Archive for the ‘encouragement’ category

My Homeschool Curriculum Style

May 9, 2011

The Ultimate Homeschool Blogroll

I’m linking up with the Ultimate Homeschool Blogroll to share our homeschool curriculum and teaching style with you.

As a 14-year homeschool veteran, we tried many approaches to education over the years.  If I had to choose one style that best described us, I would say that we had a unit study homeschool.

We loved to choose a subject, then selected books, field trips, movies, art projects, writing projects, photography scavenger hunts, etc., around the chosen subject.

I did approach math with a traditional textbook.  That seemed to work best for us.  In addition to the math book, I had a closet full of math manipulatives and logic puzzles for the kids to play with during our read aloud time.

Science projects were always fun at our house.  I don’t do scientific formula type of math, but the kids loved to do basic physics, basic chemistry with hands-on experiments. We loved learning about the human body, and we really loved animal studies and botany/gardening.

As the kids reached high school, our field trips had to give way to more traditional textbook and laboratory learning in order to complete requirements for college admission.

All in all, we had a ton of fun, and I loved being home with my kids.  My children have all done really well in adulthood, and have thanked me for homeschooling them.

Keep it up, moms. You can do it!

Homeschooling Through the High School Years – Don’t Be Afraid

April 16, 2011

“Mom, this is a memory I will forever cherish!”

What music to my ears! So what had we done that was so memorable? My son and I share a love of all things shellfish, so while I was out shopping yesterday, I purchased 4 live Blue Crabs. My son and I spent the next hour boiling, cleaning and eating them. Little did I know that such a simple experience would be so memorable for him. Never miss a chance to bond with your kids. You never know what cherished memories you may create!

Moms, don’t be afraid of homeschooling through high school. You can do it. If God has called you this far, he will sustain you to the end.

Help for Busy or Burned Out Homeschool Moms

March 11, 2011

Let me lighten your homeschool workload with my
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$35 per student, per course

Enroll your student in my Live! courses, purchase my evaluation service, and rest easy knowing that your teen’s schooling is covered.

Your time is precious. Free yourself to teach younger kids, run your business or catch up on your Bible reading.

Browse our offerings, and enroll in courses that fit your needs.

I’m looking forward to serving your family.

And the Winners Are…

March 10, 2011

Thank you for attending my Open House event!

Here are the winners of the 3 book set:
Melissa
Tracy

And the winners of the 2 book set:
Bailee
Tiara
Clarina

Congratulations! and thanks for stopping by my Open House. I wish I could have fed you brownies and coffee, but alas, it wasn’t to be.

If we ever meet face to face, the coffee’s on me, okay?

There’s still time to enroll, but hurry, classes start Monday, 3/14.

New! Homework Evaluation Service to make your homeschool mom job even easier.
$35 per student, per course for help evaluating the homework that is assigned.

Summer School begins June 21st and goes through August 8th.
Courses offered are Economics and U.S. Government for Middle and High School students.

I’m looking forward to serving your family.

Encouragement From A Homeschool Veteran

February 16, 2011

I’ve been reflecting on our family’s fourteen-year homeschooling journey lately.
When we began our epic quest in 1994, there weren’t many veteran homeschoolers around to talk with, or to get advice from.
I’ve often wondered how my personal journey would have been different if I had had the chance to seek a veteran’s help.

Would I have reached out for the help I needed? Or would I have been too proud.

Would a veteran mom notice that I was struggling and reach out to me first so that I wouldn’t get too discouraged and want to give up?

Dawn, over at 5 Kids and A Dog, recently wrote about her experiences with what I call DHMS (Discouraged Homeschool Mom Syndrome).
Her article titled, “10 Things to Think About When Friends Stop Homeschooling” chronicles her own personal struggles while walking the homeschooling path.

Her article was a follow up to an article titled, “When Friends Stop Homeschooling” by Lee Binz, The Home Scholar.

Thinking back on all those times over the years when I questioned my own sanity for wanting to homeschool, and my ability to finish what I had started, I believe that some encouragement (or just a listening ear) from a veteran homeschooling mom would have made all the difference to my world.

I began considering how I could reach out to homeschooling moms around me.
I’d like to be an encouragement. I’d like to help you see how you can overcome the daily obstacles you will face.
I’d like to help you feel successful, even in the small tasks of daily life.

So I’d like to invite you to ask questions. I invite you to share your thorns…and your roses, too! The Lord knows, we all need the beauty of roses.

You can find me right here on the blog, or you can find me on Twitter. I will be posting with #homeschoolveteran

You can also find me on Facebook

I don’t claim to know it all, but I do know what I’ve experienced with my own three children and husband.

I know what it’s like to be the wife, the mom, and the teacher. Oh, and the entrepreneur! (Imagine doing calligraphy with little ones running around!)

I’d like to help if I can. I’m willing to listen.

Let’s talk.