Embracing New Motherhood: 5 Things I Wish I Had Known

Embracing New Motherhood 5 Things I Wish I had Known - Marty's Musings

I am walking through a season of life that is new and exciting yet also terrifying. I am no longer "merely" a stay at home mom. I am a work from home, homeschooling mom of teenagers. I am a soon to be a grandmother. A nana. A lover of a precious new gift. As much as I enjoy and embrace these days I also find myself floundering at … [Read more...]

Celebrating the Homeschool Mom

Celebrating the Homeschool Mom - Marty's Musings

  Most of you probably know our family has homeschooled a very long time, twenty years to be exact, with only three more years to go!  These years have been a commitment of time, resources and emotions. Homeschooling is a joyous life experience for the whole family, but it can also be isolating, frustrating, exhausting and time … [Read more...]

Day in the Life of a Homeschooler

A Day in the Life of a Homeschooler by Marty's Musings

Have you ever wondered what a day in the life of  a homeschooler looks like? I can tell you one thing for certain. No two days are ever the same! The day might include schoolwork in the bedroom, with a kitty for company.   A certain person loves to read the comics so anytime he has to wait for me he has the newspaper in hand … [Read more...]

Breakfast and Homeschooling

Li'l Griddles from Aunt Jemima's-2

(My son racing through his morning routine to get to his favorite part: the comics!) As a homeschooling, work at home mom, I certainly have the option of cooking a good, traditional breakfast for my kids. Sorry to shatter the illusion, but it doesn't usually happen. My husband would rather sleep than eat and I get up to work and … [Read more...]

How to Create Your Own Unit Study

Create Your Own Unit Study from Marty's Musings

How to create your own unit study, that is the question! As a homeschooling mom of 19 years I've put together many different studies on varied topics through the years. I thought I'd share a little bit about the process I use. One of the most fun things we do at least once a year is a unit study night. Usually it correlates with our history or … [Read more...]

How to Know if you’re a Mean Mom?

How to Know if You're a Mean Mom from Marty's Musings

You know you're a mean mom when...... You let your child suffer natural consequences. Leave the bike out in the rain? Yep, it rusts. Say something ugly to your sister? No, she doesn't want to play with you now. You make your child eat leftovers (or heaven forbid, a meat sandwich instead of peanut butter and jelly). You make your … [Read more...]

Lessons Learned in a Corn Maze

Lessons from the Corn Maze from Marty's Musings

What do you do when you want to find a fun activity for your family? You buy a Groupon, of course! I purchased a buy one get one free groupon for the local corn maze in our area. Thinking I was being smart, I bought two deals which gave me four tickets.  That was for us and our younger two. I had already talked to our married duaghter and she … [Read more...]

Real Life Homeschooling: Coupon Math

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How do you teach practical math skills? Watch as real life and homeschooling intersect with coupon math! As a frugal mom, I  try to stretch our money as much as possible, and I also want to teach my children how to use their money wisely. When Harris Teeter had Super Doubles going on one week we jumped on it! I have found that I need to … [Read more...]

Spirit of America

4 pictures of Spirit of America (armed services production)

Last Friday we went to the Spirit of America production sponsored by the Department of the Army at the coliseum in our town. It was a musical, drama, re-enactment and staged production honoring our country and the armed services throughout its history. It was a free presentation designed to draw in people of all ages, both veterans and children … [Read more...]

The Truth Behind Homeschooling

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I am probably not your typical homeschooler. When I first began 18 years ago I was way more structured and rigid. I even got my daughter a little school desk for her to sit in. (And apparently, according to my husband, I made her call me Mrs. Walden. Neither she nor I remember that, thank goodness!) The desk lasted all of about two days. Her little … [Read more...]