Since our first day #backtohomeschool is now three days away, today I posted our planned routine and curriculum for the 7 school age kids I have left. It feels like only yesterday I was still homeschooling 10. Time really does fly.
This year we took a 7-week break, instead of 6, and it went FAST. We’re going to be starting our new homeschool year in 6 days!
Since so many people have asked for tips on getting back into a routine, I shared some practical ideas with you today.
A word of advice for all the new homeschool moms excitedly planning out their upcoming year – don’t give up on homeschooling because of your curriculum.
Considering my aversion to making our home look like a classroom, people often ask how I approach testing my kids. Easy! I don’t.
Other than the required standardized tests my kids HAVE to take, my kids do not take tests. In my opinion, there are much better ways to assess learning than the “memorize now, forget later” effect of tests.
All right! You asked, I answered. Today on my YouTube channel, I shared my 30 favorite books in my home library. A word of warning: if you’re looking for the typical homeschool mom book selections, you won’t find many of those here.
I’ve heard some pretty ridiculous arguments against homeschooling in my time. I thought it was time to address the most commonly used and a few newer ones on my channel today.
Before we started homeschooling, I was a complete neat freak, and I prided myself on it. Making the transition to having my kids home all the time meant making some changes not only to my routine, but to my expectation of perfection.
Today on my channel, I shared a video from my Patreon archives: What I’ve Learned About Housekeeping While Homeschooling.
I’ve talked about this several times, but I finally decided it’s about time I devoted an entire video to it.
DISTANCE LEARNING IS NOT HOMESCHOOLING.
I don’t say this as a jab at parents who have been thrown into doing school at home with their kids. It is simply the truth.
Over the past couple months, I’ve seen more and more headlines saying that “homeschooling is failing students,” “parents have given up on homeschooling,” “homeschooling will hold students back,” etc. None of this is true! They are not actually referring to homeschooling at all, but DISTANCE LEARNING! DISTANCE LEARNING is failing students. Parents have given up on DISTANCE LEARNING. DISTANCE LEARNING will hold students back.
I will not sit idly by as our very way of life is not only misrepresented but intentionally targeted. I will not sit by as tyrants demand homeschooling reform because of issues that are occurring during this plandemic – issues that, I’ll say again, have NOTHING to do with homeschooling.
It’s time we start speaking up. Your silence is going to bite back in the end.
I’ve heard from a lot of parents that while their kids initially enjoyed notebooking, they got bored with it after awhile. What I make sure to say to that is this: Don’t limit notebooking to narrations, essays, and lists. There are soooooo many ways to notebook, so today I shared the ultimate list of notebooking ideas with you!
Sometimes you don’t realize the truth about something until you stop doing it and start doing something else, instead. This was the case with me. When my kids were in school, I knew something was off. I knew I felt like a secondary parent, but I also knew that this must be normal since everyone else was doing it, too, right?
Wrong. The reality is that I never realized the full extent of how restrictive school was for us until we started homeschooling.