No Livestock? No problem! You Can 4-H Too!

Our sons have long since graduated, but this time of year never fails to bring to mind fond memories of our years in 4-H. At the beginning of every school year, our club held its annual planning meeting. Each child contributed ideas for activities and came prepared with campaign speeches explaining why he or she was the […]

Easing into Another Homeschool Year

After months of lazy summer fun, it can be kinda tough getting back in the groove of another homeschool year, especially when the dog days of summer beckon us to come and play. That’s why I’m a firm believer in just easing our way back into the new year. Hey! We’ve got all year to plunge in. […]

Choosing Quality Children’s Literature

In a world turned upside down where right is wrong and wrong is right we need to be ever on the alert when it comes to the kind of material our children are reading, including what they are reading for school. We cannot assume that just because a book looks cute, was written by an […]

Growing Great Writers

When our firstborn was signing up for his sophomore college classes, his freshman English teacher stopped and excitedly asked if he would be taking another one of her classes. Disappointed to hear he would not she replied, “Too bad! You were one of my best writers!” Wow! If only we had been able to see […]

The Forgotten Astronaut

On this day in history 1969, Neil Armstrong became the first man to walk on the Moon. Fellow Astronaut Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin Jr. would be the second. A historic event, to say the least, the Apollo 11 Mission is one of the many exciting things your kids will discover and experience with Homeschool Legacy’s Great […]

8 Steps to a Relaxing Backyard Staycation

Ever feel like you need a vacation after your vacation? Isn’t the purpose of one to rest and relax and focus on our family? Instead, we often wind up more stressed and exhausted from trying to cram in more than is humanly (or financially) possible! For me, just the thought of preparing for a family vacation is enough to send me […]

I Used to be a Fun Mom…and then I Started Homeschooling!

Do you ever feel like you used to be a “fun mom”…until you started homeschooling? It doesn’t have to be that way. When tears and frustration replace love and laughter its time to get back to basics and remember the “Three R’s.” 1. Remember Do you remember the reasons you started homeschooling? Write them down and […]

Growing YOUR Homeschool Legacy

As homeschoolers, our homeschool legacy is also our family legacy. The two are inextricably intertwined. But, to be successful, it is important that we keep the end-goal in mind. But, what is our end-goal? Is our ultimate goal for our kids to excel in academics, sports or the arts? Is it to raise child prodigies and geniuses? […]

10 Tips for Homeschooling on a Budget

Many of us are already getting excited about planning the coming school year. We will consider the needs of each of our children, what worked, what didn’t, what improvements need to be made, and how we will do it all without breaking the bank! After seventeen years of homeschooling, I can confidentially say I am an expert at […]

In Honor of Our Unsung Heroes

On this Memorial Day, Homeschool Legacy would like to pay homage to the millions of soldiers throughout our history who fought bravely and willingly laid down their lives, so that we may live free and peaceful lives. As many of us enjoy a pleasant backyard barbecue this Memorial Day with family and friends, let us pause and […]

The Family Table

I was surprised when a dear friend once introduced me to a group of homeschool moms as “a woman I’m so impressed with because she and her family eat dinner together every night!” That struck me so funny! I thought everyone did that! My husband and I grew up when it was the norm for families […]

Charlotte Mason Inspired Unit Studies

My husband and I knew from the get-go that neither of our active and equally creative sons would have thrived in an overladen textbook environment. Nor would we have wanted them to. While investigating various homeschool philosophies, we hit on two which when combined would fit our family perfectly: Charlotte Mason and Unit Studies. Unbeknownst […]

Character Counts

CHARACTER. Is there anything more important that we can instill in our children? Character defines a person, it defines a family, it defines a community, it defines a nation. The Greek philosopher Heraclitus wisely stated, “Good character is not formed in a week or a month. It is created little by little, day by day. Protracted […]

Working Unit Studies into ANY Curriculum

From the very first day we began homeschooling until our sons graduated from high school, unit studies took front and center stage. We had a separate math curriculum, and in our boys’ formative years, we utilized various Bible, handwriting, spelling, grammar, and language resources. But, when it came to history and science we were all about unit studies! For […]

What is a Unit Study?

Creatures of habit…that’s what we are. Whether there is a better, more efficient, or easier way to do something, we often resort to auto-pilot. If our child asks why we do something a certain way, we may find ourselves responding with, “I don’t know, that’s the way I’ve always done it.” We see habitual behavior […]

Reevaluating Your Homeschool Year

For homeschoolers, the end of the school year is a time to reflect and reevaluate what worked, what didn’t, where we excelled or struggled, and consider possible changes. Now a “retired” homeschool mom, I based my evaluations mostly on spiritual and academic improvement and one very important question “Did we have fun?” For our family, that last […]

Maintaining a Healthy Homeschool Perspective

Woo-hoo! Max turned two yesterday! We survived! Major milestone. You may remember Max from a post I wrote about this time last year called Max-imizing Your Parenting Efforts. But, just in case you haven’t had the pleasure, Max is what you would call “strong-willed,” and because of that, he has done a miraculous job of swiftly whipping our […]

Seven Things to Remember When Shopping for Homeschool Curriculum

As the end of the school year draws to a close we homeschool parents start doing what we love most…shopping for homeschool curriculum! It’s like Christmas for us! But, if we’re not careful we can get a little craaazy and end up having to take out a second mortgage on our home! To prevent that […]

Time for Your Spring Fever Booster Shot!

Have you been hit with a severe case of spring fever? Don’t worry; it can happen to the best of us. Even when you think you’ve taken all the necessary precautions to guard against it, spring fever can hit your homeschool like a ton of bricks! Oh sure. Last summer you diligently and faithfully scoured […]