatting with the ladies in my church small group. One of the moms shared a problem she was struggling with, and she nodded her head at me and said, “Not that you’d know anything about that. You’re supermom.” I was stunned. Was she kidding?! I feel like I fail at this mom thing every single day. For every thing I think I do well, there are ten more that Read More

The Ultimate Laura Ingalls Wilder Road Trip

How We Homeschool Preschool

Last week I shared with you guys what homeschool curriculum we are using this year — and my youngest Finn is now in Kindergarten!!! I got a few questions from readers asking me the same question: “What about preschool?” Today, I’m going to tell you some of the things we do for Preschoolers in our homeschool. Before I go any further, I want to say that I think overeducating kids at a young age is not the right solution. If you have a one or a two year old and you want to start “preschool” with them… DON’T. You are going to overstimulate their little Read More

The Ultimate Laura Ingalls Wilder Road Trip

2017 Curriculum Roundup: Independent Subjects!

Yesterday I shared with you what books & materials we’re using in our Group Subjects this year in our homeschool. Today, I’m going to tell you what each student is using for their independent work! It’s the first year that I have four students in four different subjects, all of them “officially” in school! It’s definitely a learning curve to figure out how to manage it all. But luckily, most of their independent work is just that — independent. Since Finn just started Kindergarten and he can’t read yet, I do need to sit with him and help him do his math & reading. However, his Read More