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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Clear Your Mind of Clutter

Last week, I talked about clearing the clutter from your home. But that’s not the only place you can clean up in your existence. You can also take time to clear the clutter in your mind and spirit. kristina-v-c77dIthd_Tk-unsplash

See, we want to hold on to EVERYTHING in our lives, especially us mommas. We want to fix every problem and rescue every victim. Every child’s struggle is ours and every family member’s plight is our own. We want to do it all. There’s an ever increasing list of projects to do around the house. And let’s not even talk about all the stuff we hope to incorporate into our homeschool. We also carry things emotionally that clutter our minds and spirits. Whether it’s a recent upset or a past lost, there are just some things we can’t seem to let go.

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Happy Fall….Cleaning?

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So that time of year is fast approaching again. It’s fall. If you’re in the upper part of the state you may be experiencing some signs that fall is coming. I grew up in Greenville County and always loved this time of year. In the Midlands where we live now, there are no signs of Autumn just yet. There’s pretty much two seasons summer and a very short-lived winter. So I don’t get to enjoy Fall the way I once did. Oh how I miss the days of my youth..sometimes.

But this post is not about the weather. I want to talk about cleaning. What?!? Yes! That’s right cleaning. It’s not Spring, but it’s a time you can use to clear that unnecessary clutter. We often look at Fall as a time to hide inside, put the pumpkin spice on tap, and hunker down for the cold winter months ahead. But let’s also use this time to make a positive change in our environment. 

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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”

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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Hi! How do you do?

Hi, I’m Naja. I am so excited to be writing the blog post this year for our association. I will admit I have not written this much since undergrad. I do currently write product reviews through a major retailer and a “mom’s group” website. However, I haven’t written like this in years. So, please bear with me as I shake off some of the cobwebs, and I get back in the swing of writing for an audience again. My hope for this blog post is to simply share encouragement, knowledge, wisdom, tips, and tricks that will help you get through each week of this homeschool journey. I pray you all will find something useful in these lines this year. 

My life is full and busy. It revolves completely around my faith and my relationship with God. I’m most importantly a follower of Christ by who’s blood we believe there is salvation. We believe in biblical Truth only. Being led by the Spirit of God, we seek to raise our family by that Truth. My relationship with God through Christ is not a side deal. It’s a part of my everyday existence and something that will be illuminated in everything I do. My prayer for my family is that when people see us they see Him in us. And seeing our unique family dynamics really shows the outside world just how gracious, awesome, and merciful the God we serve is to those who believe in Him.

 I am a wife of 7 years to a wonderful man of God and minister of music. We were fortunate enough to be blessed with a quiverfull. We have 8 wonderful children ranging in age from 6 years old to 6 months. If you’ve started counting, you are probably wondering just how did we fit 8 children into 6 years. Twins? Adopt? Blended? Our family is not only unique because of our rather large number of children. There’s one more thing that sets us apart from most families. We have three sets of twins. Yes three!!! Now I’m pretty use to people’s reaction to learning that. I get shock, awe, sympathy, blessings, etc. I’ve heard it all. While everyone sees our brood as amazing, it’s just normal life for us. We don’t live everyday as if we are an anomaly. We’re just a family. I plan to share more on our unique family dynamics later. So stay tuned.

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UCHU is going PODCASTY!!

United Community of Homeschoolers Unlimited is going PODCASTY!!!!

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Upstart your homeschooling journey with tons of encouragement, how-to’s, homeschooling insights & tips, guest interviewees and transparency.

Desiring to homeschooling is only limited by your lack of homeschooling or inability to meet the requirements of the law for your state.

Join me homeschooling Mom/Dad/Grandparent/Auntie/Uncle/Cousin…….. you get the drift. And let’s dispel any fears, discouragement, insecurities and near death experiences (ha!) of homeschooling.

Join The Homeschool Upstart community!!

Get your Upstart on with Angela Jordan Perry at The Homeschool Upstart Podcast.

YES!!! LET’S CHAT A LITTLE MORE!!

(Be sure to share this with a friend. Because friends don’t allow friends to miss out on a great homeschool podcast)

Angela Jordan Perry, is a life partner 27 years, homeschooling Mom of eight children, mentor, entrepreneur, host of Girlfriends’ Guide to Homeschooling with Angela Jordan Perry show, podcast host of Girlfriends Chat with Angela Jordan Perry, founder/Executive Director of Educating Our Own, founder/director of STEAM Co-Op of the Upstate, Mocha Homeschooling Moms-SC founder, owner/director/administrator of United Community of Homeschoolers Unlimited Option 3 Accountability Association, founder of  The Homeschool Upstart; direct marketer, mad’am farmer,  Toastmasters Competent Communicator recipient, racial injustice activist.  Angela and her family make their homestead in Campobello, SC. Angela’s purpose driven life is to make a positive impact on 1,000s of homeschoolers worldwide.

Homeschoolers don’t start school when public schoolers begin school!!!!

However!!!!
If you choose to homeschool your children and they are SUPPOSE to return to public school you WILL WANT TO become legal BEFORE PUBLIC SCHOOL STARTS. This will give you time to submit paperwork to the public school showing you are legally homeschooling so they will not consider you truant!

Be sure to research and know what being ‘truant’ is!!!

(Be sure to share this with a friend or on your social media resources. Friends don’t let friends get all upset about starting homeschooling when public school have to begin. 🙂

Angela Jordan Perry, is a life-partner/wife of 27 years, homeschooling Mom of eight children, mentor, entrepreneur, host of Girlfriends’ Guide to Homeschooling show, podcast host of Girlfriends Chat, founder/Executive Director of Educating Our Own, founder/director of STEAM Co-Op of the Upstate, Mocha Homeschooling Moms-SC founder, owner/director/administrator of United Community of Homeschoolers Unlimited Option 3 Accountability Association, direct marketer, health conscious vegan,  Toastmasters Competent Communicator recipient, racial injustice activist.  Angela and her family make their homestead in Campobello, SC.

My time is YOUR time!

One of the many aspects of my Option 3 association that I seek to ensure is in tact is the idea of my availability to my members.

When I was a member of another association the fact that I could never reach someone in the office when I needed them or had questions that I would desire an answer for right away was never afforded me….I knew I wanted better.

United Community of Homeschoolers Unlimited members have access to me literally 24 hrs a day.

Members are able to reach me several ways and have done so for years.

* Email Me! I have all notifications come to my cell phone. I get them right away. Even if it is after hours many times I will answer the email right away. UCHUThirdOption@gmail.com

* Text Me! My cell phone number is located in several places for you to send me a quick text message to ask questions, clarify things, let me know when you have received paperwork for me, etc. 864.300.2236 TEXT ME! Leave a message. This google voice number will transcribe your message and I can at least read it.

* Chat with me by phone! You can set up 15-min conversations by phone as you need. They fill quickly but I WANT and DESIRE to speak with you as needed. You can schedule a time and date that works best for you via my virtual calendar http://www.calendly.com/UCHUThirdOption/15min

*Social media message me! As previously mentioned my cell phone is usually close by me. This means that any notifications received on facebook via United Community of Homeschoolers face book page or my personal page I receive your messages.

* Message me on UCHUnlimited.com! I have members reach me via the website too.

I am here for you!

There is NEVER a reason why members of my association should feel as though they can’t reach me immediately or at least within 24 hours or less.

If I am on travel, which I have been a lot lately, you should still be able to reach me.

In January – February 2019 I was in Ghana, Africa. Guess what? I spoke on the phone with a member. I spoke on the phone with a person who desired membership. I returned emails daily. Answered text messages. And had members schedule phone chats with me.

Even if on another continent I am reachable!! 🙂

Additionally, each year I PURPOSEFULLY REACH OUT TO YOU!

Care calls/Care texts!

Did you receive at least one this year? An email? Newsletter? Videos personally from me?

Yes…..I am reachable and I outreach to you as well. It is my delight to do so.

I serve YOU!

While my time IS valuable, my time is NOT TOO precious that my members feel they can not reach me.

Please never EVER feel the latter.

If you have utilized all the above mentioned methods of communication and I STILL don’t reach you then I have failed in my service to you.

I doubt and am assured this will never happen because I AM ALWAYS REACHABLE!

Always and forever…… Serving You and Yours!

(Be sure to share this post! You just never know who is a homeschooling parent here in South Carolina desiring an Option 3 director that THEY CAN REACH. 🙂

Angela Jordan Perry, is a life-partner/wife of 27 years, homeschooling Mom of eight children, mentor, entrepreneur, host of Girlfriends’ Guide to Homeschooling show, podcast host of Girlfriends Chat, founder/Executive Director of Educating Our Own, founder/director of STEAM Co-Op of the Upstate, Mocha Homeschooling Moms-SC founder, owner/director/administrator of United Community of Homeschoolers Unlimited Option 3 Accountability Association, direct marketer, mad’am farmer,  Toastmasters Competent Communicator recipient, racial injustice activist.  Angela and her family make their homestead in Campobello, SC.