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How Homeschooling will Bring Your Family Closer Together

When I first began considering homeschooling I am ashamed to admit I worried about how it would affect the relationship between me and my kids. I mean we’d be together ALL day. Who could handle that? Years later, I am realizing that society has ingrained it in us that it is normal to send our kids off to strangers for hours at a time instead of allowing them to truly get to know and spend time with their family. We are considered the weird ones for being around our kids all day!

The truth of the matter is that homeschooling will bring your family closer together. This is one huge benefit that comes from making the choice to homeschool. The challenges of homeschooling, the fun of homeschooling, the lifestyle of homeschooling, all will help aid the relationship within the family unit.

In time, you will see that homeschooling will bring your family closer together. 

 

 

Not sure if homeschooling will be good for your family? Believe it or not, homeschooling may actually bring your family closer together!

You Will Be More Connected as a Family

Homeschooling means that HOME is a good part of your life. Even if you’re not actually HOME (because let’s face it, we tend to run ALL the time) the bulk of your time will be spent with your family. We are almost always together. This means family time happens more often. It means our kids spend LIFE with us. Not just a few hours in the evening. It also means that their siblings become their friends because they actually KNOW them.  Older children can help their younger siblings with their assignments. Younger children can have a more playful relationship with their older siblings. Time is spent together instead of apart and based on grade/age level.

When kids are away at school all day, they spend the majority of their time connected to the people in their classroom. Homeschooling means you develop these connections to those people in your home. Your relationships with your siblings and parents strengthen because you bond with them in ways that public school time constraints didn’t allow.

You Will Have More Time 

I was really nervous about the amount of time homeschooling would take when I began this journey. Now, I can’t imagine giving so much time to the public school. We have more time together and can dictate our time ourselves instead of being told what to do and when to do it.

There is no waking up, getting dressed, and dropping the kids off at school. Instead, we can sleep in, take our time eating breakfast, and start school when we want to. Also we are done SO much sooner than the public school kids. This means we have more time to get to know each other as a  family.

One of our favorite things to do is activities like the zoo, museums, park days, and field trips. Homeschooling allows us to spend more time doing all of these activities and as a bonus we can experience them with our WHOLE family!

You Will Really Get to Know  Your Kids

Of course, we know our children better than a public school teacher, but homeschooling allows us to know them even better. Spending every day together means we are going to really learn our child’s behavioral and emotional patterns. We will witness how our children react to situations, stress, success, and failure. We will know without a doubt what our kids are capable of doing and understanding.

Homeschooling also allows us to nurture those things our children love, and to spend time with them DOING those things. I know my middle is an animal lover, homeschooling allows us to experience this passion together by volunteering at animal shelters, training her pets, and researching veterinary science. My oldest wants to be a pastry chef, so our kitchen is regularly a sticky mess. These are passions that they may not have time to pursue in public school, so instead, they are practicing them at home, where I can experience this joy WITH them.

So, what brings homeschooling families closer together? 

One common theme you will have noticed throughout so far is TIME. Without a doubt, homeschooling offers families more time together.  The amount of time spent with the family is something that children who attend public school, do not experience except during the holiday and maybe summer vacation.  Homeschooling IS family. It is experiences and activities. It is life lessons and values.

One of the best ways to develop a strong relationship with any person is by spending TIME with them. The more time spent together, the more you will know that person, and understand them. Homeschooling allows us to do just that, which naturally brings us all closer together.

All of this means that homeschooling will bring your family closer together. Many people cringe at the idea of spending all day with their children, but homeschoolers KNOW the value in it. They see it is a GREAT thing and something that should not be pushed aside.

And that is how homeschooling brings families closer together.


Author: Misty Bailey is a homeschool mom of three and has been homeschooling since 2009. You can read about her homeschool journey and more on her blog, Joy in the Journey.

 

 

Can I Homeschool as a Single Parent

Are you a single parent wondering if you can homeschool? This article is full of tips to get you started and help you succeed!

Homeschooling is becoming more and more mainstream. Years ago it would have been rare to see working moms in homeschool groups, yet it is happening more and more. It would have been practically nonexistent to see single parents at homeschool groups, yet again it is becoming more and more common. Homeschooling as a single parent is possible, it just takes a little more work.

Are you a single parent wondering if you can homeschool? This article is full of tips to get you started and help you succeed!

Get Creative

If you are working outside of the home consider switching to working from home. There are tons of work at home jobs available, your own employer may even consider letting you work from home a few hours a week. Work at home jobs can range from being a teacher to a writer, to customer service. The sky is the limit when it comes to working from home.

If child care is an issue, ask around about swapping babysitting services. You may have friends who would watch your kids in exchange for you doing the same. Bartering is also an option. If you have a skill a friend or neighbor can use, see if you could exchange that service for child care.

Plan Accordingly

As a single parent you will probably want to utilize curriculum that is not very teacher intensive. You may also need to plan ahead more to make sure school work is done. Sending work with your children during the day be necessary, as will unconventional school hours. Planning ahead will allow you to make the most of the time you have available for homeschooling.

Seek Support

Find a community of homeschoolers, or friends and family who support you and your endeavor. If this is hard for you to do in person, find an online community to help you and encourage you. Homeschooling is hard work and will require a lot of support and encouragement in the first few months.

Single parent homeschooling has been uncommon for while, but is becoming more and more popular. I was able to find some resources and sites that may help you if you are considering homeschooling as a single parent.

How to Afford Single Parent Homeschooling

Tips for Single Parent Homeschooling

Single Mom Homeschooling

How to Homeschool as a Single Parent



Misty Bailey is a wife to Roger and a homeschool mom to three beautiful blessings. She resides with her family in Southern Ohio. She loves helping new homeschoolers and has a  Homeschool 101 eBook for those getting started. She shares her struggles with time management, becoming unglued and finding joy in the everyday moments on her blog Joy in the Journey.

How to Overcome a BAD Homeschool Day

Have you ever had a day where nothing seemed to go right? When a bad homeschool day happens (and it will!). These tips can help!

Have you ever had a day where you were really tempted to throw the kids on the big yellow school bus? A day where nothing seemed to go right? The kids don’t want to “do” school, they keep bickering, and you just want a break? If this has ever happened to you, let me encourage you by saying welcome to the club! We have all been there! I may have been there more than once….this week.

Homeschooling can be hard, it can be exhausting, but it is also a huge blessing! When you are having a bad homeschool day, take the time to find something you and your family enjoy. Find a way to add some extra joy to your day! Here are some ideas to get you started.

Have you ever had a day where nothing seemed to go right? When a bad homeschool day happens (and it will!). These tips can help!

Go outside!

Yes, packing everyone up may be a pain. But, unless it is sub zero temperatures outside you will all be better off by getting some fresh air. Consider going on a nature scavenger hunt. Take a walk, go for a bike ride. Physical exercise tends to make everyone feel a little bit better. Sometimes it’s also nice just to sit under a tree, or in the sunshine and read a book or even complete a subject or two in the great outdoors. 

Hug your kids!

Spend some time cuddling, reading a book, or just chatting. I think that too often times we forget we are mom first. Teacher role tends to take over, but what if our kids just need us? Not the taskmaster, or the instructor. But, simply MOM.

Have a movie day!

Pop some popcorn, turn on a family favorite and watch a movie, even if it is in the middle of the day.  When I feel guilty about this, I remind myself that we watched movies in school too. My niece watched a Christmas movie every day one week in December at her school. And, it still counted as their school day ;) Why can’t we do that once in a while too?

Host a playdate!

Call up a few homeschooling families and invite them over to play. The kids can socialize, and you can too. Sounds like a win/win to me. On these days we’ve done baking, gingerbread houses, bike rides, or even just a good old-fashioned “go outside and play” .

Make a Bucket List!

Let everyone pick one thing that they want to do at home today. Then, make plans to do it. It could be a board game, an art project, or something as simple as making a choo-choo train track. Make the list, and then get to work having fun together!
On those days when nothing seems to be going right just remind yourself this season will pass. If you look hard enough you can find something to be thankful for! You can find some reason to choose joy. I’ve noticed many times when things don’t seem to be going right in our home it is because I have spent a lot of time working, and not as much time playing. Many times this is due to necessity, but sometimes it’s not. Picking an item from this list can help you and your kids get back on track on those bad homeschool days!


Misty Bailey is a homeschool mom of three and has been homeschooling since 2009 You can read about her homeschool journey and more on her blog, Joy in the Journey.

 

5 GREAT Math Programs

Struggling with Math in your homeschool? We are discussing spiral vs mastery approach as well as some great Math programs to take a look at.

Math is one of those subjects that we have really struggled with. All kids learn different ways and a few years into our homeschool journey I realized that what worked for my oldest in Math was not going to work with my middle.

There are two typical ways to teach math, spiral and mastery. Let’s take a look at both.

Spiral Method

The spiral method of homeschooling, means that a new concept is taught, along with practice and review over past concepts.  This approach presents a given set of topics that repeat from level to level. Each time the material is presented, it is with more depth, and linking new concepts with those learned preciously.

Mastery Approach

The other is mastery approach. This means that the same concept is taught until the student grasps it, then the move on to another concept.With this approach, skills are built upon each other until a student has a thorough comprehension of one topic before moving on.

Both approaches end with the same concepts being covered, but the order and the manner in which the students learn them differ greatly.

If you are struggling with Math in your homeschool, here are some great Math programs to take a look at.

Struggling with Math in your homeschool? We are discussing spiral vs mastery approach as well as some great Math programs to take a look at.

*Stars indicate one of Cathy Duffy’s top picks.

  1. Christian Light Education-Used and published by Mennonites, this math curriculum is solid and affordable. It comes with ten light units per grade and two teachers’ books. CLE uses the spiral approach and requires little to no prep work from the teacher. Daily flash cards and speed drills help student’s master facts. Uses the spiral approach.
  2. *Teaching Textbooks-Teaching textbooks was designed for homeschoolers to help them with some of their math struggles. It uses a CD rom and includes interactive lessons combined with practice problems in a workbook. It also features an automatic grade book that takes the grading part away from parents! Uses the spiral approach.
  3. *Horizons- Published by Alpha and Omega, Horizons Math uses the spiral approach. It contains two colorful workbooks and uses manipulative to help students grasp concepts. There is some teacher prep required. There are readiness tests available to help with student placement.
  4. *Math U See-Math u See is a very popular curriculum for homeschoolers. It teaches math hands on and many parents say that thanks to Steve Demme’s math lessons they finally “get” math. Math U See uses the mastery approach, and each level builds upon the previous one.
  5. *Life of Fred-Designed for independent study, Life of Fred is a comprehensive math curriculum. It was written by a retired math teacher. They take you through the life of Fred. A young boy whose adventures are a jumping off point for the math lessons. Each lesson teaches a concept, followed by practice questions.

These are just a few of the many great math programs that are out there for homeschoolers.

5 Ways to Ease the Transition from Public School to Homeschool

 

As we near the middle of the school year, many parents will be evaluating whether or not their children’s public school is working. Some will take the plunge and pull their kids out of public school over the holidays. I know, this was me! My freshly turned 5-year-old came home on Christmas break and we never looked back. But, the transition from public school to homeschool was hard. And the older your children are when you start, the more difficult it may be.   I would love to share some tips that can help ease the homeschool transition.

Give Yourself an Adjustment Period

When your child first begins homeschooling, there will be a time of transition. This transition period is the perfect time to “deschool” your child, and yourself. You are both used to a public school mindset, and you will both need time to learn what homeschooling is and what it looks like. Homeschooling is NOT public school at home. The environment is different, the structure is different, and the learning can be different.

Don’t Go Nuts with Purchases

This was the biggest trap for me. I purchased a huge boxed curriculum for my kindergartner only to pitch most of it within a year. Don’t fall prey to the same mistake. I recommend looking at purchases before buying them. You can do this with a local homeschooler, or a convention in the spring. Until you can see items in person, use free products online or from the library. If you know you won’t be able to see curriculum in person, then order a few items at a time. Chances are the first couple purchases will NOT fit you and your child. Finding a good fit curriculum wise takes time. So, don’t go nuts with the purchases at first.

Remember Homeschooling is NOT a Fix All Answer

Homeschooling is a wonderful education choice. It is a great way to for our children to get a one on one education.  We are able to tailor our children’s lessons to their learning styles. We are able to educate them in a safe environment. We are able to do so much that the schools can’t.

But, homeschooling is not a fix all answer.  

It is not going to take away every bully your child may ever meet. It’s not going to make them a well-mannered child, or an academic genius. All of the issues your child may have in public school may also exist in the homeschool environment. It won’t fix everything. So, be prepared for that.

Allow Your Child to Have a Say

When planning out what you want to study homeschooling you may have ideas and thoughts in mind. But, what do your kids think? We tend to forget about the students we are teaching. We forget that they are individuals. We forget that they have desires of their own. We forget that they HAVE an opinion. So, talk to your kids. Let them have a say in what they plan on learning. This may make the transition easier for them as well. Have an animal lover? Spend a year studying zoology. Your child loves space? Astronomy may be the way to start. History buff? Let them choose the time period they are most interested in. If you aren’t entirely onboard with their choices, what can you compromise on? Maybe you need to choose a certain curriculum in one area, but give them liberty in another area. Our kids have likes and dislikes, and homeschooling gives them the freedom to study what they are interested in.

Are you transitioning from public school to homeschool? You may feel overwhelmed and unsure where to start. Here are 5 tips to make the public school to homeschool transition easier for you and your child!

Don’t Forget Socialization

This is huge. For you and your child. Homeschool moms need homeschool friends. And your kids need socialization. Don’t forget this important part of homeschooling. Continue to nurture your child’s friendships with the kids in his public school, but also, reach out to local homeschoolers and homeschool groups. Join a co-op. Attend a field trip. Sign up for that community art class. Go to the park. Socialization is important for ALL homeschoolers. A common problem I see in my area is parents pulling their children out of school, joining our Facebook group, but then never attending anything. Within a year or two the kids are back in school because they “miss their friends”. But, they never had the opportunity to make new ones. For homeschool success, don’t forget this important step.

So, are you ready to make the leap into homeschooling! Go for it! You’ve got this :) I hope these tips help you and encourage you to make the best of your homeschool journey. It isn’t always easy, but it is worth it!

Related Posts:

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3 Tips to Ease the Homeschool Transition

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Extracurricular Activities for Homeschoolers

 

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