As a homeschooler you most likely have an array of options in order to evaluate your child’s progress each year. Creating a homeschool portfolio is a popular option for many states. Before you start creating your homeschool portfolio, make sure you check with your state's requirements. In Maine we have the option of preparing a homeschool portfolio in order to show progress of our students … [Read more...] about How to Create a Homeschool Portfolio – What is the Purpose?
When we first started homeschooling, I knew that I did not want to follow the “school-at-home” model. The school-at-home model is essentially what you would think of when you think of public school – kids sitting at their desks with a teacher at the front teaching them. I’m not saying this model is wrong, I’m not even saying setting up cute little old fashioned school desks is wrong (I … [Read more...] about How to get out of the Public School Mindset
There are affiliate links in this post. If you make a purchase after clicking one of these links I may receive a small commission. Thank you for supporting Townsend House! Last month I shared my recent reads for the month of January, and I have to say, having that small idea to share the books I read each month definitely kept me accountable to stay on track for my reading goal for … [Read more...] about Recent Reads
There are affiliate links in this post. If you make a purchase after clicking one of these links I may receive a small commission. Thank you for supporting Townsend House! I don’t know if it was because I knew we were going to do our day in the life today, or if my body thought 5 hours of sleep was plenty, but I was up at 4am this morning. Now, I don’t make it a habit to get up … [Read more...] about Homeschool Day in the Life with ages 9, 7, 3
What does it mean to pivot? Well, I think most of us remember the Friends episode where Ross is trying to move the couch up the stairs. "Pivot! Pivot! PIVOT!" But, all joking aside, what is a pivot? Why would you want to make a pivot, and how do you go about giving yourself permission to actually make that pivot. Pivot means a shift, or a change in direction. It is well … [Read more...] about How to Make a Pivot in the Middle of Your Homeschooling Year
There are affiliate links in this post. If you click one of these links and make a purchase, I may receive a small commission. Fall is such a wonderful time of year. The kids are back in school, and you are able to find some way back to a good rhythm. At least, that is how it is supposed to go. What happens when you are still trying to find your rhythm more than halfway … [Read more...] about When you are trying to Find Your Rhythm