Jessica’s Day in the Life (with a 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, & 14-year old)

Written by contributor Jessica Fisher of Life as Mom and Good Cheap Eats

Parenting and homeschooling six children has been, by far, the wildest ride of my life yet. The month of January was a particular roller coaster-ish one. When Jamie mentioned that we were sharing our “day in the life,” I inwardly cringed. I would have loved to present a picture perfect image and a schedule to match.

But, alas, that is not my reality.

In fact, the first month of the year was one of great reflection, introspection, readjustment, and a lot of “fighting the funk.” As a result, I’m currently undergoing an extreme home(school) makeover and trying to figure out what’s most important for our homeschool. I’ve realized as my family grows in size and age, things won’t always go according to my lovely plans. Life is subject to change.

And I want to enjoy that life fully, despite the hairpin turns and the loop-de-loops that make my jowls shake in the wind. Just for fun, I kept a running log one day to see what really happens around here. I found it quite amusing.
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Design Your Own Master’s

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

A note from Jamie: I know, I promised to write about cleaning today. But then my husband went overseas on an important work trip. For six days. Enough said. So enjoy this repost, which originally published on January 17, 2011.

For years, I’ve dreamed of earning a Master’s in Education one day. It’s been on my list of future goals for quite some time. I’m specifically interested in studying alternative education and the philosophy and history of education. Not surprising, since I’m one of those crazy homeschoolers, you know.

Recently, I was comparing my list of goals with my available free time–trying to compute how they would ever fit together.

I am a busy mama, just like you. On top of my mothering and homeschooling, I’ve been blessed with a unique and wonderful dream job as a writer here in the blogosphere. I also hope to begin another book later this year.

So just when am I going to squeeze in this master’s program?

Researching potential degree options, I felt a rush of giddy feelings exploring the required reading list. All those educational books are like candy in a candy store to me. But when I imagined receiving the list of assignments for the semester, my giddy feelings turned to nausea.

Then I realized something amazing–I don’t really want a master’s.

I just want to learn.
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“I hated school. Even to this day, when I see a school bus it’s just depressing to me. The poor little kids.” ~ Dolly Parton

Q&A Friday: YOUR Homeschool Day in the Life

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

January was filled with posts from each of our contributors, sharing how we fit all the pieces of life together in our homeschool day. Each day reflects much of what is going on in our lives–from work we do on the side to babies waiting in the wings.

You’ve heard us ramble on and on for an entire month.

Today, it’s your turn! So here are my questions for you:
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