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??
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.
I’ve come to the realization that we parents – homeschool parents, to be precise – have an unhealthy obsession with curriculum.
Have you noticed that there seems to be a curriculum for EVERYTHING nowadays?? Your homeschool mom brain might think that’s a good thing, but is it?
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.
The whiteboard is one of the most underrated homeschool tools. Not only are they great for teaching (obviously!), but they’re also crucial in our family for keeping order to our day.
Today I’m sharing one of my favorite homeschool hacks. Anything that helps me keep my sanity deserves to be on the A-list. 😉
The answer might surprise you!
Homeschooling through high school can seem like a pretty intimidating prospect. Add in a homeschooled teen with a job, and you’re opening a whole other can of worms.
I’m going to offer you a bit of advice today that goes against the grain of your typical homeschooling circles. Continue reading “Helping Your Teen Find Balance Between Work and Homeschool”
Okay, it’s time to fess up. If you’re a homeschool mom or dad, how many times have you had someone either hint or outright say that parents aren’t qualified to teach their kids?
I’m guessing it’s happened to you at least a few times.
A few months back, I was binge-watching homeschooling videos on YouTube. (Hey, I do that sometimes.) As I was scrolling through the comments, I came across one in which the author was adamantly opposed to homeschooling because, once again, “parents aren’t qualified to teach their kids.”
That one comment really got me thinking – and a little fired up – about how ironic that mindset is.
Here’s why. Continue reading “Think Parents Aren’t Qualified to Teach Their Kids? Oh, the Irony!”
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?”
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?”