When Life Just Gets in the Way

by Dawn Oaks on August 25, 2014

Life just sometimes gets in the way.  You all know what I mean, but when you step back and really think about that statement it almost seems ridiculous.  But we have all been there. We can spend hours planning and strategizing about how life is supposed to be.  As soon as circumstances outside of our […]


Homeschooling High School – Day 1

by Dawn Oaks on August 11, 2014

This week we will be joining the Schoolhouse Review Crew in its Back to Homeschool Blog Hop.  Over fifty fellow bloggers will be posting on all different topics related to kicking our school year off right.  Our theme here at the Double O Farms is all about homeschooling high school. Every new year of homeschooling can […]


Extracurricular Activities ~ Frugally So many times when we feel our homeschool budget tighten, our first response is to cut out all the extras. Yes, we may save money, but inevitably fall into a monotonous rut that makes school miserable for everyone. So before cutting anything else out of your schedule, consider some of these […]


Learning in the Summer

by Dawn Oaks on July 22, 2014

Learning takes a different look around the farm in the summer months.  There is a lot of hands-on learning as we all do a lot of work outside in our gardens and expanding fencing. We have also been busy raising extra meat chickens while the weather is more favorable.  Raising chickens is not only an […]

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Moving Beyond the Page ~ Product Review

by Dawn Oaks on July 10, 2014

Over the years, I have found our homeschooling style changing more and more to a literature rich, unit study approach.  I was excited when we were offered the opportunity to review two of products from Moving Beyond the Page.  Because he seems to be the highest utilizer of unit studies in our home, our 14 […]


Great Deals on Your Next Set of Curriculum

by Dawn Oaks on July 9, 2014

After homeschooling for 9 years and doing product reviews of curriculum for 5, it is time to clear off the bookshelves and allow room for growth as our children grow.  We would love to make some of our favorites blessings for you and your family.  Many of the items below are greatly reduced from regular […]


One of the names in the homeschool industry that always seems to be synonymous with quality is Diana Waring.  Diana has recently released a new three volume series called, Experiencing History Through Music.  Our family has had a chance to review some pre-release copies and would like to share a bit about what we found. […]


Summer Reading and Your Middle School Student

by Dawn Oaks on June 24, 2014

Summer reading can be a blessing or a curse depending on the child.  For those that love to read, you may be begging them to put the book down and go outside. ��However, for those that don’t enjoy reading or struggle with it, the thought of reading in the summer months makes their skin crawl. […]


Favorite Homeschool Curriculum

by Dawn Oaks on May 21, 2014

Over the years, our style and routine for homeschooling has changed. In some subjects we have swerved in different directions to only find ourselves returning to our tried and true. At other times, we swerve away and find the new territory ventured into is a much better fit and brings a new enthusiasm to our […]


End of the Year Curriculum Sale

by Dawn Oaks on May 20, 2014

It is that time of year when are starting to wrap up certain our formal studies and making way for what will lay before us in the 2014-2015 academic year.  For veteran homeschool moms, getting rid of curriculum can be like going through old baby clothes.  Opening an old textbook can be a reminder of […]