The Power of a Simplified Life

The Power of a Simplified Life

The Power of a Simplified Life

Is it ironic that I’m writing about the power of a simplified life a day late? Kind of. But there’s still a story to be told and a lesson to be learned.

When I started this series on homeschool encouragement, I wanted to have all ten days finished before it went live. I didn’t. I was a few days ahead at the start, but still doing some writing. Last evening, I sat down to finish up numerous things but I could not access my site, write anything in my dashboard, nothing. My website hosting would not let me do … Read more »

Trusting Your Instincts When No One Understands

Trusting Your Instincts When No One Understands

Trusting Your Instincts When No One Understands

If there is one concept that has driven my parenting and homeschooling, it is this – trust your instincts even when no one understands. Fully embracing this idea early on changed the course of my parenting and made me a much more effective parent to my daughter.

As a Christian, I believe that sometimes it is hard to tell where our gut instinct ends and the leading of the Holy Spirit begins. (How the Holy Spirit works is a discussion beyond the scope of this post!) But in either case, learning to listen and trust your intuition is vitally important. … Read more »

Before You Plan Your Homeschool Year

Before You Plan Your Homeschool Year

Before You Plan Your Homeschool Year

Homeschool planning is obviously a big deal for a lot of moms because everyone has an opinion (and blog post) about how it should be done. I confess I am much more of a go with the flow type homeschooler overall.  So I’m not going to offer up some detailed step-by-step guide. I could, but I’m not going to.

What I do have is something I think is more valuable. It’s a simple page that will help you before you get into the thick of curriculum selection and planning. It is focused on reflecting on the great, the good, the … Read more »

Homeschool Mom Care - Beyond Survival Mode

Homeschool Mom Care: Beyond Survival Mode

Homeschool Mom Care - Beyond Survival Mode

Homeschool moms spend hours and hours researching curriculum, reading reviews online, and ordering just the right supplies for their children. But how much time do they invest in their own needs for the school year? Do most moms even realize or admit they have needs?

Can we make one thing crystal clear right now?

Homeschool mom DOES NOT equal martyr.

We’ve all lived in survival mode at one time or another. It might have been because of a needy baby, a death in the family, a job loss, or some other significant life situation. You come to a point where you realize … Read more »

Creating Your Family's Homeschool Atmosphere

Creating Your Family’s Homeschool Atmosphere

Creating Your Family's Homeschool Atmosphere

Whether intentional or accidental, we all have an atmosphere in our home. Mine does. Yours does. Some homeschoolers put a lot of thought into their homeschool atmosphere. The concept has never even crossed the mind of others.

The atmosphere will include a wide variety of things including:

Faith/Values
Food/Meals
Learning
Music
Possessions
Relationships
Technology

Each choice we make in these areas works together to create an atmosphere. There’s not necessarily a right or wrong answer as to what kind of an atmosphere to have in a home.  Every family is different so every home atmosphere is going to be different. I think the important part is being aware … Read more »

4 Things Every New Homeschooler Needs to Know

4 Things Every New Homeschooler Needs to Know

4 Things Every New Homeschooler Needs to Know

Congratulations on being a new homeschooler! It’s an exciting time for you and your child. This week I’m offering up a bunch of encouragement for homeschoolers and today is just for new homeschoolers. If you haven’t read about The Real Phases of the Homeschool Year, make sure you do that and download the free printable to keep for the year! If you look at that chart, this post will make even more sense!

Here are four things to remember. Know these in your heart and it will make your journey into homeschooling that much easier.

You Will Fail and … Read more »

Organizing Homeschool Paperwork in Binders Pin

Organizing Homeschool Paperwork in Binders

Organizing Homeschool Paperwork in Binders Pin

I’m a naturally organized person and frankly really enjoy it. But organizing homeschool papers and crafts has been my nemesis. The paperwork and crafts and scraps of paper generated by one highly-creative child has been overwhelming at times. As she’s gotten older, it’s gotten better. She doesn’t create as much and she’s willing to pitch things now. When she was in max production mode and minimal-to-zero disposal mode, it was seriously unreal. I admit I just let it pile up because I didn’t know where to start.

I finally figured out what would work, oh, last year when Caroline was … Read more »

The Real Phases of the Homeschool Year

The Real Phases of the Homeschool Year

The Real Phases of the Homeschool Year

There is a graphic that floats around online about the phases of the school year for new teachers. There is so much truth in it and I wish I had seen it when I was a first year teacher. After observing homeschoolers and being a homeschooler for a number of years, I’ve come to the conclusion that many of the same phases occur not just for new homeschoolers but almost all homeschoolers every single year.

Part of that is due to the fact that every year of homeschooling is different. Teachers often stay at the same grade level so there … Read more »

Sallie's Miscellany Links for Inspired Living and Learning 6

Sallie’s Miscellany – July 7, 2016

Sallie's Miscellany Links for Inspired Living and Learning 6

Please remember the inclusion of a link in this post is not an endorsement of the entire site, author or content.

Good Reads

How Our Family Came to the Decision to Homeschool Our Children – An amazing story of love and devotion!

Ten obvious truths about educating kids that keep getting ignored – Not only are they ignored, but experts are doubling down on the exact opposite of what works

Since when did obedience become the epitome of good parenting? – Food for thought

STEM Toys and Games

STEM or STEAM can be an amazing way to learn. Check … Read more »