Amy Sizemore

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Amy Sizemore is a homeschooling mom of 8 children, ages 4-22. With children in college down to preschool, she has lived through every stage and age. Amy’s passion is teaching others what she wishes she had known about scheduling in the beginning of her homeschool journey. A degree in Visual Communications has helped her become the successful owner of a restaurant, a food truck, and a lot of kittens. Amy is currently writing a book about scheduling, which will accompany her schedules and chore charts that she has designed and produced.

Love My Schedule


Magnetic Wet Erase daily family homeschool schedules and coordinating chore charts. Flexible magnets with high quality super fine marker that actually wipes clean. Different colors for each child.

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25 Great Books for Middle Schoolers

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With summer here, and summer reading programs in full swing, it is a great time to make a book list for your middle school child.

These book series are great for those kids who are in the middle age range (10-12). Use discretion when choosing books for your child, each family will have different values and standards for their child’s literature choices.

Here are 25 great books for middle schoolers:

  1. The Bronze Bow byElizabeth George Speare
  2. Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
  3. Shilohby Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
  4. Esperanza Risingby Pam Muñoz Ryan
  5. Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume
  6. Love, Ruby Lavenderby Deborah Wiles
  7. Maggie’s Doorby Patricia Reilly Giff
  8. The Secret Series by Pseudonymous Bosch
  9. The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart
  10. The Three Doors Trilogy by Emily Rodda
  11. Pippi Longstocking by byAstrid Lindgren
  12. All of a Kind Family bySydney Taylor
  13. Owls in the Family byFarley Mowat
  14. Sarah Plain and Tall byPatricia MacLachlan
  15. Homer Price byRobert McCloskey
  16. Misty of Chincoteague byMarguerite Henry
  17. Armadillo Tattletale byHelen Ketteman
  18. Cheaper by the Dozen byFrank B. Gilbreth
  19. Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
  20. Nancy Drew Mysteries byCarolyn Keene
  21. Hardy Boys Mysteries byFranklin Dixon
  22. How to Train Your Dragon Series byCressida Cowell
  23. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  24. A Series of Unfortunate Events Series byLemony Snicket
  25. The Adventures of Tintin byHergé


Author: Misty Bailey Misty and her husband have been married for over a decade and have three beautiful children. She shares her struggles with time management, becoming unglued and finding joy in the everyday moments on her blog Joy in the Journey.

5 Things New Homeschoolers Need to Know

5 Things New Homeschoolers Need to Know

Are you considering homeschooling in the fall? If so, there are a few things new homeschoolers need to know!

  1. It is hard- Really! There will be days when you want to quit. There will be days you will wonder WHY IN THE WORLD AM I DOING THIS?? I think that was the biggest surprise I found when I began homeschooling. People warned me, but you have no clue until you begin. Solution? Find an awesome homeschool mom to be friends with. Connect with other homeschoolers; they will encourage you that you are not alone. If you have no one local to connect with find an online support group.
  2. Prepare for critics– Everywhere you go you will find someone who does NOT agree with your decision. I was not prepared for this, and announced at a holiday dinner we would be homeschooling. You should have heard the silence, then criticism. I don’t recommend breaking the news that way…. Solution? Remind yourself WHY you homeschool. Be prepared for questions, have witty statements, and remember that it is really no one else’s business. These are YOUR children.
  3. You will 2nd guess yourself– The critics will make you second guess yourself. The difficulty will make you second guess yourself. YOU will make you second guess yourself. But really, that fear is one of the biggest enemies to homeschooling. Don’t let it rule your life. Solution? Go back to your homeschool mission statement and remind yourself that you are doing what is best for YOUR family.
  4. It is hard-Ok, I know I already mentioned that once. But, it deserves repeating.
  5. It is worth it!-Every good, bad and ugly homeschool day is worth it. Believe me! The critics, the fear, the second guessing yourself, it is all worth it. When? When you hear your daughter sounding out words for the first time. When? When you see your son finally grasp something you have been working on for weeks (or months!). When? Every single day when you see and hear your children playing together, or when a discussion happens that you know wouldn’t have happened if they were in school. There are so many things that make homeschooling worth it!

So, if you plan on homeschooling for the first time this fall, I hope your remember these 5 things that new homeschoolers need to know. Don’t let the difficult days rule your life, prepare yourself for criticism, when you 2nd guess your decision remember WHY you are homeschooling, and when you are ready to throw in the towel…. Remember that it is ALL worth it!

Author Bio: Misty Bailey and her husband have been married for over a decade and have three beautiful children. She shares her struggles with time management, becoming unglued and finding joy in the everyday moments on her blog Joy in the Journey.



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