The Key to Successful Homeschooling

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?

Can We Talk About Our Unhealthy Obsession with Curriculum?

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?

How to Deal with HOMESCHOOL BURNOUT

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.

10 Things NOT to Do When You Start Homeschooling

Although my own start into the homeschooling life all those years ago was a bit, um, rocky, some good did come out of it. I can use those experiences to help others. 🙂

Visit my channel today to find out 10 things I highly recommend you NOT do when you begin your homeschooling journey.

Homeschooling |The Trouble with Too Much Fun

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.

How Do I Know If Our Homeschool Is Enough?

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?”

Stop, Rewind, Start Over: When Homeschool Moms Mess Up

 

Did you ever have one of those days? You wake up in the morning filled with excitement about what your homeschool will look like, and everything goes wrong. 

First, the cat throws up all over the steps, and you step in it. You enter the kitchen and find that your energetic children have taken it upon themselves to make their own play dough. You don’t know this because you actually see the play dough. The tell-tale sign is the flour that is caked onto everything. The table, cabinets, walls, and floor are absolutely covered with a substance that used to be a powdery flour but is now similar to a hardened paste since the children tried to clean it up with a wet rag.  Continue reading “Stop, Rewind, Start Over: When Homeschool Moms Mess Up”

10 Ways to Cope with Frustration When Your Homeschooler Doesn’t “Get It”

Homeschooling sure can be frustrating.

No, I haven’t changed my mind about teaching my kids at home. I would never change this lifestyle for anything. Anything.

I’m not going to lie to you, though. Homeschooling isn’t all rainbows and unicorns. Ask any homeschool mom. Like anything in life, there are aspects of it that can be stressful. The root cause may be different depending on who you ask, but, trust me, there’s always somethingContinue reading “10 Ways to Cope with Frustration When Your Homeschooler Doesn’t “Get It””

Homeschoolers, Don’t Fall for the Standardized Testing Gimmick!

I hate standardized tests. As a homeschool mom, I think they’re one of the most useless things on the planet- right up there with cockroaches and mosquitoes.

Yet, just the other week I had a conversation with someone about homeschooling that went something like this:  Continue reading “Homeschoolers, Don’t Fall for the Standardized Testing Gimmick!”

15 Reasons You Think You Could Never Homeschool

And why I think you really can!

I could never homeschool because…

How many times have you said that?

How many times have you thought that?

I don’t know what it is with our culture today. We focus so much on empowerment and reaching our goals, but when it comes down to us doing anything we find a little intimidating, we pull out that trusty book of excuses. (Watch my video for more of my thoughts on this!) Continue reading “15 Reasons You Think You Could Never Homeschool”