Cindy West

Let’s homeschool creatively together!  

Here at Our Journey Westward you’ll find ideas and resources to inspire a love for learning in your home.

School really can be enjoyable – for children and parents!  My goal is to encourage you in joyful learning by sharing practical (and easy) lesson ideas for all ages.

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Kids Playing Outside

Build Homeschool Excitement with These Easy Outdoor Ideas

It’s almost time to begin again! We are getting ready to kick off another year of homeschooling, and, as usual, I’m filled with excitement and anticipation! I’ve been resting and reading all summer, getting our curriculum selected and our schedule fine-tuned. I’ve got supplies, I’ve got ideas, and I’ve got the spark ready to go….

Sensory Walk

Rough Day Homeschooling? Take a Sensory Walk.

No matter how long you’ve been homeschooling or how old your children are, some days just don’t go as planned. A craft doesn’t work out the way you’d hoped, anxiety sneaks in and sets kiddos on edge, siblings bicker, headaches happen, and fatigue creeps up and whispers for a break. Societal pressure (and our own…

Homeschool Curriculum Confidence

How to Feel Confident in Your Homeschool Curriculum Choices

I love preparing for a new homeschool year. Dreaming up the perfect schedule, writing mile-long book lists, finding fun and memorable activities that I know will be loved and impactful – it all gives me butterflies, excitement, hope. I look forward to the start of each new school year, seeing it as a chance to…

Summer Field Trips

Easy Summer Field Trips for Your Homeschool

Summer field trips have been a consistent tool in my toolbox to beat boredom and get in some sneaky learning. Living on a cattle farm and having a library full of nature studies, you’d think boredom wouldn’t be an issue at my house, but all kids get bored here and there. A summer break from…

Homeschool Mom Summer Tasks

Summer Tasks for the Homeschooling Mom

A mother’s job is never done, especially when she homeschools. But, these homeschool mom summer tasks should help you feel less frazzled in the day-to-day and enter a new school year with organization and refreshment. Summer is a wonderful time in every childhood – weeks on end of late nights, fireflies, the smell of sunscreen,…