Get Ready

Well, it’s been awhile. As is common for us summer proves to be crazy every. single. year. This year is no exception. We spent three weeks in Istanbul in April/May waiting on new visas. We finally received them and came back to new email accounts, two tour groups, a summer intern, and other general craziness….

Planning Overwhelm

I remember about a year ago when my husband and I decided to take our kids to Disney World on our next trip Stateside. I returned home and obsessed about Disney for about…three months. Our trip was over two years away but I wanted to know all the things. So I researched and planned and so on…

Challenges to Homeschoolers Overseas

As I sit here in early March planning my curriculum for next year I’m struck with all the challenges that we encounter when homeschooling abroad. I’ve been doing pretty minimal homeschool for the last two years since my kids have also been doing local school (of some kind or the other),  I’m a big advocate…

What’s Next?

This is the time of year that I start thinking about the next school year. What will it look like for us in six months? At this point I can’t really say. I can say that I am tired of dragging my kids back and forth to local kindergarten/preschool every day. I’m tired of the “I…

Why Do We Homeschool Year Round?

I have a friend who homeschools her kids and she sticks very closely to a traditional school schedule. “Classes” in the mornings, extracurriculars after lunch, summer break, Christmas break, and four days off for Thanksgiving. She plans her schedule out for the entire year in advance, how many lessons for each subject, which days they…

A Rough Plan

This homeschooling adventure has been just that: an adventure. When Lane began kindergarten I had a 3-year old and a 15-month old as well. At the same time Lane was taking some local classes 3 days a week for 2 hours a day, and about half of that time overlapped with nap time. I didn’t have any time to do any planning for the year, so I felt like I just kind of winged it the whole year. This year I was determined to do things differently.