What I hear A Lot: Wouldn’t it Just be Easier…

How many of you have heard a sentence started this way, “wouldn’t it just be easier if…..”

It can be referring to cleaning your house

It can be in conversation about your health

It can be a lead into a discussion on your future plans in life

What I am going to talk about today though is when people say this about homeschooling your kiddo. To me, this comment is right up there with the “what about socialization” question. It is maddening. There are times when I seriously wonder if people think things through anymore before they speak.

Besides, when has “easier” every been better?

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If we really think about it, a good job change is not easier, you have to work through new tasks, learn how best to shift your time around, and manage more people

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Reviewing Safety: Important at Any Age

While quarantine, for the most part, has us in our homes for the majority of the day, there are more families going for walks and bike rides together. The number of families in my neighborhood I see walking every day now has more than tripled since quarantine started and while this is fabulous, there have been a few issues.

Kids are so bored they are forgetting safety rules

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Now when I say kids, I do not mean those who are 8 years old

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What I hear a lot: I can’t get them off electronics!

This has to be the most common problem I hear parents talk about. No matter their intention, no matter what they try and do, their kids end up on electronics and do not want to get off of them. This is a giant concern as many studies have shown that extended periods of time on electronics have numerous negative side effects. One of the most easily seen side effects, and the one that causes the most problems, is the emotional instability that comes with too much screen time.

How do we get them off electronics and keep them off?

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Do you remember when your kids were around 18 months or two years old and while exploring you had to tell them “no” a lot because of dangers? The hot oven. The electric

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A Look at Language Arts: Book Reports

There are some subjects we just love. Anything and everything about it excites us.

There are some subjects we cannot stand so we find simple ways to teach it.

But sometimes there are subjects we don’t mind, we might even like, but there are a few concepts that we are really not confident or comfortable teaching our kids.

In the Focus On articles, I would like to spend some time, maybe every other week or so to write on these daunting concepts. These will be in no specific order and will jump from subject to subject.

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In Language Arts, there are many concepts

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When Your Kiddo can Read a Book in One Sitting

There is a time, in a child’s developmental path when they go from struggling to read short picture books to flying through them. There is also a time when your kid goes from taking a few days to read a simple chapter book to reading it in one sitting. Those library trips that used to last you a week or two now only last you a day or two. It is at this time, the difficulty and or length of the book should be bumped up a notch.

But how, when your kiddo doesn’t want to?

I have gone through this with both my boys, and am about to go through it again with my younger son. Transitioning your kiddo from the books they know, are comfortable with, and feel confident with to ones that look GINORMOUS and impossible to read to them can be quite a challenge.

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My older boy was a difficult one to transition up. He had struggled for so long to just read a

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A Look at Science: The Microscope

There are some subjects we just love. We love every little detail, every little hidden gem, and even every little chore that comes with that subject. With these subjects we are excited to teach our kids, we know what we are looking for in a curriculum and we don’t need any extra help.

There are some subjects we cannot stand.

We can’t focus on the subject, cannot follow what it is about, and cannot gather the motivation to start with that subject. With these subjects we often try to find a curriculum that is easy to follow, is video taught, or is as hands-off for you, the teacher, as possible.

Then, there are the times when we don’t mind the subject, might even like it, but there is just a concept or two that we are really not confident or comfortable teaching our kids. These concepts are often avoided or skipped over. Usually, this is not a bad thing, our kiddos still learn a lot of wonderful things but sometimes it is a concept our kiddos really want to learn about.

I would like to spend some time, maybe every other week or so to write on these daunting concepts. These will be in no specific order and will jump from subject to subject.

The first concept we will dive into is the Microscope

Science is one of those subjects that I have heard many parents say challenges them. I personally am one of those people that loves science and

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When the Doubts Creep In

No matter who you are, no matter where you come from, and no matter your achievements in life, everyone hits a point where they start doubting themselves.

In their job

In their homes

In their life choices

In their relationships

In their parenting

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Everyone at one point or another question themselves. Wonder

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What To do During Social Distancing

While for the most part, our homeschool routine has not been greatly affected by the precautions we as a society are taking, such as no meetings and social distancing. Socially, we are struggling.

My children are extraverts like their father.

They LOVE being around people, making them laugh, telling stories, and playing games.

I am an introvert.

I need time away from the constant “mom/ honey can I have/where is the..” chatter.

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Our reality right now though, is that my social kiddos are not going ….

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Steps to an Unplanned Trial Run

Have you ever noticed how sometimes a bad situation can suddenly turn into a good one? An inability to find work locally leads to an enlistment where you meet people you will be friends with for the rest of your life. A forced move allows you to learn about a new area that you end up loving and never wanting to leave. A falling out with a babysitter has you taking an extended vacation from work that turns into loving being a stay at home mom and dedicating all your time to your kids.

These are all things that happened to my family and me and through them, we have learned to look for the positive in tough or unplanned situations. The current situation in our country has parents in an intimidating unplanned situation but thankfully, most of them are making school closings a positive for them and their children.

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I have been talking to a number of parents in my area that suddenly

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Wisdom in Times of Concern

All the neighborhood kids are home all day now, wanting to play.

Currently, my husband is a work-from-home husband. For how long? I have no idea.

Our neighbors who work 3rd shift are scrambling to find ways to still get their sleep, take care of their kids, and follow through with new precautionary procedures at their work.

A lot has changed quickly and many are concerned.

No, doubt there is a reason to be concerned. No matter what side of the fence you sit on, what perspective you have on the current state of our country with this sickness, you are concerned about something.

Notice, I say concerned and not worried.

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I purposefully choose these words. I am choosing to be

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