In pursuit of a slow education

in pursuit of a slow education
Jamie Martin, editor of Simple Homeschool, also blogs about motherhood at Steady Mom

This world spins fast–and we twirl dizzy along with it. Round and round, we juggle more to do: more buttons to click and status updates to check and details to accomplish.

We have more ways to measure ourselves than ever before–How many friends (online or off), how many “likes,” how many tasks checked off? It’s never-ending.

Our kids are not immune to this–how could they be?

We measure them too–with ever-increasing focus on standardized testing and our tendency to push, push, push. We treat them like adults before they’re ready, eager it seems, to get them spinning right alongside us.

Can someone slow down this crazy train, please?
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On raising Little Women (or men): What we can learn from Marmee

what we can learn from Marmee Jamie Martin, editor of Simple Homeschool, also blogs about motherhood at Steady Mom

“Once upon a time, there were four girls, who had enough to eat and drink and wear, a good many comforts and pleasures, kind friends and parents, who loved them dearly, and yet they were not contented.” – From a story Marmee told her daughters about some “girls” she once knew

Last autumn I decided to return for the first time in two decades to a book I once loved: Little Women. I have fond memories of Meg, Beth, Amy, and the sister I identified most with, Jo.

book buttonAs a teen the hopes and ambitions of these young women captured my imagination. How would life turn out for them? Would they find the men of their dreams? Would Laurie end up with Jo? I had my eye on a certain boy at the time myself (he’s now my husband ;)) and the girls’ romantic notions fit my own.

Reading the novel as a 36-year-old, however, was a new experience. This time my focus turned toward the awe-inspiring mother, Marmee. After all, I’m in the midst of raising my brood just as she did.

Her four daughters had vastly different opinions in almost every area of life, but they agreed on one thing–their love and near adoration for their mother:
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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?
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How to deal with comparisonitis

The following is a guest post written by Tina Santiago-Rodriguez of Truly Rich Mom.

When my husband and I first started exploring the idea of homeschooling, we had only one child. He was around three years old then. Our family was based in East Timor, or Timor Leste, at the time, and we didn’t know anyone in our social circles who homeschooled.

The only information I could get about it was online (during the limited time I had Internet access every day). I’d spend this time Googling for homeschool preschool resources and saving the information and worksheets and whatnot I’d find so I could browse through everything later on.

It was exciting and daunting at the same time, but I believed that homeschooling our son was the best decision for us.

Fast forward to the present time. We have three kids now and, at the time of this writing, our eldest is turning seven soon. Our second is four and our youngest is almost five months old. We’ve been back in Manila for three years.

We’re still a homeschooling family but have dealt with lots of challenges and doubts along the road–one of the biggest of which I call “comparisonitis.”

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A homeschool day in the life – January 2014 on Simple Homeschool

A Homeschool Day in the Life ~
Jamie Martin, editor of Simple Homeschool, also blogs about motherhood at Steady Mom

Welcome to the 4th annual homeschool day in the life series here on Simple Homeschool!

For the past three years we’ve started each January with a peek inside what life really looks like for homeschool families, in the hopes of addressing some of the questions I receive in my inbox regularly:

  • How does Mama (or Papa) get it “all” done?
  • Does homeschool look just like school at home?
  • How can I homeschool multiple children at different ages?
  • What if I have a toddler or preschooler at home?
  • How can I incorporate different educational philosophies in my homeschool?

What better way to answer these than by coming to “hang out” with me and my awesome contributors for a day?
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