Whether you are beginning your first year of homeschooling or your fifth, getting started and staying motivated can be difficult. Sometimes we are not realistic in our expectations and begin the year with too many plans in place. We may sign our kids up for lots of extracurricular activities without realizing the time or mental … Continue reading Getting Started and Staying Motivated
At the beginning of the summer I installed a countdown application on my cell phone. I set the app to count down the number of days until we begin school again in September. I thought that by regularly seeing the number of days remaining in our vacation each time that I looked at my phone, … Continue reading Counting the Days
Choosing a curriculum can seem like a daunting task, but sometimes the task is not even necessary. Before learning about and entering the world of homeschooling, my son attended a public preschool for a few hours each week. I thought that's what you were “supposed” to do when your child reached a certain age. Sure, … Continue reading Do You Need a Preschool Curriculum?
As I sat and listened to each of the children read their short stories, I was amazed. These kids had excellent writing skills. It didn't take long for my enjoyment and wonder to turn to negativity as my inner critic emerged. “My kids can't write like that,” I thought, “I must be a failure.” Oh, … Continue reading Quieting the Inner Critic
As spring sets in, thoughts about finishing the school year may surface. This is a great time to refocus and look toward the finish. This may be a source of excitement or stress. Are you on track? Are you frustrated with the school year? Recently, I was feeling stressed because we had fallen behind with … Continue reading Planning to Finish Strong