Home Education

Back to School for Year-Round Homeschoolers

Back to School for Year-Round Homeschoolers is part of the Back to Homeschool: Mind Over Matter blog series. This post has been provided by Rebekah from Mason a la Maison.

It’s that time of year again when most families are getting ready to go back to school. The summer vacation is over. School supplies are bought and labeled. Homeschool families have received the new curriculum. And everyone is gearing up for more rigorous schedules.

The whole world seems to be caught up in the back-to-school rush. But how does this affect the year-round homeschooler? If you have decided to continue lessons throughout the year, do you get caught up in the back-to-school fever? Or do you continue on with life as usual?

As a year-round homeschooling family that has decided to officially start our “new” school year in January, it can seem odd to get caught up in this season with all the other families who follow the more traditional route. But we have learned to take advantage of the fever to inject some new life into our routine just when we seem to be flagging.

We are entering into our final term just when everyone else is beginning their first one. And though it may seem weird to outsiders, it works for our family. And isn’t that one of the reasons you’ve decided to homeschool? The freedom to make a plan that works best for your individual family’s needs is one of its greatest draws.

But just because our routine is different doesn’t mean we don’t appreciate the same excitement of a new year. So, we have created some of our own traditions that both line up with the traditional back-to-school schedule and our own continued school year.

Whether it is adjusting our routine to fit new activities or just updating old supplies, we take advantage of this season to its fullest. There are so many different ways you can shake things up using the excitement of everyone around you. Not to mention saving money on sales.

To learn some more tips and ideas, continue reading Back to School for Year-Round Homeschoolers.

Before you go, don’t forget to enter the back to homeschool bundle giveaway and comment below with any concerns you may have with homeschooling. We are here to support you!

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Rebekah Morel is a Christian homeschooling mama to 4 wonderful children. An American who is married to a Frenchman, she began and continues her homeschooling journey in France. Her website, Mason à la Maison, offers homeschooling information, Christian encouragement, reading tips, and resources to add some French to your daily life.

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My Top 10 Tips to Successfully Homeschool While Working a Job

My Top 10 Tips to Successfully Homeschool While Working a Job is part of the Back to Homeschool: Mind Over Matter blog series. This post has been provided by Holly from Fulltime Homeschool Mom.

Are you wondering how you can work a job and homeschool at the same time? Is this question keeping you up at nights wondering how you can make it work? 

I have good news for you, YES you can homeschool and work a job. You want to homeschool your children right? Yet you have to work a job? Don’t fret! I have 10 awesome tips to share with you so you can have a successful homeschool adventure with your kids while you are working a job.

These tips are from my personal experience of homeschooling and working a job for 19 years. I have worked part-time and full-time at home and outside the home.

 Tip #1:  Both mom and dad have to be on the same page.

It is so important for both of you to be on the same page in regards to every area of your lives. This is more than homeschooling and working a job.

Being on the same page with:

  • Housework- It needs to be shared instead of mom doing all the housework.  Split up housework among all members of the family.  Your two year can carry laundry from bedrooms to the laundry room and sort them by color. The teenager can be in charge of cleaning the kitchen daily.  Another example is dividing the house into zones for each member of the family depending on their ages.
  • Chores-Everybody should have chores.  Have a family meeting about chores and decide who gets what chore to help keep things picked up and cleaned.  Remember my story of coming home to a mess on the table and kitchen? This is why everybody should have chores!!
  • Responsibilities- Who will be responsible for cooking, mowing, trash, clean up after meals, grading, bill paying, grocery shopping and so on?  You can’t do it all as a working homeschool mom. Its time to divide and conquer. You and your husband need to make this decision together as to who gets what.

To read the other nine tips Holly shares about successfully homeschooling while working a job, click here

Before you go, don’t forget to enter the back to homeschool bundle giveaway and comment below with any concerns you may have with homeschooling. We are here to support you!

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Holly is a full-time homeschool mom and also works outside the home full time. She has homeschooled her three kids since kindergarten, with two already graduated.  Her oldest finished college and is married and her middle son is in college with 1 year left. The last child is almost done and will be starting her art career soon. You can learn more about Holly’s experiences at her blog, Full-Time Homeschool Mom

 

 

 

 

Home Education

Easing Into a New Homeschool Year

Easing Into a New School Year is part of the Back to Homeschool: Mind Over Matter blog series. This post has been provided by Kylie from Homeschool Families Network.

The new homeschool year is just around the corner. The anticipation and build up for homeschooling parents can be immense, especially for those that may not be all that far into their home education journey. After all, for many of us we have spent weeks, if not months planning what the new school year will bring to our homeschooling environment.

We’ve scoured booklists, thumbed through many curriculum catalogs and probably asked a million and one questions in our local online support group. Excursions have been all planned out to coincide with the various units of study that we have coming up.

Multiple orders have been placed for the all important books and that one new big curriculum piece that we feel certain is going to be a hit this year is here, hot in our hands, just waiting for the pages to be turned and the learning to begin.

So much love, care, thought and planning goes into preparing for a new year, that often the weight of this can become a burden, without us, the home educating parent, even realizing it. We are so excited by all the hard work and planning that when day one rolls around we simply want to dive in and do all the things.

Granted this approach may work if your children are super eager to get back to the books after a long summer break, but for many kids they need time.

Time to move on from the summer holidays and to allow them to take the back seat into days filled with more formal learning. Many children simply need to ease themselves gently back into a new school year. Click here to continue reading about Easing Into a New Homeschool Year.

Before you go, don’t forget to enter the back to homeschool bundle giveaway and comment below with any concerns you may have with homeschooling. We are here to support you!

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Kylie is a home educating mother of three, when she’s not learning alongside her kids she is researching, lesson planning and crafting units of work for the wider home education community and sharing them over at http://homeschoolfamiliesnetwork.com/

 

 

 

 

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Tips for Homeschooling a Large Family

Tips for Homeschooling a Large Family is part of the Back to Homeschool: Mind Over Matter blog series. This post has been provided by Charlene from Hess Unacademy.

Are you the blessed parent of multiple kids? Have you considered homeschooling these kids, but you’re afraid you won’t be able to pull it off? I am the mother of a large homeschool family. I have 7 kids, and we have been homeschooling for more than 10 years.  

I am here to tell you that homeschooling lots of kids doesn’t have to be scary! In fact, I’ve got a list of my top 5 homeschool tips for large families for your reading pleasure. This list includes useful, actionable tips you can start implementing today.  

Tips like how to create the perfect homeschool day. Fit all of your studies into your day without wanting to pull your hair out.  

Ideas and suggestions for the perfect homeschool curriculum options that will make homeschooling a large family a million times easier. A simple homeschool hack that will get your kids studying independently in no time.

And that’s not even the whole list!

When I started homeschooling my oldest more than 10 years ago, I didn’t really know what I was doing. I made a lot of mistakes.  Honestly, I still make a lot of mistakes.

Every time it seemed like I had this homeschool thing figured out, another baby would come along and throw off the whole system. I had to start over so many times, it’s ridiculous!

But now that I’ve been homeschooling (and having babies) for more than a decade, I think I’ve got this large homeschool family thing figured out.  (at least for now – #truthbomb)

I have learned a lot over the years.  

Every family who wants to homeschool should be able to homeschool, regardless of the number of kids they have! 

Do you want to read the tips? It’s a very detailed and actionable list that you should be able to start putting into practice right away. Go check out the large family homeschool tips now!

Before you go, don’t forget to enter the back to homeschool bundle giveaway and comment below with any concerns you may have with homeschooling. We are here to support you!

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Charlene Hess spent many years teaching kids before she had her own kids. She now has 7 kids of her own, whom she has been homeschooling for the last 10 years. Charlene still teaches other children outside of her home but finds great joy in exploring the world with her family. Charlene has participated in many leadership trainings with John C. Maxwell. Charlene and her husband blog about their homeschool adventures over at https://hessunacademy.com

 

Home Education

New to Homeschooling?

New to Homeschooling? is part of the Back to Homeschool: Mind Over Matter blog series. This post has been provided by Lee Ann from Character Building for Families.

So, you are planning on homeschooling your children for the very first time this fall. Congratulations! It is going to be an exciting adventure, and yes, you can do it and do it well!

When you are first starting out, the prospect of teaching your children at home can be overwhelming. But it doesn’t have to be as hard as it seems. Remember, you have already been capably teaching your children basic life skills since the day they were born, and it came natural to you. Homeschooling is just another level, and with God’s help, you will succeed!

In this short series, we’ll take a look at a few steps to get you started, including:

  • Finding out what your state’s requirements are. (Did you know that your state’s Department of Public Instructions is not always the best source of information on requirements?) 
  • Discovering what curricula are available, and how homeschool support groups can assist you in that. (I tend to recommend using a complete package for the core subjects from one publisher for the first year, just to keep yourself on track until you are more confident about homeschooling.)

From there, we’ll move on to classes you will need to include (and some fun electives, too!) and record-keeping made simple. 

Lastly, we’ll talk about the pros and cons of homeschooling. Don’t let the “cons” scare you. They have solutions, and the “pros” far outweigh them! The benefits all have a lot to do with freedom and flexibility in areas such as: 

  • What your family learns and from what perspective.
  • Learning at your child’s own pace.
  • Being able to deal with your children’s questions about God and life on the spot — even in the middle of a math lesson!
  • The ability to explore avenues of learning not offered in traditional school settings, such as learning a trade or having a home-based business.
  • Tailoring your teaching to your children’s strongest learning styles.

Would you like to get the details? Continue reading this post here.

Before you go, don’t forget to enter the back to homeschool bundle giveaway and comment below with any concerns you may have with homeschooling. We are here to support you!

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Lee Ann Rubsam is the author of Character Building for Families, Volumes 1 & 2 and numerous other books on homeschooling, prayer, and Christian living. She homeschooled her now-grown children for 25 years and continues to mentor younger homeschool moms. Visit Lee Ann at Character Building for Families.com