Combating the Holiday Rut

Homeschooling Through the Holidays

Reading Magazine Sitting on Stack of Books

Well, Mom, it’s that time a year again. If you are a homeschooling mom you know, the struggle is real. The gap between Thanksgiving and New Year’s can be a difficult time to stay on track. With so many things going on the motivation to keep schooling can just wane.

Of course, the kids aren’t going to complain at all that they have the month or even two off. After more years than I’d like to admit having this happen, I have come up with some ideas to keep accomplishing work throughout the holiday season.

So, mom, I present,

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School’s out for Summer

Lesson's Learned from This School Year

Journal and Pen with Notes

School is technically out for the summer or at least very close, but for most of you home educating moms it’s never really over, now is it? We all have those few straggler subjects, doesn’t everyone at least have math to do all summer?? And even when we are “done” we still have to plan for the upcoming year.

From an academic standpoint, I don’t feel like we have had a phenomenal year. But does any home educating mom ever feel that way? When I look back on what we accomplished or didn’t accomplish, I am reminded that the Lord directs my ship. He will finish the work that we started this year. I know we grew in a lot of areas both academic and experiential.

I recently read a book called Strengths Finder 2.0, in hopes of finding out where my strengths lie. I often struggle to see what I am talented in and find myself in a comparison game with other moms. I look at all of these great projects that other moms are doing. Their homeschool looks so fun at least on the outside, but mom, I’ve discovered something about that perceived outward appearance.

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Graduating a Graduate

Launching the Proverbial Arrow

Bow and Arrow Quiver

My son is graduating high school this week, and I have mixed emotions. I am so proud of the man that he has become and excited to watch the next chapter of his life unfold. But deep down I miss my little boy. I can’t believe that we are here already.

It seems only yesterday we were struggling over 5th-grade math problems. I can remember many days that I thought we weren’t going to make it through. From the many things I have learned in our first go around of homeschool here are just a few.

I didn’t always make the right choices. However, that one year that we gave up on math instead of sacrificing our relationship was a great decision. The Lord filled in the gaps that next year and can you believe he was reading math textbooks for leisure. Not to say giving up is always the answer, but not sacrificing your relationship is.

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Learning to Homeschool

10 Lessons I Have Learned As a Homeschooling Mother

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I have been homeschooling for what seems like forever. It is hard to believe it has only been ten years. And it is even harder to believe I have close to twenty more to go.

Its been a sanctifying process for me as well as my children. The Lord has been gracious and continues to grant us grace to get through each and every day, month, and year. He has given me so many lessons in this journey so far and today I want to share those with you.

These lessons have not come easy. They have come through very hard days, but the Lord is faithful to continue molding us to be more like Him. Praise the Lord! In this post, I want to highlight my top 10 lessons for you mom. I want you to be encouraged whether you are just starting out or need a reminder of the lessons the Lord has taught you.

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How to Get the Most Out of a Homeschooling Convention

5 Musts for Navigating a Homeschool Convention

stacks of school books

When you walk into that huge, huge vendor hall and see all of those booths with their marketing signs and loads and loads of books, it’s very normal to get completely overwhelmed. When I’m overwhelmed, I become stress paralyzed. Yes, it is a real thing I promise!??

To help you avoid stress paralyzation, I swear it’s real, here are five tips that I use each and every year as I navigate the vendor hall at the GHS convention.

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Finding the Calm in the Schoolday

6 Tips to Alleviate Stressful School Days

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Do you feel your workload only grows and never gets done? Do you sit back and wonder at the end of some days what exactly you did today? If so, know that you are not alone!

Oh, how the day can so quickly spiral completely out of control. Finding the balance between the chores & errand list, while handling the schooling needs of your kids, requires constant inspection and review. If this is you, then I urge you to keep reading. Ten years of homeschooling high schoolers to crawlers has taught me many lessons along the way to help alleviate some of the daily stresses. So without further ado, here are my best tips.

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One step, One Punch, One Round at a Time

The mantra of a homeschooling fighter

One Step One Punch

I have a confession to make. I am a Rocky fan. Fan being short for fanatic of course. I love the story, the fights, the music. When I hear that Bump, Bump, Ba…my heart flutters. I love it all! The final installment came out in December 2015 and it was great, so great that Sly got nominated for an Oscar BTW. Anyway, in the movie, Rocky is training Apollo Creed’s son, Adonis Johnson, to be a great fighter. He repeats the line as they are training – “One step at a time. One punch at a time. One round at a time.”

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