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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How to talk to your kids about modern-day slavery

How to talk to your kids about modern-day slavery

Sometimes when I write about modern-day slavery and our family’s personal mission to abolish it, I get emails from readers with questions like these:

“How much do your kids actually know about your husband’s work with Love146?”

“How do I talk to my children about an issue as dark and complex as this one?”

This post addresses those questions, providing ideas about how to approach this topic with your own family. I’ve categorized the thoughts below by age range, but please keep in mind that our kids vary drastically in their development.

Some will be ready for information at an early age, some late. I tend to veer toward the better late than early philosophy–especially when I’m giving advice to so many of you–but you are the expert in your home so adjust as needed.
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Navigating the land mines of the homeschool day

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The following is written by contributor Anne Bogel of Modern Mrs. Darcy.

The older I get, the more aware I am that effective homeschool time management must include effective energy management. 

Creating a schedule that really hums for our family requires more than just shifting blocks of time around in Google Calendar or the DayTimer. We also need to strategically take energy reserves, emotional needs, stress levels, and self-care into account.

The potential land mines that can blow up your homeschool day are many, for kids and for grown-ups.

Having an awareness of what punches your buttons—and scheduling accordingly—can mean the difference between a successful homeschool day (week/month/year) and one that goes up in smoke.
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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.”

Should.
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Homeschooling in a different world

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The following is a guest post by Hannah Vanderpool of Praying with One Eye Open.

The sun’s warmth slipped through the iron latticework of our living room windows, burning away the early morning fog. The first call to prayer sounded over the loudspeaker filling our apartment with strains of muffled devotion. The kids emerged from their shared bedroom with sleepy eyes and plopped on the couch.

Dilsara, our Nepali house helper, whisked past them to sweep dusty floors and make beds. Breakfast would be cereal and buffalo milk, as usual.

The kids begged to watch a Popeye cartoon in Hindi, and I pretended to hesitate before relenting.

Our morning ritual in India.
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