Archives for May 2010

10 Ways to Burnout as a Homeschooling Mother

I will never forget my first homeschooling conference. My sons were only two years old, so I reasoned I had plenty of time to spend researching all our educational options. I considered my attendance at the conference as part of my research.

The weekend was life-changing in many ways. Profound and inspiring. I felt encouraged and excited, fueled by the educational possibilities I envisioned for our family.

But I noticed something else, too. Many of the mothers attending looked…tired. Worn down.

This concerned me. “Is this what homeschooling does to mamas?” I wondered. It was really important in my mind to have a long-term strategy within our homeschooling lifestyle. I knew if I wore myself completely thin the first year there wouldn’t be much left in reserve for future years.

Over time, as I’ve traveled this path myself and have met many homeschooling families, I’ve noticed certain qualities that can lead a mama to lose her spark.

Here are ten ways to burnout as a homeschooling mother. Do you recognize yourself on this list? [Read more…]

Weekend Links

“I am determined to be cheerful and happy in whatever situation I may find myself. For I have learned that the greater part of our misery or unhappiness is determined not by our circumstance but by our disposition.” ~ Martha Washington

Around the World ~ One Picture Book at a Time

Reading books about other places and cultures opens up a previously unknown world for children and adults alike.

Picture books have an added dimension:  a visual feast within their illustrations.

Sunny, colorful worlds. Quiet, dramatic worlds. Peaceful worlds. Chaotic worlds.

As I mentioned in a previous post, Giving Our Children the World, I want my children to be world travelers, even when we don’t have the ability to go far from home.

Travel is available to anyone with a library card.

The following is a list of beautiful picture books to help you get started on your journey.
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Volunteering is Serious Business

We blame it on Little House on the Prairie. After reading the entire series, we promised ourselves we’d find time to volunteer at a nearby living history museum. In the summer of 2006, we traveled back in time to become a farming family in 1845.

We learned to bake a pie over an open fire, churn butter, wash dishes with a corn cob,  care for critters, and it was all school.

Look around your community. Where can you volunteer, make some family memories, and do school at the same time?

Consider these ideas.

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Homeschooling an Only Child: The Pros and Cons

Large families make up one of homeschooling’s stereotypes–a line of eight or more children, all following obediently behind Mom and Dad. Those of us who have been homeschooling long know both the truths and the realities of this picture.

The truth is that plenty of families, large or small, find a way to make homeschooling work beautifully for them.

But what about families who only have one child? Is homeschooling really an option for these parents and children?

To find out, let’s take a brief look at the advantages and disadvantages of homeschooling an only child. [Read more…]

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