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Summer R&R (That’s Routines and Responsibilities)

My husband brought it home proudly, proclaiming this inflatable pool would make the summer great again. I immediately hated it. The pool was large, it sat lopsided, it was always full of grass, and it was a pain to keep clean. It’s always Mom’s job to keep the pool clean. Like I have nothing better to do, nothing else to keep clean. Give me a large vat of water you don’t intend to change, leave it outside all the time, throw stinky bodies into it, and let me keep it clean. Sounds like the best summer hobby ever. We’ve never had a pool before. This was a big upgrade from the plastic ones you use for toddlers and then dump out every evening. This held a bazillion more gallons, and if the EPA didn’t arrest me for dumping it out every night, the water company would. So the pool sat in the yard. The children gleefully splashed in it for hours upon hours every afternoon. And the pool got greener, and greener, and greener. I …

3 Easy Tips to Simplify Your Homeschool

Ever met a facebook homeschool friend who just . . . gets it? That’s Sara Dennis. She is homeschooling made easy. Like in real life. So it’s a big sigh of contentment to welcome her with us today. Is your homeschool driving you batty? Are you trying to juggle too many balls each day? As a long time homeschooler with 6 kids, I use these three tips to simplify my homeschool and save my sanity. 3 Easy Tips to Simplify Your Homeschool 1. Limit Activities Outside of the House While the stereotypical homeschooler stays locked in the house all day, homeschoolers actually tend to pick up too many activities. You have dance classes, soccer, science clubs, co-op, church, park days, field trips, scouting trips, and more! The question becomes not if you stay locked in the house all day, but when are you ever home! But having too many activities is as bad as having none. You lose the time you need for family dinners around the table. The time kids need for hunting ants …

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 …