Homeschooling at This Lovely Place

Encouragement and practical tips for homeschooling your children, shared from 26 years of homeschooling experience and graduating seven (so far).

How to Be a Happy Homeschool Mom


As a member of the blog team at HipHomeschoolMoms, I recently contributed this article. It was published in the “Encouragement” category, and it’s my hope that it will indeed encourage you–and maybe gently change your perspective! What comes to mind as you think about your upcoming homeschool week? Anticipation and joy? Dread and frustration? Many […]

Homeschooling Over the Long Haul


Twenty-seven years and counting….when we started homeschooling with one little kindergartner, it’s a good thing I didn’t know it would be such a production. At the time we had four young children and I had no idea that eight more would follow. As the years have passed, we’ve graduated seven students, with five to go. […]

A Day of Grace


It was a bitterly cold, cloudy afternoon. It had been a regular homeschool day, complicated by bad news from the plumber’s visit. Kids had scattered to their rooms and all around the house. The lingering effects of a cold virus threatened to overwhelm me with self-pity. I shuffled into the kitchen to heat a cup […]

Quick Tip for Happier Homeschool Days


If you’re looking for a quick tip for happier homeschool days, I bet you don’t have time to read a big, hairy blog post. So let’s keep it short and to the point. This one tweak could save you some stress and help you be more productive and satisfied with your homeschool days. Question #1: […]

Homeschooling: Three Things We’ve Done for 26 Years


Back when we began homeschooling there wasn’t much available in the way of curriculum. A Beka was reluctant to provide teacher’s manuals to homeschoolers and Bob Jones was just beginning to extend a friendly hand of welcome to individual families. In our first year I attended an all-day workshop on how to teach a particular […]