Homeschool Science for Multiple Ages

Apologia Homeschool Science for Multiple Ages

You might remember that last year all our ages studied marine biology using Apologia resources. Oh we could just continue to camp out there! What a fantastic year of learning it was! (More on that Most Used IKEA Bookshelf in 10 Homeschool Learning Centers at Hodgepodge) But, we have also been excited about new studies […]

Weekly Homeschool Planning – Expanded

Weekly Homeschool Planning Meeting - Expanded

We are expanding our weekly homeschool planning meeting. Why? Things are always changing at Hodgepodge: our children’s needs, moving into older grades, more accountability needed. This year our eldest three children simply needed to SEE all their subjects and practice scheduling their time.  How We Expanded Weekly Homeschool Planning I typed up all the subjects, […]

Helpful Homeschool Habit: Moving Forward

Helpful Homeschool Habit - Moving On

We’ve been enjoying a slow and steady start to homeschool after a fun summer. This week has been one marked with moving on. Like the Little Engine That Could. I think I can… I think I can… We aren’t quite up to full speed but I’d say we are at least 3/4 or close to […]

Help! I’m Back to School!

Slow and Steady Back to Homeschool - Tips, Encouragement and Helps at Hodgepodge

Once again we are having a slow and steady start to homeschool. We are still hanging on to summer and dipping in the pool while getting our feet wet in homeschool. Last week we started with just math. Plus we started back to piano lessons. This week we have added another subject (of each child’s […]

Helpful Habit: Celebrate a Good End to the Homeschool Year

Helpful Habit - Celebrate a Good End to the #Homeschool Year www.hodgepodge.me

We are at a repeat of where we were this time last year. “Are you feeling it too? The calendar is clearing up. There’s white space on the page, flip flops by the back door and blue skies outside! Choir, church activities, drama troupe have all ended for the year for us. Some subjects are […]

Helpful Homeschool Habits for Standardized Testing

Helpful #Homeschool Habits for Standardized Testing www.hodgepodge.me

~ I’m keeping up the habit of sharing a helpful homeschool habit on Fridays! After we took a homeschool spring break, we went right back to it with required standardized testing. It was a productive yet interesting week of juggling things with our multiple ages. I am sharing our week and my tips in today’s […]

Helpful Homeschool Habit: Take a Break!

Helpful #Homeschool Habit - Take a Break! www.hodgepodge.me

Several times this week I received confirmation that we need to take a break. This photo was taken Monday morning after the younger two had completed their school work… Time for a homeschool break! Nerf guns and backyard swinging over here. How about you? We all need breaks. Short breaks during the day. And a […]

Helpful Homeschool Habit: Reading

Helpful #Homeschool Habit - Independent Bedtime Reading www.hodgepodge.me

This week following the change to daylight savings time always seems to be an adjustment in many ways. Especially for children going to bed when it’s still a little bit light outside. But I am sharing a habit that helps! A habit that is also one of the ways we grow a love of reading […]

The Many Opportunities of Homeschooling

The Many Opportunities of #Homeschool www.hodgepodge.me

The past two weeks I have been noticing and cataloging in my mind the many opportunities homeschooling affords us. Last week our week was somewhat hijacked by sickness. Half the household had some terrible virus. Needless to say our week did not go as planned. But, you know, sometimes there are other lessons to be […]

The Catch Up Days of Homeschool

The Catch Up Days of #Homeschool www.hodgepodge.me

With unusual snow and ice this winter, we’ve had some sidetracks in our homeschool. We’ve needed to ‘catch up’ here and there in different subjects. So this week I decided we would have catch up days. Catch up days are good not only for catching up but also for switching up the routine. Sometimes it […]

The Many Resources of Homeschooling

The Many Resources of #Homeschool www.hodgepodge.me

I’ve just tucked in Littlest Girl and am about to close her door. “Wait! Mama!” she cries urgently. “Tomorrow, can we study the brain? Because I just need to know about what all is up there.” Yes… (Resources pictured above: laptop, Tapestry of Grace Writing Aids, high school student planner, high school Apologia marine biology […]

Mid-Term Homeschool Assessment

Mid-term #Homeschool Assessment www.hodgepodge.me

Remember a few weeks ago when I shared about finding the heart of homeschool? “…I have also made a purposeful change. I have been asking the Lord to bless us. Because He has shown me in many ways “…you do not have because you do not ask.” James 4:2 Today, along with Collage Friday photos […]