All You Need is Love

Written by contributor Renee Tougas of FIMBY

Lately, I’ve found myself at another homeschooling crossroads.

After finding a good groove for the elementary years I have a daughter transitioning to young adulthood. Change – ack! I also have a son with unique (and different from his older sister) learning needs and younger daughter whose needs I don’t want to neglect while focusing on her older brother and sister.

The homeschooling journey isn’t necessarily easy, is it?

We doubt, we worry, we wonder…

Am I doing this right? Am I messing up my kids? Are we learning enough? What should we be learning? How do I find the right curriculum?

Lately, I’ve been learning to trust in one answer to all those questions.

Love.

Really.

If it sounds too Kumbaya-ish, stick with me for a little bit here. Let’s talk beyond lessons and schedules. Curriculum and resources.

These tools, useful as they are, are not the foundation. They’re just the pieces (necessary I might add) laid on top of the foundation.

The foundation is love and it needs to be the root of everything I do.
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Guarding Your Marriage

Written by contributor Kris Bales, of Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers

So, why am I talking about marriage on a homeschooling blog? Because, in the last couple of years, I’ve seen the marriages of several fellow homeschooling families end in divorce.  Now, don’t misunderstand — I’m not saying that these couples didn’t take steps to guard their marriages. It’s just that seeing the fallout of divorce tends to strengthen my resolve to hold tight to what I have.

It’s easy, as a homeschooling mom, to fall into the trap of giving the best part of your time to your kids. By the time you’ve schooled all day, cooked the meals, done the laundry, cleaned the house, run the errands, and everything else that goes into managing a household, there can be little energy left for investing in your marriage.
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The Best Homeschooling Resources Online

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

Today I want to point you in the direction of Parents.com–where I recently had an article published sharing the best homeschooling resources online.

Head over to read about the following:

  • websites to help you understand educational philosophies
  • websites to answer your legal questions
  • best online curriculums
  • best websites for online learning
  • best homeschooling blogs
  • best twitter feeds and facebook communities

Check out the article here!

Weekend Giveaway: Sparkle Stories

This giveaway has ended and the winners have been contacted via email. Thanks for entering!

Today you’re in for a treat: an introduction to one of my family’s recent discoveries, Sparkle Stories. My three children have fallen in love with these imaginative tales, and I think yours will as well.

From Sparkle Stories:

“Sparkle is an online subscription to high-quality audio stories for children and families. Each week Sparkle Stories delivers delightful audio stories to subscribers around the world.

We offer five original Story Series, plus a sixth Series with classic stories, songs and games, all designed to entertain and inspire the whole family. (Jamie’s note: Two of the storylines, about Martin & Sylvia, feature a homeschooling family.)

Audio stories, or stories told out-loud, are untethered to images viewed on a screen. The child is free and able to paint her own pictures out of her own imagination. She becomes relaxed and entranced – committing herself fully to a fantastic adventure.

Sparkle Stories are fun, Sparkle Stories are inspiring, and Sparkle Stories are good for young minds and spirits! Our stories inspire a sense of wonder and magic in life, encourage creativity and a strong sense of self, and even illuminate common childhood challenges.”

Two Simple Homeschool winners will receive a 3-month subscription to the full Sparkle Story series.
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How to Feed The Kids (and Still Have A Life)

Contributor Amida writes for Journey Into Unschooling.

One of my biggest challenges when it comes to homeschooling is not the schooling itself but the fact that we are always home — and hungry.  Because we are home the majority of the day, mealtime — and hence meal prep — takes up a huge amount of time for me.

Being the sole cook in the house, some days it feels as if I am a permanent fixture in the kitchen, making breakfast, cleaning up, prepping for lunch, and brainstorming for dinner. By the middle  of the week, I am usually clear out of ideas or tired of cooking. On the days the children have multiple classes outside the house, it becomes even more challenging as I figure out how to feed them quickly and healthily.

It would be awesome if the children could cook for themselves, but that is just not always practical, especially for the younger crowd who still require supervision and a parent helper. To help move things along, there are a few short cuts and techniques that I’ve found helpful in the daily struggle to feed everyone (and still have time left over for life outside the kitchen!).

In the same boat and need ideas to get you started? Read on!
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