Archives for February 2013

Receiving support services as a homeschooler

tips for receiving support services as a homeschooler ~SimpleHomeschool

Written by contributor Hillary Boucher

We started to notice the gap in his expressive language around 18 months old. Other kids his age were pointing at things, trying out words. Him, not so much.

I didn’t pay any attention. Our eldest son spoke early and has always had an impressive vocabulary. I had already promised myself that I would not compare and would trust that he would bloom in his own good time.

He turned two, then two-and-a-half and there started to be other signs that he was struggling: intense tantrums and mood swings, extreme clinging to parents (mostly me),  and clear signs of stress.

We began declining social invitations and found it difficult to bring him to the grocery store or even to the park. It was just too hard on all of us.
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Weekend links

weekend links
Those two lumps behind Steve would be our cars after last week’s blizzard!


We have only 11 days left to finish funding the first quarter of our Simple Living Media Compassion Child Survival Program in Ethiopia, and we need your help! Even a few dollars will make a difference, and you can give back from your online shopping through Pure Charity! Thanks for partnering with us to honor these mamas and their little ones.

Do We Really Do School In Our Pajamas?

do we really do school in our pajamas

Written by contributor Lora Lynn Fanning of Vitafamiliae

Recently, I put a small statement out on twitter and facebook to say that, for the first time, we had actually DONE school in our pajamas. I’d always heard people joke about homeschoolers spending the day in pj’s, but I’d never actually done it until that morning, when the lure of the elastic waistband in my pajama bottoms was just too strong…

My email and twitter stream blew up with responses ranging from, “Really? I haven’t bathed or gotten dressed all week!” to “We don’t wear pajamas outside our bedrooms.”
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How to build a strong foundation for your child

house bricks

Written by contributor Jena of Yarns of the Heart

We have only one chance with our children. They will only be toddlers once. Thank goodness!

And they will only be seven years old once, ten years old once, fourteen years old once, and then they will be out the door.

They come back once in a while, but it’s never the same.

So while you have those little ones at home, make the most of it. This is your window of opportunity. Build a strong foundation that will support them the rest of their lives.
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3 reasons I’m not qualified to write a homeschool blog

3 things I've learned about homeschooling

Jamie Martin, editor of Simple Homeschool, also blogs about motherhood at Steady Mom

The past few days have taken me on a little stroll down memory lane. You see, last week marked the third anniversary of the start of this blog.

In that time Simple Homeschool has grown radically, and I’ve been incredibly blessed to be along for the ride. Some of you have been reading from the beginning, and I’m thankful for your encouragement and loyalty as readers.

Way back when Tsh of Simple Mom offered me this position, though, I wasn’t sure I was the right fit. “Are you sure you want me?” I remember asking.

There were a multitude of reasons why I didn’t seem qualified–isn’t that always the way we feel when we step into new things? Like homeschooling, for example!

And though not all of you are bloggers, you may still relate to my reasons of why I felt unqualified and what I’ve learned in the past three years:
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