All posts tagged: Homeschool

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 …

Homeschool mom, are YOU learning? #homeschoolmadeeasy

Homeschool Mom, Are YOU Learning?

Sometimes we set out to write an article about one thing, and we end up saying something more important. Just like sometimes we try to teach our children something, and then we end up learning something ourselves. This came home to me a couple weeks in recent remarks Jonathan Lewis made about my article in the current issue of Home School Enrichment Magazine. We must keep learning, fellow mommies. We are the tired mommies, the busy mommies, the educating mommies, the coffee-guzzling mommies. But we must also be the learning mommies. I needed this reminder: Hey, Parents, What Are You Learning? In the upcoming issue of Home School Enrichment Magazine, Lea Ann Garfias shares an article entitled “7 Surprising Lessons I Learned from Teaching My Children to Read.” It’s a good article, but my point here isn’t to give away all the lessons she learned. Instead, I’d like to point out the underlying truth behind her article: the importance of learning for us as parents! You see, Lea Ann was the one trying to be the teacher. She …

Hands Free Life

Let Go of the Pain

  Let us not be so consumed with the past that we forget we are here now. Let us not be so bent on self-protection that we never speak our innermost hurts. Speaking one’s deepest regrets does not change the past; it does something far greater. It connects us to the One who loves us despite our faults and failings so that we are free to connect to the person sitting beside us. This type of vulnerable connection, born of a place of deep pain and authenticity, is the kind of connection that is strong enough to transform individuals, families, communities, cities, and worlds. Let us surrender the failures and pains of our past so that our love is not separated and weakened but instead united and strengthened. — Rachel Macy Stafford. Hands Free Life, p. 50 This post contains affiliate links, which help support this site. I’d love to keep in touch! I send a monthly email to my friends. It’s full of goodies like great books, interesting information, exclusive content, and coffee chats. Wanna’ …

is your student developmentally ready for writing? #homeschool #homeschoolmadeeasy

Is Your Student Developmentally Ready for Writing?

We frustrate our students when we demand they make leaps in their skills without the proper growth and training. Even though the next chapter says, “Diagram these sentences,” or “Write this essay,” the student may not have reached that stage of development yet.

These two aspects go hand in hand: growth and training. Development in writing (as in any subject, actually) breaks down when one of those is missing.

7 Reasons You are Not Making Homeschooling Easy Enough

7 Reasons You are Not Making Homeschooling Easy Enough

Homeschooling is hard. It shouldn’t be. Homeschooling should be important, it should be a priority, it should be a dedication, it should be a mission. Homeschooling should be easy. Not hard–easy. I complicate matters the more I do them. I start something, get going, and then once I get it figured out, I say, “Hey, we could super-awesomize this entire process! Let’s see how super-awesome-stupendous we could make this if we try harder…and harder…and harder…” And I keep going until I burn myself out. I’ve done it with baking (I don’t bake any more), I’ve done it with work (until my family begged me to stop), I’ve done it with housecleaning (one brutal, lonely year in which every surface shined and I had no social life). And I’ve done it several times with homeschooling. Then suddenly, I wake up one day so exhausted before my head lifts from the pillow, my first thought a swirl of “oh, no, did my son finish that project?” and “oh, no, did my daughter memorize all 50 vocabulary words?” …