At the heart of homeschooling

At the heart of homeschooling

Written by Jena Borah of Yarns of the Heart

When we began homeschooling,  I was very idealistic. My kids were going to enjoy their childhood, nurture their love of learning, and be free from school stress. They would grow up to be emotionally healthy adults with every chance to succeed.

Then we hit the first roadblock: ME. Having little children at home 24/7 was exhausting. Realizing their educational future rested on my shoulders was terrifying. Accepting the full responsibility of their emotional development was crushing. At least parents who send their kids to school have someone to blame if things go wrong.

Let’s face it, homeschooling is not for cowards. [Read more…]

Homeschooling through a crisis

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The following is a guest post by Annie Reneau of Motherhood and More.

This spring, our family’s life altered drastically. We were already in the midst of a big change, ending our year of traveling around the country. But then we were hit with a difficult change, one that we didn’t choose.

In early March, my healthy, vibrant mother-in-law, Judy, was diagnosed with advanced stage IV pancreatic cancer. The oncologists gave her a prognosis of three months. She passed away eight weeks later.

During those two months, my husband and I and our three kids moved into a new house in a new town to be near my in-laws. My husband — who has worked from home for many years — took over his mom’s duties at his parents’ business to help salvage their livelihood.

I started babysitting my nephew so my sister-in-law could care for Judy during the day without a 4-year-old clamoring for her attention.

Put all of those changes together, then toss in the emotional turmoil of watching a loved one lose a brutal battle with cancer, and you have some idea of what our life has been like.

Homeschooling during this time? Tough.

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The importance of having a cheat day

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Contributor amida blogs at Journey into Unschooling. She could definitely use a cheat day today.

Let’s face it, homeschooling is hard work: you’re with the kids 24/7, with the responsibility of their entire educational experience and academic success, not to mention their emotional and physical needs — and if you’re real lucky, the state of your house — resting on your shoulders — every single day.

That’s a big load for anybody and, without proper breaks, could quickly lead to burnout.

That’s why, like any successful diet plan, it is so important to have built-in cheat days, when you can veer off the regularly scheduled programming and give yourself and your brood permission to take it easy.
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The homeschooling ‘string theory’

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Written by contributor Kara Anderson of Quill and Camera

My mom’s best pal Jan is a sort of unlikely homeschooling mentor.

Two years ago, she retired after more than 30 years as a second-grade teacher.

So you might expect her to voice some concerns about homeschooling or at least endorse the public school experience. But she’s never been anything but supportive of us and our stay-at-home path.

And she’s been a pretty indispensable source of advice. For instance, there’s her string theory …

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Homeschooling with little ones underfoot (& keeping your sanity)

The following is a post by Jamerrill Stewart of FreeHomeschoolDeals.com.

In more than ten years of homeschooling, I have yet to hit a season in which I don’t have a baby, a toddler, a baby and two toddlers, along with older children, or some non-matching age-range combination.

Recently I shared about Homeschooling with a Newborn and how we make that work in our growing family. Of course the perfectly legitimate question that follows usually is, “Yes, but what about homeschooling with a toddler?!”

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