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 »

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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 »

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Sallie’s Miscellany – July 6, 2016

Sallie's Miscellany Links for Inspired Living and Learning 5

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

Good Reads

Gratitude Physically Changes Your Brain, New Study Says – I’ve kept a gratitude journal in the past. Looks like I need to do it again.

“Time to Yourself” — an Alternative to Time Out – We do something similar. Many kids need a different approach.

Kindergarten. Bullying in the Age of Clip Charts and No Child Left Behind – Heartbreaking story of the realities faced by many families when school demands that all children conform or be … Read more »

Calling vs. Clutter - The Joy of a Deliberate Life

Calling versus Clutter – The Joy of a Deliberate Life

Calling vs. Clutter - The Joy of a Deliberate Life

This summer I’m republishing many favorite posts from my previous blogs. This post was originally published as two posts in February 2005 which will be evident by some of the dated references. However, the concepts are timeless so I have not edited out those parts. I have made a few edits, but it is largely unchanged.

Shortly before I met my husband, the Lord impressed the following verses on me:

Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business and to work with your hands just as we told you, so that your daily … Read more »

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Sallie’s Miscellany – July 5, 2016

Sallie's Miscellany Links for Inspired Living and Learning 2

Good Reads

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

Every Education Has Gaps and Other Truths I’ve Learned –  So so true. There is no complete education anywhere.

Should I let my daughter cut her doll’s hair? I think so, and here’s why. – I have to admit it. I would struggle with this.

Parenting a Strong Willed Child: When Routines Change – We were just explaining to Caroline the other day how we went almost nowhere in the evening the first few … Read more »

Simplifying Choices

Simplifying Choices

Simplifying Choices

This post on simplifying choices was originally posted June 13, 2005. I am republishing it here with a few edits.

When someone becomes convinced they need to simplify their life, it can be overwhelming. There are usually many areas out of whack whether they are financial, time commitments, relationships, work requirements, material possessions, etc. In each of these areas you have to do some serious evaluating. More of what? Less of what? What comes first? What can wait? How do I do this without driving myself and my family crazy?

David and I faced some of those same questions. Along the … Read more »