2014 was a year of growth for My Sweet Homeschool. Considering we wrote our first post the end of October in 2013, we started 2014 as a blog only 2 months old!
Fast forward to the end of 2014; we have over 500 subscribers, a very engaged facebook community of over 8,100 people at the time I am posting this, and we were just nominated for two blog awards from the Homeschool Post: Best Special Needs Blog and Best Variety!
We tend to change our header with the seasons and 2014 was no exception. And after reading in multiple blogging groups how Arial was a least favorite font, we changed that and our font color to make posts easier (and more pleasant) for you!
1. What to include in your Homeschool documentation binder. Okay, this post is actually the most popular post on the blog. It has been viewed over 4,900 times in fourteen months. This post gives some great pointers on organizing your homeschool documentation easily and fuss-free.
2. Five ways to add (Waldorf) Inspiration to your homeschool. Want to learn more about Waldorf homeschool in laymen’s terms? Interested in giving your homeschool a little Waldorf sparkle? Then this post is for you.
3. Get Organized: 7 tips for applying minimalism to your homeschool. A fundamental factor that every homeschool parent has in common it seems, regardless of faith, curriculum or family size, is how to deal with the “stuff”. This post gives 7 helpful tips to do just that.
4.Wee Folk Art’s (free) Pre-K/K homeschool curriculum. My in depth review of the free homeschool curriculum that I use with my own preschooler (and the two preschoolers before her) gives you a good overview of this wonderful seasons themed curriculum brought to you for free by the lovely ladies at the Wee Folk Art blog.
5. Tips for homeschoolers about Speech-Language Pathology. This short posts gives homeschoolers five points to ponder regarding speech-language therapy.
6. Traits of Good and Bad Speech Language Pathologists. This post shares the traits I have found in good and bad SLP’s I have worked with in my 19 year career. Great inside information to help you make an informed decision when looking for an SLP for your child.
7. Giving kids the world: A review of the Little Passports Program. A review of the popular Little Passports Program-how the program works and how we use it in our homeschool.
8. Teaching kids to Crochet. This post gives 7 tips to the parent wanting to teach their child to crochet that make the process easier and more enjoyable. Resources also given.
9. Easy DIY: Make your own sparkly play-dough. This fabulous guest post written by Nikki Wills; the creative genius behind the Tikkido blog has been a favorite since it first posted. Who knew making all natural play-dough could be so easy. Lots of photographs make this an easy to follow DIY.
10. Free Phonics at Starfall. Last but not least is the review I wrote about free Phonics with Starfall. Starfall is a free website available to anyone with computer access. I have loved using it with both my typical learners and my twins with special needs. Bonus: check out the review of the IXL math program also. While not free, it is a great math program available to homeschool families that makes tracking your child’s math progress easy and even generates reports for you; making documentation a snap too!
I am looking forward to sharing more informative posts with you in 2015 in the areas of speech-language therapy (my specialty), homeschooling tips (with Waldorf inspiration), crafts, and natural living.