4 spring cleaning and organizing tips for homeschoolers

4 spring cleaning and organizing tips for homeschoolersJamie Martin, editor of Simple Homeschool, also blogs about motherhood at Steady Mom

Something seems to happen to me every spring – as the snow melts and the sun emerges, I have an urge to throw everything in our house away. (I never actually follow through with this internal nudge, don’t worry.)

But after the winter I long to shed what we don’t really need or love, to focus on the essentials. To me, spring decluttering is even more important than spring cleaning.

Cleaning doesn’t take nearly as long (especially if you have growing little helpers) when our homes aren’t overflowing with stuff we’re hanging on to “just in case.”

Use the following four tips to help unshackle a few extra burdens you’ve been lugging around:
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How I plan our homeschool days

How I plan our homeschool days

It all feels so official sometimes: I’m homeschooling three children.

Surely I need a teacher’s lesson planning book, the kind I used to see in the classroom, right? They look so professional, after all.

Yet the longer I’m at this gig, the less I seem to plan and the more our days seem to flow. Maybe it’s because our daily rhythm has evolved until it’s simply a part of us, and we don’t have to think about the basics anymore. Maybe it’s because I’ve loosened up a little (Okay, a lot!).

But whatever the reason, this is how I plan our days now. Perhaps some of the principles will nudge you in the right direction as well if you’re in need of a bit more flow to your daily routine.
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Starting a real-life fitness regimen as a homeschooler (and how to keep it up)

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The following is a guest post written by Rozanne Dioso-Lopez of Tomfoolery & Shenanigans.

Prep lesson work for three children. Draw a topographical map of North America on the chalkboard.  Plan a felting craft for a 4-year-old. Bake a loaf of bread. Gather materials for a project on government and democracy. Research the answer to my 6-year-old’s burning question: “How do jellyfish eat?”

… and it’s not even 6 a.m. yet.

I began my homeschooling journey with my five children three years ago. I was consumed with choosing a curriculum, planning their year and participating in a homeschooling group for support that would preserve my sanity.

As we entered into this new chapter in our lives, I was psychologically ready to educate my kids at home.

However, I sorely underestimated the physical demands of homeschooling. I was on my feet doing lessons, cooking, clearing tables, resolving conflict and engaging in constant activity.

I found myself hitting the proverbial wall by 2 p.m. and instituted mandatory “quiet time” because one more question about the internal anatomy of a jellyfish would send me over the edge.

It was a Catch-22.

I had to find the time to take care of myself in order to increase my energy so I would be able to present a feast of wonder to my children. Time and energy are precious commodities — finding any extra amount is akin to finding the holy grail.

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How to homeschool: Links to help you get started

Jamie Martin, editor of Simple Homeschool, also blogs about motherhood at Steady Mom

I was CLUELESS about homeschooling several years ago. It seemed like something “strange” people did with their kids.

My, my–how life has changed.

But even after I decided to give homeschooling a try–it was kind of tough to figure out HOW. I felt as though I was floundering in a dark wilderness without a flashlight.

In case you’re considering homeschooling and need help getting started–I thought I’d put together an overview of links that consolidate information in one place.

This way you can spend an hour or two reading a few articles to get a grasp on the topic. Then you can take it from there.
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Come share your homeschool day in the life!

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Homeschooling doesn’t always look the same. But that’s one of the things that makes it so great — it doesn’t have to!

In the past several weeks, our fourth annual homeschool day in the life series has featured families homeschooling between one to six children.

We’ve heard from those who follow Waldorf or Leadership education philosophies, classical homeschoolers, unschoolers, and everything in between; those who embrace schedules–and those who have embraced a bit of necessary chaos!
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