Homeschooling the early years, part 10, trips

Homeschooling the early years, part 10, trips

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 10 in a 12 part series….read part 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 This is part 10 in my series on “Homeschooling the Early Years”, where I share what our family did […]

Homeschooling the early years, part 9, Special Days

Homeschooling the early years, part 9, Special Days

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 9 in a 12 part series….read part 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 This is part 9 of my 12 part series on “Homeschooling the Early Years”, discussing the things that my […]

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!

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 […]

Will Return After Christmas!

Will Return After Christmas!

I’m going to take a break from the “Homeschooling…The Early Years” 12 part series for a few days, so I can do what I need to do for my family for Christmas. Then I’ll be back with more posts! I do have the posts all written, but there are still some tweaks I’m doing as I go, and I’m creating […]

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 4, creating & playing

Homeschooling the early years, part 4, creating & playing

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 3 in a 12 part series….Read part 1, 2, 3 So far I’ve talked about setting up an enriching environment, and doing lots and lots of reading great books instead of using a […]

Homeschooling the early years, part 3, books

Homeschooling the early years, part 3, books

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. Please note: All links on book titles and covers are Amazon affiliate links and I do get a tiny percentage from any purchases made through them. If you like this site, this is […]

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!!

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 […]

Book Challenge for a New School Year

Book Challenge for a New School Year

So these are the current state of my main book shelves… These are my picture book shelves…which, even though my kids are older (12 and 16), I keep a fair amount of because I am a huge fan of picture books…many of these I had long before I ever had kids, as I was a preschool teacher in my pre-mom […]

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 […]

A crate full o’music

A crate full o’music

  Doing some reorganizing and decluttering and I found an entire crate FULL of kids’ music! That’s right! This is a square milk crate and it truly is ONLY filled, right to the top, with kids’ CDs! Yes, I did have a bit of a kids’ music habit once upon a time…having been a preschool teacher whose specialty was music […]

Anxiety and depression are no joke

I talked about perimenopause in my last post. But I need to talk some more about some specific symptoms today…. I dealt with the blues in my adolescence and early 20s, now and then….And I’ve always been a bit of a worrier…nothing really serious. But this stuff that perimenopause is throwing at me is “fer really real,” y’all. I had […]