Author: Lea Ann Garfias

February’s Monthly Homeschool Calendar

Because We All Wish Homeschooling Was Easier I’m excited to help you make homeschooling easy as you homeschool YOUR way! Ok, now for the fun stuff. Download your monthly calendar by filling out the quick form below, and I’ll email it right to you! I’m praying God will bring you joy and fulfillment as you homeschool the easy way — the way God created you!   Be sure to join us at facebook.com/lagarfias!

How I Work While Homeschooling

The most common questions I receive about homeschooling are “how do you do it all” and “how do you work while homeschooling so many children?” To give you and idea of how I make it work, I thought I’d give you a peak of my typical day. This is not in any ways a schedule you should follow. The only way to juggle homeschooling and your busy life is to do things your way. That means homeschooling when your children are fresh, utilizing your best teaching style and their best learning style, adapting homeschooling to fit your family, cutting back on what you don’t want to do, delegating what you don’t need to do, prioritizing the few things you have to do, scheduling what should happen most days, and staying flexible when things go wrong every single day. (lol, but seriously) So here’s what my ideal day would be like. But in reality, I have to hold to this loosely because it never goes quite right. I have an adult son who’s independent, a 16, 14, 10, …

4 Learning Styles and Lots of Ideas

When I wrote Homeschool Made Easy and Homeschool High School Made Easy, I spent some time explaining learning styles. The learning style theory isn’t perfect, but it is a huge help in simplifying teaching and learning. If you understand how your child learns and if he understands how to effectively study, homeschooling becomes quick and easy. My friend Leah Hastings is passionate about learning styles. We’ve spent a few weeks conversing about how parents can easily identify and utilize these in the home. It’s a pleasure to have her share with you today. Resources for each type of learner When you’re teaching your children at home, you want to be sure you’re helping them learn in the best way possible. As a homeschooling parent, you want to keep the lessons and resources you’re using relevant with what works for them. Reading a textbook is not necessarily what is going to be the best option for every child. A lot of children learn best using other strategies that have nothing to do with a textbook. In order to make …

Things I Learned About Public School — One Homeschool Mom, 4 Months

This fall, I experienced my very first encounters with a public school. As a child, I attended private Christian schools for day care, preschool, and elementary. Then I was homeschooled during secondary school. So I never attended a public school. My children have only been homeschooled. I’ve taught them myself for over 15 years. So until recently, I didn’t even know what it was like to parent a school child. I never expected to ever send any of my children to a public school, because I knew (for several reasons) that it isn’t right for our family. Then suddenly, I was. We are foster parenting twin first-graders whom we will adopt in a couple of months. As a condition of placement, we agreed to put them in public school until adoption (this was recently ammended and now we can homeschool them with their siblings). So for one semester, I got a personal education in public elementary school. And what I learned surprised me. I started sharing my observations with my Facebook friends in what came …

Why Homeschool High School?

MOST HOMESCHOOLERS start off in the beginning for just “one year at a time” during the elementary years, trying out the homeschool lifestyle to see if it works for their family culture. I put that “one year at a time” in quotes because this has become an infamous homeschool phrase. We all get sucked in to try it for “just one year,” and then we are hooked. Even me. I did not initially want to homeschool, but my husband told me to try homeschooling our preschooler for “just one year,” and that is the end of the story. Maybe you started homeschooling to overcome learning difficulties, to help your gifted child reach his full potential, or to better meet the challenges of your special needs student. Perhaps you wanted to avoid bullying, negative peer pressure, and other worldly influences in the public school system. You may have even set out to give your child a firm moral foundation, to pass on your own values and principles, to prepare the young person for a lifetime of …