Archives for April 2011

Q&A Friday: What should I do if my family disapproves of homeschooling?

Written by Jamie Martin, editor of Simple Homeschool and founder of Steady Mom

Over the past month I’ve received several emails from readers asking about a question I have no idea how to answer.

The emails sound a bit like this (used with permission):

“I have three little ones and have been homeschooling for two years now. My mom has been a teacher for decades and does not support our decision to homeschool. It is difficult not to carry that as a burden.

I believe so strongly in what we are doing for our family, but I guess I’m just curious how others handle a lack of support or encouragement from those most important to them.”

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The 3 Best Ways to Prepare Your Children for College

The following is a guest post written by Chris Whittington and Clare McIlwraith of The Study Gurus.

In a traditional high school, learning can become forced and mundane.  Homeschooling, on the other hand, has the amazing ability to create a lifelong love of learning.

This view will be invaluable throughout your children’s lives.  A desire to learn and explore will mean they’ll be able to do anything they set their mind to, provided they have the right tool-set.

Before many kids venture out into the big wide world, their journey will involve going to college. You will want to do everything in your power to fully prepare your children for this incredibly important step.

Starting college means a huge shift towards independence.

For many students, this will not only be the first time that they’ve lived away from home, but also the first time they’ll have to take complete responsibility for their own education.

They will no longer have your help to complete assignments, prepare for exams, and just be there for support. The work-load will be more intense and pressure will rarely let up.

There will be no room for spoon-feeding, and self-direction will be required.
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Queen for a Day Giveaway 2011

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Welcome to Simple Living Media’s Queen for a Day Giveaway! Today we’ve got five giveaways full of treats to celebrate the mom in your life, just in time for Mother’s Day on May 8.

Moms work hard each and every day. You sacrifice sleep, food, time, and more to love on those in your life. Today we at Simple Living Media want to honor you and make one of you Queen for a Day!

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Decluttering 101

Written by contributor Sarah Small of SmallWorld at Home

My grandmother was a packrat. I’m grateful she saved letters written by my great-great-great grandfather during the Civil War and that she saved a sampler handed down through a dozen generations to me.

But those stacks of magazines and drawers filled with miscellaneous utensils? When we moved her out of her home, she was living in just one room of house. The rest was filled literally to the ceiling with junk.

We’re all far from that extreme, right? But what about those boxes of clothes we’re saving for someone, the worksheets from our daughter’s first-grade year, and the puzzles with missing pieces? Do you ever feel cluttered inside because of clutter in your home?

I have one word for us all: declutter. Get rid of all the junk, and then keep the clutter down.

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