Hi, I'm Jen! I'm the voice behind Life Beyond the Lesson Plan. I'm a wife, semi-retired homeschool mom, and virtual assistant. Welcome to my little corner of the web! For many years, my life sort of revolved around my lesson plan. When my son graduated high school, I found I didn't know what to do with the next phase of my life! That's when I realized that there is actually...well, life beyond ... Read More about About Me
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Our entrance into homeschooling high school was kind of rough. All though elementary and middle school, I was a pretty easy-going homeschool mama. I learned to be flexible in my planning and ... Read More about Homeschooling High School? It’s Not So Tough!
When you were a child, did you ever decide to try to run away and have an adventure? Did you dream of making it on your own, hitting it big, or living off the land? Those of us who tried it were ... Read More about My Side of the Mountain Literature Unit and Nature Study
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The amazing thing about teaching the arts is that there are so many ways to go about it. They can be taught as a stand-alone unit, as fun activities, or as extensions to other subjects. They're also ... Read More about Incorporate Art History with a Timeline of the Arts!
From time to time, I’ll hear a parent ask: How exactly do you teach a challenging learner – one who doesn’t seem to want to learn? Over the years, I’ve had the opportunity to teach a wide variety ... Read More about How to Teach a Challenging Learner