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38 minutes | 5 days ago
Episode 42: Starting Dual Enrollment Mid-Year | Jennifer Cook DeRosa
FOLLOW US ON: APPLE PODCASTS | GOOGLE PLAY | STITCHER Jennifer is joining us today from North Carolina. It really is so wonderful that we can connect from all across the world to encourage and hopefully inspire our homeschool community. Before we get started let me tell you a little about Jennifer. After two decades in higher education, Jennifer stepped away from college administration and teaching to homeschool her sons and create –Homeschooling for College Credit, an organization that helps homeschooling families earn college credit in high school. When Jennifer realized that college credit could be earned through CLEP testing… she tested it out herself and earned an Associate’s degree. We are thrilled to have Jennifer join us. Links to information Jennifer shared about CLEP testing and Dual Enrollment: Take a CLEP test for free. Different Ways to Earn College Credit in High School More information on How to Homeschool High School including free downloads, books, and templates!The post Episode 42: Starting Dual Enrollment Mid-Year | Jennifer Cook DeRosa first appeared on Homeschool.com.
30 minutes | a month ago
Episode 39: Tips for Too Much Togetherness | Guest Celeste Orr
FOLLOW US ON: APPLE PODCASTS | GOOGLE PLAY | STITCHER Hello everyone and welcome back to Homeschool.com’s Homeschooling and Loving It Podcast Episode 39 and today we are talking about togetherness! As most of the world has experienced more family togetherness in the last few months than ever before. Of course, this is a good thing… but it may cause some challenges. Here today to talk with us about what we can do when there is too much togetherness is my friend Celeste Orr! Welcome, Celeste! Celeste is joining us today from Maine and if you want a glimpse of that beauty you can follow her at @togetherness_redefined on Instagram! Celeste is also the author of the blog, Togetherness Redefined as well as an author of a book by the same name. Make sure to sign up for Celeste’s weekly Togetherness Tips! We are so excited to have Celeste here today to share practical ways to make a lot of togetherness enjoyable. Make you check out Celeste’s articles on Homeschool.com about Travelschooling and Togetherness! Will This Be the Year of Too Much Togetherness? Desire Led Summer Learning Homeschool Art Projects for Teens and Tweens What Does Quarantine Mean for Travel-Schooling Families? Travel Schooling Part 2: How to Afford It! What is Travel Schooling & How Do We Start? Part 1 Visit the newsletter where this podcast was featured! The post Episode 39: Tips for Too Much Togetherness | Guest Celeste Orr first appeared on Homeschool.com.
35 minutes | 2 months ago
Episode 38: Tips for Teaching Character in Your Homeschool! | Guest Kathie Morrisey
FOLLOW US ON: APPLE PODCASTS | GOOGLE PLAY | STITCHER Welcome back to Episode 38 of the Homeschooling and Loving It Podcast! Today we are talking about Character Training! And to help me really get to the heart of the subject I’ve invited Kathie Morrisey to join us! Kathie hails from Michigan and is the owner and founder of the The Character Corner, which is a website that encourages parents to be purposeful about raising children with strong character. Kathie is the mother of 8 children and wife to Alan for 42 years. She is also a veteran homeschooling mom of 31 years and is a popular speaker at homeschool conventions and support groups. She is also the author of two character training curriculums as well as several other books. We are so excited to have Kathie join us! In the podcast Kathie gives several tips for parent to consider while training their children. Our favorites were: Be the Example! Be Consistent! Look for the Positive! Encourage Your Child! Kathie has offered our listeners four free character training lessons which can be found at The Character Corner here. You can find more free character training resources below from Homeschool.com. The post Episode 38: Tips for Teaching Character in Your Homeschool! | Guest Kathie Morrisey first appeared on Homeschool.com.
41 minutes | 2 months ago
Episode 37: Practical Tips For Improving Memory and Study Habits! | Guest Daren and Kath Denholm
FOLLOW US ON: APPLE PODCASTS | GOOGLE PLAY | STITCHER Daren and Kath Denholm are joining us today from South Africa… and I have to say – they are pretty amazing! They have not only competed many times in the World Memory Championships but also work tirelessly every day to help students and adults understand how to improve their memory. Daren is the only person in the world to compete in all 6 world memory championships from 2006 – 2011 and be considered the Highest Ranked Competitor from Africa and the Southern Hemisphere. In fact, Daren went from a struggling student almost failing at university, to being referred to as “The Memory Guy” and being able to memorize a deck of playing cards in as little as 80 seconds. Amazing! Kath shares 3 practical ways that she applies this strategy to teaching her children: Equip yourself as the parent with these strategies. You’ll become passionate about it because you’ll realize that you’ve changed. Start early with your child. The earlier the better. As soon as they can read and write. It’s not easy. Not a quick fix. Consistency. It takes time. There is no way to do this quickly. Kath and Daren shared with us how consistency in the process is key. They’ve also shared their “roadmap for success” as a free printable for our Homeschool.com listeners. Register below for your free roadmap to begin the journey to successful strategic learning. Kath and Daren have also given our listeners a generous discount off of their course package. If you listened to the podcast, it’s easy to tell that they are passionate about making a difference in the lives of students and adults. If you are interested in using the Student Genius and Little Genius courses in your homeschool, visit them at The Genius Series Study Skills Course for older students and adults and the Little Genius Course for young children. Teach Your Child “How” To Think Join Kath as she shares with us her essential steps in teaching your child to think about how they think. Our article How To Teach Your Child How To Think is a great resource for all homeschooling parents. Kath and Daren have spent the last 20 years researching and sharing these tips for strategic learning and they would love to help the homeschool community as much as they can. To do this as budget friendly as possible, they’ve given our listeners their courses at cost. If you want to learn more click below. 1. Little Genius Special: Link: https://geniusseries.com/memory-training-3/ Coupon Code: homeschoolspecial The normal price for terms 1 and 2: $177. The discount will take $100 off. A once-off payment of $77. OR if anyone would prefer to pay over 3 installments, you will pay $27 x 3 instead of $59 x 3. Both options are available at checkout. You will just need to insert the coupon code and click the button prompted by the red arrow and the discount will automatically show. The same applies to the PowerStudying Formula course. 2. Student Genius Special: Link: https://geniusseries.com/study-skills-course/ Coupon code: homeschoolspecial Normal price: $297. The discount will take $200 off. A once-off payment of $97. OR if anyone would prefer to pay over 3 installments, they will pay $33 x 3 instead of $97 x 3. Both options are available at checkout. You will just need to insert the coupon code and click the button prompted by the red arrow and the discount will automatically show. The post Episode 37: Practical Tips For Improving Memory and Study Habits! | Guest Daren and Kath Denholm first appeared on Homeschool.com.
31 minutes | 2 months ago
Episode 36: Understand Your Constitution | Guest Actress Janine Turner
FOLLOW US ON: APPLE PODCASTS | GOOGLE PLAY | STITCHER This year has been so evident that our nation is in trouble. And with that in mind, it is down to us… American citizens to know our laws, our rights, and even our constitution and understand the processes that the Founding Fathers embedded within our nation’s government for individuals to initiate and effect change. We can each, no matter how old or young, be a part of that! Joining us in Episode 36 is actress, Janine Turner. Janine is the founder of Constituting America as well as a three-time Golden Globe-nominated actress. You might know her from Northern Exposure, Friday Night Lights and even feature films like Cliffhanger and Steel Magnolias. Welcome, Janine! The Constituting America Foundation is the only organization that utilizes music, movies, and television – kids’ own works – to inspire Americans of all ages to learn about the U.S. Constitution, by distributing their works through the national media. This year they are offering a full day of workshops and sessions geared toward educating and encouraging young people to get understand their constitution. Sign up for the Free Constitution Day Event here. If you are interested in Janine speaking to your homeschool group about the Constitution or other aspects of government you can Book a Speech here. One of my favorites was their Civil Civic Conversation Workshop! You can get in on that workshop during the Constitution Day Event by registering now! Constituting America’s program, “How to Have a Civil Civic Conversation,” gives your students the opportunity to learn about how to have a meaningful Civil Civic Conversation. In America’s current divisive atmosphere, it is important for students to learn how to listen and become informed about opposing points of view. Through the Civil Civic Conversation process, students will discover how to be an active part of the political future of our country, exercising their first amendment rights, protected by the U.S. Constitution. Constituting America also offers free 90-day study downloads covered everything from the Federalist Papers to the Supreme Court, Congress, and the Constitution. This is a perfect and affordable way to add government studies to your homeschool. Also, join their weekly Constituting America podcast on Soundcloud that includes students as well as professors from across the country elaborating on our Constitution as well as other important U.S. documents. The post Episode 36: Understand Your Constitution | Guest Actress Janine Turner first appeared on Homeschool.com.
35 minutes | 3 months ago
Episode 35: Is Fear Keeping You From Amazing Things? | Guest Melissa Webb
FOLLOW US ON: APPLE PODCASTS | GOOGLE PLAY | STITCHER Join Jamie and our special guest Melissa Webb from www.writeonwebb.com! We all know there are two types of fear, healthy fear, and unhealthy fear. Without a little fear, we would probably injure ourselves or be negligent in protecting our selves and our families. However, many people tend to allow unhealthy fear to take over their thought processes and keep them from doing some great things! In light of so many beginning their homeschooling journey this year, fear of failure is at the top of many’s list. Yet, is that realistic? In today’s episode, Jamie and Melissa talk about fear and how to fight unhealthy fear, reign in our thought process, and establish a healthy view of moving forward with those things we’ve been called to do… In fact, Melissa shares 3 things GREAT ideas for overcoming fear and moving into your amazing! Free Printable of Melissa’s 3 Takeaways! Click to download the worksheet!The post Episode 35: Is Fear Keeping You From Amazing Things? | Guest Melissa Webb first appeared on Homeschool.com.
52 minutes | 3 months ago
Episode 34: Answers to Your Homeschool Questions!
FOLLOW US ON: APPLE PODCASTS | GOOGLE PLAY | STITCHER Every day I get questions in my inbox… so many people starting to homeschool this year need answers. So, today’s podcast is all about sharing answers to the most frequently asked homeschool questions. I apologize in advance for the squeaky chair, I hope it doesn’t deter everyone! If you still have homeschool questions after listening to this podcast, please download this free book. It’s full of great advice, worksheets, and tips for homeschooling now and for years to come! View this post on Instagram I remember when I started homeschooling… 🤦🏼♀️ SO. MANY. QUESTIONS. On today’s podcast I answer the many questions that you’ve sent in or messaged to me! I want you to have the answers you need to Homeschool and Love It this year!! #homeschoolcom #homeschoolingandlovingit #homeschoolquestions #homeschooladvice #homeschoolersofinstagram #homeschoolinfluencers #homeschoolmom #homeschoollessonplanning #homeschoolpodcast #homeschoolhelp #homeschoolhelper #learnathome #homeeducator #homeeducation A post shared by Homeschool.com (@homeschoolcom) on Aug 13, 2020 at 3:12pm PDT The post Episode 34: Answers to Your Homeschool Questions! first appeared on Homeschool.com.
32 minutes | 4 months ago
Episode 33: How To Help Our Teens Transition to Adulthood | Stephanie Wilkins
TUNE IN: APPLE PODCASTS | GOOGLE PLAY | STITCHER Hello and welcome to Episode 33 of the Homeschooling and Loving It Podcast. Today we are talking about our teens and how to prepare them well for college and adult life. So – to give us some great insight on that we have a special guest joining us today! I want to welcome Stephanie Wilkins to today’s podcast. Stephanie is the Marketing Director for Soaring with Him Ministries and is a veteran homeschool mom of 21 years. Stephanie has had the unique opportunity to have lived in four different countries and four different states. Stephanie is also a board-certified nutrition consultant and founder of “No More Band-Aids” which is a ministry of encouragement to caretakers and those suffering from Chronic Disease. Stephanie’s passions are homeschooling, travel, health and wellness, and her faith. Many of us are facing teens that are transitioning to adulthood. It’s often difficult when homeschooling teens to know exactly how they are feeling and what they are thinking. Keeping lines of communication open is vital to helping your teen become a successful adult. It’s so important to be willing to talk about anything and everything with your teen. And along the way you’ll be teaching them the life skills they so desperately need. The post Episode 33: How To Help Our Teens Transition to Adulthood | Stephanie Wilkins first appeared on Homeschool.com.
18 minutes | 5 months ago
Episode 32: How To Talk With Kids About the Tough Stuff!
TUNE IN: APPLE PODCASTS | GOOGLE PLAY | STITCHER Welcome to this week’s episode of the Homeschooling and Loving It podcast. Today we are talking about How to talk with kids about the tough stuff along with staying in touch with your child’s mental health. Have you noticed your children getting quiet when adults talk about recent events? Have you noticed them get a little irritable after they’ve heard the news? All of those are telltale signs that your child may not be handling these difficult situations well. Many children just don’t have the ability to verbalize how they feel. So with that in mind, it’s important for us to observe them carefully. They may be struggling with how to process what they perceive is happening in the world around them. How We Respond to Our Child’s Mental Health is Important These are times that are difficult for us as adults to process and understand, even more so for our children. I know I’ve been personally scared and emotional when watching the news of late. But most importantly, the way we as parents respond to these issues and our children’s concerns will help them be able to process these concerns. Be Aware of Physical Indicators that Your Child’s Mental Health is in Danger First, I want to encourage you to be aware of the physical signs of distress in your children. Everyone deals with anxiety to a certain extent, and at a healthy level, it is an important warning sign for us. However, sometimes, situations can cause our anxiety to rise to unhealthy levels. If you’re concerned your child may be struggling with anxiety, here are several signs of unhealthy emotional stress. irritability fatigue restlessness concentration insomnia stomach aches tumbling muscle tension How to Nurture a Child’s Mental Health If we determine that our child is indeed struggling with stress or anxiety we need to help our children right away. Don’t pretend the situation will go away on its own, but do make sure that you have your thoughts and feelings straight before you start. But, it’s vital that we step up and have those tough conversations and help support our child’s mental health! Start small. Take a walk together, do something that is enjoyable and relaxing, and begin the conversation slowly. Introduce the topic and then ask them if they have any questions. They may not be able to verbalize their questions, so ask them questions that they can easily answer with a yes/no. Make the incident understandable. Use words appropriate for their age and understanding. Discuss current events in light of historical events. Use it as a homeschool lesson if possible… but take time to explain all the implications of the event. Explain all viewpoints and discuss the ethical/ moral options. In light of the intense spotlight on racial injustice. Take time to talk through the importance of good character and what that means for us to all races, religions, and cultures. It’s often a good idea to discuss how they feel and then even role-play situations where they would be forced to make a decision. Use books that teach lessons on character. Homeschoolers love unit studies, this might be a great time to do a unit study on equality and injustice. Be consistent with your daily routines, it helps children feel safe when their normal routines remain the same Encourage children to draw or journal out how they feel. Children often find it easier to express their feelings in a non-confrontational way like drawing or writing. Your child may need your touch more than ever. Be available for lots of hugs and time together. This helps children feel safe and protected. Stay tuned… Keep listening and asking questions. Keep looking for opportunities to know what’s on your child’s mind. Each day is different and they may struggle one day more than another. Reassure them that what they are feeling is normal and that even though we may not have all the answers, we can work through it together. The post Episode 32: How To Talk With Kids About the Tough Stuff! first appeared on Homeschool.com.
28 minutes | 6 months ago
Episode 31: How to Keep a Healthy Homeschool Mindset | Guest Melanie Wilson – Psychowith6
TUNE IN: APPLE PODCASTS | GOOGLE PLAY | STITCHER Let’s welcome Melanie Wilson from psychowithsix.com. Melanie is a Christian psychologist who turned homeschool mom! Melanie is here today to chat with us about keeping a healthy mindset as we homeschool. I know we all struggle with the tendency to accuse ourselves of failing or of not being enough. And, From my own personal experience and in talking with homeschool moms across the country, the vast majority of us battle feeling like we’ve not done enough, covered enough, taught well enough, played enough. It’s a terrible cycle and I’m so glad that Melanie is here to give us some pointers on how to combat this mindset as we wrap up a school year and begin to prepare for the next. Why do you think this is such a common issue among homeschooling moms? These thought patterns can be pretty sneaky… we can be entrenched in this destructive thought process before we even realize it. What are some warning signs we should know to help us be aware of our thought patterns? A companion issue is the unrealistic portrayal of perfection that we see around us in Social media, television, Our culture often presents an aura of perfection that isn’t realistic. How can we foster a healthy mindset when we are surrounded by this unrealistic perfection or by stressing situations? When I first started homeschooling I expected everything to be like my previous school classroom. And when the tight schedule and structured day didn’t work with my six kids – I just knew I was a failure. In fact, I was ready to quit that first year. But in reality – the only thing wrong was the “way” I was going about it. Once I changed that – we LOVED homeschooling and all of us were much happier… But, These personal unrealistic expectations can be so dangerous. How do we stop this destructive cycle in our own minds? Ok -so what about those moms who are already embracing the thoughts of failure? Those who are ready to quit homeschooling, and have already blamed themselves for everything. Basically, how do you get out of the self-dug trench of despair? What are some practical methods or baby steps that we can proactively adopt to help avoid a destructive thought process? Do you find that having an accountability partner helps? I’ve often found great help when I reached out to an older more experienced homeschool mom! As we wrap up this episode of our podcast, Melanie do you have any final words of encouragement for our listeners? That wraps up Episode 31 of Homeschool.com’s Homeschooling and Loving It podcast. Also, If you haven’t visited Melanie at psychowithsix.com you need to head over there and look around. Melanie has a great website filled with helpful articles and a wonderful podcast called the Homeschool Sanity Show with helpful episodes that address other pertinent issues we face. Here is a link to her podcast on Black and White Thinking. Please make sure to check it out! As always, I’m rooting for you homeschool mama – I’m here in your corner cheering you on! So here’s wishing you a great week filled with a healthy homeschooling mindset! with grace and joy, JamieThe post Episode 31: How to Keep a Healthy Homeschool Mindset | Guest Melanie Wilson - Psychowith6 first appeared on Homeschool.com.
20 minutes | 7 months ago
Episode 30: How to Make Summer Learning Fun!
TUNE IN: APPLE PODCASTS | GOOGLE PLAY | STITCHER Hello and welcome back to Episode 30 of Homeschool.com’s Homeschooling and Loving It Podcast. This week we have a special guest, one who has been here before and is always such an encouragement! I’d like to welcome Andrea Dillon from A2ZHomeschooling.com Today we’re going to be talking about Summer Learning! Why do summer learning? Summer learning slide What is it? Is it real? What can we do about the Summer Learning Slide Ideas for Summer Learning Don’t say “school” unless you want a riot Take a break Make summer learning different from regular year-long learning Go bigger and messier in the summer Create big outdoor versions of your favorite games Visit museums Learn new skills volunteer (add to your high school transcripts) Remember to keep it low stress and fun! Andrea and I both wish everyone a summer full of learning adventures and fun! Until next time, Jamie Just in case you want to check out the article I mentioned in the podcast. https://www.educationnext.org/is-summer-learning-loss-real-how-i-lost-faith-education-research-results/The post Episode 30: How to Make Summer Learning Fun! first appeared on Homeschool.com.
11 minutes | 7 months ago
Episode 29: How to Deal with Anxiety in Our Children
TUNE IN: APPLE PODCASTS | GOOGLE PLAY | STITCHER Right now – two things are at the forefront of our minds. 1 to protect ourselves and our loved ones from getting sick and 2 to protect ourselves and our loved ones from anxiety or fear. Throw in learning at home and working from home and it’s a mix that ripe for stress and anxiety. But today I want to focus on dealing with anxiety in our children. As adults we can process and understand current events, but our children often lack the ability to completely make sense of this situation. Adding to their confusion is the endless conversation on television, radio, and even social media. Though they may not be directly watching or listening to these outlets, they are overhearing what their parents listen to. So to understand how your child is doing or how they are handling their anxiety there are a few symptoms of anxiety that you can watch for. Sometimes these symptoms can be confused with troublesome behavior when in reality they are a response to the fear and stress they may be feeling. We can lookout for: Outbursts, obstinate behavior, impatience, temper tantrums, withdrawal, lack of motivation, extreme competitiveness, persistent worry, fidgeting, headaches, stress, irritability, lack of appetite, headaches, stomach aches, inability to sleep, excessive sleeping, potty problems, and any changes that are out of the ordinary. If you notice that your child has these symptoms, it’s a good idea to gently work up to a conversation about how they are feeling. To do this, it’s so important to make sure they are as relaxed as possible, make them feel safe, and loved and then open a conversation.The post Episode 29: How to Deal with Anxiety in Our Children first appeared on Homeschool.com.
39 minutes | 8 months ago
Episode 28: Creative Ways to Homeschool and Work
TUNE IN: APPLE PODCASTS | GOOGLE PLAY | STITCHER Are you overwhelmed? Do you feel a little stressed with the idea of homeschooling and working! Start with the heart of the matter! Is your plate too full? Start with what’s on your plate first! Take a hard look and see if there is anything you can say “no” to. Get a Head Start Wake up before the kids and fill your cup! Have a Plan Organize your time and find what works best for your family. Stagger work hours with your spouse, stagger homeschool hours afternoon and evening are options too! Create a loose schedule and have a daily rhythm! Use Time Organization Methods Be Intentional about your time! Be consistent Teach for Independence Choose Homeschool Curriculum Wisely Organize Make Family Time a Priority **I want to note I mention productivity and efficiency a lot… but when you are homeschooling children make room for discovery learning, outdoor learning, and adventure! And remember there is not “one way” to homeschool! The post Episode 28: Creative Ways to Homeschool and Work first appeared on Homeschool.com.
8 minutes | 8 months ago
Episode 27: 5 Tips for Beginning Homeschoolers
TUNE IN: APPLE PODCASTS | GOOGLE PLAY | STITCHER Homeschooling has become mainstream overnight, and many parents are wondering just what to do! Join us on Episode 27 of the Homeschooling & Loving It Podcast where Jamie shares 5 Tips for Beginning Homeschoolers! R – Relax – more is caught than taught! E – Enjoy learning with your child! S – Schedule or…not! T – Tailor your space and how you homeschool to fit your child! ! – Explore online curriculum if you haven’t been given a learning plan from your child’s teacher! Any questions? Reach out to Jamie and ask away! firstname.lastname@example.orgThe post Episode 27: 5 Tips for Beginning Homeschoolers first appeared on Homeschool.com.
28 minutes | 9 months ago
Episode 26: FAQ on Homeschooling High School
TUNE IN: APPLE PODCASTS | GOOGLE PLAY | STITCHER Join us today for Episode 26 of the Homeschooling & Loving It show – FAQ on Homeschooling High School! Worried about homeschooling high school? Join me and my special guest today as we answer the most commonly asked questions about homeschooling high school! Joy is here from Let’s Homeschool High School. If you haven’t had a chance to visit Let’s Homeschool Highschool you need to. It’s one of the web’s most comprehensive resources on homeschooling high school with e-courses, ebooks, video how to’s and even a series of printables that will cover all your record-keeping needs. I’ve used Let’s Homeschool High school through the years as I’ve homeschooled my kids and I have to say it compares to the websites that many homeschooling families pay for memberships to… and the most unique thing about Let’s Homeschool High school is that it is free – completely free. Frequently Asked Homeschool High School Questions ~ listen in to find out our responses! Question 1 How do I know what to do or even where to start? Question 2 – I can’t teach those difficult high school courses – how in the world will they learn? Question 3 – Will I be able to adequately prepare my student for college? Question 4 – College isn’t everything – how can I help my teen find and prepare for an alternative path to their career choice? Question 5 What about college admissions? Will my homeschooled teen be frowned upon? Question 6 What about scholarships? Will my homeschooled teen be able to get scholarships? Question 7 What is a credit, how do I give credits and how many do they need to graduate? Question 8 – What about transcripts? Question 9 How does my teen get a diploma? Question 10 – How will my teen socialize? The post Episode 26: FAQ on Homeschooling High School first appeared on Homeschool.com.
17 minutes | 10 months ago
Episode 25: Have You Listened to the Lies?
TUNE IN: APPLE PODCASTS | GOOGLE PLAY | STITCHER Have you listened to the lies? Homeschooling lies that is! Today we’re talking about how easy it is to let our own minds and thoughts accuse us – and how we can stop the cycle! Join us! We all do it – we listen to the lies and accusations that our mind throws before us. But we don’t have to live there. We don’t have to listen! My daughters and I were sitting at the table this morning working through today’s lesson from the Bible study “Lies Younge Women Believe,” I thought about how this really correlates to homeschooling as well. How often do we as mamas listen to the lies about our ability to homeschool? How often do we let them break us? Wear us down? As I was thinking about the lies or accusations that I’ve battled with over the years that I’ve homeschooled, I wondered if my close homeschool friends did too. I took a second and shot out a text to my “squad” (as my daughters would call it) and asked them! Guess what? Everyone had a grocery list response for me of homeschool related lies that they’ve battled over the years. Wonder which was the most common lie homeschool moms battle? Think about it see if you can guess – stay tuned to the end of the podcast and we’ll see if you guessed correctly! There were many accusations that my homeschooling friends had in common – and sadly each one had many that they shared that they say they battle frequently. Does this sound familiar? Maybe you’re struggling with one or two or many of these lies right now. It isn’t easy to discern the lies from what you think maybe the truth. But the bottom line, there is truth and it will set you free. I’m sure you’ve heard this before, but so often we are our own worst enemy. We set ourselves up with unrealistic expectations and then believe the accusations as truth when we don’t feel that we’ve lived up to those crazy guidelines. A lie can only trip us up if we believe it, right? And, only if we get our eyes off the truth. I like to think of this homeschool journey as just that, a walk of life in a special direction. But, when we walk or even run, we keep our eyes ahead. We keep our eyes on the goal, and if we look behind us or somewhere off, we trip up. Remember dear friend, just as a runner must focus his glance- keep your eyes on the truth and the lies won’t trip you up. If you’re in this place, take a minute and read through some of the most common lies that we face as homeschool mamas. The LIE I’m not __________ enough. Fill in the blank there. My friends and I struggled with everything from being smart, organized, to being educated enough. The Truth Sometimes this lie stems from a deep-rooted emotional hurt Sometimes it’s something we’ve believed since childhood. Sometimes we have to go back to those hurts and see them for what they really were. Destroy the lie at the root – if you will. But take a long look at your life, haven’t you shown your smart enough? Haven’t you done amazing things? Even if it’s just being a good parent. You are enough. You are your child’s parent. You love that child more than anyone else on earth and as long as you are doing your best – you are enough. You don’t have to be THE smartest or the MOST educated as long as you find ways to help your child learn and achieve you are exactly what you need to be. Ephesians 2:10 “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Exodus 3:11-12a But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?” And God said, “I will be with you…” The LIE Every other homeschool mom is doing better than I am and looking down on me. The Truth As I realized when I asked my close homeschooling friends about their struggles today, most of them had some version of this lie on their list. We all battle the lie that others are so much better. Why do we worry about what others think? It’s a trap so many of us fall into. If we can embrace the truth – and let this lie go – trust me – it will be freeing. I struggle with this lie alot – after alot of soul searching and even a dear friend telling me I needed to stop worrying about what others thought – – I began to feel release and freedom. It’s such a trap to think others are looking down on you – When the truth is everyone is too busy worrying that they aren’t enough that they don’t have time to worry about what you are doing! And if they do have time to look down on you, then they aren’t doing everything they need to be doing in their own homeschool. The truth is that worrying about what others think will always bring us down. Proverbs 29:25 It is dangerous to be concerned with what others think of you, but if you trust the Lord, you are safe. The LIE We don’t have much money to spend on homeschooling, I know our kids will miss out on something. The Truth Homeschooling requires very little monetary investment to acquire an amazing education. Some of the most educated homeschoolers I’ve known spent little to nothing to homeschool their children. They used the library and other free opportunities to help them educate their children. Remember the truth that Joshua 1:9 shares, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid: do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” The LIE I’m not preparing them well enough for adulthood. The Truth No parent ever in the history of mankind has ever felt that they have fulled prepared their child for adulthood. No. ONE. So, dear friend, again you wake up each day and invest in those preciousgifts we’ve been given and each day you give them your best. And then, one day it’s time for them to leave. Yes, you’ll think you haven’t done enough and you need more time… but Wait. Watch. You’ll be amazed at the person they’ve become. And all of investments you’ve made over the years are evident. Rejoice in that… be thankful for them…Remember the truth that no matter how hard we try and think we need to “take care of things,” God has it under control. Daniel 2:21 And he changeth the times and the seasons: he removeth kings, and setteth up kings: he giveth wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to them that know understanding: Luke 12:6,7 Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God? But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: ye are of more value than many sparrows. The LIE I keep hearing that homeschoolers are weird and unsocialized, and I don’t want my kids to be weird. The Truth I think the weird issue comes from isolated experience or someone’s opinion that others have just “picked up.” Often they think homeschoolers are weird because they are mature and well socialized. I know we can all stand and testify to the fact that socialization is a non-issue with homeschoolers. There is just so much scope for human interaction at so many diverse levels for the homeschool child. But at the end of the day, we can let this accusation come in the back door in other forms. We worry that they’ll function well in the future and not be too “abnormal” to get a job, meet a spouse, raise a family. But what is at the root of our worry? Matthew 6:33,34 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. I remember a funny story, my brother in law once told me that he always thought homeschoolers ended up weird. Harsh. That is until he got to know our children. Then he said, “Wow, they’re pretty cool kids.” (Like he was so surprised!) For the first time, he began considering homeschooling as a viable means of educating. And, the rest of the story…Guess what? Yep – my brother in law and little sister are now homeschooling their four children! Yes, there are people out there that are weird. There are homeschoolers that are weird and public schoolers that are weird. But, the bottom line is that you are raising these kids with your heart – your preferences – your convictions – and your guidelines and that is GOOD and RIGHT because God has given you those kids. Our children are our mission – our clearly appointed task in this life. They need us to think healthy and right. So, our job is to focus on the truth and keep our eyes on it as we journey this walk of life! Dear friend, don’t let the accusations and lies distract you from the truth right before you!The post Episode 25: Have You Listened to the Lies? first appeared on Homeschool.com.
18 minutes | 10 months ago
Episode 24: What I Wish I Knew BEFORE I Started Homeschooling
TUNE IN: APPLE PODCASTS | GOOGLE PLAY | STITCHER This is Episode 24 of Homeschool.com’s Homeschooling and Loving It podcast… and today we’re gonna be completely transparent and share with you the dozen or so things that I REALLY wish I had know when I first started homeschooling! So, back to my revelation of the 12 or so Things, I wish I had know BEFORE I started homeschooling… Some of these I guarantee will make you wonder – how in the world I DIDN’t know them… so no judging… here we go! Just for fun, I’m starting at the bottom of my list… #12 It’s so important to praise your kids. #11 Embrace – Guard – Protect – the fact that you CANT do it all. You can’t – I CAN’T – #10 Take time for yourself – Don’t get me wrong… I’m not promoting self-centeredness – but there is truth in the fact that you can’t pour yourself into your family without first being full yourself. #9 Make your home a happy place. This ties in with the superwoman point – if your home has to be perfect 24/7 then your kids may feel that they can’t relax – can’t play- can’t have fun while homeschooling. Play fun music, play learning games, enjoy your homeschooling days together – – trust me they are over all too quick! #8 Ease into homeschooling. Especially your first year, if you are completely new to this don’t jump in with an intensive curriculum. That will rob your joy faster than anything… and a sure-fire way to discourage yourself on Day 1. Find your fit – find a rhythm that works for you and run with it. #7 Ignore the naysayers. There will always be someone who thinks you’re crazy. Get used to it. #6 Take Breaks! Long breaks – short breaks – snack breaks – whatever you need! There aren’t any homeschool nazis here… in fact, everyone will homeschool better and enjoy it more if you DO take breaks! #5 Don’t expect your children to learn alike. This was a big assumption that was also based on the next few I’ll mention. #4 Homeschool doesn’t need to be “school at home” – Another one of my big “face-plants.” #3 Embrace the Freedom – For a long time, I felt that we HAD to complete grades by a certain time or accomplish certain learning milestones. #2 Homeschooling Should Meet the Child Where they are – So in all of my trial and error – what I was missing most was the most important! #1 Understand how your child learns… Yes, I’ve already mentioned that each child learns differently – and that homeschooling needs to meet them where they are – – but you can’t do either of those without truly gaining a working understanding of how your child learns – what makes them tick – what is their favorite way to learn? What is their learning personality? What have you learned through your journey? Share it with me, I love to hear your stories too!The post Episode 24: What I Wish I Knew BEFORE I Started Homeschooling first appeared on Homeschool.com.
11 minutes | a year ago
Episode 23: Answering Intrusive Homeschool Questions
TUNE IN: APPLE PODCASTS | GOOGLE PLAY | STITCHER Hello and Welcome to Homeschool.com’s – Homeschooling and Loving It Podcast. I’m your host Jamie – homeschooling mom of 6! Join us as we keep it real and chat about everything that wasn’t in your homeschool instruction manual! This month our calendars are full to the brim with holiday-related events and “to-dos” and without fail in the midst of a party or family visit we’ll get one of those intrusive and “impossible to answer” questions about homeschooling. Today’s episode is all about how to answer those questions and stay positive! Before we jump into our topic, Do you know what 28% of homeschoolers cite as their primary reason they homeschool? Our recent survey gave us some great insight – stay tuned we’ll share the answer right after our episode. If you’ve been homeschooling any amount of time, you’ve probably experienced this. It’s so easy to get annoyed or even defensive when the questions feel intrusive or even ignorant. But that right there is the key… Is the questioner just ignorant of homeschooling in general? Many people are truly clueless about homeschooling and in their ignorance, ask questions. We may be the only people they know that homeschool, and by our response can help them better understand what homeschooling is all about. Take the crazy and often ridiculous questions as an opportunity to enlighten them But then… there are some that aren’t ignorant but just find it insulting that you would even consider homeschooling. Of course, they may be rude… but again what would be reciprocating their rudeness accomplish? Consider taking a breath and reminding yourself that what you say next could change their perspective of homeschoolers in general! My first tip: Understand WHY they are asking! This may include various reasons from being rude to genuinely wanting to understand, to actually being interested and trying to wrap their minds around the huge shift in thinking. And truly that is the fundamental key, to embrace homeschooling you need an open mind. Some people just aren’t there yet, but we can take every conversation as an opportunity to change their perspective. Ask yourself a few questions before responding: Are they just being rude? Are they angry because they feel like my choice inherently makes their choice look wrong? Are they struggling to wrap their minds around the paradigm/cultural shift you’ve embraced? Are they just making casual conversation? My second tip: Ask yourself how you can turn the conversation into something positive! If the questioner is rude – or quizzes your child on their math or history facts… just turn the conversation to them and how they must love math or be a history buff. One of my favorite resources on this topic is the book, Manners that Matter for Moms by homeschool mom Maralee McKee. Maralee encourages us to deflect the conversation by asking them about the subject that they brought up or to intervene if our child gets caught in the pop quiz situation and shift the conversation to one of his or her strengths. If the questioner is concerned and has valid points – let them voice their opinion. Give them time to share what’s on their heart, and then voice your opinion and your reasons for homeschooling. Don’t feel defensive or threatened, this is your decision and at the end of the day, you and your spouse/partner are the ones who must live with it. Simply let them know that you understand their concerns, but you request that they respect your decision. If the commenter expresses that they could never homeschool – just let it be. They are probably not looking for a response and because they feel like they could never homeschool doesn’t mean they are dissing you because you are. In fact, they may secretly wish they could! If the questioner asks about socialization – don’t get snarky and share with them how we were told not to socialize in school! If you feel that they deserve a response, take this opportunity to teach them that socialization is not 25 children of the same age together all day. But in its best form socialization is interaction with people of all ages and types, which our homeschooled children get in various ways. If the questioner asks why you homeschool – determine his or her motivation first. Are they just being rude? Then a short answer is appropriate because you have no obligation to justify your homeschool decision. If they are really looking for more information give them the full treatment. Here is your opportunity to make homeschooling shine! Let them know how great homeschooling is and how it produces amazing students and graduates that colleges across the country are recruiting! These guidelines are pretty simple and straightforward, but I know if we can turn our frustration into a positive way to present homeschooling it may make a difference! Now to answer the fun fact question from the beginning of our segment. Our survey results showed that 28% of homeschoolers choose to homeschool primarily out of frustration and dissatisfaction with public education. This fact itself is a perfect piece of information to use if you’re asked critical questions regarding your decision to homeschool. Just a little ammunition to help you out this time of year! Finally, I’d like to thank today’s sponsor – A2ZHomeschooling.com — My friend Andrea has created amazing resources for homeschoolers, in fact, you really need to head over there! You’ll find information about local homeschooling events and state laws that are sure to be a useful resource for years to come. That’s A2Z: A, the number 2, Z, homeschooling.com And, once again, I want to encourage you to take a deep breath before you answer a challenging and intrusive homeschool question during the holidays… remember.. You might be the only homeschooler they know – thank you for representing us well! Wishing you a happy holiday and an amazing new year! Jamie and Homeschool.com The post Episode 23: Answering Intrusive Homeschool Questions first appeared on Homeschool.com.
18 minutes | a year ago
Episode 22: Tips for Single Parents who are Homeschooling and Working
TUNE IN: APPLE PODCASTS | GOOGLE PLAY | STITCHER Hi everyone! Today’s podcast is all about homeschooling and working! – I know that is something that more and more homeschool parents are facing and it can be quite the challenge – But, we have a very special guest with us today, Andrea Dillon. Andrea is the face of A2Z Homeschool – – and if you’ve never visited over there you really need to. That’s A2ZHomeschooling.com. There is always great stuff happening at A2ZHomeschool so make sure you pay Andrea a visit! Just to give our listeners some background – – I think Andrea is amazing… and definitely one of my homeschool heroes. She not only homeschools her two children and works from home, but she is also a single mom – she is doing all of this herself! So Andrea tell us a little about yourself, your children, and your work situation. So how do you schedule your work and homeschooling hours? Do you keep them separate or do you work while the kids school? Do you tend to be a pretty relaxed homeschooler? I have discovered over the years that it helps both the kids and I to have a more relaxed homeschool style. Do you have a quitting time? How do you handle that? I feel like one of the keys to homeschooling and working from home is the foundation. I had to teach my kids that there was a protocol (what to do when) when mom was working, and I also had to teach them how to be independent in more than just their school work. Have you found that to be true? (We’ll chat about examples of how we’ve both incorporated that in our homeschool) Another aspect that I’ve intentionally tried to develop in our homeschool is automation. I use a planner – I have the kids use planners. We use chore charts – in the form of a community chalkboard. I feel strongly that we need to share the home responsibilities if I’m going to work. For example, I run the washing machine and dryer, but the kids do all the folding and putting away the laundry. Do you agree? If so -How does that look in your homeschool? Finally, I think being as efficient as possible really does make a difference. Is that true for you? For everyone that looks different, but our homeschool room is pretty small so if it gets trashed we definitely can’t work efficiently so keeping things organized and tidy in the room – also keeping the kid’s supplies organized and having a loose daily schedule really help us maximize what time we do spend homeschooling. Any closing words of encouragement for single working moms who are needing to homeschool and work? Click the articles below for more great tips on homeschooling and working! The post Episode 22: Tips for Single Parents who are Homeschooling and Working first appeared on Homeschool.com.
15 minutes | a year ago
Episode 21: Encouraging Our Children to Have a Heart of Gratitude
TUNE IN: APPLE PODCASTS | GOOGLE PLAY | STITCHER Today we’re talking about thankfulness and Gratitude. Sadly – It seems to be a rather elusive character trait in our American culture today. So today we’ll be discussing some practical ways we can encourage this in our children. It’s so needful! Joining us today is Amanda! Amanda is a homeschool mom of 9 and one of our Homeschool.com contributing writers – She is originally from Colorado but now living in Texas. Welcome, Amanda, it’s great to have you join us today. Thank you, I’m grateful to be here. So Amanda – our topic of How to Encourage a Heart of Gratitude in our Children is really a tough one. But wouldn’t you say – – as with most character training – – the old adage – -more is caught than taught – – would be the best starting point? It is definitely where we have to begin. I’ve really tried to be more intentional about this in my own life. To be careful about how I speak – and how I act/react in this area. To be an example of gratitude. As a mom of 9 I’m sure you’ve had your ups and downs with the kids in this area – as I have BUT What ways have you found most effective in instilling a true spirit of gratitude in your kids? We enjoy creating conversation starters/questions that we put in a glass jar on the kitchen table. We’ll pull one out and ask each member of the family. Don’t you feel that having the kids live out acts of kindness to others tends to incite gratefulness in their own hearts for the blessings that they have? I know My kids have at times gone to nursing homes and sang – we’ve taken gifts of necessities to the homeless shelter… and my kids have always come away with a better attitude. But it’s something that has to be fostered. We tend to forget as do our children – so reminders of how blessed we are and how others may be in difficult situations tend to help us be mindful of how we need to be grateful. Do you have some suggestions for activities that may encourage gratitude? If you can’t get out to the nursing home or other places, try picking up trash in the neighborhood or checking on elderly neighbors you may have. I love those ideas. Practicing gratitude helps us internalize it and make it part of our everyday lives. Do you have any fun ways to intentionally encourage thoughts on gratitude in our daily homeschooling routine? We use a grateful journal. Each morning we write about 3 things that we are grateful for. This helps the kids to really think about the blessings in their lives. I’ve also seen a Gratitude Wall idea that would go great with the conversation starters. I love the gratitude wall idea – we have a chalkboard in the kitchen and I think I’m going to tie a piece of chalk to it and encourage the kids to write one thing each day that they are grateful for! I love it – thanks for sharing! Amanda do you have any final thoughts or encouragement for our homeschoolers? Amanda is a contributing writer for Homeschool.com and you can find her article on Kid Activities that Encourage a Heart of Gratitude. Thank you so much for joining us today! And special thanks to Amanda for encouraging us to be more intentional about encouraging our children to be grateful. Hoping you have week full of things to be grateful for… With grace and joy, Jamie The post Episode 21: Encouraging Our Children to Have a Heart of Gratitude first appeared on Homeschool.com.
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