A few years ago, I was a guest blogger for Bright Ideas Press. If you aren’t familiar with Bright Ideas Press, they offer a wide variety of homeschool support such as:
- extensive and excellent homeschool curriculum
- live and self-paced online classes through The Academy
- a card game (I just think this looks neat! LOL!)
- a helpful blog
If you are looking for some parenting and homeschooling encouragement, please check out my ten posts below. I’ve included the opening paragraphs to each one so you can get a sense of what it’s about.
I love back to school time. There’s something about the new supplies, crisp books, and the promise of a fresh start that draw me in every single year. First as a student, then as a teacher and now as a homeschooling mom.
But before we all get wrapped up in the intoxicating smell of new books and become giddy at the site of freshly sharpened pencils in a cup, may I share some secrets with you?
Secrets you will especially need to know if you are just starting out on this journey called homeschooling?
It’s hard to believe that a mom who would make the significant decision to homeschool her child would at the same time sabotage that effort, but it’s true.
Although this sabotage isn’t intentional, as homeschool moms, it is easy to have expectations or ideas that don’t match the reality in which we live. As a result we may be unknowingly sabotaging the very homeschool that we long to make effective and meaningful. Here are three ways we may do it.
Parenting is challenging. When you add homeschooling to the mix, it can become an even greater challenge. A key component to making parenting and homeschooling easier is to intentionally invest in the relationship we have with our child.
Here are five relationship builders that are easy to say and will make a profound difference in day to day living.
Introverts are a special breed with needs all their own. If you are an introvert, you probably already have some kind of idea what your introverted child needs. If introversion is new to you, here are five important tips to help you help your introvert to thrive.
It’s everywhere this time of year:
- Parents fretting about materialism and how the secular celebration of the season has overtaken the true meaning of Christmas.
- Moms talking anxiously about the importance of keeping Christ in Christmas for their little ones.
Stress over it all runs high.
As Christians, we know that Christmas is about Christ. We want our children to recognize this and not have Him get lost in the craziness of the season. But too often that desire seems to drive parents crazy. In a effort to keep Christ in Christmas, parents make the season far more complicated than it needs to be.
I’d like to suggest three ways you can keep Christ in Christmas without driving yourself nuts in the process.
Whether you have one child or ten, being a good parent is work. Sometimes one of the most challenging aspects of parenting is knowing how to deal with an individual child’s personality. It might be a child who is more intense, more emotional, or more prone to test the limits. It might be a child who is wired so differently from you that you find it hard to relate or make sense of how she does things.
The temptation is to feel that life would be so much better or easier if only you could change X about your child. While we all should be willing to grow as individuals and become more Christ-like, sometimes the things that frustrate us about our child are not character issues, but simply personality.
If there is some part of your child’s personality that is a struggle for you, please consider the following.
Picture books are a wonderful way to introduce historical and geographical topics to younger children in an age-appropriate and accessible way. Here are four of my favorite picture books that include important times and places in American history.
While you may have visions of doing exciting history lessons as you homeschool your children, you may instead hear them groan and declare, “History is boring!”
This could be especially true if your children studied history in a traditional school setting where it truly was boring. In fact, if your children had bad experiences with history in school, you may need to take some time to deschool a bit to get them to the point of thinking history can truly be interesting.
So how do you change their minds about history without losing yours in the process? You need to reframe history in terms of story, people, topics, and styles.
Is it time for your homeschool to increase the amount of play? It might be. After a long winter and school year, everyone’s mind and body could use a break. If you keep a tight schedule as part of your homeschooling philosophy, your children could be a bit tired of that as well. Play may be a real need at this time.
Remember all those fantastic learning plans you made last summer? Everything you were going to accomplish educationally with your children? The special extras you were going to make sure they experienced?
We all make them. And then most of us face the reality of illness, unexpected emergencies, and learning struggles that hinder or even derail our plans.
So what do you do when the end of the school year is looming and you have more to do than you have time to get it done? Here are three tips.