Author: Lea Ann Garfias

Training Kids to Become Independent Learners

Training Kids to Become Independent Learners

My friend Trisha Mugo is more than a facebook buddy and homeschool compatriot. Trisha is also the founder of a local Homeschool Moms Who Write support group. This busy woman works hard to help her friends reach their dreams. So you can imagine she has her homeschooling as streamlined as possible. I invited her to share her easy homeschool secrets with us today. There’s a line from Pride and Prejudice that haunts my homeschool dreams. When Mr. Darcy’s mean old aunt finds out that Elizabeth Bennett never had a governess, she’s aghast. “No governess! … Your mother must have been quite the slave to your education,” she says. That line haunts me because I don’t want to be a slave. I’ve felt enslaved to my children’s education before. I’ve been the mom doing way too much, making it harder than it needs to be. Homeschooling doesn’t have to feel like a sentence of indentured servitude. We can lighten our load by teaching our children to become self-starters. Earlier this year, I realized in horror that …

Learning to Enjoy Homeschooling Teens

Not everyone likes homeschooling teens. It’s actually common for homeschoolers to quit when they hit high school. But that’s not at all necessary. It’s not only possible to make homeschooling high school easy, but moms can actually have fun doing it. My friend Jackie Card shares how she found happiness with hers. I could never homeschool my kids, they drive me crazy! We’ve all heard it, right? And while we all want to staunchly disagree with such a statement… there are days that we would have to agree. So how do we ensure that the good days outnumber the days that we are searching the roads for a big yellow bus to flag down? We learn to enjoy homeschooling our children, especially our teens. It sounds cliche, but ask any mom with a high schooler – it goes by so, so fast. You wake up one morning to these young adults walking around your house, calling you mom, searching for food, and asking for help with algebra. Since we can do nothing to slow time …

Can I give you two free books?

You know I wrote Homeschool Made Easy and Homeschool High School Made Easy just for you, right? Because I really, really, really wanted you to know you CAN homeschool, and that it doesn’t have to be difficult. People quit homeschooling when it gets hard, and it doesn’t have to be hard. I know that for sure, because every day I homeschool a large family for only 2-3 hours a day, and they’re smart and competent. I’ve got the test scores and college scholarships to back it up. And I’m here to tell you things get easier every day. I want homeschooling to be easy for you, too. So I wrote you two books. The first one, Homeschool Made Easy, gives an overview of every stage of homeschooling from preschool through graduation. It tells you what’s going on with your student, what he needs to learn, how to know if he’s ready to progress, and how to simplify your classes. It works no matter your teaching style or his learning style. Hey, I tell you how to identify both and …

Join the Homeschool High School Made Easy Launch Team!

I’m so excited to announce the publication of my newest book: Homeschool High School Made Easy!, available in paperback and kindle versions! Wanna get a sneak peak? I’m looking for some homeschool friends to help me spread the word about this unique book and to support the quest to make homeschooling fun again! What’s in it for you? your own digital copy of Homeschool High School Made Easy so you can start simplifying — and enjoying — these high school years . . . PRONTO! exclusive access to the Homeschool Made Easy private facebook group, where we’ll discuss this book and it’s predecessor, Homeschool Made Easy. I’ll answer your hard questions, and we’ll generally have a great time. Because we’ll have more time since homeschooling is suddenly easier, right? links to your blog and facebook page on my blog if you want to share your personal testimony (in 500 words or less) about how simplifying homeschooling changed you, your student, and/or your family life. insider information on how I wrote and published three books . . . and am shopping my …

Finding Your Tribe

Once in a while, a homeschool mom finds another homeschool mom who just breathes grace. Grace and hope and encouragement. Just what one needs to continue on one more day, week, semester . . . someone like my friend Tina. Tina Nahid wrote the beautiful Moments of Grace that whispers fresh life into a tired soul. When you’re ready to put away the useless formulas and burdensome failures, take a moment of grace with Tina. Here’s a cup of tea with her today. Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. –Ecclesiastes 4:9 (NLT) When I first ventured out on my homeschool journey, I had the mindset that I could start this new endeavor all on my own. Once I set my mind to it, I was determined to make it happen! I voraciously devoured every book and article on home education, and therefore I thought I was pretty well prepared to take the leap. Let’s just say I was a tad naïve! The first few years of homeschooling …