Book of the Week!

Book of the Week!

So I need to get my butt in gear and finish publishing my 12 part Homeschooling Early Childhood series…It’s all written and I just have some tweaks to do on the final posts…but, sadly, my ADHD is kicking in and I’ve gotten off track. I promise, I WILL get back to it and finish it…I promise! And in the meantime, […]

The toilet habits of earwigs

The toilet habits of earwigs

Ahhhh, my children have inherited their father’s sense of humor… We were just cleaning Tyren’s room, when we found a live earwig…I told him to go get some toilet paper (to catch him)….and Tyr said: “Why? Does he need to wipe his butt?”   Oh my, I live in a house full of comedians! Related posts: Butt goggles Hot dog […]

Homeschooling the early years, part 8, media time

Homeschooling the early years, part 8, media time

NOTE: This series is for newbie homeschoolers that are in overdrive…overplanning, overscheduling and overthinking your child’s preK or kinder year….WE’VE ALL DONE IT. YOU ARE NOT ALONE. This is part 7 in a 12 part series….read part 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 Here’s what we’ve covered so far in this series… Instead of using a preK or kindergarten curriculum in early childhood, […]

“It” humor

“It” humor

OMG! My daughter (17yrs) is hilarious! She has her dad’s sense of humor… We were just discussing the movie IT…something she’s really wanting to see, the new one…and how I loved the 90s version until the end…when we (all my dorm friends…we all watched it together in college) were all like “WHAAAT? It’s a stupid SPIDER??” My daughter says, well […]

Homeschooling the early years, part 7, weekly clubs and classes

Homeschooling the early years, part 7, weekly clubs and classes

NOTE: This series is for newbie homeschoolers that are in overdrive…overplanning, overscheduling and overthinking your child’s preK or kinder year….WE’VE ALL DONE IT. YOU ARE NOT ALONE. This is part 6 in a 12 part series….part 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 I’ve been talking in this series of blog posts about what can be done instead of using a preK or kindergarten curriculum in early […]

Homeschooling the early years, part 6, outside time

Homeschooling the early years, part 6, outside time

NOTE: This series is for newbie homeschoolers that are in overdrive…overplanning, overscheduling and overthinking your child’s preK or kinder year….WE’VE ALL DONE IT. YOU ARE NOT ALONE. This is part 6 in a 12 part series….read part 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 This series is about what our family did instead of using a preK or kindergarten curriculum…So far, I’ve shared about: setting up an enriching environment […]

Homeschooling the early years, part 5, Friends

Homeschooling the early years, part 5, Friends

NOTE: This series is for newbie homeschoolers that are in overdrive…overplanning, overscheduling and overthinking your child’s preK or kinder year….WE’VE ALL DONE IT. YOU ARE NOT ALONE. This is part 5 in a 12 part series….read part 1, 2, 3, 4 I’ve been sharing what our family did instead of using a preK or kindergarten curriculum…I’ve shared about: setting up an enriching environment spending lots […]

Homeschooling the early years, part 1

Homeschooling the early years, part 1

NOTE: This series is for newbie homeschoolers that are in overdrive…overplanning, overscheduling and overthinking your child’s preK or kinder year….WE’VE ALL DONE IT. YOU ARE NOT ALONE.   So…lately I’ve been obsessing with going through family pics from the early years of our homeschooling adventure. The years when I had at least one preK or kindergartner.     What spurred […]

Blogger posts added to this blog

I started blogging on Blogger back in 2004. I started this blog, centered around homeschooling, in 2005. I kept both blogs for years so that I could keep them separate. The Homeschool Realm as a place to center around my thoughts and resources regarding homeschooling… and “Tina’s Realm” on Blogger as a place to just be me and talk about […]

My hot husband

My hot husband

I just have to share another comedic moment in the Smith household…just overheard: Adam (my husband), talking to my daughter: We’re out of lemon and lime juice and Mommy won’t go get more. Maeven: Why don’t YOU go get more? Adam: Because…I’m on fire. Never a dull moment around here, lemme tell ya!! Related posts: My Husband the Weirdo 2 […]

Homeschool Update!

I recently recorded a new episode of the Savvy Homeschool Moms podcast with my cohost (episode not ready for publish yet, but I’m aiming to have it out soon!)…and one of the things we talked about was what our curriculum and resources look like for the year…so I thought it might also be a good thing to post here! We […]

The future’s so bright…

The future’s so bright…

Today I’m working hard on various projects in the making…and reflecting on something I have learned over the years from all my experiences and especially the failures. One, never give up. And two, don’t rely on or trust others with my dream again. Learned that the hard way. I know I will need to work with others still, and must […]

A Family Walk

Our family takes short neighborhood walks daily. At least we try to. We live in the Central Valley of California, where from May through October every year it is HOT…often triple digits…so this gets challenging during these months. Have to go early. But we need these short walks daily, for sunshine, fresh air (such as it is in some of […]