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    Homeschooling 101: Staying the Course

    I’m back today with another Homeschooling 101 post.  Today we’re talking about homeschooling kindergarten and elementary level students.   Staying the course in homeschooling can be difficult if you’re not fully committed to this calling. There are several things that can cause a … [Read More...]

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    October Holidays & Fun Days 2014

    Hi everyone! October is approaching, which means fall is in the air for those of you above the equator! I love the fall crisp air, leaves change color, and warm comfy clothes! Here are a few dates to remember to make your October a little more exciting! Holidays: October 1 … [Read More...]

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    October 2014 Monthly Meal Plan

    Wondering what to have for breakfast, lunch, or dinner? Don’t worry, I have the October 2014 Monthly meal plan for you today that can answer that question. And as always my plan includes meal ideas for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks! I really can’t believe how fast this year is going by, and … [Read More...]

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    What’s in the Workbox Wednesday 5th Grade

    Hi everyone! It’s time for a new 5th grade What’s in the Workbox Wednesday post! For those of you who missed it, you can check out my 2014 Curriculum post to see more details. Today we’re taking a quick look at Turbo’s workboxes today, and as I said above he’s a 5th grader this year.  And I … [Read More...]

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    Homeschooling 101: Homeschooling and the Working Parent

    Hi everyone! I’m back today with another Homeschooling 101 post.  Today we’re talking about homeschooling and the working parent.   Homeschooling itself is a full time job, so carefully consider whether or not working and homeschooling is a realistic choice for your family. While … [Read More...]

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Homeschooling 101: Staying the Course

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I’m back today with another Homeschooling 101 post.  Today we’re talking about homeschooling kindergarten and elementary level students.

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Staying the course in homeschooling can be difficult if you’re not fully committed to this calling. There are several things that can cause a parent to doubt their choice to homeschool. In this chapter we’ll discuss a few of the things that can discourage families from staying the course when homeschooling.

My intent is to encourage you to persevere through these trials and difficulties that will come. And I highly encourage you to pray for the Lord’s leading as you begin each year.

 

Naysayers

There will always be those who may not support your decision to homeschool, and unfortunately they may also feel the need to express their opinions out loud. The best thing I’ve found to combat these people is to know why you are homeschooling in the first place. Stick to your vision and ignore everyone else. That said, if someone brings up a valid concern, take the time to address it within your family and make changes if necessary.

“Stick to your vision, and ignore everyone else.”

I highly suggest writing out a vision plan for your homeschool. Having it written down is particularly important when you start getting less than positive reactions to your decision to homeschool.  It also comes in handy when you start doubting your own choice!

Click here to download the Homeschooling Vision worksheet

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Most likely you have chosen this path because you feel it is best for your family.  Though it is easier said than done, sticking by this decision is vital to your homeschooling longevity. Having it written down is also helpful to reminding you why you’ve chosen this path. It’s easy to start doubting your decision after hearing others’ concerns. And if you have a solid standing on your choice to begin with, you are less likely to be swayed by others opinions.

And remember they are just those…opinions. If someone brings up something that is truly a concern for you, do your own research on the issue. Then make an educated decision on how to eliminate that concern from your homeschool.

 

Discouragement

The other issue that will come up at some point in your homeschooling journey is discouragement. We all get discouraged from time to time; we all have good days and bad days. And we’ve all seen the flashing lights of that yellow bus and considered for just a quick moment about putting our kids on it.

I want to encourage you…

Hang in there.

You are not alone.

Remember, tomorrow is a new day.

Don’t give up.

Don’t flag down the yellow bus.

Homeschooling is an eternally rewarding process, and the time and energy you have committed to devoting to your children’s future won’t return void. You might have days when it seems like nothing is going well, and your patience will be pushed to the limits.

But you’ll also witness moments when your children are flourishing. You’ll begin to see glimpses of where this journey is leading, and the benefits to your family will become apparent as well. As you witness the bonds created within your family, you’ll be thankful that you took the leap. Homeschooling rewards come in baby steps, but you’ll know when you see them, and they’ll warm your heart and motivate you to persevere.

Click here to see the reasons Why We Homeschool for more information!

 

For more information on homeschooling Homeschooling 101: A guide to getting started!

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2014

October Holidays & Fun Days 2014

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Hi everyone! October is approaching, which means fall is in the air for those of you above the equator! I love the fall crisp air, leaves change color, and warm comfy clothes! Here are a few dates to remember to make your October a little more exciting! Holidays: October 1 International Day for the Elderly October 3 World Smile Day October 3 Yom Kippur October 8 Sukkot October 13 Columbus Day October 13 Thanksgiving Day in Canada October 16 Boss's Day October 24 United Nations Day October 25 Make a Difference Day October 31 Halloween   Fun Days! October 1 - World Vegetarian Day Eat your veggies today! Find a fun recipe and make a vegetarian dinner October 3 - World Smile Day Self explanatory, but make sure to share a smile with those around you! Check out pinterest for some healthy teeth activities October 4 - National Golf Day Head out for a game of golf with the family Have younger kiddos? Play a round of … [Read more...]

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2014

October 2014 Monthly Meal Plan

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Wondering what to have for breakfast, lunch, or dinner? Don’t worry, I have the October 2014 Monthly meal plan for you today that can answer that question. And as always my plan includes meal ideas for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks! I really can’t believe how fast this year is going by, and so I’m thankful to have another meal plan to the rescue. They really do help save my sanity and keep my family fed! Hope you enjoy it, and that it relieves a little bit of your daily stress level.     Click below to download your preferred meal plan: October 2014 Monthly Meal Plan PDF October 2014 Monthly Meal Plan Word Doc (Editable version) Want some more fall recipe ideas? Make sure to check out my Fall Recipe pinterest board!   Hope you enjoy! Have some recipes to share? Make sure to leave a comment below if you have a good recipe to share! … [Read more...]

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2014

What’s in the Workbox Wednesday 5th Grade

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Hi everyone! It’s time for a new 5th grade What’s in the Workbox Wednesday post! For those of you who missed it, you can check out my 2014 Curriculum post to see more details. Today we’re taking a quick look at Turbo’s workboxes today, and as I said above he’s a 5th grader this year.  And I don’t like it. I want him to stop growing up right now. At least he’s promised to stay with me forever. For now anyway…   Drawer #1: Supplies, Daily Schedule, & Bible  1) Like everyone, his top drawer houses our expandable drawer organizer and it holds all of the pencils, glue, erasers, scissors, and things he uses on a daily basis. It hangs on the drawer sides, so it can slide back and forth out of the way which is a nice feature. It also expands/contracts to fit most drawer sizes. 2) This drawer also holds our Picture Smart Bible student notebook, which is going great so far. This curriculum is great for elementary aged students. We do this as a group with my … [Read more...]

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Homeschooling 101: Homeschooling and the Working Parent

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Hi everyone! I’m back today with another Homeschooling 101 post.  Today we’re talking about homeschooling and the working parent.   Homeschooling itself is a full time job, so carefully consider whether or not working and homeschooling is a realistic choice for your family. While homeschooling doesn’t take the same amount of time as classroom teaching does, you will still need to follow your state requirements for attendance and annual hours. And regardless of your student’s ages, it will also require a certain amount of daily commitment on your part. That said, “Yes! You can homeschool and work”. But make no mistake…it isn’t going to be easy. There are a couple reasons why someone may need to homeschool and work. The most common occurrence is the single parent. Others may be concerned that they won’t be able to make it on one salary. Whatever your reason, there are several families who have found ways to both homeschool and work. If you are in the camp of having … [Read more...]

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2014

3rd Grade Sight Word Sentences

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Hi teachers! Are you looking for a fun way to have your 3rd grade students practice their sight words? Look no further! I’ve had a ton of requests for some more of my sight word sentences, so today I’m sharing the 3rd grade sight word sentence printables with you.   Each worksheet has the sight word along with a funny sentence. Students will practice tracing the word, reading the word several times, then writing it on their own. They will also fill in a sentence using the word as well as practice reading the sentence. Students will also cut out the letters then glue them on the sheet to spell the word correctly to complete a sentence. I have also added individual letter tracing to this activity to help with cursive handwriting practice.     Finally they will make up their own sentence using their newly learned sight word! The repetition along with the variety of activities really helps students remember their sight words. This download includes 41 3rd … [Read more...]

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Messy Beautiful Love by Darlene Schacht

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I received this precious gift from one of my favorite authors and people, Darlene Schacht. Some of you may remember her from the wonderful book that she co-authored with Candace Cameron Bure called “Reshaping It All”. Ever since then I’ve remained friends with Darlene and have continued to be inspired and encouraged by her amazing blog Time Warp Wife and all of her sweet facebook posts. I always look forward to hearing from Darlene, and when I heard she was releasing another incredible book I couldn’t wait to see it! Psst…keep reading for a chance to win a FREE copy!!   So what is her new book all about? Love gets messy. Financial problems, sickness, aging parents, a chronically unhappy spouse . . . trials will inevitably come that threaten your marriage. No matter how long you’ve been married or how strong your relationship is, sooner or later you are going to have a mess to clean up. Messy Beautiful Love is about cleaning up messes God’s way, exchanging … [Read more...]

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2014

What’s in the Workbox Wednesday 6th Grade

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Hi everyone! Since it’s a new year, I thought I’d put up a What’s in the Workbox Wednesday post so you can see what we’re doing this year! For those of you who missed it, you can check out my 2014 Curriculum post to see more details. Today we’re taking a quick look at Strawberry Shortcake’s workboxes today, for those of you who don’t know, she’s in 6th grade this year. Sniff…sniff…   Drawer #1: 1) As you’ve probably already seen, our top drawer houses our expandable drawer organizer and it holds all of the pencils, glue, erasers, lip gloss, etc. that a 6th grade girl needs on a daily basis. It hangs on the drawer sides, so it can slide back and forth out of the way which is a nice feature. It also expands/contracts to fit most drawer sizes. 2) This drawer also holds our Picture Smart Bible student notebook, which is going great so far. This curriculum is great for elementary aged students.  We do this as a group with my kindergartener, 3rd grader, 5th, and 6th … [Read more...]

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2014

Homeschooling 101: Homeschool Burnout

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Hi all! I’m back today with another exciting Homeschooling 101 post.  Today we’re talking about homeschooling burnout.   Feeling burnout? It happens to the best of us…and I’d even venture to say that it happens to all of us at one time or another. It is commonly referred to as “homeschool burnout”. The responsibilities of the homeschooling parent can be overwhelming at times, and the thought of another day or even another hour of homeschooling can seem like more than we can handle. I once had someone tell me that moms who get burnt out just weren’t serious enough about homeschooling. You can imagine how that affected me when I hit burnout that first year! The first thing I want to say is that “friend” was wrong. “Homeschool burnout happens to all of us at one point or another. The key is to learn how to overcome it.” Homeschool Burnout is Normal The second thing I want to say is that feeling burnt out is totally normal. Unfortunately life isn’t always a … [Read more...]

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2014

All About Spelling Giveaway!

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We’re moving on to a new level of All About Learning Press spelling, and frankly I’m even excited! I’d also like to mention that the cover of this new level is Strawberry Shortcake’s absolute favorite color, so she’s thrilled! It’s the little things, no?   This year Strawberry shortcake is starting All About Spelling Level 7, and yes, we’re still loving this program!   What is included in Level 7? Level 7 is teachers students in a practical, hands-on way just like the other amazing spelling levels offered from All About Learning Press. Your student will master important spelling concepts in this upper level: Clues for knowing when to use ANCE or ENCE for the sound of /ĕnts/ as in significance and conference Strategies for spelling words with Latin and Greek elements as in deductible and hydroscope Loan words from French, Spanish, and Italian such as camouflage and scenario A writing station and story prompts to help aid in the writing process … [Read more...]