Keeping On Homeschooling When You Feel Like Giving Up

keeping on homeschooling when you feel like giving up

I do not know about you, but I find homeschooling hard. I love homeschooling. I truly do. I love that I can have my children with me and educate them at home. I love that I can tailor their schooling to their learning style, taking into account their strengths and weaknesses. I love that we can do so many neat things, and be free to explore the world of knowledge. But more often than not I find myself wondering why I am doing all of this? It seems sometimes that you wear yourself out planning, studying and carving this wonderful Continue reading

6 Ideas for Building Homeschool Community

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  From outdoor adventures, to co-ops to online support groups, being proactive as a home educator creates not only solutions, but also delight! In fact, through living by the motto, “If you cannot find it, create it!”,  many home educators (myself included) find themselves initiating a wide variety of activities, events and niche groups that enrich their overall homeschooling experience.   The catalyst for such initiatives is often a “hole” that we perceive in our family’s home educating endeavors or in that of the community around us. To fill that hole, we sometimes come up with our own problem-solving ideas. Just Continue reading

5 Easy Ways to Add Music Appreciation to Your Homeschool

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(This post contains affiliate links.) If you’re like many homeschool moms, you know that you’d like to add music appreciation to your home, but you aren’t sure how to do it. I’m happy to share with you today 5 Easy ways to add Music Appreciation to your Homeschool! Two of the following are a type of curriculum, one is a free website, and the other two are free resources. 1. YouTube. What an amazing resource YouTube is! Yes, we do have to remain vigilant about it as there can be some unsavory videos uploaded there. Just be sure to stay Continue reading

Eclectic Homeschool: A Look Back Over 20 Years of Homeschooling

Eclectic Homeschooling

I think eclectic is the best one word description that I can give when reflecting back on over 20 years of homeschooling. I have seen so many changes in our own family in the homeschooling world at large over the years. Our family started homeschooling in August of 1992. The Florida homeschool law was only 4 years old so while I don’t consider my family a pioneer it has still be a long journey. Over the years we have added children to our family and our homeschool life as others have grown up and moved on. The first year I Continue reading

Finding Balance in Homeschool and Household Management

Finding Balance

I don’t know about you, but I struggle striking a balance between our homeschool life and managing my house.  I can never find enough time in the day to keep up with dishes, laundry, cleaning, reading, and schooling while trying to stay sane and still finding time for fun.  In trying to conquer to do lists, have clean clothes to wear, feed my children, and focus on academics, I have found balance for our family.  Here’s what I’ve discovered: Let go I don’t do it all.  First let’s be clear: There are some things that do not get done.  Some Continue reading

What Running a Business is Teaching My 10 Year Old

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My 10 year old son has a business. I had been asking each of my sons to come up with some goals for themselves and together we could develop a game plan to make it possible to achieve that goal. My oldest, who is 10, really wanted an iPad. Since that purchase is not within my means or interest, I told him he would have to come up with the money himself. After some discussions about ways to make money (like doing more chores to earn allowance faster), we decided to try and come up with a plan to make Continue reading

Music in Your Homeschool

music in your homeschool

Could you imagine being king? And not only king, but the first king your nation had ever seen. Talk about pressure. Well, consider King Saul. Not only did he have the responsibility of ruling an entire nation, but he was the very first king that the nation of Israel ever knew. Before him, the nation was ruled solely by judges. Could you imagine trying to adapt to this new role, the power and everything that goes with it? No wonder King Saul called for David, son of Jesse, to come and play his harp for him. It is because there Continue reading

Homeschooling at the Grocery Store

homeschooling at the grocery store

If anyone can turn a trip to the mailbox into a Nature Study it’s a homeschool parent. I find that even the most mundane outings are candidates for a spontaneous field trip. I am actually one of those strange beings who likes grocery shopping. I like pulling everything thing I can out of my last nickel. Or it could be that for years my grocery trips have been about as close to a shopping spree as I can get. Anybody else get excited about manager’s specials? I always feel like I’m getting in on the fix. Despite my frugal finds euphoria, there are occasions that my shopping Continue reading

A World of Study One Unit at a Time

A World of Study One Unit at a time

When our family first starting homeschooling 9 years ago, I jumped headfirst into a traditional textbook/workbook approach to school. We in essence were just doing school at home. Our older children had already attended the local public school for a couple of years and were used to this style of schooling. I was quite frankly afraid that I would mess something up and create a big gap in their learning by doing anything else. It was in January of that first year that I began to realize that school should be excitement about learning and exploring things that intrigued us Continue reading