About Angie Kauffman

Angie, a domestically challenged nerd, writer, and mom of three very fun kids, is the founder of Real Life at Home, as well as the Real Life at Home Podcast. She loves music, lives on caffeine, and is married to her best friend. Angie can also be found on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram, and Google+.

Educational enrichment with or without homeschooling

Educational enrichment opportunities for your children with or without homeschooling

The following is written by Angie Kauffman of Real Life at Home.

As we gear up for next school year, we are preparing for our first school year in eight years where nobody in our house is being homeschooled. Instead, all three of my children have decided that they want to go to school full time outside the home.

An end, whether it’s temporary or permanent, of our homeschooling doesn’t mean an end to enriching the educational lives of our children. It just means that we will be doing it in a slightly different way than before.

Perhaps you’re also finding yourself not homeschooling this year.  Maybe it’s because there have been life changes that have necessitated a change in schooling. Perhaps it’s because you have never homeschooled and are just interested in homeschooling.

I’m sharing some wonderful things that you can do for your children to enrich their lives whether you are homeschooling right now or not.

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Five things I’ve learned from seven years of homeschooling

Five Things I've Learned from Seven Years of Homeschooling

Written by Angie Kauffman of Real Life at Home

If you would have talked to me about the idea of homeschooling nine years ago, I probably would have thought you were crazy. But we eventually decided it was our best educational option, and we’ve been going strong for seven years now.

Beginning to homeschool was a huge transition, and now another looms ahead of us:

Unless something changes between now and August, our children (ages 10, 13, & 15) have all decided to attend school full-time in the fall.
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Authentic writing activities for kids and teens

Authentic Writing Activities for Kids and Teens

Written by Angie Kauffman of Real Life at Home

I have loved writing since I was a little girl. I was always writing stories and creating projects. It was just how I was naturally bent.

Most of my kids have been considerably less enthusiastic about writing. Because of their natural inclination against writing, I have sought out a variety of authentic writing activities beyond the standard five paragraph essay in order to encourage a love (or at least like) of writing.

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Angie’s homeschool day in the life (with a 10, 13, and 15-year-old)

Angie's homeschool day in the life (with a 10, 13, and 15 year old)

The following is written by Angie Kauffman of Real Life at Home.

I would never have guessed a few years ago that our homeschooling days would look like they look this school year.

When I pulled my boys out of public school as they finished first and second grade, with a daughter almost preschool-aged, I just assumed we would exclusively homeschool for the duration.

Family Field Trip to the Museum

In recent years, my boys continued to be convinced that they would be homeschooled through graduation, while my now elementary-aged daughter talked about a desire to be homeschooled through middle school, and then to attend high school.

However, last year, just before starting third grade, she requested to try school outside of our home for the first time, while her brothers stayed home.  It was odd to have days of only middle school work with my boys, while she went away.


This year, our days have looked even more different. While my daughter has continued to go to school full time, my sons decided to do more of a hybrid homeschooling approach this year.

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Art museums: A perfect field trip destination

Art Museums: A Perfect Field Trip Destination | SimpleHomeschool.net

Written by Angie Kauffman of Real Life at Home.

I have loved art for as long as I can remember. While I haven’t always been very adept at creating my own art, I have loved looking at and studying art.

It’s probably not surprising that this also translated into a love of art museums. Despite this, because my children weren’t particularly interested in art and I was afraid of their boredom, I resisted taking them to an art museum. Even though we were within easy driving distance of a large art museum, I kept skipping out on this amazing field trip opportunity.

Maybe you’ve resisted art museums for some of the same reasons. After taking my children to an art museum, I would urge you to reconsider as well.

You just might be surprised by what happens, if it’s anything like our art museum experience.
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