Why is Writing so Difficult

I personally love to write.

I write poems

I write short stories

I write short stories in a poem format

I learned to love the act of writing in middle school.

I have had the hardest time teaching the same thing to my kids.

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My kids do wonderfully with narration. They can retell a story or a movie very well and with enthusiasm. They remember every plot twist, every funny moment, and every sad situation of the book or movie. If you ask them to write it down though, it is the end of the world. Fussing,

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Curriculum That’s Easy Peasy!

Ok. So, I’m not very versed on curriculum, but I wanted to share my experience with the Easy Peasy All-in-One Homeschool curriculum. We had our first child go through kindergarten last year, and this year we have a first grader, two kindergartners, and a host of toddlers and preschoolers (Lol). clarissa-watson-jAebodq7oxk-unsplash

I created my own curriculum last year with our first. I loved it. I found everything for free online or used things I had gathered during my time in graduate school and while working in childcare. I was able to flow freely into any subject matter I wanted without feeling bound by a script or someone else’s objectives. I was free to leave an area of study if it were time to move on or stay in that area until we mastered it. 

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Do You Know How to Juggle??

My youngest is interested in robotics.

My older boy is into chemical reactions.

My daughter wants to learn about animal behavior.

Each of these individually can be extremely challenging to teach. Robotics starts with simple machines, progresses to more complex mechanisms, and then adds in electronic components. I have a basic understanding of the first one of those but chemical reactions are beyond me. I know the

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My youngest/only child wont stop acting like a baby!

I am like any other mom in that it drives me crazy how you can blink and your kids are no longer babies. They grow up way to fast! But when your ten year old can turn on the tears or lose their their temper like a three year old and they see nothing wrong with it, there is an issue.

I have spoken to other parents and it has been confirmed, this is a common phenomenon with a select group of kids. These kids are either the only child or the youngest and they do not seem to grow up.

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Ok, obviously they do grow up some.

They learn new skills

They start enjoying toys and games for older kids.

They are even

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When Friends Interrupt School Time

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Friends are such blessings. They help us smile when times are tough. They give good advice when we need guidance. They know exactly when we need a fun break or when we need silence to buckle down on a task.

But sometimes things do not go that smoothly

At some point in your homeschool journey there has been or will be a friend that makes homeschooling difficult. There will  be a friend that likes that we homeschool because they think that that means we can go out in the middle of the day and have fun with them. There will be a friend who thinks that because we homeschool, that means we can talk on the phone all day or stalk facebook with them.

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Take Care of Yourself

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The phrase for today is “Take care of yourself.” Say it with me class…”Take care of yourself.” I know it’s only the beginning of the school year for most. We are rested from nice summer vacation to the beach or mountains (if you were fortunate enough to take one), and we are pumped about starting a new year. We don’t mind the long hours of planning or staying up late to ready ourselves for a new school day. We fill our schedules willingly to accommodate our ever-mounting to-do list.

I get it. You’re refreshed, renewed, and revived. You’re ready for anything. You can attack an endless list of issues without batting an eye. The world is your oyster and you’re ready to shuck that bad boy like it’s never been shucked before. However, I know there is something coming that you may not see yet. It’s exhaustion, burnout, and fatigue. Continue reading “Take Care of Yourself”

What is the Plan?

I am not a type A person, I do not stick to schedules well, and I am a very spontaneous person sometimes. I used to think that these qualities worked against my ability to properly plan but the problem was really my perspective of what “proper planning” was.

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To get right to it, proper planning is a relative term. It solely depends on the person who is planning as to what is proper. For me, what works best is more of a rhythm of a day, versus a schedule. I do not plan out time slots for specific subjects and I do not have to keep things on a tight schedule. Instead,

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Get Your Meal Prep Game On (Freezer Edition)

When you homeschool, you’re home all day. So you get to make each meal from scratch. You use only the best homegrown or organic ingredients. You have so much time each day that you can make three full course meals and snacks (those are homemade too) without a problem. I mean that’s what the outside world thinks right? I mean why do you need to meal prep if you’re home all day or you homeschool? Well the answer is simple. No one wants to spend all their time in the kitchen.

As a mom of 8, this is an everyday struggle. How to feed my brood without being joined to the stove at the hip. I know that educating your kids at home leaves very little time to do anything especially things like cooking. I find that by the time I cook one meal, serve my babies, eat myself, and clean up the kitchen, it’s almost time to begin the next meal.

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Curriculum, When is it Time to Change

It was 10 in the morning.

Reading had been completed.

Science had been completed.

Art had been done and thoroughly enjoyed.

Time for math and five minutes in my older boy, his twin sister and I were all crying

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This is an obvious case of when to change curriculum but for me it was one of the hardest ones. I was still new to homeschooling, we were extremely tight on money, I had already bought the math program and I had heard wonderful things about it.

Why wouldn’t it work for us?

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Welcome Back

It’s that time again. Most of us are starting or have already begun our 2019-2020 school year. For those who have never homeschooled before, there may be some anxiety coming into this new venture. You may feel confused or overwhelmed. For you pros, you probably already have your system in place and are ready to go. Wherever you see yourself WELCOME! This will be a year of big undertakings and major accomplishments. You can and will do great things! Starting a new school year (or new anything for that matter) can be demanding and requires planning and preparation, but it also requires peace and clarity. Don’t walk into this season so stressed that you destroy your chances for a positive, successful school year. 

First, know that everything won’t be perfect and that’s ok. Things happen. That’s life right? Although we make our plans, some things are bound to happen. We found out four months before our first “official” year homeschooling that we were expecting baby number eight, and she was due right in the middle of the school year (December 29). It was not the best time for anything much less a new little person. We went six day weeks sometimes. We did homeschool on appointment days. We did unit studies and review after the baby was born instead of traditional lessons. For me, it was so all over the place. But, we made it through. And our kindergartner learned to read after only the first 90 days! It wasn’t perfect at all. I would have loved to follow a set schedule, with weekly lessons, Fridays off, etc. But that’s not what took place and that’s ok.  The end result was everything I wanted from the start: a child that was educated.

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