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Mid-winter motivation for homeschoolers

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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?

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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 small shifts can lead to big impact

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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.

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Starting the new year with intention

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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.
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When worksheets don’t work

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Written by Shawna Wingert of Not The Former Things

I have a confession to make.

This may sound a little crazy, but when I was in school, I actually enjoyed completing worksheets. It didn’t matter the subject, whether it was fill-in-the-blank or circle-the-correct -answer, I loved them.

There was something about the promise, as I would write my name in the upper left hand corner (because, of course), that this worksheet would be complete — all the lines filled in, the i’s dotted and the t’s crossed – this worksheet would show how much I “knew.”

Fast-forward about 25 years to when I started homeschooling my own two sons, and not much had changed. I still loved the worksheets. I wanted my sons to love the worksheets.

I wanted them to see the ease and brilliance of just following the directions, and then moving on with your day.

But they didn’t see the brilliance. And the ease? For both of my children, worksheets are suffocating and tedious at best, and a reminder of how difficult some of their special needs are at worst.
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