Lessons from a Life Skills Day

Written by contributor Kris of Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers

Housework and homeschooling.  Those two words don’t always go well together.  While my family does employ a chore chart that has served us for many years, there are also weeks when we’re so busy all we have time to do is “dump and run.”

Afterward, my house can look like it’s been hit by a tornado, stressing my clutter-free-loving soul.

It’s at those times that I may institute a life skills day.

This means my kids are going to get an up-close-and-personal lesson in vacuuming, dusting, laundry, and general housework.

It may sound like a homeschooling cop-out, to some folks, but I’ve found that some pretty valuable lessons can be learned during a life skills day.
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5 Easy Ways You Can Simplify in Under 30 Minutes

Written by Jamie Martin, editor of Simple Homeschool and founder of Steady Mom

Without a doubt, the simple life has a lot going for it.

In theory.

But when you’re a homeschooling parent, you may not have extra hours to devote to the cause.

Let’s face it–sometimes we don’t have the time to even nurture a private thought. Or go the bathroom…alone. So we need a few streamlined shortcuts to point us in the direction of a simple life.

It might not be perfect, but it will be a start. And sometimes that’s all we need.

Here are a few quick simplicity hacks for the busy family.
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Working at Home & Homeschooling: 7 Life Lessons from a WAHM

Written by contributor Hillary Boucher of infinitely learning

When my husband and I set out to homeschool our three children while running two home-based businesses we had no idea what we were getting into. We knew we would love the flexibility, the sense of control and the bonus family time, but we didn’t realize just how well organized we would need to be or the added stress it would bring into our home.

My husband designs and installs stonework and we run the business end from our home. I run a local birth services business that includes photography, doula services and birth tub rentals. I also do web consulting work for small businesses and non-profit organizations.

Three years later and we’ve finally learned how to make it work.

Here are seven things I wish I’d known when we started.

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There’s No Substitute

Written by contributor Lora Lynn of Vitafamiliae.

One of the beauties of homeschooling is the flexibility it offers when life throws us curve balls.

We can punt school for a few days in the name of “learning life’s lessons” and then get back on track when we’ve recovered from our interruption.

But there are occasions where we need to plan for school to go on… without the teacher.  New babies, illness, surgeries, or, in my family’s case, an adoption that requires a trip to Africa, all mean an extended absence for the homeschool teacher.

So how do homeschoolers lesson plan for our substitute teachers?
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Will This House Get Cleaned Before the Kids Graduate?

Written by Jamie Martin, editor of Simple Homeschool and founder of Steady Mom

A note from Jamie: We just pulled into our driveway last night after over two weeks away. Imagine me surrounded by suitcases, piles of clothes, and three energetic children! I’ll be back next week to share some new thoughts–until then enjoy this cleaning repost. It was originally published on April 26, 2010.

Anyone who has been homeschooling long knows the secret for “getting it all done.”

The secret is–that there is no secret. And it is virtually impossible, especially with many little ones underfoot, to get it “all done.” When you focus on the house, the schoolwork slides. When you focus on the schoolwork, the house slides.

What’s the answer to this homeschooling versus house cleaning dilemma? How can you juggle all these plates and keep them successfully in the air?

While there’s no magic formula, here are four tips to help you win the home management battle.
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