5 ways to grow your confidence as a homeschooler

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Written by Kara Anderson of Quill and Camera

Recently, someone referred to me as a “homeschool veteran.”

I told my hair stylist about it and she responded with open-mouthed shock:

“Girrrrl!” she said. “They were basically calling you old.”

And then she tried some different things with my part and started talking about doing something fun with color. I think my hair stylist’s answer to any perceived insult about aging is “more layers.”

Now the thing is, this person wasn’t calling me old. She wasn’t insulting me at all, actually – just the opposite. She was lending me a bit of credibility, telling people that I have experience.

We just started our seventh year of learning at home.

So I totally know what I’m doing.


Because the thing is, I just don’t always feel like a veteran.

Homeschooling still feels overwhelming for me sometimes. We change paths periodically. Just when we find a plan that works, something shifts, and I’m on the hunt for ideas again.

Maybe that’s how you feel too?

Or maybe you’re just starting out – this is your first year, and you’re wondering if your mother-in-law, your judgy neighbor or the random lady at the park is right – maybe you aren’t competent enough to do this.

Maybe you made a huge mistake. (Hint: You probably didn’t.)

Today I want to share some tips for growing your confidence when you feel a little shaky.

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The one word to remove from your vocabulary this school year

The one word to remove from your vocabulary this school year
Jamie Martin, editor of Simple Homeschool, also blogs about motherhood at Steady Mom

Recently I chatted with another homeschooling mom at a friend’s baby shower.

Talking about our kids, our lives, our homeschool days, she then lowered her voice in a confession:

“I really need to be more disciplined, though. I should get up early before the kids, and I really should exercise more.”

Ah, yes. I know the sentiment well.

It’s the word that sucks the bliss right out of living, that makes us–and our kids–feel like “less than.”

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7 tips for teaching active kids


Written by Alecia Baptiste.

My children are now ages 11 through 19, and homeschooling has greatly changed for us over the years.

I don’t have babies or toddlers running around the house. Everyone is reading fluently and independently.

Sometimes I forget how challenging homeschooling was in the early years.

One particular memory I have is of teaching my youngest son to read.

He was about 5 years old and a very active little boy. He loved running, jumping, and  playing. (He’s now a competitive athlete at age 13.)

Every day we would sit down to do his reading lesson, and it was like medieval torture for both of us! He dreaded the time.  I would threaten and push my way through.

Reading wasn’t hard for him. There were no reading issues. He just didn’t like sitting down for this “boring” lesson.

So I decided to try an experiment with him.

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How to set homeschooling goals that fit your family

How to set homeschooling goals that work

Written by Melissa Camara Wilkins

We all have goals for our families, whether we’ve spoken them out loud or not.

I don’t mean “what curriculum we’ll use” or “what we’ll study this year” kinds of plans. I’m talking about deeper-level goals, the ones that drive all those day-to-day decisions.

You might think of these kinds of goals as your intentions for your family, or your long-term hopes, or your mission.

I reflect on ours all the time in a low-key way, but a few times a year, I make a point of thinking deeply about where we are and where we’re headed. Here’s how.

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Jamie’s favorite homeschooling reads

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Jamie's favorite homeschooling books
Written by Jamie Martin of Simple Homeschool and Steady Mom

The books below are the ones that drew our family to homeschooling over seven years ago, and the ones I go back to again and again in challenging seasons!

They reformed my thoughts about education and gave me a new vision for what learning could look like in our home.

I highly recommend them all: