Getting Real : 5 on the Fifth

It’s that time again folks! Time that one of my favorite blogs, Ben & Me, hosts the 5 on the Fifth. The 5 on the Fifth posts is a time for bloggers to share what inspired them in the last month.


1. Life Skills : Get Your Middle Schoool Kids Cooking
You can imagine how much cooking is done for a homeschooled family of 8. A LOT. Like, really, wow, a lot. Our evenings are crazy between bathing and chores and a fussy toddler. Some days it’s so much easier when I can ask my pre-teens if they want to make dinner and I know they can do it with nothing more than my supervision. Megan & Susan, who happen to be friends of mine (total brag moment! and Megan’s my neighbor! How cool is that???) are the brilliant minds behind Education Possible, and they are here to help you with tips and ideas for teaching your middle school-aged child how to cook.

2. Advice to Homeschool Parents from Homeschooled Kids
Kris from Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers is one of my favorite bloggers because she keeps it real, and this post specifically really inspired me this week. It inspired me to have a sit-down talk with Mister Man about math, why it makes him cry, and what we can do to fix the problem. Sometimes I get so wrapped up in the shoulds that I overlook the most important things. Good stuff here, folks.

3. The Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Homeschooling High School
I’m not a stranger to homeschooling high school, I have one child who recently graduated and and an 11th grader. That doesn’t mean I don’t have things to learn, however. Technically this is more of an information portal than a blog post but it still inspired me to review my plans for when my 3rd child hits high school, and believe me people, the years go FAST!

4. The Truth About Preschool
Yes, I have an adult child and a child who is a junior in high school, I also have a 1 year old. 18 years apart in age is crazy, it’s blowing my mind. When it comes to education I am generally a proponent of later is better, but still, there’s a lot I just don’t do with baby girl because I have all of these other kids to educate. This post really encouraged me this month and reminded me that I’m not the only one with a house full of kids, and that my baby girl will be just as well-prepared for life as my older kids, maybe even more prepared.

5. How to Teach Art Without Breaking the Bank
Art education is very important to us and despite the fact that we’re not artists (or even arty!) we’re raising a child who is an art major in college. Go figure. Exposure early and often to the arts is vital to any child’s eduation (and life). Heather from Only Passionate Curiosity has a marvelous post with some great ideas for introducing art education to your kids without going broke. My advice: go cheap as long as you can, save your pennies for those college art classes, they ain’t cheap!

I really hope you go read the blog posts above. I found them to be just the salve I needed this month, and maybe you will too. I also invite you to share your favorite blog in the comments.

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