I have made a lot of mistakes as a homeschool mom. A lot. And while I now neither claim to be perfect at this job or have everything figured out, there is one thing I can assure you I am 100% confident of:
Out of all the traps you can fall into as a new homeschooler, there is one that stands out above all the rest as potentially the most destructive and the most joy-draining mistake you can make.
Before I get into what that is, don’t lose heart if you discover you’ve been doing this all along. I think most of us are guilty of having done this to some extent in our homeschools- I know I have.
Ready for the big disclosure? Okay. The biggest no-no you can run into as a new homeschooler is… Continue reading “The Biggest Mistake You Can Make as a New Homeschooler”
I love homeschooling. Well, specifically, I love relaxed homeschooling.
After the disastrous beginning to our homeschool journey that ended with my children being enrolled in school again, if there’s one thing I’ve learned on this adventure, it’s that simplicity is a necessary component in this slightly chaotic household.
My approach to homeschooling 1st and 2nd grade may come dangerously close to unschooling, but that’s okay. It works for us. Continue reading “Our 2017/2018 (Very) Relaxed Homeschool Curriculum for 1st and 2nd Grade”
I have a love/hate relationship with textbooks. On the one hand, they’re dreadfully dull and lifeless. On the other, they often contain lots of great information; the problem is in how it’s presented.
I think most people have a very narrow view of how a textbook should be used: Read it, complete the review questions and vocabulary, take a test.
Ugh. Can you say b-o-r-i-n-g? Continue reading “Customize Your Homeschool Using a Textbook Table of Contents”
It’s been awhile since I shared what a homeschool day in our lives looks like. To be honest, writing this type of post exhausts me. I don’t think I ever actually realize how hectic things are around here until I write everything down and reflect on it. All I can say is, yikes.
Continue reading “A Homeschool Day in the Life with a 3, 5, 7, 8, 9, 11, 12, 15, 16, and 17 Year Old”
As difficult as it may be to make the decision to homeschool, knowing how to get started can seem even more impossible. Although homeschooling is more mainstream now than it’s ever been, with approximately 2.5 million homeschooled children in the U.S. alone, finding information about it that is accurate isn’t always a simple thing.
Since I’ve recently had so many people comment that they’re interested in homeschooling but don’t know where to start, I’ve decided to write a basic plan for how to do just that. Right now I have a book in the works that is a more comprehensive guide to this subject (still in the early stages of planning), but since I don’t have all night to write, and you probably don’t have all day to read, I’m going to keep this as bare-bones as possible, giving you only the essentials to at least help you get your homeschool happening. 🙂 Continue reading “How to Get Started Homeschooling TODAY!”
I can’t even begin to guess how many times I’ve been asked for homeschooling advice by people first starting out. Their questions usually include queries about money, time management, and how to get started. Although I write this blog and there are thousands of other homeschooling blogs and books, oftentimes busy parents just don’t have the time to sit and research for months and months before starting out, especially if they’re pulling a child out of school in an emergency situation. Continue reading “On Homeschooling: Ways to Save Time, Money, and Stress When Starting Out- Review”
I’ve now reached the final week in this series- homeschooling during the teen years. In case you missed the previous posts, over the past few weeks I’ve written about how to simply homeschool:
Today I’ll be finishing up with how to accomplish a relaxed homeschooling atmosphere while homeschooling teenagers. Continue reading “How to Homeschool Simply (The Teen Years)”
Over the past two weeks, I’ve spent some time sharing how to homeschool preschool and the early years in a relaxed, yet effective manner. This laid back approach to learning at home doesn’t stop being beneficial once children begin to achieve more advanced skills. The core foundation of simplicity remains the same, although some additional activities will make their way into the routine as your children’s interests grow. Continue reading “How to Homeschool Simply (The Middle Years)”
After eight years of homeschooling and trying just about every major method there is, I’ve settled on, and become quite an advocate for, simple homeschooling. From our experience with school-at-home all the way to unschooling, one thing I’ve discovered is that children learn best when they are not pressured, rushed, or forced to do things they’re not developmentally ready for. Additionally, the luxury of a substantial amount of time to play is not really as much of a luxury as it is a necessity. Children- especially early elementary-aged children- need unstructured play time in order to explore and understand the world around them. Continue reading “How to Homeschool Simply (The Early Years)”
One thing that most moms have in common, despite differences in any other areas of life, is a lack of confidence. Too often we doubt our abilities to be adequate parents. Raising children who will one day grow up to be adults is an enormous responsibility. Add to that the prospect of not only raising, but also educating our own kids, and the task seems ten times bigger than before.
As wonderful as it would be if every mother jumped into her homeschooling journey completely prepared, having read every home education book known to man, it just doesn’t work that way. Most of us begin not knowing what we’re supposed to do and how we’re supposed to do it whenever we figure out what it is. Confused? That’s exactly how it feels to be a newbie homeschool mom. Continue reading “Not Sure How to Homeschool? When in Doubt, Just Read!”