About Toni

Toni is a military wife and stay at home(schooling) mom to seven amazing kids. In her free time she enjoys writing about cooking, saving money, homeschooling, DIY projects and more on The Happy Housewife.

Teaching a reluctant learner

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Written by Toni Anderson of The Happy Housewife

I have a child who hates school.

This is hard for me to admit because it feels like I failed. I failed my son, my family, and the homeschool community.

The bottom line… ten years ago I tried to force a square peg into a round hole, and it didn’t work. Instead of focusing on what he could do I worried about all the things he couldn’t.

Now I’ve spent the past eight years trying to undo the first two.

Four years ago another son started school, and like his older brother he wasn’t eager to learn. Thankfully I’ve learned a thing or two over the years and took a different approach with this child.

It’s working.
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The Halfway Point: Evaluting Our Progress

Written by Toni Anderson of The Happy Housewife

This week marks the halfway point in our homeschool year. I have to admit I’m celebrating a little because usually we don’t reach the halfway point until February! This year we are on track for an early finish and a full summer vacation. (The first we’ve had in several years.)

While I don’t give report cards to my younger children, the halfway point is a great place for me to reflect on our year so far and evaluate our progress.

It is easy to get distracted by the day to day of homeschooling and not adequately evaluate our homeschool program until it is too late. Spending a day or two at the halfway point is a great time to evaluate progress and change course if necessary.

Here are a few questions I ask myself (and the kids) to help plan the second-half of our school year.
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Toni’s Biggest Homeschooling Mistake: Doubt

Written by contributor Toni Anderson of The Happy Housewife

I had been homeschooling for less than a year when I found out I was pregnant with our fourth child. I was overwhelmed at the thought of homeschooling my third and first grader while managing a baby and a toddler.

I didn’t think it was possible to homeschool and have a baby.

These doubts grew until I finally decided (before the baby was born) to enroll my kids in school.
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Frugal Back to School Traditions

Written by contributor Toni Anderson of The Happy Housewife

When they grow up children might not remember their science curriculum or how many spelling words they spelled correctly. Traditions however, when carried on throughout the years, give children wonderful memories and strengthen family relationships.

Traditions don’t have to be expensive, there are numerous ways to celebrate the beginning of another school year without dipping into the college fund.

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Creating a Homeschool Schedule

Written by contributor Toni Anderson of The Happy Housewife

It took me a few years to realize that as a homeschooler I didn’t have to follow the public school schedule. Growing up in public schools left me ingrained with nine week periods and summer vacation. Once I realized I had the freedom to create a different schedule homeschooling became so much easier!

Goodbye nine weeks, hello flexibility!

How do you determine what schedule is best for your family? Well, if your current method is working don’t change it. If you are struggling to finish school by the end of the year, stressed out, or constantly feeling behind I’d recommend trying a different schedule.

The scheduling possibilities for homeschooling are endless, but here are just a few.
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