A different way to look at math

mathbutton7

Written by Jamie Martin of Simple Homeschool and Steady Mom

Like many of us, I have a complicated relationship with math.

I like math.

But I don’t like how it’s usually taught.

I grew up naturally good at math in school. The subject made me feel powerful, and  eventually I was offered the chance to skip 7th grade math (which I ended up declining–those 8th graders looked too scary!).

You’d think since I had a “positive” experience with math in school, I’d be eager to replicate that in our home.

But my heart (and my children) steered me in a different direction.

I see now that the main skill that led to my math success wasn’t understanding math; it was the ability to memorize. From an early age I used that skill to people-please my way into my teachers’ hearts, to form an identity for myself, and to cover up growing feelings of insecurity.

(See?! I told you it was complicated!)

And as the years passed, I had that familiar sense so many of us identify with when it comes to this subject: Boredom.

Those nagging questions rang through my head: “What’s the point of all this?” and “When am I ever going to use it?”
[Read more…]

Mid-winter motivation for homeschoolers

donna2PICMO

Written by Donna Ashton of The Waldorf Connection.

After the dust from the holidays settles, we are left with a few winter months to snuggle and homeschool.

We usually buckle-down and cover more ground in our lessons, as there are fewer distractions. During the quiet days of winter, it just feels like the time is right to dig in.

Yet it often feels like an in-between time to me.

The newness of the school year and fall festivals has waned, and the promise of spring is still out of reach.

If you live in a cold climate it can be more challenging to get the kids outside (as well as yourself.)

Whether or not we like it, there is more time indoors and more opportunities to bond together as a family during these darker days.

How can you keep motivation and inspiration?

[Read more…]

15 new year’s resolutions for the introverted homeschool mom

15 New Year's Resolutions for the Introverted Homeschool Mom
Jamie Martin, editor of Simple Homeschool, also blogs about motherhood at Steady Mom

Only years after becoming a mother did I fully understand myself as an introvert.

My comprehension came painfully, mostly by trial and error:

  • I would say yes to that group playdate, only to find myself completely drained for hours afterwards.
  • I loved people, but certain overwhelming, crowded situations didn’t seem fun at all–especially with excitable kids in tow.
  • I needed, oh how I needed, to be home when nap time arrived each morning for my babies–none of this dragging them around so I could accomplish more.

These days not only do I know more about what being an introvert truly means, I celebrate it and the gifts it offers my family.

There’s a different brand of new year’s intentions for those of us introverted mamas, especially introverted homeschool moms–who by the very nature of the calling we’ve chosen have decided to surround ourselves with demanding, (usually loud) people all day every day.

If that isn’t courageous, I don’t know what is.

Here they are, the introverted homeschool mom’s new year resolutions. Will you join me in taking them?
[Read more…]

How small shifts can lead to big impact

This post contains affiliate links. Thank you for your support of this site!

lisagrowthpicmo

Written by Lisa Grace Byrne of WellGrounded Life.

All around us there are messages about the New Year — new possibilities, new opportunities for change, ways to set your resolutions and meet them!

Do you feel like you already missed the boat?

For years if I didn’t wrap up all my new year’s dreams, goals and action plans in a pretty little bow right when the clock struck midnight New Year’s Eve … I might as well just can my ideas and settle back into life as-is.

And when I did think about what kind of growth and change I wanted in the new year, I bought into the idea that either I had to go for massive change or give up shifting direction at all.

Because of course … that’s what it takes, right?

“Go big or go home.”

“If you can’t do it right, don’t do it at all.”

“Life’s too short to play small.”

Over the years, subconsciously, those messages ended up translating into massive stagnation for me.

[Read more…]

Starting the new year with intention

sheila1picmo

Written by Sheila Petruccelli of Sure as the World.

I always find it hard to re-start homeschooling in January. After our big break in December and all the festivities that month holds, January and February look long, dark and (if I’m being honest) overwhelming.

Even though the calendar is fresh and marks a brand new year, homeschooling is in that middle ground/no man’s land.

So we start small and we start fun. But most of all, we start with intention.
[Read more…]

Where to Buy ondansetron/zofran No Prescription in UK