As the holidays seemingly arrive with astounding speed this year, it can be quite easy to be overcome with the stress of knowing that not only has the Christmas season appeared with little warning, but as a homeschooling parent, you are still responsible for educating your child during this time.
What to do?
Although many families attempt to trudge through like the troopers they are, quite a few realize after a brief time that it just isn’t going to work. How can it with all of the busyness that often accompanies this time of year?
There’s shopping and baking to be done, relatives to visit, carols to be learned, scarves to be knitted, and trees to be decorated. Where does homeschooling fit into all of this? Continue reading “Homeschool Holiday Stress? The Solution Is Within Your Reach!”
Some habits can be really hard to break.
Let’s take the notion of what education is “supposed” to look like, for example. Most people likely wouldn’t consider the assumptions about learning that have been ingrained in them since early childhood as a “habit,” but that’s exactly what they are.
Taking a look at the population as a whole, I think it’s safe to say that most people have been brought up in a traditional school setting. They sat at desks while a teacher lectured in the front of a classroom. They raised their hands to go to the bathroom. They read textbook chapters and answered section review questions, possibly without ever wondering why things were done that way in the first place.
Which brings us to where many homeschooling parents are today- stuck in those classrooms of so long ago. Continue reading “Homeschooling 101: Do I HAVE to Teach My Kids for 5 Hours a Day?”
When it comes to homeschool stereotypes, one of the most common is the notion that all homeschoolers love to read. I’ll have to admit that sometimes even as a home educator myself, I often find myself assuming it’s true, as well.
But it isn’t. I’m here to tell you today that not all homeschooled kids enjoy reading- and that’s okay. What you do want to be careful of, though, is pushing your kids to hate reading. Continue reading “7 Surefire Ways to Make Your Kids HATE Reading”
I’ve got a bit of a dilemma. As a blogger, vlogger, and writer, technology plays a huge role in my life. Every day I spend hours upon hours on my laptop working, marketing, and interacting with those looking for homeschooling advice.
As a mom of 11, I find this very. very. draining.
You could say I’ve got a bit of an aversion to technology. You’d think that would make it easy for me to limit the time I spend on my phone and computer, but no. I get pulled in just like so many other people.
Did you ever notice that there’s always one more notification to check? One more email to respond to? And one more blog post to read? Before you know it, your “quick check-in on social media” turns into a 3-hour marathon tuning into everything, except for the reason you logged on to begin with! Continue reading “Calm, Cool, and Connected- 5 Digital Habits for a More Balanced Life- Review”
If anyone would ever ask me to choose one part of homeschooling that ranks above all others in fun, learning, and family bonding, I’d have to say read-aloud time. When I think of the perfect homeschool day, you’d better believe it always includes lots of hot chocolate, comfy blankets, and a good book. Continue reading “How to Painlessly Incorporate Read-Aloud Time into Your Homeschool”
It’s my pleasure today to share a guest post written by my friend, Lisa Meister, about an outstanding work-at-home opportunity, VIPKIDs. I hope this information will be a blessing to you!
Continue reading “Becoming the Proverbs 31:16 Homeschooling Wife with VIPKIDs”
Every year around this time it starts. You begin to see photo after photo of magazine-quality homeschool rooms all over Pinterest, YouTube, and Facebook. These photogenic rooms can be the inspiration for so many homeschoolers.
Or, if you’re like me, they send you running.
You see… I don’t have a school room.
Believe it or not, that statement is not a complaint. Years ago we did have one in our old house, and we ended up never using it, so it’s not that I’m envious. It simply reminds me that we don’t have as much room to store all of our homeschool “stuff” as other people may.
But that’s okay. Being the practical mom that I am, I made it work. Today I’m going to share with you how. Continue reading “Homeschool Organization When You Don’t Have a School Room”
Since public school will be starting in our district next week, I thought now would be a good time to talk about why my kids won’t be there and haven’t been for years.
First, let me start by saying that deciding whether or not to homeschool is a personal decision that is up to each individual family. I won’t deny the fact that I am pro-homeschooling, or I wouldn’t be doing it, but what’s right for my family may not be right for yours.
With that being said… Continue reading “Why We Homeschool- A Mom of 11 Speaks Up”
The Truth About Gaps in Learning
Have you ever had one of those days- or entire seasons- when doubt seems to have taken over your homeschool? As time goes on, you begin to realize that there is no way you’re going to cover everything you think you need to, or at least what your curriculum says you should.
The clock is ticking, and you find yourself comparing your kids and your homeschool to other families. Eventually, panic sets in as you realize the enormity of the task before you. Continue reading “How Do I Know If Our Homeschool Is Enough?”
Well, it’s been a while now since I’ve written any posts that will push people’s buttons, so I think it’s about time for another. It was good while it lasted, right?
If you are familiar with me at all, you’ll know that I am unapologetically pro-homeschooling, and the heart of this blog is really about encouraging people on their journey.
So while what I’m going to say today might offend some people, I’m going to say upfront that it isn’t intended that way. I’m just fully aware that there are some people (myself included) who sometimes simply refuse to do something they know they should unless someone prods them along. Continue reading “Enough with the Excuses! Do You Want to Homeschool or Not?”