Homeschool Toolbox

The toolbox is about giving homeschool parents encouragement, inspiration and practical tips.

Why We Do Old School Kindergarten
Why We Sent Our Homeschooled Child to Public School This Year
Free Homeschool Preschool Curriculum : 20 Favorites
Solving the Stinky Laundry Problem
50 Ideas for an Organized Homeschool
Homeschooling Moms: 5 Ways to Take Care of Ourselves Right Now
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Tools for the Homeschooling Parent

Please Don’t Call My Child a “Reluctant” Learner 
10 Tips for Starting the Perfect Homeschool Co-Op or Group 
Kindergarten at Home:  Getting Started
How to Homeschool With a Really, Really, Really Active Toddler
How to Start the Perfect Homeschool Group or Co-Op
How to Help a Child Who is Frustrated with Learning
What Every Homeschool Mom Wants to Hear (video)
Why We Sent Our Homeschooled Child to Public School This Year
Why We Do Old School Kindergarten
Homeschool Moms: 5 Ways to Take Care of Ourselves Right Now
Instead of Asking Kids What Grade They’re In, Ask THIS
Evolution of a Homeschooling Momma 
A Day in the Life of Our Homeschool
Road Trip Tips for High Energy Kids
10 Reasons Why We Homeschool Year Round 
Homeschooling is a Road Less Traveled 
Motivational Homeschooling Quotes 

Homeschooling and Special Needs Kids

Getting the Diagnosis of Sensory Processing Disorder
Homeschooling Special Needs Kids: Krista’s Story and Sharla’s Story
How to Combine Special Needs Therapies and Homeschooling 
How to Help Your Sensory Child at the Doctor 
Late Reader or Learning Disability? 

The Organized Homeschool

50 Ideas For an Organized Homeschool
20 Favorite FREE Homeschool Preschool Resources
My Favorite Homeschool Planner
5 Awesome On Line Math Programs for Homeschoolers
Ultimate Gift Guide For Homeschooling Moms
Choosing a Digital Microscope for Your Homeschool
Why I’m Giving Up My Homeschool Room

The HOME in Homeschool

25 Healthy and Easy Homeschool Lunch Ideas
How to Homeschool While Your House is For Sale
Frugal DIY Cleaner for HE Washing Machines
Wash Fewer Dishes With This Easy Trick
Easy Tortellini Meatball Soup Recipe
Healthy Kid Snacks: Chocolate Zucchini Muffins (Gluten Free, Sugar Free)
Strawberry Gluten Free Muffins

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Homeschool Podcast: A Brave Writer’s Life in Brief - I am honored to be a guest on Julie Bogart’s podcast, A Brave Writer’s Life in Brief. Join us as we discuss homeschooling using diverse experiences, child-led learning, curriculum modification and much more.  You can find this homeschool podcast, and all the others in the series, on iTunes. 
Easy Homeschooling - February has a reputation in the homeschool world.  A bad reputation. The newness of that shiny curriculum and your best-made plans is long, long gone. Daylight is on short supply. Kids tend to bicker. If you live in a cold climate, you’re stuck indoors more. You all long for Spring. You just want to get through math and be done with it, for goodness sakes. I’ve been there, my sisters. And I’ll probably go there again. And again.  So I got a wild idea. Let’s make it easier. Easy homeschool. I like the sound of that. So I’m going to give away the stuff I have for free and spread a little good homeschool mojo around. 
homeschooling homework Positive Thought Cards for Kids - Here’s an awesome way to turn your day around when things aren’t going well with homeschooling or homework. It’s a total reset button. Because sometimes learning is frustrating and challenging. Kids bicker, math is too hard, they get overwhelmed. Learning becomes unproductive or stops altogether. It happens—in every single family, whether you homeschool or are trying to get through homework. It happens in every classroom, too. Positive Affirmation Cards are one of my favorite go-to resources for when my kids get super frustrated or upset with school work. 
dyslexia and homeschooling Late Reader or Learning Disability? - Why the wait-and-let-them-learn-to-read-naturally approach can be harmful to some homeschooled kids.  My oldest child was nearly 8, and still, he couldn’t read beyond cat-sat-hat. We made our way through reading curriculum but by age 7, he was still not reading and I was worried. And then one day, he picked up a Harry Potter novel and slowly but most certainly, he read.    It was a beautiful moment, one that caused my jaw to drop.  I quickly recovered so that I could summon my husband into the room to show him this amazing event.  Then I waited for our daughter to do the same, but by age 9, she was clearly memorizing short books, not  reading them. And her confidence was plummeting. 
motivational quotes Motivational Learning Quotes - This quote by Carol Dweck was so popular on the Creekside Learning Facebook page, that I made it into a pretty printable that you can download, print and hang up in your home or classroom.  This parenting gig often calls for a lot of cheerleading–enthusiastic encouragement when our kids need it most. 
Homeschooling is a “Road Less Traveled” - Homeschooling is a “road less traveled.” It’s that simple. Everyone has something about their life that is just a bit different than everybody else, just a little outside of the main stream. Think about it. You choose a career path that was different or  didn’t go to college right after high school. You married someone that others thought was not going to be a good match for you. You have identical triplets. You chose not to have kids at all. You’re vegan in a family of meat eaters.  Whatever it is, think of this thing that you chose, or experienced, that was a bit different than most of your friends and family.  How did others react? 


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