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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 …

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 …

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 …

The One Thing that Helps You Survive a Crazy, Hectic, Bang-Your-Head-on-the-Wall Homeschool Day

I’m excited to have my friend Jenny Herman share with us today. Jenny is the author of The Power of One, an inspiring look at one simple strategy that helps us ordinary moms overcome the roughest days. Today she explains how we can turn those days around. Even better–she’s giving away her book to a lucky reader! Read on to find out how to get a copy AND a free resource! Let’s face it. Just like classroom teachers, homeschool parents have crazy, hectic, bang-your-head-on-the-wall homeschool days. Oh, sure, we may appear like confident, put-together homeschoolers, but really we get frazzled just like everyone else. Why? Oh, I don’t know. Maybe it’s the Dishes holding the sink hostage, spilling over to all available counter space. Toddler Destructo who takes everything apart while you teach the older kids. Heartbreak of a challenge like dyslexia or apraxia. Child who just can’t get that math concept, no matter what you try. Difference between your teaching style and your child’s learning style. Stress of financial issues pressing into your thoughts while you …