Educational Thoughts, Parenting

Push Your Kids Toward Their Future

“What do you want to do when you grow up?” This is what they asked. It was my junior year in high school and everyone around me had a plan; had a goal. They knew what they wanted in life, what colleges they would apply to, and what career they wanted to work towards. But me… I was lost. As hard as I tried to make those decisions that would shape my future, I discovered that there was just nothing there. Sure I could go to college, but for what? What was I good at? What did I love to do or dream of doing? There was no on who could encourage me at the time. I felt so lost and I let that stop me from moving forward for a long time. “You can do anything you want to do and be anyone you want to be.” This is…

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For The Love Of Books… & Homeschool

“One more thing is of vital importance; children must have books, living books; the best are not too good for them; anything less than the best is not good enough; and if it is needful to exercise economy, let go everything that belongs to soft and luxurious living before letting go the duty of supplying the books, and the frequent changes of books, which are necessary for the constant stimulation of the child’s intellectual life.”  – Charlotte Mason Our family is half way through our third year of homeschool- Proudly I might add! This journey has been a long, turbulent one and the reality of it is that some days it still is. In the past we have tried numerous curriculum and altered our schedule many times. I will be the first to admit that some weeks we didn’t get done as much as I had hoped and that became discouraging…

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The Misguided Homeschool Statement: “I Could Never Do That”

I have been homeschooling for 3 years now and although I still consider myself new and always learning, I regularly get asked those questions. Questions like “How do you homeschool four different grades at once?”, “What made you choose to homeschool?”,  and so many others. I also hear things like: “Wow, you must never have any time for yourself!” However, there is one statement that I can never wrap my head around… That misguided homeschool statement: “I could never do that!” You see, when I decided to homeschool my children I broke the mold from everyone that I knew. In fact, I had no idea what I was getting myself into. Sure, I had people who supported my decision, but I had no one who could really SUPPORT me when I had questions or felt that I needed guidance. I was terrified at what  I had gotten myself into; “What…

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Teach Geography…. Without A Curriculum

Geography is an important subject to incorporate into weekly lessons outside of a history curriculum. Not only does it teach children where places are, which is what many of us associate the subject with, but it can really connect a child to the world! Teaching geography can bring the places, people, lifestyles, and cultures from around the world to life. Along with this, children get to explore the beautiful geological wonders of the world, the many different environments begin to make sense, and historical civilizations become easier to understand. Dr. Seuss said it best after all… But who said that you needed a curriculum to teach Geography? For awhile, our family tried a few geography curriculum. However, nothing ever seemed to please everyone and after awhile, this was one area that I did not want to keep throwing money at. I didn’t feel like it was a subject in which…

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Unleashing Your Full Homeschool Mom Potential

We all want to be the very best homeschool mom and home educator as we can possibly be. Often times, we work long and hard after those educating hours are over. We search, we plan, and we schedule in order to provide the best curriculum that we can for our ever-growing children. Most of us have an idea in our minds of how we picture ourselves and our homeschool journey to be and many struggle to turn those ideas into a reality. There are ways to unleash your full homeschool mom potential. However, instead of starting with a list of steps you need to take, it begins with accepting things that we often view as more negative factors. We Are Imperfect. For me, one of the hardest things about homeschooling my children is battling my own ideas of what the perfect homeschool setting should be like, as well as how…

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The Power Of Play: Educating Young Children

All the world is a laboratory to the inquiring mind. ~Martin H. Fischer We all hope for the best education for our children. In fact, many of us parents worry deeply about our children’s educational well-being. I know that I did for a long time! Once I began homeschooling all that stress and worry on my part meant that I was giving my kids extra lessons and extra work. Even to my youngest “baby”. If only someone would have shouted at me “STOP IT!” What I didn’t realize at the time was that I was not only forcing my children to develop a dislike for school work, but I was taking away from their play time. I didn’t realize just how important play was until I watched them one day. My eldest painting old milk cartons outside while her younger sister had a whole store going where leaves symbolized different…

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Homeschool- Are You Doing Enough?

So you have decided to begin your homeschool journey… Yay for you! What an exciting journey you are embarking on. It is always exciting getting to plan your homeschool day and what subjects you will teach. There are so many options for what you can choose to do and study. With so many options though, how do you know if you are doing enough; or even too much? It can become quite overwhelming and time-consuming as you rack your brain to develop the perfect homeschool schedule. I can personally say that it has taken me over two years of homeschooling to finally come up with a basic schedule. However, it is constantly being updated! I constantly feel like my scheduling and plan are not perfect. Have you felt this way? Are you feeling like you are not doing enough? Don’t worry, it is absolutely normal to feel lost and unsatisfied…

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5 Tips For A Smoother Homeschool Day

Homeschooling my children has been the most rewarding thing I have chosen to do in my lifetime. At the same time, it has been one of the most stressful, emotional, and difficult things that I have ever done! There have been so many days where I was ready to throw in the towel. So many days that our lesson time did not go anywhere close to how I imagined it or prepared for. During our first year, I found myself often canceling our daily lessons just to save my sanity. Things were just too crazy and not working. Every day I struggled to get out of bed to wake up the kids, knowing that things may not go well. Our mornings were always chaotic- the girls were groggy and the boys were ready for a day of play. Dishes were piling up, and then there was me, with no time…

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6 Things To Know When Considering Homeschool

If someone would have asked me four years ago if I would ever choose to homeschool my children, I would have gasped in horror at the thought of such a crazy responsibility. Considering homeschool just was not an option. How could I provide my children with an adequate education when I barely got through school myself? What if I failed, what if they had questions that I couldn’t give an answer to? All these fears consumed me for a while until things in public school drastically changed. It was not working out for two of my children and something had to change fast! We took up homeschool rather quickly. Honestly, I had NO idea what I was doing, but we all jumped in feet first. I will admit, it wasn’t a pretty sight at first. We were all a hot mess! But it was a journey that we all grew…

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