3 Things to Keep in Mind if You Switched Curriculum Mid-Year

Have you switched curriculum mid-year? If you have, then these three things are important for you to keep in mind. You Are Not Behind There is a tendency to think that switching curriculum mid-year puts you behind. Be assured that you are not behind. You are exactly where you need to be. I'm guessing that if you switched curriculum, you chose to do it because you thought it was the best decision for your child, for you or for you life circumstances. If that is the case, then you are right … [Read more...]

3 Places Homeschool Moms Can Find Encouragement

As homeschool moms, we can quickly grow discouraged as we juggle homeschooling, home management, our marriage, our kids and all the other responsibilities we have. That is why it's important for homeschool moms to find a good source for ongoing encouragement. Are you looking for encouragement? Here are three places where homeschool moms can find the encouragement that they really need. From Other Homeschool Moms Homeschool moms benefit greatly from having homeschool mom friends. It is a … [Read more...]

5 Simple Solutions for Homeschooling Big Kids with Little Ones Underfoot

Homeschooling with little ones underfoot is challenging but not impossible. Here are five simple solutions to help you homeschool your big kids while loving on your little ones. Solution #1: Creating an Efficient Space for Homeschooling A little story... When I first started homeschooling in 2004, I had a 1st grader and a newborn. Two years later, I had a 3rd grader, a toddler and a newborn. It became increasingly difficult for me to teach my oldest child while keeping the toddler and … [Read more...]

Truth from the Trenches of Motherhood and Homeschooling

I started writing this as a short caption to a picture I was going to post on Instagram. It quickly became a long caption so I finished writing it over here.  (This post contains affiliate links. Read my full disclosure here.) From the Trenches of Motherhood and Homeschooling Anyone else have a rough day? I won't even begin to explain the day I've had. Let's just say that homeschooling 4 kids, along with a 3 year old who is testing limits and a one year old who has learned to climb just … [Read more...]

5 Steps to Preparing for a New Homeschool Year

It seems like one homeschool year ends and a new homeschool year rolls right in. Whether you homeschool year round or take a summer break, you still need to wrap up the previous year and make preparations for the new one. Here are five steps to help you prepare for the new homeschool year. (This post contains affiliate links. Read my full disclosure here.) 1. Clean Out and Make Room I'm always amazed at how disorganized my school area becomes toward the end of the school year. … [Read more...]

Our Simple Homeschool Day Schedule

Some seasons of homeschooling call for a detailed schedule while others run better with a loose routine. This year my family needed a simple schedule that could keep us on track but provide some flexibility as well. Simple Routine with Little Ones When my kids were all young, a simple routine was ideal. We ordered the events of the day but didn't attach a time to each event. That way, we were always on track whether we all got up early or slept in. Our simple routine went something like … [Read more...]

My Top 5 Benefits of Homeschooling

1. Academics Homeschooling allows us to personalize each child’s education to his or her own learning style and my teaching style while also letting us pace learning in each subject to each child’s strengths and weaknesses. 2. Spiritual Growth God desires to be a part of every area of our lives, especially the training of our minds. Homeschooling allows us to choose Christian curriculum so that every idea can be filtered through God’s Word. Homeschooling also provides us with the time to pour … [Read more...]

Help! I’m Falling Behind in Homeschooling

Have you ever felt like you were falling behind in homeschooling? Maybe you feel that way right now. Let's take a look at some reasons why you might think you are dropping the ball on your child's education. And hopefully you'll find some encouragement as well. 4 Reasons You Might Feel Like You're Falling Behind You are moving at your child's own pace. You're trying to do too much. Life circumstances have slowed you down. Disorganization has gotten the best of you. Moving … [Read more...]

How to Break the Busyness Cycle for Moms

Everyone says they are busy these days. Life has a way of taking over our best intentions to slow down and savor the moments. Busyness looks different for everyone. Some people thrive on filling their days with enjoyable activities outside the home. Other people prefer to stay home and enjoy life within the quiet (or chaos) of their own four walls. There is a limit on the number of activities a person can squeeze into their schedule though. At some point, all of us will feel weighed down … [Read more...]

How to Balance Housework and Homeschooling

I'm one of those strange people who actually enjoys housework if I know that I can relax and enjoy my clean house after I'm all done. Throw in seven children and homeschooling and you'll find that I can barely keep one room picked up long enough to clean it. And that's if I can find the time to clean in between homeschooling, preparing meals, running errands and keeping track of my kids. (This post contains affiliate links. Read my full disclosure here.) It took me several years to figure … [Read more...]

How to Get Meals on the Table When You Homeschool

When does a homeschool mom find the time to plan and prepare three meals a day plus snacks? Between homeschooling, diaper changes, toddler tantrums, loads of laundry, late night discussions with a preteen, early morning questions from an inquisitive child and many other tasks that I face each day, I don't have the energy or brain power left to get descent meals on the table. Can you relate? (This post contains affiliate links. Read my full disclosure here.) Right now I am in a season of … [Read more...]

Our First Day of School

I have been homeschooling long enough to know that the first few days (and even weeks) of a new homeschool year don't usually go as planned. Today was no exception. I thought we'd ease into a new school year by doing only three subjects today. Bible, math and spelling seemed easy enough to tackle. I should have known that Bible and learning to follow directions without grumbling would have been enough. My day started at 2 am when the baby woke up needing to nurse for almost an hour (or … [Read more...]

5 Secrets for Homeschool Success

I remember those early years of homeschooling. Everything was new and overwhelming. I didn't know where to start or which direction to go in. Perhaps you can relate? I wish I knew then what I know now. It would have made those early years a little easier. After over a decade of homeschooling I have learned a few secrets for homeschool success. I gleaned much of this wisdom from fellow homeschool moms who were ahead of me in their homeschooling journey. I'd like to share these secrets for … [Read more...]

Help! My Kids Frustrate Me and My Patience is Wearing Out

This post was originally published on March 11, 2013. "My kids frustrate me!" "If they don't stop arguing with each other I am going to scream!" "I need to find a better parenting method so that my kids don't annoy me so much. Otherwise I am going to always be angry with them!" "My patience is wearing out! They need to learn to behave!" I find these thoughts swirling around in my head more often than I would like. I have friends who can testify to the same thing. I have fellow moms … [Read more...]

What To Do When You and Your Spouse Disagree About Homeschooling

It's a difficult situation to be in. You want to homeschool your children and your spouse believes it is best to send them to a traditional school. What do you do? Pray Prayer is the best weapon you have when disagreements enter into your marriage. It's easy to pray for your spouse's opinion to change but an even better prayer is for unity in your marriage as you make decisions for your family. Pray that the Lord's will would be done and that you and your spouse would come to a peaceful … [Read more...]