A Day In The Life Of A Homeschooler – Sandra from RealWorldLearners.com

A Day In The Life Of A Homeschooler – Sandra from RealWorldLearners.com

Welcome to the sixth installment of our blog series “A Day In The Life Of A Homeschooler”.

 

In each installment I will introduce you to a homeschooling mom and ask them a few questions about a typical day in their homeschool. There are so many different styles and methods of homeschooling, I hope that you enjoy this sneak peek into a few of them!

Meet Sandra!

I taught math (middle school, high school, and online) for 6 years. I now homeschool my two boys, ages 2 and 4, in Washington State (although we will be moving soon). Since we haven’t hit “official schooling age” yet, I’m enjoying living a very flexible, play-centered, relaxed life with my kids. Our days are filled with adventure and friends, and our home is filled with educational toys and books and all kind of learning-rich resources. I haven’t settled on a homeschooling style yet, but I have been super impressed watching my kids and seeing how much they learn through unstructured, self-directed play. So far, I feel like everything that I see in preschool/kindergarten curriculum can be learned more enjoyably, effectively, and authentically in real life, especially through frequent conversations between parents and children. I am so thankful that I get to share my days with my children and experience life again through their eyes. Kids are so eager to learn and understand things and are satisfied with simple things (unless we condition them otherwise 😉 ) – I’m becoming more determined to help them maintain these joys of childhood as long as possible and not apply unnecessary, artificial pressure that surrounds us in this test-centric, data-driven educational world we live in today. Having been a teacher, I know that it’s too easy to lose sight of a child’s individual strengths, personality, and interests in the race to pass tests and finish textbooks. My main goal in homeschooling is to help my children develop a life-long love of learning and spare them the agony of rushing from bell to bell and book to book according to someone else’s agenda. I want them to pursue interests they find relevant and meaningful, although I still intend to provide a well-rounded presentation of all the basic, essential concepts. So, I guess that’s a long way of saying that even though I’m not sure what our homeschooling life will look like several years from now, I hope that we will be able to continue enjoying learning new topics as spontaneously and enthusiastically as a toddler learns to walk and speak. 🙂 <feel free to check back with me in 5 or 10 years and see where I stand on this!>

Q: Do you have a set schedule that you use each day? Please explain.

Sandra: We don’t have a set schedule. After a few decades of waking up to alarm clocks, cramming my time and mind full of busy work, and never giving myself a chance to settle down or calm down, I am absolutely loving the opportunity to live a very flexible, spontaneous, and often slow life. The boys wake up around 7 a.m. and they watch a couple shows while I work on waking up. Then we have breakfast (although our breakfast and lunch are usually two ends of one long food continuum — mostly healthy food though!) and time for free play. Sometimes they need suggestions for activities or redirection when they get too crazy, but our mornings are usually pretty happy overall. Our go-to activities are reading books, playing legos, and making crafts, but there are plenty of other interests that come and go as well. We’re usually out of the house for a play date or activity by 10 am, then back home by noon or 1 for lunch and naps/quiet time. Sometimes we go out again in the afternoon, but now that it’s getting rainy and cold and dark, we tend to stay inside. It’s been a learning process for all of us to figure out how to spend multiple peaceful hours at home together, but we’ve made great progress on that front! We also bought a trampoline, which has helped a lot ;). We do a lot of spontaneous learning activities during these times at home, and I know they’re learning so much during our outings as well. Although I don’t schedule it in, we usually end up doing several hours of “school work” each week including math, science, reading, history, art, music, life skills, geography, “engineering” (my category for building things and working on computer skills, including typing and coding). Most of our toys, games, books, and online programs that we use as educational resources are free (websites, library, hand-me-downs) or super cheap (dollar store/thrift store). Also, a huge percentage of our learning time happens spontaneously through questions they ask or things we talk about during long car drives.

Q:What does a typical homeschooling day look like for your family?

Sandra: In addition to the above answer, I have a couple blog posts that I wrote when I first began blogging that give a good picture of our homeschooling adventure days :). https://realworldlearners.com/the-little-things-a-life-in-the-day-of-a-homeschooler/and https://realworldlearners.com/letting-the-day-unfold/. (Note: my blogging style has evolved since I wrote this post ;).)

Q: Do you think you’ll stick with your current routine in the future? Why/why not?

Sandra: I imagine that we will continue adapting our routine and homeschooling philosophy as we go. If we move (we probably have a cross-country move coming up) or have another baby (you never know about those!), I think we would re-evaluate things and make adjustments for the transition periods. Also, I’m staying open to the idea of purchasing curriculum sets as the boys get older, so we’ll see how that plays out.

Q: Do you have any advice for other homeschooling moms?

Sandra: Enjoy the freedom! You don’t have to replicate “big school” in your small home – you are really free to do what works for your family. Keep researching and experimenting to see what best meets the needs of your own kids and matches your own principles and standards. And don’t rush – work with your kids to help them learn at a happy and comfortable pace – there’s really no need to learn all the details of geology and life cycles and historical monuments and parts of speech by certain dates on a calendar – go with the flow and enjoy learning alongside them. 🙂

Thanks for getting to know a little more about Sandra and her homeschool.
Join us again soon to meet another homeschooling mama in our next installment of this blog series!

SchoolhouseTeachers.com | An Honest Review

SchoolhouseTeachers.com | An Honest Review

This post contains affiliate links – using affiliate links from OurLittleBunch helps to contribute to this blog and our homeschool – thank you!

 

I’m very excited to announce that I was recently accepted to the Homeschool Review Crew!

Bring a part of the Review Crew gives me the opportunity to try various homeschooling products and give you my honest opinions about them. No more wasting time wondering if a product is worth looking into. I will be giving you all the details right here, from one mama to another!

My first product review to share with you is the Yearly Membership to SchoolhouseTeachers.com!

SchoolhouseTeachers.com is a subscription-based website full of curriculum from preschool to high school. You will also find courses and resources for parents. They cover all your regular subjects, as well as many electives as well! Choose from a variety of online courses, videos, printables and even planners!

One of the first things I wanted to try with my own children was the Adventures In Writing course. It is perfect for both my 2nd grader AND my 5th grader, as they can each work at their own pace and capability.
The course takes them through the full process of creating their own story. From creating characters and a setting, to developing their own plot. It walks them through writing the beginning, middle and end of their story, and then teaches them to go back to add more detail and edit their work. The process was super easy, they even provided cute printable worksheets to go along with each lesson. I was able to teach each lesson by using the printable Lesson Plans for parents.
Both of my children were asking me each day “Can we do the story writing first?”. I think that is a good indication that they are enjoying the course!

 

Another area that I was really impressed with was the Just For Parents section.
If there is anything you are worried about as a parent or homeschool teacher, I bet you will find answers and inspiration here!

There are a plethora of courses and resources just for us parents, some of which include;
– Building Faithful Kids
– Joy In the Morning
– Special Needs
– Parenting Your Teenager
– How to teach Elementary Math
– Marriage Built to Last
– And there are so many MORE!

In this section you’ll find many tools to help make your homeschooling journey a little bit easier. Some of these tools include schedule builders, report card creators, a scope and sequence, and special needs help.
There is even help to streamline your household tasks, such as organization tips, monthly menus, and whole foods cooking!
You’ll receive encouragement from Bible studies, parenting articles, and homeschooling tips from veteran homeschoolers.

Just these resources alone would be more than worth the subscription cost of SchoolhouseTeachers.com.
I’m looking forward to diving into many of these great courses and articles.

Your membership with SchoolhouseTeachers.com includes some great Freebies too!

One of those awesome freebies that are included free of charge is a subscription to numerous World Book libraries, which is one of the newer features of SchoolhouseTeachers.com.
The World Book resources are broken up into 10 different libraries: Early World, Kids, Student, Advanced, EBooks, Timeline, Social Studies Power, Science Power, Discover and Spanish Library.

Membership to SchoolhouseTeachers.com also provides your family with free access to hundreds of streaming videos from providers including Creation.com, Drive Thru History, Vision Video, Discovery House, Boat Angel, City on a Hill, RightNow Media, and more!

Many of these videos are a part of the different courses offered, but they have also listed them in a Video Library section of the website so that you can watch them whenever you like!

Why not watch a video about Drawing with Realism?

So now that you’ve read my review, go ahead and visit SchoolhouseTeachers.com for yourself!

From NOW until Jan 31st 2018 you can save BIG on membership!
Use the following codes to get 50% off!
NEWYEAR18 – for the $90 a year membership
MONTHNEWYEAR18 – for the $9.95 monthly membership

If you’re not quite convinced that it will make a great addition to your curriculum, why not read some more reviews by other awesome homeschooling moms HERE.

Now I’m off to print out a FREE planner and learn how to use Applecore Recordkeeping (YES, they are both included with your membership)!

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A Day In The Life Of A Homeschooler! – Kim

A Day In The Life Of A Homeschooler! – Kim

Welcome to the fifth installment of our blog series “A Day In The Life Of A Homeschooler”.

In each installment I will introduce you to a homeschooling mom and ask them a few questions about a typical day in their homeschool. There are so many different styles and methods of homeschooling, I hope that you enjoy this sneak peek into a few of them!

Meet Kim!

My name is Kim. I currently homeschool my daughter, Kaira, who is 12 (soon to be 13) and I do what I like to call pre-pre school with my 2 year old, as well as, a 2 year old I babysit. We homeschool in Virginia, which from all the research I’ve done, looks to be a more homeschool friendly state- if you’re looking for one! We have been on our homeschool journey for just under a year, though we both find ourselves regretting that we didn’t start on this path so much sooner than we did. My homeschooling tends to be more creative than structured, even though we do follow a curriculum… most of the time.

We would love to have you join our adventure, as well as hear your thoughts or ideas on things we’ve learned or are learning! Stop on by or hop a carpet and fly to www.kimandkairasgreathomeschooladventure.wordpress.com

Q: Do you have a set schedule that you use each day? Please explain.

Kim: The only thing set about our schedule each day, is that at some point, usually around 10, we will get up and eat something. I think we originally adopted this non scheduled routine, because shortly after we began homeschooling, we found ourselves in the public school rut and routine- which is not where we wanted to be or how we envisioned homeschool would be for us. As a result, we rebelled, so to speak. Now, however, that type of non schedule works for us, because each day is different and brings with it different activities. Having a go with the flow routine helps us adjust and transition as needed much easier than having a rigid routine would allow for us.

Q:What does a typical homeschooling day look like for your family?

Kim: Again, not much of a routine happening in our home. There isn’t a typical day, but most days tend to repeat themselves each week. (By the way, we are a school whenever family. Meaning sometimes we school on weekends, sometimes not and we take breaks when we need thwm, not based on what’s going on in the world.) Anyway, Sundays, my daughter may decide to do some school, but I do not school the babies. We use Saturdays as a day to catch up on any of the important lessons we may have missed or rushed through, that need revisiting or even as an extra project day. Mondays we school and also complete any appointments (this is the goal, not the reality). Tuesdays we school, except on the 3rd Tuesday of every month, when I host a homeschool open mic. On the 2nd Tuesdays, we have 4H, so school may or may not happen or it may not happen to the full on level we school on other days. Wednesdays, we school. Thursdays we have given up trying to do school, because we have Aikido in the afternoon, one on one time in the morning, and park days after lunch; every other Thursday, we have Praise Dance rehearsal. Fridays we try to School in the morning, because I teach American Sign Language in the afternoon. Add to this schedule of sorts, 5 to 10 hours each week at the farm, with our horse and it becomes easier to understand why we have adopted a more fluid routine as opposed to a more structured type of  schedule. Yes, we have a very busy and full life, but we wouldn’t change it for the world.

Q: Do you think you’ll stick with your current routine in the future? Why/why not?

Kim: I think that we will stick with this type of routine in the future, especially because I don’t see static things like 4H, Aikido, the farm and horse shows, Open Mic or Praise Dance changing. Knowing that as my 2 year old grows, there will be other activities and or events to be added to our lives, leads me to believe further that this fluidity of a schedule is what life will look like for us for a very long time to come. And honestly, I don’t know if I would want the mundaneness that comes with an unmovable daily/weekly/monthly plan.

Q: Do you have any advice for other homeschooling moms?

Kim: I have lots of advice I would give other homeschoolers, don’t we all? March to your own drum and do what is best for you, your family and your kids. Everyone will have great advice and best practices to give-and-take remember those are tried and true things for them, it doesn’t mean that it will or won’t be the same for you. Don’t give up if something doesn’t work- just try something else. Most importantly, do not naysayers divert you from your homeschool path. (Socialization happens naturally and isn’t the forcing of similarly aged kids we see in public school.)

Thanks for getting to know a little more about Kim and her homeschool.
Join us again soon to meet another homeschooling mama in our next installment of this blog series!

A Day In The Life Of A Homeschooler! – Jen from PracticalByDefault.com

A Day In The Life Of A Homeschooler! – Jen from PracticalByDefault.com

Welcome to the forth installment of our blog series “A Day In The Life Of A Homeschooler”.

In each installment I will introduce you to a homeschooling mom and ask them a few questions about a typical day in their homeschool. There are so many different styles and methods of homeschooling, I hope that you enjoy this sneak peek into a few of them!

Meet Jen!

Hello, My name is Jen and I am the writing voice, blogger and coffee drinker behind Practical, By Default and the Host of The Working Homeschool Mom Club. I help working moms balance work and homeschooling by providing encouragement, support, and inspiration.
I am homeschooling two teenagers while working both inside the home and outside the home. Thus my crazy relationship with coffee 😉
I’ve been doing this juggle for 11 plus years and our homeschooling style has reflected the ebbs and flows of our life. We started with a very “school at home” approach, the same way many new homeschoolers start out. We slowly relaxed over time and are more of a “do what works until it doesn’t” kinda style now. I use a lot of online programs and love to pull a little from here and there to make it work for us. I am a big believer in letting go of perfection, having fun with your kids, and putting yourself on the list.
We reside in beautiful Nova Scotia, Canada with our two cats and one bouncy dog who believes everyone should love him.

Q: Do you have a set schedule that you use each day? Please explain.

Jen: I work a flexible or changeable schedule. It is never the same. I typically have 3 types of “days”: A day I work at home and homeschool. A day I work outside the home and homeschool and lastly a day where I do all 3. Thus why I call it a juggle. You can read in detail what those look like here: A “Day” in My Life Series.
Therefore no I don’t have a set schedule. This year we decided to do a 4 day school week and this has vastly helped us feel like we have enough structure to feel like we are accomplishing things and enough wiggle room for life to happen. Because it does. Please note my children thrive on schedules and routines. They love checklists. When life gets it they way or unexpected events popup or work schedules change that is when we have issues.
I struggle sharing my schedule because homeschooling is very personal. It is unique each family. What works for my family may not work in yours. And that is okay! However, I also like to share these “behind the scenes” stories so you can see that homeschooling isn’t always pretty, clean, neat and tied with a bow. Homeschooling is hard, exhausting and just plain ugly some days. And some days are normal, boring and uneventful.

Q:What does a typical homeschooling day look like for your family?

Jen: My goal is to wake early and yet when 6 am comes I beg for more sleep. I swear I can never get enough. I drag myself out of bed with my saving grace being coffee. For the next hour, I’ll drink my coffee, eat breakfast, walk the dog and read. I might even get a bit of work done if I am super on the ball. If I am home that day the kids will venture out around 7:30-8 and make their own breakfast. Having kids that can cook is a blessing. Trust me.
Since homeschooling teenagers is totally different in a good way than I was expecting, I am just going to say…if this idea scares you. Take a deep breath and know you can totally rock this.
My daughter is in Grade 9 and she drags out her bin and gets set up at the kitchen table. My son is doing Grade 10 and he retreats to his room with his tablet. They both work independently with the understanding I am here to listen, direct or help them if needed.
One way I connect with my children is they both do a few subjects with me each week. My daughter and I do science together and practice her ASL. My son and I do French and Writing. No, I do not speak ASL, French, and English. I know bits and pieces and they teach me the rest. Then laugh hysterically when I mess up. 😉  I love having the kids teach me things as it helps them learn too.
We eat lunch at our own time and again the kids make their own. We do school until it is done. There is no set time to begin or end. They each have a list for the week and they decide when to do what. This allows us to have enough flexibility for all the pieces to fit. I call it finding balance.
After school is chores. They each have 3-4 chores which include making their bed, picking up the stuff the drop all over the house and pet care. The other chores are rotated until they are comfortable doing most household tasks on their own.
Then it is free time. They read, play games and play outside. While they do school work, I do household tasks, clean, do online work or whatever I need to do. I make sure that everything that I am doing is something I can walk away from to help. If I am home during school time I have made it vital that I be present if needed.
After school I work on video creation, writing tasks, etc anything that needs to be done that I can’t be interrupted for.
Around 5 pm my husband and I go to the gym. We talk about the day and what workout we have to do. We warm-up together and then he goes one way and I go the other.
This is my “me time”. My time to think, reflect, find the good moments and get rid of stress. A whole 30 minutes to hang out in my head. Sometimes this is a good thing, others, not so much.Later exhausted we meet back in the car. We talk about supper plans and what is the plan for the evening on the drive home. This is our “us time”. It might not seem like much but it is nice to connect and make sure we are on the same page.
When I get home I make supper and work around the house until 8 pm. At 8 pm I quit. I am no longer available and I get to focus on what needs to be done. This, of course, is only when I am home or do not have a meeting etc.

Q: Do you think you’ll stick with your current routine in the future? Why/why not?

Jen: ​No I don’t. We’ve learned in the past that life changes and we need to change with it. So we reassess, regroup and adjust as we go. As a family we do this once a month. We keep what works and throw away what doesn’t.

Q: Do you have any advice for other homeschooling moms?

Jen: Yes. So much advice. The most vital piece  I think every mom needs to really let go of what they “think” homeschooling is supposed to look like. Once you let go of that it makes life so much easier.
No one is perfect. Not me. Not you. When you mess up, say sorry, fix what you can, hug, or eat ice cream. Tomorrow is a new day. Bad days do not make you a bad parent.
There is going to be a day when you will probably be tempted to flag down a school bus and throw your children on board. This is normal! Have a plan for this.
Lastly, get a support system in place. If you can do it in person, great. If not find something online. Find a person or group who totally get it-it being what you are trying to do- and get you. Someone who you can laugh with, who will let you cry and show you the best places to hide chocolate. Don’t do it alone.

Thanks for getting to know a little more about Jen and her homeschool.
Join us again soon to meet another homeschooling mama in our next installment of this blog series!

A Day In The Life Of A Homeschooler! – Sheri from MommyHypocrite.com

A Day In The Life Of A Homeschooler! – Sheri from MommyHypocrite.com

Welcome to the third installment of our blog series “A Day In The Life Of A Homeschooler”.

In each installment I will introduce you to a homeschooling mom and ask them a few questions about a typical day in their homeschool. There are so many different styles and methods of homeschooling, I hope that you enjoy this sneak peek into a few of them!

Meet Sheri!

Hello, I’m Sheri. I am a homeschooling Mom of five children. I have two girls ages 12, and 11, then two boys ages 9 and 7 and my baby is 4 years old. I had a full-time career as a Pharmaceutical Sales Representative till about 8 years ago. That’s when I quit my job, at the age of 40, and with only 3 children at the time, became a stay-home, homeschooling Mom. I live in the United States in Texas. I am a traditional, homeschooling Mom, which means I use a graded textbook/workbook curriculum.
Visit Sheri at www.mommyhypocrite.com her new blog, https://thisblessedjourney.com.

Q: Do you have a set schedule that you use each day? Please explain.

Sheri: I have fluctuated from a tight 30-minute increment schedule to having loose routines. Both types of schedules have worked for different seasons. We moved about 7 1/2 months ago to a five-acre ranch. So we have a routine right now as we adjust to our country life. Monday to Thursday we utilize our curriculum. And Friday is what I call our Charlotte Mason Day. It’s all the other material that I decided not to use for our day-to-day homeschooling, but loved and couldn’t part with it. So, I use it stress-free on Fridays. Those items cover drawing, crocheting, art study, coding, foreign language and other areas of study.

Q:What does a typical homeschooling day look like for your family?

Sheri: My husband gets up and opens the barn for our free-range, pastured chickens before leaving for work. I am up about 7:30 and I make him breakfast. The rest of the crew is up around 8-8:30. They have a quick snack and then go out to the barn to tend to the animals (16 chickens, 2 barn cats, and our 2 dogs). Then, they come inside have breakfast and complete their indoor chores. Every child has several chores they can handle and utilize a chore app to complete them. I make breakfast and we usually hit the schoolbooks by 10:00 a.m. till 3:00 p.m. I am a traditional Mom at the moment and I use ACE Ministries. It works very well for us because it allows my older three to be independent while I focus on teaching the younger two. It covers Math, English, Spelling, Social Studies, and Science as well as Literature & Creative Writing. I have, however, used many different curriculum in the past with a classical, unit-study and Charlotte Mason flair to it. If it is a Wednesday we all pack up our studies and lunch and go to piano lessons at our Church. In addition, some days they finish their studies earlier and have the afternoons to explore personal interests and go outside for physical education.

Q: Do you think you’ll stick with your current routine in the future? Why/why not?

Sheri: It is hard to say whether I will stick with our current routine. I always say that the schedule or routine is working, until it isn’t. When there are five children in a family there are developments in each child that may require more attention or a new focus and at that time a different routine would be considered.

Q: Do you have any advice for other homeschooling moms?

Sheri: Yes! It is okay to switch curriculum. I did it twice mid-year. If it isn’t working don’t force it. Cut your losses and move onto something that will work for you and that your children will love. Also, don’t be afraid to be a traditional Mom. Meaning using textbooks or workbooks. There are many different homeschooling methods and philosophies and using textbooks can be a good fit. In addition, remember that this time is short and having a clean home really isn’t as important as it seems.

Thanks for getting to know a little more about Sheri and her homeschool.
Join us again soon to meet another homeschooling mama in our next installment of this blog series!

A Day In The Life Of A Homeschooler! – Bonnie from TheKoalaMom.com

A Day In The Life Of A Homeschooler! – Bonnie from TheKoalaMom.com

Welcome to the second installment of our blog series “A Day In The Life Of A Homeschooler”.

 

In each installment I will introduce you to a homeschooling mom and ask them a few questions about a typical day in their homeschool. There are so many different styles and methods of homeschooling, I hope that you enjoy this sneak peek into a few of them!

Meet Bonnie!

Hi! I’m Bonnie Way, a second-generation homeschool mom with five kids ages ten to newborn. I was homeschooled for grades 1 through 12 in Alberta and went on to earn two university degrees. This year, I’m homeschooling my oldest three daughters in grades 4, 3 and K. We follow three different curriculum, so I guess you could call us traditional homeschoolers (book learners!). I appreciate having teacher’s manuals and textbooks to keep us on track. I started homeschooling when my oldest started Grade 1 and we’ve used mostly the same curriculum since then. We live in Vancouver, BC.

Q: Do you have a set schedule that you use each day? Please explain.

Bonnie: Yes, I like to have a routine in place. I don’t say we have to have things done at a certain time, but I try to reserve mornings for school and afternoons for free time or extracurricular activities. We homeschool roughly four days a week.

Q:What does a typical homeschooling day look like for your family?

Bonnie: We wake up around 8ish in the morning (we’re not early birds here!). If the girls are up earlier, then they can read or play quietly until I get up. I’ll shower and get everyone breakfast. Then while I’m making my latte and going over our lesson plans for the day, my oldest two girls do their music practice (one is taking violin and the other piano).

When they are done, I do science and / or history with them, or assign reading to them. They do their language arts workbooks on their own, and my oldest does her math on her own. Sometime during the morning, I’ll do math with my Grade 3 and Kindergarten students. After that, it’s up to them to finish their schoolwork, and I’ll check it.
While they work on school assignments and reading, I check email, blog a bit, do housework, etc. Around noon, they each have one chore (e.g., unload dishwasher, start laundry) to do. I try to keep our extracurricular activities to the early afternoon. This year, they are doing music, skating, swimming, and catechism classes. They are also involved in a few monthly girls’ clubs.

Q: Do you think you’ll stick with your current routine in the future? Why/why not?

Bonnie: I’m always evaluating what’s working for us. I found our third year of homeschooling to be the smoothest. It seemed we’d found a curriculum and a routine that worked well for us. So while I’ve made small tweaks to the routine, it has mostly been the same since we started homeschooling.

I’ve always tried to get school done in the mornings, as it just doesn’t seem to happen if we leave it to the afternoon (or try to do it after being out for the morning). My curriculum has also always followed a four-day week, which gives us a flexible day in our week for errands, extracurricular activities, or catch-up days.
This year, I started having the girls practice music right after breakfast, at the advice of a friend and after seeing that leaving it until the end of the day wasn’t working. So I’ve made little adjustments like that, but overall, our routine works and we’ll probably stick with it.

Q: Do you have any advice for other homeschooling moms?

Bonnie: My husband and I always talk about the “right education choice for the right child at the right time.” I know that homeschooling isn’t the right answer for everyone, but it works for our family. At this time, I can’t imagine doing school any other way with my daughters. I love having them at home with me and knowing what they are learning about and being able to link their education to our everyday life. I love seeing their relationships with each other grow as they spend time together.

At the same time, that doesn’t mean our homeschool always goes perfectly. I have days when the girls don’t want to do their school and complain it’s boring, or days when everyone is grouchy and the house is a mess and I just want to pack them onto the school bus. I think it helps to look at the big picture of life and education. Doing so keeps me on track, because I’m always reassured that even on the hard days, we’ve made the right choice for our daughters at this time.
If you’re going through a rough patch, I’d encourage you to also step back and look at the big picture, and consider what’s the right choice for your child. It doesn’t have to look the same for every child, and it’s certainly not going to look the same for you as it does for your friends. Maybe something in your routine needs to be tweaked; maybe a bigger change needs to be made. Only you know what’s right for your family.

Thanks for getting to know a little more about Bonnie and her homeschool.
Join us again soon to meet another homeschooling mama in our next installment of this blog series!

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