The days are literally flying by. As a homeschooling mom of five, I sometimes wish time could just stop for a little bit. I just want to enjoy this stage, this age, this moment, this lesson. Since we do not have this option of stopping time, we can instead choose to live in the moment. If you are like me, a busy mom managing way too many things at once, this is for you. Here are the 12 things every homeschooling mom should do NOW (like today!)
I imagine you’ve heard the numerous reasons why audiobooks are fantastic for your homeschool. We know that we can listen to the classics on a road trip, enjoy entertaining stories without Mom having to read everything, and kids can independently listen to books beyond their reading level. But, do you ever wish you read more books? When’s the last time you read a book that supported your personal goals?
Being a working homeschool mom means that you run out the door in 5 minutes or less. In that time, you lose your keys twice, your cell phone once, and you leave your coffee by the microwave. Many people are worried about homeschooling and working, either inside the home or outside the home, because it is way too much to handle. I have to admit most days I agree. Being a mom is hard. Being a homeschool mom is hard. Being a working homeschool mom is hard. It’s all HARD. Today, I want to talk about 5 challenges working homeschool moms face and how you can overcome them.
With Teacher Appreciation Week coming up, the question comes to mind: “Is there a Homeschool Teacher Appreciation Day? How does that work?” Should homeschool moms celebrate Teacher Appreciation Day? How? That’s a good question. After all, we mothers are the ones that do the planning and the work, so wouldn’t we just be throwing a party day for ourselves?
Looking for ideas to bless the homeschooling mom in your life? Kids and dads, take note! These ideas are perfect for filling up the homeschool mom’s stocking this Christmas.
One question that I get all the time is how do I manage to afford to stay at home and homeschool my children. Most families have at least one parent earning a full-time income to pay the bills. As a single mom I’m the only one in my home working to keep food on the table, a roof over our heads and books on our shelves. Over the years I have learned the importance of balancing my time and efforts as both a homeschool mom and a work at home mom.
Husband Appreciation Day is coming up, ladies, and I’d like to take the opportunity to share with you a compilation of ways to get an encouraging message across. I’ve written elsewhere about the dangers of inadvertently making your hubby feel left out in the cold when you homeschool. You know, being with the kids 24/7 often creates a closeness between you all that is hard to break into when hubby’s been away at work all day.
As the homeschool year begins to wrap up, homeschooling mothers’ thoughts turn to planning for next year. We take a look at what worked well, what needs to be changed, and what sort of subjects or activities you want to consider for the future. As you sit down and start to fill up your planner for next year, take a look at these books to help you plan and prepare a successful homeschool season.
Before you get started on this post, you may want to get cozy with a blanket and a cup of tea. Over the years, iHN has organized or hosted a great number of fun projects that you may find useful in your homeschool or your life in general. Here is a list of 10 of my favorite iHN resources. These include unit studies, books, and blogger linkups. I hope that you’ll bookmark this page and visit us time and time again.
Whether you are an avid bookworm or a reluctant reader, you probably have a list of books you want or need to read that is a mile long. It is easy to be overwhelmed when you look at the pile of books beside your bed or on your to-read list. Make this year the year you read more by setting realistic reading goals for yourself.
Are you looking for a homeschool planner that has everything you need in one place? Look no more, Homeschool Planet is the perfect all-in-one online homeschool planner that allows you to plan your homeschool curriculum, family schedules, and more.
It’s that time of year. The overeating fest that began with Thanksgiving and culminated with Christmas leftovers is behind us and it’s time to think about getting back to healthy habits again. This is especially true for me this year. Six years ago, I began adopting a healthier lifestyle that resulted in me losing 90 pounds. Unfortunately, over the two years, I’ve been reminded that it’s much easier to gain weight than to lose it. That stops now, though, because I have no desire to go back to morbid obesity.
Ah, Christmas break!! This is a time that all families look forward to. For the homeschool family, however, it might be a rather, um, fluid concept. The kids aren’t the only ones still dabbling in school tasks over break. A homeschool mom has school-related things she could do over the holidays, too, to help get ready for next semester. I’ve put together a list of tasks that I would like to make it a priority to get to, as far as is reasonable within the conditions of the holiday season.
While I usually like to start the school year organized, sometimes life just happens and you have to hit the imaginary reset button as something is not working, life gets out of hand, or maybe you never got organized to start with. Whatever category you may fall into, here are a few organization resources to help you get back on the right track.
Everyday we are with our kids, just as you are yours. We homeschool, we cook, clean, do laundry and find both joy and struggle in the journey. So we understand. That’s why today we are sharing with you Dear Mom letters. Because, we do get it.
If you are ever in the position to move abroad and are concerned about homeschooling your children, don’t be. There are a variety of choices you can make and you may find yourself changing your homeschool direction with time. That is okay. As long as your kids are getting an education and are well-loved, everything will be fine.
Self-care isn’t easy. It takes time. It’s takes commitment. It takes energy when you don’t have any. But here are a few ways to make it a priority:
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