Adding literature to your homeschool can be quite a balancing act. Some children are reluctant readers while others love to read but only want to read books of their choosing. Regardless of whether your child is a bookworm or a reluctant reader, you can add more literature to your homeschool, (re)capture the joy of reading, and spice up literary studies in your homeschool.
Are you looking for a way to bring joy back to your homeschool? I love how Dachelle finds her joy by adding a little enchantment to their homeschool routine. And she does it in a way that the whole family enjoys and doesn’t overwhelm their schedule. As she said, “Enchantment does not happen every day. It is rare. It’s a little surprise of happiness and brings you joy.”
I’m sure you’ve heard it before: Take care of yourself before taking care of others. It really is important for us to put our self-care as a priority in our lives and it is not selfish to focus on your needs. When you take care of yourself, you will have more energy and a better mood to take care of your family. In this episode, we will explore practical suggestions for four areas homeschool moms often struggle with to take care of themselves: sleep, exercise, healthy eating, and finding joy.
So how do we get it all done? In the next five podcast episodes, we will be exploring this topic and talking about how you can pare down your to-do list so you don’t feel so overwhelmed and can find joy in your role as a mom and homeschool facilitator. Today we are talking about the key questions you need to ask yourself as you begin to assess why you feel behind. They are simple but powerful.
It’s so easy to focus on what we could have done better or what we should have done differently. It is much harder to brave and acknowledge what we are doing right. I was so thankful for this reminder from Jamie Erickson in this podcast episode to remember that we are doing a lot right. And we should celebrate it! She also reminds us of the importance of having routines and rhythms in our day instead of rigid schedules.
Homeschooling is a demanding, 24/7 job. Especially when my children were young it was difficult because I felt like was always on duty. I would often feel guilty when I made comments about wanting a break. I came to realize that I needed time away so I could rest and recharge in order to be a better mom and teacher. In this episode, you will find strategies and tips to help you find time to recharge and encouragement to let go of the guilt.
What works for one family does not always work another. Tiffanie Smith shares practical tips to help you find your groove and make homeschooling work for your family. She also reminds us that it is okay to have the perspective of homeschooling just for this season. You don’t have to have it all figured out right now. Regardless of how long you have been homeschooling, you will be blessed by this interview!
We can get so consumed by what others tell us education should look like for our children that we forget education can be living and joyful. Crystin Morris reminds us that when we spend time developing our relationship with our children and cherishing the time we have with them we can embrace the principles and educational philosophy we are learning about and implementing in our homes in a more organic way. She shares with us what this might look like during the preschool years and beyond.
Your family has a unique culture. And it’s okay to embrace it! Emily Copeland shares how she learned that it is okay to embrace what makes your family special. Once she learned how to embrace her philosophy of education and still sprinkle in the things that her family loved, she was freed to create a family culture that allows her to build connections and relationships with her children.
Leah Martin provides an interesting perspective as she shares the process she went through of letting go of other people’s expectations of what her children should be learning and how their homeschool should look. She reminds us how the early years requires a very different approach than the school years and what that looks like in her home. She also relates how she has learned the value of building her children’s skills and abilities to learn in many different learning styles.
Dana Wilson reminds us that we can provide a customized education for our children that will not look like anyone else’s. She shares how she has been able to provide her children with what they need through their home education journey. She also shares advice she has learned along the way that has made a life long impression on her children.