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Sallie’s Miscellany (July 28)

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Good Reads

Why Don’t People Train Their Children Better? – Kendra shares what Jesus taught her about grace toward other moms and the struggles they have that we can’t clearly see.

Free Range Chickens and Free Range Learning – From shiny packaged educational programs with CDs on the shelves to realizing life and learning was happening all the time around them.

I Knew I Needed to Investigate Homeschooling When… – Penelope tells the story of when she knew she had to consider homeschooling her boys. Many other parents share their moment in the comments.

Why Today’s Parents Don’t Spank – A look at the major reasons parents today are choosing to discipline in other ways and what has facilitated this change. (I have my own post on why we stopped spanking.)

Learning Materials

Free Skip Counting Mazes

Free Charlotte Mason Resources

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Protect Your Family With Internet Accountability and Filtering

Internet Accountability and Filtering with Covenant Eyes

Protect Your Family With Internet Accountability and Filtering

I received a one year subscription to Covenant Eyes Internet Accountability and Filtering in exchange for reviewing the service. All opinions and content are my own.

We are heavy technology users. Between working from home, homeschooling, and having a daughter who learns best with technology, we utilize our laptops and Kindles a lot every day. I want to allow Caroline as much freedom to use technology as possible since it is a big part of her life, but I am also deeply committed to keeping her from destructive and harmful information online. I started researching different options and was pleased to discover Covenant Eyes which offers both internet accountability and filtering.

 

Covenant Eyes Web Site

Installing Covenant Eyes on Devices

Once we signed up for the service, it took us about a half an hour to load it onto three laptops and three Kindles. For the laptops you download from the Covenant Eyes site. For the Kindles, you are directed to a Covenant Eyes app in the Amazon App Store. Covenant Eyes works with both Android and Apple products whether it is computer, tablet or phone.

 

Covenant Eyes In Amazon App Store

Is It Working?

The morning after we loaded it, David immediately noted that one of the sites he likes to visit had been blocked. Can you guess why?

 

Map Porn Front Page

Yes, Mapp*rn had been blocked until we entered a password to override it. LOL! So we know it is working!

Updates in Your Mailbox

You are able to set up accountability partners so someone else can keep an eye on your viewing habits. You have the option of customizing how often your receive updates in your mailbox. I receive them daily, but you can set them up at a frequency that works for you. The report shows in detail everything that happened on every device.

I like that an email pops up that says “Report Looks Good for CB” which instantly tells me that everything is good with Caroline’s habits. I will still look at the details of what she’s doing online, but I like the daily report that reminds me. We still have other guidelines in place as well such as not using technology behind a closed door, but Covenant Eyes gives us all one more layer of accountability that we know is there watching us all the time.

Customizable Plan Options

There are numerous ways to customize the plans to your situation. There are individual, family and group plans available. You can choose accountability, filtering or both. There are various levels of filtering so you can set different levels that are appropriate to your children. It truly is customizable!

I’ve found the folks at Covenant Eyes to be helpful and kind. I have no doubt if I have any issues with my account that I will be promptly helped. I know they would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

If you take protecting your children online seriously, I highly recommend checking out what Covenant Eyes has to offer today.

Sallie's Miscellany Links for Better Living and Learning

Sallie’s Miscellany (July 25)

Sallie's Miscellany Links for Better Living and Learning

Good Reads

Slow Homeschooling Training for a Fast Mama – Oh boy. Do I ever relate to this. I’m a list checker. I want to Get. Things. Done. My daughter is so not like that. She takes her own sweet time. I don’t even think she thinks about time. LOL! I, too, have learned the power of letting her set her own agenda as much as possible.

The Hangover from Fun – The post vacation, post Christmas, post birthday, post anything awesome meltdowns and all around general crabbiness as you re-enter regular life. Yep. I’ve learned to plan for it.

To Listen To

Depression and the Homeschooling Mom – Kendra and Melanie tackle an important topic

Learning Stuff

100 Free LEGO Learning Printables – LEGO + FREE = WIN!

Animal Fun Facts Free Writing Worksheets – These would be great for kids who are a bit older, but still need handwriting practice!

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Sallie’s Miscellany (July 24)

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Good Reads

Our Year Without Groceries – What happens when a child inspires the family to live for a year without a grocery store or supermarket?

Exploring Online Learning in Our Homeschool – The internet is a fantastic resource for families. Here is a look at some unique courses a fourteen year old has taken advantage of online.

The Profound Way Schooling Harms Society – Lengthy, but very thought-provoking.

Take Boredom Seriously – While we often say that it is good for kids to be bored, can it be a true problem? It may very well be for some children.

Pronoun Trouble

Caroline’s favorite Bugs Bunny. Okay, it’s mine too. 😉

 

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How to Start Homeschooling a Kindergartener

How to Start Homeschooling a Kindergartener

How to Start Homeschooling a Kindergartener

Are you thinking about homeschooling your kindergartener? Congratulations! Homeschooling can be a very rewarding experience. So what do you need to know about how to start homeschooling a kindergartener?

If you feel overwhelmed or even a bit anxious, that is totally okay! It’s normal to feel a bit overwhelmed when taking on a new challenge. But starting in kindergarten is a great opportunity to get to know your child and yourself with very little academic pressure.

I’ve compiled a list of posts and articles I’ve written that I hope will help you think through some of the aspects of homeschooling. Our homeschooling experience started in kindergarten and it has taken many twists and turns. You’ll see some of that in the posts below.

Best wishes as you start this exciting new phase in your life!

Getting Started in Early Learning

Getting Started in Early Learning is an article I wrote for The Old Schoolhouse print magazine that you can read online. It covers the basics in terms of learning style, teaching style, curriculum approach and goals.

TOS 2015 Article

Relaxed Homeschooling in Kindergarten

We are relaxed homeschoolers. I’ve written about how we became relaxed homeschooers. I also described how we do various learning activities in these posts about relaxed homeschooling. Taking a relaxed approach will work very well for most families starting kindergarten.

Relaxed Homeschooling in the Early Elementary Years – A How To Series

Relaxed Homeschooling in the Early Elementary Years – A Series Introduction

How I Teach Language Arts

How I Teach Math

How I Teach Science

How I Teach History

Classic Kindergarten Picture Books

If you are looking for a comprehensive reading list for the kindergarten year, I’ve assembled this Classic Kindergarten Picture Books list based on recommendations from a variety of trusted sources.

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Our Kindergarten Year

If your first year of homeschooling isn’t a smooth one, don’t be surprised! Ours was bumpy and full of starts and stops!

A Sample Kindergarten Homeschool Schedule for a Creative, Dreamer Child

Kindergarten Homeschool Planning

A Sample Kindergarten Homeschool Schedule for a Creative Dreamer Child

Our First Year of Homeschooling – A Look Back at the Ups and Downs of Kindergarten

Do What Works for Your Family!

This is by far the most popular post on my website. The bottom line? Do what works for your family!

Why I Homeschool in the Afternoon and Not the Morning

Why I homeschool in the afternoon and not the morning

Learning Websites

We limited Caroline’s computer usage until she was around five years old. She loves learning via technology so we make use of it now. Here are some websites I would recommend for Kindergarten.

A Dozen and a Half Learning and Educational Websites for Children

We Love ABC Mouse Website!

A Dozen and a Half Learning and Educational Websites for Children

Creating an Art Cabinet

If you have a kindergartener, be sure to keep lots of crafts supplies on hand! Working with these kinds of materials is great for their fine motor development. I shared a post with a list of what we try to keep on hand for our daughter in Creating an Arts and Crafts Cabinet. Even if you don’t have a full cabinet to use, a cupboard or other dedicated area will work!

Creating an Arts and Crafts Cabinet

Understanding Your Child

One of the best ways to have a successful start to your homeschooling journey is to make sure you truly understand your child! Working with your child’s nature bent will greatly reduce the possibility of friction and resistance. It will never eliminate all of it, but it will definitely help!

Age Disequilibrium and Homeschooling Stress

Age Disequilibrium and Homeschooling Stress

Personality Types and Homeschooling Stress

Choosing a Homeschool Approach – Understand Your Child First!

Avoiding Homeschool Burnout and Stress from the Start

It’s very important to take steps from the very beginning to avoid homeschool burnout and stress. While none of us can completely eliminate it, we can reduce it. Here are some helpful suggestions to keep in mind!

Creating a Mom-Friendly Homeschool 2

Creating a Mom-Friendly Homeschool

Saying “No” to Burnout

Saying “No” to Homeschool Pressures

Feeling Inadequate and Homeschooling Stress

Preparing Your Homeschool Substitute Teacher Plans and Bin

A Differently-Wired Child

If you are choosing to homeschool your kindergartener because he or she is wired a bit differently and wouldn’t fit into a traditional classroom, you will want to check out some of the resources I have listed here!

Teaching a Spirited, Active Child to Read

Teaching Our Spirited, Active Child to Read

The Ultimate Guide to Homeschooling a Right-Brained Child

31 Days of Learning Differently

Printables and More!

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The Big Book of Homeschooling Ideas

If you would like a great resource written by experienced homeschool moms (including me!), then check out The Big Book of Homeschooling Ideas. It is full of great information for new homeschoolers!

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Sallie's Miscellany Links for Better Living and Learning

Sallie’s Miscellany (July 23)

Sallie's Miscellany Links for Better Living and Learning

Good Reads

When Gifted Students Don’t Measure Up – Is it all about the grades? What does a great grade on a test prove? What does a bad grade on an exam prove?

Tips for Motivating Gifted Kids – Gifted child does not automatically equal highly-motivated learner. What do you do when you have a gifted child who isn’t motivated?

Why We Should Stop Worrying if Other People Like Our Kids – Are we raising unique individuals or non-thinking conformists?

Apple Unit with Craftivity

Apples is a full unit featuring reading, writing, vocabulary, math and science! It includes a three dimensional apple life cycle craftivity, fun print and go printables, full color posters and books, a black and white line art book, and more!

Apples Unit with Craftivity

Apple Fun!

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Do Moms Need Me Time

Do Moms Need “Me Time”?

Do Moms Need Me Time

This post was originally published March 9, 2009, on my previous blog. I’m republishing it as is. I was tempted to edit it since I would word things differently now, but if I did the discussion that follows might not make as much sense. At the time, Caroline was two and a half years old. I will add my current thoughts about “me time” later in a new comment.

I’ve seen different places around the internet that suggest that moms, especially Christian moms, don’t need “me time” or time to themselves.  In fact, to want “me time” is deemed selfish and sinful.

Not to try to tip my hand or skew the poll, but didn’t Jesus himself go off alone?

Maybe I’m just being awfully simplistic in my view that everyone – including mothers – need time alone.  But some of the stuff I’ve seen makes it sound like a major sin or character flaw if a woman needs time to herself.  And from my perspective, if would be downright dangerous for some women not to get time to themselves.

I usually don’t say this much when I post a poll, but I gotta say that this teaching deeply concerns me.  What conclusions have you come to about this topic?

Feel free to vote in the poll in the sidebar and leave a comment!  :-)

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Sallie’s Miscellany (July 22)

Sallie's Miscellany Links for Better Living and Learning

Good Reads

Why Preschool Shouldn’t Be Like School – The title is misleading. The bigger take away is whether children respond best to direct instruction or modeling an inquisitive approach to life.

How Minecraft and Duct Tape Wallets Prepare Our Kids for Jobs That Don’t Exist Yet – This is really good news for me as the mother of a daughter who has gone through periods of obsession with both Minecraft and Duck Tape. LOL!

Since when did obedience become the epitome of good parenting? – Are threats, bribes and immediate, “cheerful” obedience the best ways to raise healthy adults?

Insects and Bugs Fun Fact Cards

New in the shop today! Enjoy learning about creepy crawlies with these Insects and Bugs Fun Fact Cards!

Insects and Bugs Fact Cards

Why Gifted May Not Be What You Think

Would you recognize a gifted child? What about a 2e child?

 

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Our Homeschool Learning Room 2015-2016

Our Homeschool Learning Room for 2015-2016

Our Homeschool Learning Room 2015-2016

This will be our fifth year of homeschooling as Caroline heads into fourth grade. Each year our homeschooling has changed because we’ve changed as a family and grew to better understand Caroline and her educational needs. Our homeschool learning room reflects some of those changes.

If I were to be most accurate with showing pictures of where learning takes place for our family, I would include pictures of our local public library, Caroline’s desk in her room where she has a laptop, her bedroom where she plays and creates, and her bed where she uses her Kindle and where we read aloud to her.

So why do we still have a learning room? It is still the central hub where we keep many things and where Caroline and I will sit down and do formal work together. But I can envision a time when this room will go back to being a living room instead of a learning room. Given Caroline’s learning style, I don’t know that we will need this room forever. She prefers to learn on technology and independently. As she gets older, we may not need this room. On the other hand, depending on what kinds of hobbies and projects she enjoys we may need to keep this area for those needs. I take it one year at a time.

In the meantime, here is our room! It hasn’t changed a great deal from last year, but for the sake of keeping records regarding how our homeschooling has evolved, I thought I would share. (And looking back, it has evolved. Sniff. I don’t have an early elementary student any longer. Sniff sniff.)  If you are new to my website, you can see past posts about our learning room here:

This is a shot of the room I don’t think I’ve ever shared. This is looking in from the family room and out the front windows. It is not a very large room, but cozy and welcoming.

Learning Room Window Shot 2015

Caroline has expressed an interest in sewing so I put my sewing machine in the learning room on the computer desk. It’s an older model I inherited from my grandma, but it does what I need it to do. It’s a good machine for Caroline to explore on. You can also see our The Mystery of History timeline that I hope to start working on again as well as our GrapeVine Studies Biblical Calendar. The workboxes are on the floor. (I wrote about our curriculum plans for this year here.) The drawers have supplies for notebooking. The dry erase board is where we do our math for now.

Sewing Machine Corner

This next corner hasn’t changed much. We still use the craft cabinet for craft supplies. I moved the games to a small bookcase in the dining room since that is where we usually play games. The only bookcase in the room has been radically emptied as part of my life-changing tidying up and I still need to finish clearing more stuff out of it. We have bookcases and books in almost every room of the house, but only a minimal amount in the learning room. It is due to many factors. We only have one child, we use minimal formal curriculum, and we are heavy library users. I simply could not afford to keep up with Caroline’s book use if I tried to purchase even a fraction of what she reads. We always have an overflowing library book basket in the learning room.

Craft Cabinet Corner 2015

The next shot is my desk. I rarely sit there. It is more for storage and a place to keep my planning notebook and the CD player. :-)

My desk in the learning room

So there is a little tour of our homeschool learning room! If you would like to see more homeschool rooms, be sure to visit the “Not” Back to School Blog Hop that features all of the spaces where people do their homeschooling.

 

Homeschooling Curriculum Plan for a Gifted_2e Visual Spatial Learner

Homeschooling Curriculum for Gifted/2e Visual-Spatial Learners

Homeschooling Curriculum Plan for a Gifted_2e Visual Spatial Learner

This year my curriculum post is going to be a bit different. (You can see my past ones here, here, here and here.) I’m writing about homeschooling a gifted/2e visual-spatial learner. Kind of specific, don’t you think? And yet that is the world that we live in at our home. :-)

We’ve undergone a significant shift in our homeschooling philosophy over the past year as we’ve come to a greater understanding of Caroline’s giftedness/2e situation and more about the fact that she is a visual-spatial learner. I can easily see at least 100 reasons to homeschool your gifted daughter and know that a school setting will not work for us.

This is a good overview of what it means to be 2e. You can see all my previous posts about gifted/2e children here.

If you think you might have a visual-spatial learner or are curious what that means, here are some different resources.

Gifted, Visual-Spatial and Genetics

David and I had very different high school experiences.

He was artistic from the time he was a little boy and knew that he was going to be a designer of some kind whether it was architecture or graphic design. As a result, he took many classes in those subject areas and only took the science and math classes he was required to in order to go to college and study design.

I, on the other hand, took the total academic/college prep route. Four years of math and science (including AP). Not because I enjoyed them, but because that was what you did if you were a top student and going to college. (I would have preferred to take more history, more languages and more writing classes.)

I’ve come to see that Caroline has apparently inherited her giftedness from me and her visual-spatial wiring from David. I’ve also come to the realization that although Caroline and I do share some similarities, she is far more like David when it comes to learning style, interests, and so on. In fact, Sword points out:

The visual spatial style appears to be hereditary. In all the visual-spatial learners I have seen, there is always at least one parent who shares this learning style with the child.

For example, David and Caroline both enjoy playing Minecraft (and now Terraria). Minecraft is visual-spatial heaven. The mere thought of playing it makes me want to curl up in a ball. It literally gives me a headache and my brain tries to shut down when Caroline is whipping around Minecraft on her Kindle Fire, showing me what she has done. David and Caroline can also spend hours happily playing with LEGOs, TinkerToys and K’nex.

David thinks in pictures, he does mental math in ways he has invented for himself, etc. Caroline is the same way. She has figured out math concepts I’ve never taught her. She will spontaneously tell me answers to math problems in real life situations, but if I put the same problem in front of her on a math worksheet it would be viewed as torture.

Honestly, sometimes I get a headache just trying to figure out how to relate to how they think. LOL!

So how do we plan on learning this year?

Homeschooling More Effectively

We made the decision to shift some of the homeschooling responsibilities to David. For starters, David is going to spend more time doing math with Caroline since they think the same way.

We also tried out a workbox type method at the end of last year. I put in the work for the day and Caroline gets it out when she is ready to work on something. Sitting down and doing everything all at once does not work. At all. She likes the autonomy of choosing what she is going to do and when. This is the best system we’ve come up with so far. Not perfect, but our best option at this point.

The biggest challenge for me is keeping accurate records of what Caroline learns. She does self-directed learning stuff all day, but most of it never gets written down. Somehow I have to find a way to keep track of that information. That’s the number one homeschooling goal for me this year. Asking her is viewed akin the The Inquisition. If you have any suggestions, I’d love to hear them!

Play and Imagination

One of the reasons we homeschool is for the freedom it affords us. Top of the list for us is to allow Caroline extended periods of time to play and use her imagination. This is still her primary mode of learning and I suspect this will continue for a number of years. While play is important for all children, it is critical for someone like Caroline. This is why I say we are learning and doing school all day even though very little formal instruction takes place on some days.

Always Icecream

Last week we started using Always Icecream, a learning website for girls. I’ll be writing about that later this week and sharing a promo code so if you are interested make sure you are subscribed to my website so you don’t miss it! Caroline learns best through websites, videos and the like so I hope this will be a good fit for her.

Notebooking

We started notebooking last year and that seemed to work well. She likes to create things and enjoys going back and seeing what she did earlier in the year. So we will notebook to keep track of what we do. For example, if we read a book I will have her draw a picture about it. The hardest part of notebooking is that she does so many things that I don’t get a record of. I need to stay more on top of this.

Math on the Whiteboard

It took me four years, but I finally figured out the best way to do math is to allow Caroline to wander around the learning room while we do math on the dry erase board. I write one problem on the board at a time and she dictates to me how to do it. I erase it and put another one up. It is honestly the best way.

I still have not decided on a specific math program or if we will even use one. Right now I have printed off some math checklist/assessments for different grades and I’m going through them with Caroline to gauge what she knows and what she doesn’t. She has figured out a lot of math concepts on her own and with computer programs. If she can demonstrate she knows something, I’m not wasting her time or mine addressing it again, especially since repetition is actually damaging for visual-spatial learners. We also can use math on Always icecream so I think that will factor in as well.

History

We started The Mystery of History Volume 1 (Creation to the Resurrection) from Bright Ideas Press last year. I really like it. Caroline did not like it. It was too much listening for her with no visuals. With everything else we had going on, I set it aside. I’m going to try to use it again this year, but instead primarily as an organizational guide and get highly visual books on the topics from the library. Caroline needs books like those from DK Publishing and Usborne in order to get the most out of history. I have all of these great add-ons for The Mystery of History that I will use as appropriate with Caroline:

Michigan History

State history is required in fourth grade, so we will do it this year. We’ll find some good books at the library and read about Michigan. Hopefully we will be able to visit the state capital as part of this study.

Science

Science is still a part of our every day living. We are constantly looking up science topics online or getting books from the library. I have no set plan for this. I believe at this age interest-led learning is still best. Caroline constantly learns science via websites, YouTube, BrainPop, etc. We still take a very casual approach to nature study.

Writing

I incorporate writing in various subjects when it works. Given Caroline’s dysgraphia, writing is something we only do on an as-needed basis at this point. I still have her dictate to me quite often.

Gym and Art

Caroline will be taking these at our homeschool co-op.

Foreign Language

We’re going to give Rosetta Stone French – Level 1 a try this year! I received a copy to review and I’ll be writing about that in the future! Caroline chose French. I took two years of German at Michigan State, but she had no interest in German. David took French in high school so guess who will probably be doing foreign language with her? LOL!

So that’s a bit what we have planned! What do you have in the works for your child?

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The Ginghams Visit Grandma (Free!)

The Ginghams Visit Grandma Paper Dolls (Free!)

The Ginghams Visit Grandma (Free!)

One of my most frequently pinned posts is The Ginghams Paper Dolls (Free!). So many people remember these from their childhood and are thrilled to find them again! There is another set of paper dolls called The Ginghams Visit Grandma. These are super cute too!

The set includes the four Gingham girls as well as a Grandma paper doll. There are lots of sweet clothes and furniture to cut out as well.

And don’t forget about the Little House on the Prairie Paper Dolls! This is a fun set for pretending with Mary, Laura, Carrie, Ma and Pa. Caroline played with these for hours!

Enjoy! :-)

Feeling Inadequate and Homeschooling Stress

Feeling Inadequate and Homeschooling Stress

Feeling Inadequate and Homeschooling Stress

I started my teaching career 25 years ago this fall. When I think back to what I didn’t know, I’m amazed at what I was able to accomplish that year teaching a group of twelve third-fourth-fifth grade students in a brand new school that consisted of four portables. The reality is most teachers are inadequately prepared when they step into their first classroom, even if they graduate from a top program like I did at Michigan State University. There is no way to know everything. You must learn as you go.

I have often wondered why they hired me. Partially I think it was a God thing because most of my professional life traces back to that one job that I had for one year. I don’t think it was a coincidence I was there. But I can think of a few things I said in my interview that were not at all in line with what Hillsdale College stands for and promotes. They obviously looked beyond those comments and saw something else in me. I’m guessing they saw the following traits.

  • A track record of being self-motivated
  • A successful academic career
  • A strong history of leadership

None of those things really have much to do with being adequately prepared to be a teacher. Or do they? I would say they do, especially in a brand new school.

I believe some of the same principles carry over into the arena of parents who feel inadequate to homeschool.

Many homeschooling parents feel inadequate for the responsibility of homeschooling their own children. That’s not surprising. Homeschooling may have never been on your radar. You might not have even liked school yourself. You might think you aren’t smart enough. You might believe teaching is something for professionals.

I think success as a homeschooling parent has far more to do with who you are willing to become than it does with who you currently are.

The questions you need to ask yourself are these:

  • Are you are willing to learn?
  • Are you willing to research?
  • Are you able to be self-motivated?
  • Are you willing to adapt and be flexible?

These are the character traits that parents need to have in order to be successful homeschoolers. Homeschooling requires a significant willingness to grow as an individual. Just as no teacher is totally adequate for the job when she starts, most parents are not totally ready for homeschooling. But if they have a commitment to doing whatever it takes, I believe the vast majority can be successful.

Even with all the experience I had in the classroom, I’ve still been on a huge learning curve with homeschooling my daughter. Gifted/2e was never on my radar. Dysgraphia wasn’t on my radar. My education experience prepared me to a certain degree, but when it comes down to it nothing could have really prepared me for this homeschooling journey. I’ve had to jump in and constantly educate myself in order to give my daughter the education she needs.

Honestly, when I think about moving toward middle school and high school, I am tempted with feeling inadequate. I’ve spent my teaching career in elementary school. This is my arena. So even though I’ve had to make a lot of changes in my thinking, this age was still my “thing”. I think ahead to how in the world I’m going to get Caroline through to a high school diploma and it’s truly overwhelming if I dwell on it.

But I know if I am willing to continue to learn, research and adapt, we’ll get there somehow.

And so will you.

This is part of my Overcoming Homeschooling Stress series.

Overcoming Homeschooling Stress - A Series