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...]

Helping Your Homeschool Child Deal with Sibling Distractions

A few days ago I shared (on Facebook) the picture below of my daughter doing her math work with her little brother on her lap. He was happily coloring all over her worksheet while she tried to stay focused on the work in front of her. While she enjoyed snuggling with him during school time she also struggles with sibling distractions that slow her down and make it difficult to focus. A Facebook follower asked if my older kids ever struggle with staying focused with all the little sibling … [Read more...]

When You Want to Get Creative But Have No Time

I have so many ideas for making school more fun. My mind is filled with creative solutions to my children's academic struggles. I thought of doing a book club with two of my daughters and their friends complete with a tea party at the end. I wanted to utilize all those pins on pinterest for St. Patrick's Day or perhaps tackle a few crafts for Easter. I get excited thinking of all the ways we can incorporate learning into daily activities because we are homeschooling. Then reality hits. I … [Read more...]

3 Quick and Easy Ways to Prepare for Company

I'm so excited to be guest posting over at My Joy-Filled Life where I am talking about three ways to prepare for company. It's not just about cleaning your home though. We are looking at ways to prepare your heart, your home and your kids for welcoming guests into your home. Click on over and read all about it! … [Read more...]

Taking Time to Nurture A Child’s Heart

This post was originally written on November 18,2012. I like being on time, especially to church. Coming together as believers to worship our Savior and Lord seems like a fitting reason to try to be on time. But today I was reminded that the Lord cares more about how our hearts are when we approach His throne room of worship than He does about the time that we arrive. My son was in tears this Sunday morning as I tried to get him ready for church. He stood still like a silent statue with … [Read more...]