Homeschooling: Methods & Strategies

Our Homeschool Year in Review 2015 – 2016

by Dawn Oaks on June 24, 2016 · 5 comments

  The 2015-2016 school year has certainly been one of transitions and accomplishments from start to finish.  We have seen firsts and lasts.  We have cheered and cried.  And yes, we have learned some things along the way. Our school year actually kicked off with moving Rucia into her new life at college. Once we […]


A Pivotal Moment in Our Homeschool Journey

by Dawn Oaks on April 13, 2016 · 0 comments

There are certain moments in our lives that should really be pivotal.  High school graduation is one of those moments and I am happy to incorporate our most recent review of graduation supplies from  Central to this will be our daughter’s diploma which was custom designed using the many options afforded when purchasing their […]


As a member of the Review Crew from the Old Schoolhouse, I am participating this week in a series on 5 Days of Tips for Homeschool Parents.  This first tip has been prompted by none other than life itself. Life has a way of throwing a curve into any well laid out plan.  And that […]


When our family first began homeschooling, our thought was that each of our children would attend a four year college after their high school graduation to further their education. Struggles with some learning disabilities in one of our children brought us to further consider this initial assumption. The fundamental question is not what we want, […]


Like many other families, when we hear “Apologia Educational Ministries” our first thought goes to science.  However, over the years Apologia has really expanded out.  We were blessed to receive a review copy of The Ultimate Homeschool Planner from them.  I call this a blessing as the one thing that really holds our school together […]


Living History on the USS LST 325

by Dawn Oaks on September 13, 2015 · 0 comments

The guys and I made a spontaneous trip into Cincinnati today after reading a news article about the USS LST 325 being docked for just a few days on the waterfront.  We are studying WWII history this year and there is nothing like being able to walk through history rather than just reading about it. […]


Homeschooling Where You are Planted

by Dawn Oaks on August 12, 2015 · 1 comment

During the Back to Homeschool Blog Hop, we have chatted about setting goals for your school year and also realizing that you just can’t fit it all in.  Today’s topic is about Homeschooling Where You are Planted.  Finding freedom in knowing that God has planted you and your family right where you are at this […]

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The Myth of Fitting It All In

by Dawn Oaks on August 11, 2015 · 0 comments

Several years ago, friends visited us while on furlough during missionary service in an area near Siberia in Russia.  Over dinner one night, we began asking them all kinds of questions about life in Russia and the greatest challenges they faced in coming back to the States on furlough.  I was surprised by their response. […]


Keeping Your Eyes on the Big Picture

by Dawn Oaks on August 10, 2015 · 3 comments

Our topic for this first day of the Back to Homeschool Blog Hop is Keeping Your Eyes on the Big Picture.  Many times, this is much easier said than done. I remember as a small child being asked what I wanted to do when I grew up.  It is funny to go back and reflect […]


I love to have a map and to know exactly what is expected.  When we began our journey homeschooling the high school years, elective credits were both exciting and a little bit overwhelming.  What should go in this box?  Are there right and wrong ways to use elective credits?  What if I lead my child […]

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