Gifted Learners, Living Math & Pumpkin School at Ultimate Homeschool Pinterest Party!


Welcome! I have the privilege of co-hosting the Ultimate Homeschool Pinterest Party each week with these wonderful ladies: Jamerrill @FreeHomeschoolDeals Jenn @ Daze of Adventure Toni @ The Happy Housewife Staci @ Motherhood on a Dime Tricia @ Hodgepodge So your pins will show up on all five sites! And the party starts every Friday […]

Imperfect Homeschool: Drama and Trauma

Imperfect Homeschool- Drama and Trauma All The Time

“Your homeschool looks so peaceful.” “Wow, I wish I was as organized as you.” “Well, you have experience with teaching an age-range of children, I could never accomplish as much as you do.” Every now and then when I share our weekly homeschool wrap ups or an art tutorial, I will get a comment like […]

A Hodgepodge December and a Chalk Pastels ebook

A Hodgepodge Christmas

It’s been a Hodgepodge sort of December. We’ve collected many happy memories even though we were hit with sickness starting early in the month. The flu was staggered with each of our family of seven – lasting 10 days to two weeks for each of us. So far, only one escaped. The sick ones were […]

How Are You Qualified to Be a Homeschool Teacher?

How Are You Qualifed to be a Homeschool Teacher? at Hodgepodge

This highly educated man looked me straight in the face and asked his pointed question. His rimmed glasses balanced just slightly down on his nose. “How are you qualified to be a homeschool teacher?” he asked. Immediately my defensiveness swelled. The protective mother and ‘how dare you’ side of me. He must have seen this […]

10 Positives of Starting Homeschool in July

First Day of School

My two little ones – starting Pre-K 4 and First Grade! I hadn’t really planned to start our 2012-2013 school year Monday. However, we usually do start the last full week of July. Many things helped me make a last minute decision to start this week. Starting an Olympics unit study, new curriculum in the […]

Ten Parts of the Hodgepodge Homeschool Schedule

10 Parts of Our Homeschool Schedule at Hodgepodge

A dear reader asked the question: Have you posted somewhere your schedule? Her question made me realize I have shared many of our homeschool habits here and there – even in a gigantic list. However, I’ve never typed out our basic school schedule, or order. Today’s 10 in 10 theme is 10 Things You Should […]

Return of the Routine: Punt or Touchdown?

Return of the Routine - Touchdown

On this last day we’ve settled into a routine. But you know what’s going to happen. It will happen. I must warn you. You get back in a routine and then you have one of those days. The days you just want to punt. When a team punts in a football game, they give up […]

Return of the Routine: Feeding the Family

Return of the Routine - Feeding the Family

So we have rested and we have planned. But wait just one minute. We need fuel! And by that I mean food. If ever I was discouraged by something at the end of a long day of back-to-school, it was wrestling up something to eat. What to feed the masses after working so hard at […]

Spelling Workout Review {& Three Weeks of Summer Collages}

July outdoor fun

It’s been several weeks since I shared a Collage Friday weekly wrap. So I have a few collages to share. But first, a favorite curriculum… When you stick with a curriculum throughout your homeschool years, I believe it speaks volumes to its success and ability to meet the needs of different learning styles. Three of […]

10 Great Things About Teaching Multiple Ages

Teaching Multiple Ages

This is a Really Big Homeschool Year for us. A really big year. And I’m excited about it. Here’s why: 1. Homeschooling high school. The first year of high school – 9th grade! My eldest girl has been transitioning into rhetoric level over this last year. High school. Complete with SAT, college applications, driving, upper […]

Help! I’m Homeschooling! 10 Pieces of Advice I Wish I’d Known

Help for Homeschoolers

Dear Homeschooler, There were so many titles I could have given this list: Encouragement for all homeschoolers, 10 pieces of advice for a new homeschooler, What I Wish I’d Known When We Started Homeschooling, My Best Advice, Don’t Let Homeschooling Get You Down. Whatever the title, I hope you will find something to urge you […]

A Hodgepodge of FAQ Homeschool Questions


Homeschooling is a journey. It’s a lifestyle. For me, it’s a passion. And, for others looking at us, it is sometimes a curiosity. I’m continually surprised at the type of questions I get from those intrigued by our homeschool. And I love to encourage fellow homeschoolers. So, today, I share with you the most frequently […]