One of the first questions I usually hear from people when they discover that I’m a #homeschooling mom of eleven is: How do you #homeschool so many kids? For starters, since I have four adult children, I’m not homeschooling eleven, although I was homeschooling ten at one point. Right now, I have seven school age children, which I realize is still a lot to some people. 😉 There are a few things I’ve learned over the past twelve years that have really helped me to realize that not only can large family homeschooling work, but it can be the best thing you ever did for your kids.
The state of our colleges and universities sure isn’t pretty, but I just wanted to encourage you today about my son’s experience – it made him more conservative.
It’s a common school of thought that raising a large family automatically means big $$$. As homeschoolers, it’s imperative for us to cut costs wherever we can. Today, I’m sharing this video from the Patreon archives of how we do what we do.
I realized the other day that one of the reasons people believe you have to be wealthy to homeschool is because if you look on social media, that’s mainly what you see – #homeschooling families with big beautiful houses and perfectly decorated homeschool rooms. The reality is, though, there are a lot of us “ordinary families” who homeschool, as well. People need to see this. People need to see others that they can relate to. Let’s show them that homeschoolers come from all walks of life!
Everyone knows that homeschooling is about education. It’s common knowledge, right? Because of all the craziness happening in the world today, a lot of parents are considering homeschooling, and I say good for them.
If you’re one of those parents, I’ve got some even better news for you – homeschooling is about so much MORE than education.
I’ve had quite a busy day today, so I didn’t get to post anything here about my latest video, yet.
Although I love homeschooling, I thought it was really important to share this truth – sometimes the idea of homeschooling is better than the reality.
It’s undeniable that we’re living in extremely troubling times. Businesses are closed, schools are closed, and people are just plain scared.
I’ve been extremely saddened to see some parents in complete despair over the fact that schools are closed. A few have even outright said that now their kids will be “stupid.” (I wish I were joking.) It doesn’t help that people associated with the NEA have been tweeting sentiments that support these fears, so today I’m going to set the record straight…
KIDS DON’T NEED SCHOOL TO LEARN
Today’s video was short and sweet and was made with everyone who has emailed and messaged me in mind. If you’ve messaged me in some format and are still waiting for me to respond, this video is for you.
Today I publically posted another archived Patreon video. I recorded this about 6 months ago when I was smack in the middle of one of the worst periods of my life. A day or two after I made this, my daughter was hospitalized for the second time in 6 weeks.
I really debated about whether or not to make this video public. This was very personal for me, and I honestly didn’t want to relive it.
But…I decided to go ahead and do it for one reason – to encourage people. Even when you’re going through some really terrible stuff, if you’ve got Jesus, there will be an unexplainable peace and strength that can come from nowhere but Him.
If you’re going through a crisis, trust in Him. Believe that He is with you, because He is. Instead of saying, “You’ve got this,” I’m going to say, “He’s got this.” Lay it at His feet. You are blessed.
Having the right curriculum can either make or break your homeschool. Am I right? Getting sucked into the belief that your homeschool resources of choice must be used as written is one of the most debilitating things that can happen to your homeschool routine.
Don’t do it.
While some homeschoolers feel perfectly at home using life as their curriculum, most of us prefer to at least have something we can fall back on. Unfortunately, it can be far too easy to get so hung up on staying on track, doing every single activity, and covering every single page that the freedom that homeschooling should bring will feel like an unattainable feat. Continue reading “Using Curriculum As Your Tool Rather Than Your Master”