Waste your time

Waste Your Time

The following is a guest post by Sarah Mackenzie of Amongst Lovely Things.

I have something of an obsession with being productive and efficient. It’s a good trait when it comes to tackling my to-do list, but it’s a big problem when it comes to homeschooling my kids.

See, homeschooling is all about relationships, and relationships just aren’t efficient.

By definition, to be efficient is to achieve maximum productivity with minimum wasted effort or expense. But relationships don’t flourish or grow that way. Relationships need time, spent lavishly.

This can be a real struggle for those of us who homeschool. We have so much to get to: the laundry, meal planning and preparation, housework, errands, running children hither and yon, making time and space for other daily efforts like exercise, our spouses, and our personal development.

We want to be good stewards of our time, but maybe that time is best spent carelessly when it comes to people.

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On setting (& adjusting) your summer expectations

On setting and adjusting your summer expectations
Jamie Martin, editor of Simple Homeschool, also blogs about motherhood at Steady Mom

I‘m finishing this post off in a Midwestern hotel, right before the start of a journey we’ve planned all year (and that I’ve looked forward to for decades!)

We are preparing to kick off our Little House site tour–it’s like the ultimate field trip, visiting some of the sites that Laura called home.

All year long the kids and I have been studying the Little House books, in anticipation of actually seeing and experiencing some of what the Ingalls did long ago. I cannot wait!
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The best lesson about learning


The following is a guest post written by Heather Caliri of A Little Yes.

To be honest, I’m still not sure why I freaked out about the clay.

My daughter had found the battery-powered pottery wheel at the thrift store. Her face flushed with excitement, she placed the box on the counter and paid for it with her allowance.

I was tentative at best. The thing looked like a toy instead of a tool. Plus I remembered from school how hard throwing clay was. Would she get as frustrated as I once had with centering it?

She asked for my help getting set up. I held the instructions in one hand and the air-dry clay in the other. I read aloud about wedging the clay, centering it on the wheel, about slip and water and — that’s when I noticed my heart racing.

I knew I shouldn’t be this upset by a toy pottery wheel, but I was. And I didn’t know how to calm the heck down.

I was babbling that maybe we should slow down for a minute — practice — wait — when she took the clay out of my hand, set it on the wheel, and pressed the pedal. Whirrrrr. The wheel spun around like a child’s record player.

I looked at my daughter. She glowed.

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Real summer learning


Contributor Amida writes for Journey into Unschooling.

I had big plans this summer. Big Plans. This summer, I decided, we were going to catch up, tie up a few loose ends, and get ahead.

My preschooler would learn her letters while my grade-schooler memorized her times tables and conquered those reading comprehension exercises. My middle-schooler was going to master Latin, guitar, and algebra. And finally, my high-schooler was going to read volumes of summer reading books, write reviews for them, and complete his geometry requirement at the local community college.

All this (and more!) was to be completed by August. No problem.

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Tips for single-parent homeschooling

Tips for single-parent homeschooling

The following is a guest post by LaToya Edwards of Learning to Let Him Lead.

When I first became a mommy I never imagined that I would want to be home with my babies, and I had never heard of homeschooling.

When my first son was born and I started thinking about his education, my heart was really drawn towards teaching him at home. I had no idea how I was going to manage to homeschool a child and have a full-time law career, but I figured that between my husband and me, we could work it out.

All those plans went out the window when I suddenly found myself a single mom to two boys.

I spent a lot of time trying to figure out how to finish school and provide for us but I never let go of the dream of homeschooling. It has not been an easy road homeschooling as a single parent.

I’m often tired, exhausted and worn out. But little by little I’m finding my way and figuring out what homeschooling looks like for us.

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