Contrary to popular belief, a formal curriculum isn’t required to effectively teach language arts, so today I shared some tips on how to homeschool this subject WITHOUT a curriculum.
As someone who has always enjoyed writing, when I began homeschooling and realized not all of my kids were as enthusiastic about it as I am, I became a woman on a mission to find ways to make writing more palatable for them.
Today on my YouTube channel, I shared some things I’ve learned along the way.
We homeschooling parents are professional worriers sometimes, don’t you think? It’s understandable. We’re paving a route for our families in a direction we’ve likely never traveled before.
One of the most common concerns homeschoolers possess is literacy. After all, it’s foundational to functioning in society.
Unfortunately, though, we often place arbitrary schoolish timelines on our children for no other reason than that it’s all we know.
Take advantage of the flexibility afforded to us in homeschooling and break that school mold.
Over the last 11 years of homeschooling, I’ve learned a thing or two about what works and what doesn’t. While every family is different, there are a few principles I’ve discovered that seem to hold true across the board.
Unfortunately, I discovered most of them the hard way.
Join me for today’s video about 10 ways to sabotage your homeschool.
Being a mom of many has its perks when it comes to homeschooling. After being at this for 11 years now, I’ve begun to notice a natural transition of learning between age groups, and I’ve been able to use that to my children’s advantage.
Conventional schooling has kids using the same learning method from Kindergarten to 12th grade, but I think most people would agree that the needs of a 6-year-old are not going to match those of a 16-year-old.
Am I right??
As different as one homeschool can look from another, over the years I’ve learned that there is one thing the most successful homeschools have in common. It isn’t curriculum, methods, or extracurricular activities.
Can you guess what it might be?
One of the things that confused me most as a new homeschooler was when I would hear other homeschoolers say that there was no such thing as a typical homeschool day.
Since they were seasoned and I was not, I often wondered if I was doing something wrong when I discovered that we DID have typical days.
As the holidays approach, so does an unfortunate side effect of the constant busyness of homeschooling – burnout.
Believe me, burnout is no joke. Left “untreated,” it can lead to anger, hurt feelings, and rash decisions.
And contrary to what you might believe, no one is immune. The key is having the tools to deal with it.
Over the last few weeks, I’ve covered some really heavy topics, so last night I decided to give my brain a break and go back to a homeschool video.
Trust me. I needed the reprieve. It is mentally exhausting to think about the sort of things I talk about all the time. 😭
Let’s talk about fun. Keeping your kids excited and interested by doing fun activities is a must when it comes to homeschooling. But let’s talk about the other side of that – when your “fun” starts to take away from your child’s education.
Although any subject can be easily covered with relaxed homeschooling, my absolute favorites to approach in this manner are social studies (history, geography, civics, etc.) and science.
Today on my channel, I shared how we tackle social studies with ZERO textbooks. Let me tell you, when I was in school, I HATED history. Now I’ve realized that it wasn’t the subject. It was the mind-numbing textbooks we had to use.
I love homeschooling. 🤗