A New Direction

I’m so excited to be taking over the reins of this blog. My name is Dawn Peluso and I was one of the folks that helped Diane with the Schoolin’ Swag Facebook page.  I’m a homeschooling mom of 3.  Our children are 11, 9, and 3.  We live in Eastern, NC and enjoy hiking, the beach, and spending time with family. We are active in our church and strive be a family that follows Jesus.

We use a variety of materials and methods in our home school and like to say our style is “Charlotte Mason Eclectic”.  In particular, we enjoy using lots of good books, nature study, hands-on history, cooking, and traveling to create a family culture of learning and growing.

Look for more posts over the next couple weeks with information about book reviews, fun home school ideas, and more.

My plan for the blog beginning in September is to have a weekly post about the history that we are studying that week (my husband and I are creating a hands on American history program for our kids and I will share that plan and the resources that we are using,  in case anyone else wants to join us on that journey), Product reviews, a monthly book review of a book for Moms, lots of guest posts from other homeschooling moms about what they are doing in their home schools and a variety of other content.  I’m very open to hearing from our readers about what you would like to see and making sure we are meeting those needs.

9th Grade Curriculum Choices 2022-23

My daughter is starting her first year of high school this year. I think it will be a great year, but she is a little nervous. Since she is my second high schooler, it does not feel as daunting.

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She will take a couple of classes with her older brother and others independently.

Together Courses

Chemistry

For chemistry, we are using Journey Homeschool Academy. We LOVED their biology program and are very excited about the chemistry course. Both of my high school students will be working through this course, and they will be able to watch the videos together or separately. Each will do their own tests and quizzes, but we will do lab work together.

We love how thorough but relatable Journey Homeschool makes their courses and the fact that they are presented from a Christian worldview.

I am super excited that they even have homework help videos added this year because it has been a long time since I last took chemistry.

American Literature

This year my son and daughter are each picking several books from American authors, and my husband and I are also picking several. When possible, we will find correlating movies. We will all four read the book and then have a family discussion. When there is a movie that correlates, we will watch it and have them make a Venn diagram comparing the two.

We are excited about this relaxed approach to American literature. We hope it helps renew their natural love of reading while exposing them to various authors and facilitating good family discussions.

American Government

We have already started the American Government course as it was a recent review from Paradigm Accelerated Curriculum. We will do their Principles and Precepts of Government along with a video series. We have enjoyed the first part of the curriculum and are looking forward to finishing it.

Independent Courses

Photography

My daughter spent her summer babysitting and selling lotion bars and sugar scrubs because she wanted to buy a new to her, nicer camera. We are doing this fun photography elective from SchoolhouseTeachers.com to help her grow her photography skills (you can use a more basic camera for the course; she just wanted to buy a nicer one). I am excited to be able to combine her interests with her schoolwork.

Bible

This spring, we had the opportunity to review Dynamic Christian Living from Positive Action Bible Curriculum. My daughter enjoys it and plans to continue working through it this year.

Culinary Arts

This spring, she is going to be taking culinary arts. My husband helped me create a culinary arts course for my son last year, and it uses episodes of Good Eats, worksheets, and other materials we created to give a well-rounded class.

We will use mostly the same course but add more baking because my daughter is interested in baking bread and desserts. She did her 4-H presentation this year on baking bread and won gold at the state level.

Geometry

She is doing Geometry from High School Math Live. She started this program earlier this summer as a review. She felt like it was a good program and is excited that she already has a head start in the program. This will give her a little more flexibility during the school year.

Cover Story

Cover Story is a writing program that works on different writing skills while helping students create the content for their own magazines. This was another excellent review product that we started over the summer. She is taking a break from all school this month but will return to it in September.

Music

Music is my daughter’s passion, and she is excited to continue her music lessons. Her goal is to one day be able to go to college for music. She will take piano and violin lessons from Practice Monkeys, and I will also include some music appreciation with these Fine Arts Lessons from You Are An Artist.

She is excited to get high school credit for lessons and practice she was already planning to do for personal enrichment.

Morning Time

She will still be doing morning time with us as a family. We will be doing some fine arts together as well as hymn studies.

We will continue to use World Watch in the mornings as a family to discuss current events and family devotions.

You can check out what we have used for other grades, and stay tuned to see what we are doing with my third grader and preschooler!

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Deals and Freebies

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Sign up here for the FREE Make it Your Best Homeschool Event next week! I am so excited to be sharing hymn studies at this event.

Our 11th Grade Choices

How do I already have a junior in high school? It is so bittersweet. The years seem to go by so fast, and I want to hold on tight, but I also enjoy watching him grow into a godly young man.

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This year we are making a HUGE transition. He is going to be dual enrolled in our local community college. I will still teach him several of his courses, but others he will take at the community college. Those classes will count for both high school and college.

Community College Courses

Here in North Carolina, dual enrollment is free for high school students. He will not pay any tuition, but we are responsible for purchasing his textbooks. He will take College Algebra, Spanish 1, and Public Speaking from the community college this first semester. We will reevaluate towards the end of the first semester, but most likely, he will take Spanish 2, English 111, and Fine Arts during the spring semester. He is starting with two online courses and one hybrid course.

Homeschool Courses

In addition to his college courses, he will take Chemistry, American Literature, and American Government in our homeschool.

My daughter is entering the ninth grade and will be taking those courses with him, so I am excited to do some learning together.

Chemistry

For chemistry, we are using Journey Homeschool Academy. We LOVED their biology program and are very excited about the chemistry course. Both of my high school students will work through this course and can watch the videos together or separately. Each will do their own tests and quizzes, but we will do lab work together.

We love how thorough but relatable Journey Homeschool makes their courses and the fact that they use a Christian worldview.

I am super excited that they even have homework help videos added this year because it has been a long time since I last took chemistry.

American Literature

My son taught himself to read at age three and has read voraciously since he was in early elementary school. However, over the last several years, I noticed that he was not reading as much, and he rarely picked up a book for fun and complained about his literature programs.

I wanted him to be well-read and prepared for college-level courses, retain his love for reading, and be a lifelong reader. This year, we found that he enjoyed comparing books and movies more than answering questions about the books. The comparisons and subsequent discussions generally showed a good understanding of the book.

Therefore, this year he and his sister are each picking several books from American authors, and my husband and I are also picking several. When possible, we will find correlating movies. We will all four read the book and then have a family discussion. When there is a movie that correlates, we will watch it and have them make a Venn diagram comparing the two.

American Government

We have already started the American Government course as it was a recent review from Paradigm Accelerated Curriculum. We will do their Principles and Precepts of Government along with a video series. We have enjoyed the first part of the curriculum and are looking forward to finishing it.

Conclusions

We will continue to use World Watch in the mornings as a family to discuss current events and family devotions. My son is also running his own business raising meat chickens, and we may add in a poultry science elective related to the business. 

He has a full schedule, but we look forward to the changes.

Stay tuned to find out what we are using for my other children. I’d love to hear what courses you love.

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Buck First Bank Account (Review)

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Last year we had the privilege of reviewing two Buck Academy books about money for toddlers and elementary students. This summer, we were able to check out their new book, Buck First Bank Account, which Dustin Goss wrote, and Febyolla Goss did illustrations.

What is Buck First Bank Account?

Buck First Bank Account is a 25-page paperback picture book packed with information about getting your first bank account and saving money. The first twenty pages walk children through the process of opening a bank account, essential terms and information they need to know, and the benefits of saving money from a young age.

The book also talks about having goals and a plan with your money.

Pages twenty-one to twenty-three are a comparison and assessment form to help them choose the right bank and account for their needs. Page twenty-four is a glossary of essential terms, and twenty-five finishes the book with information about the author and illustrator.

The illustrations are bright, colorful, and fun, and they help make what could be a challenging topic seem less overwhelming for younger students.

What Did We Think About Buck First Bank Account?

My teenage daughter thought it covered a lot of great information, the different types of accounts, and the differences. She didn’t like that pages 14-15 went across the binding and were more challenging to read. 

She thought the content was great for upper elementary through high school, but the graphics are most appropriate for the upper elementary school students.

I agree with my daughter that the content is excellent, and the illustrations are adorable. The pictures lean towards the elementary range, where the content could be for older students. I still think it is a worthwhile purchase and a great way to help students work through getting their first bank account.

Recommendations

I recommend this book for upper elementary and middle grades students ready to open their first bank account. Elementary students may need assistance completing the bank account and comparison at the book’s end.

If you have an older student who has never opened a bank account, the information would still be helpful, but the illustrations may make it seem too young for them even though the content is appropriate.

Find out more about this book at BUCK Academy, and click on the graphic below to see what other families thought!

first bank account

Tuesday Tips: The Hidden Benefits of eBooks and Kindle Unlimited

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This tip is a little different from most of my recommendations because it focuses more on the homeschooling mom than homeschooling in general. However, I think it has benefits for both.
First, let me be transparent: I fought against eBooks for years, and to this day, I still love a good physical book. I have a stack on my bedside table and a bookshelf in every room except the bathrooms.

A Little Background


As a child, I read voraciously; I stayed up late, spent my free time reading, reading in the car, etc. I have fond memories of my high school years of hanging out with my friends at the bookstore with a cappuccino and a book.


Fast forward a few years, I was in the thick of motherhood, and I felt like I had no free time, and any time I did spend reading was parenting and later homeschooling books. While those were beneficial, I was losing out on the joy of reading for pleasure.


Several years ago, I started trying to intentionally add more pleasure reading to my book lists. I knew this would be beneficial for me and also for my children. I want my children to be readers, to love reading, and to choose to read. If I want that for them, I need to model that behavior. I added some fun fiction to my summer reading and eventually kept it going throughout the year.


That was beneficial, but I still wasn’t getting as much reading done as I had hoped. I am still a busy work-from-home, homeschool mom who doesn’t have much free time. I often wanted to read at night after everyone was in bed, but the lamp would keep my husband awake.

My Discovery


This was when I discovered the benefits of reading on my phone. I could read at night without keeping my husband up, I had my book with me wherever I went, so I could sneak in five or ten minutes of reading while waiting in line or at the doctor’s office. Before, I would scroll through social media during those times, but I felt like reading was a better use of my time. It helped me achieve my goals and find my reading joy again.

How Does Kindle Unlimited Fit Into This?


You may wonder why Kindle Unlimited is integral to this process for me. You can take advantage of reading on your phone without Kindle Unlimited, but it was a key component for me. It meant that there were always new books waiting for me; I could read from a wide variety of genres and books and easily switch back and forth between informative and fictional books depending on my mood that day. Am I the only one that has multiple books going at once?


For a low and easy-to-budget amount each month, I had access to what felt like unlimited book options. I was also able to use it with my children. We got books for their curriculums and more pleasure books for them to read. Like me, they still adore real books, but we found that when riding in the car, traveling, etc., the kindles are super convenient.


Recently, our subscription allowed my two teenagers and me to read the same book together and then discuss it without purchasing three copies of the same book or waiting until we had time to pass it around to each other.

Conclusions


I feel like our Kindle Unlimited subscription has helped me to read many more books than I otherwise would have read and reclaim lots of waits and riding time. (Bonus, I now get car sick when I read regular books while we ride, but I can read eBooks without a problem.)


I encourage you to check out the free trial and see if it can help you get in more reading time and share more books with your children and teens.


I would also love to hear from you what other strategies you employ to help you get more reading done.

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Bible Blueprints (Review)

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Last year we shared about Bible Breakdowns from Teach Sunday School, and this year we are excited to share about their new product, Bible Blueprints. The Bible Blueprints are divided into Old Testament and New Testament.

What Are Bible Blueprints?

With-in the Old and New Testament sets, each page covers one book of the Bible. The page includes important information such as:

  • When it was written
  • Time period covered
  • Type of book
  • Number of chapters
  • Author

There is also a short one-paragraph overview of what that book covers.

Below that information is a guideline or blueprint of what is in the book, which breaks it down into more significant information sections. For example, 1 Corinthians is divided into three sections: Quarrelling and Resolutions, Advice on Eliminating the Sins of the Church, and Explaining the Spiritual Gifts. The author then goes on to give an explanation and overview under each of those headings.

How Can You Use Bible Blueprints?

These could be great to use in your homeschool to help students get a better understanding of the sequence and flow of the Bible. Sometimes students have difficulty understanding how it all fits together, and these pages can help them see it more in the big picture.

The Blueprints are also an excellent resource for your Bible study. You can use them before you dig into a particular book of the Bible to help you get a bit of context (what type of book, who wrote it, and when it was written) as well as an overview of what will be covered in the book.

I could also see them being a lot of fun used in a trivia or Jeopardy-style game with your students. They could help them memorize the authors, the location in the Bible, timeframes, etc., and then answer trivia questions about that information.

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Our Thoughts

We thought this was a great resource. I appreciated how it included the background information at the top to help you better understand the context of the book.

The layout was simple and easy to read while still being visually appealing. The use of different colors helped to make it easier to read.

I think Bible Blueprints would make a great Bible resource for any family, and anyone old enough to read could use them.

I encourage you to click on the graphic below to check out what other Crew Families thought about this resource.

Bible Overview

Healthy Habit Trackers (Review)

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Summer can be a great time to focus on starting (or getting back to) good healthy living routines. 

This summer, we have had the privilege of trying out some neat Healthy Habit Trackers from the American Coaching Academy.

What Are Healthy Habit Trackers?

The Healthy Habit Trackers are a set of twelve different trackers designed to help children keep track of various things, including exercise, nutrition, and even chores. 

They are creative and visually appealing to help make them motivating for your children.

They include:

  • Muscular Endurance
  • Household Chores
  • Healthy Body
  • Kindness
  • Nutrition
  • Locomotor
  • Boot Camp
  • Yoga Flow
  • Cardio
  • Flexibility
  • Muscular Strength
  • Bee Fit

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How Can You Use Healthy Habit Trackers?

These are designed to use a different one of twelve different trackers to be used one per month. However, you can decide what your family needs most, and you might stick with one for several months or use more than one per month.

Some families choose not to do yoga, so you might not even print that tracker. These give families a great deal of flexibility in how they use them.

For example, a family might decide to use the healthy body one every month because it motivates children to brush their teeth, get plenty of sleep, etc. Other families might find that the routines and habits are in place after a month, and they want to move on to a different tracker.

If your children like the trackers, they might want to do several at once, while other students might find that a bit overwhelming.

I felt like starting with one was a good fit for our family because I was using them with my younger sons, and I knew I would be responsible for helping them keep track. We started with nutrition because we had already been working on helping my eight-year-old better stay hydrated and eat well.

What Did We Think About the Healthy Habit Trackers?

I think the Healthy Habit Trackers are an excellent tool for helping children become more consistent with their healthy habits. I love that they are all visually different so that the design works well for the particular habits and keeps things visually interesting for the child.

I also appreciated the bonus blank tracking forms that allow us to track other habits or activities. For example, I am planning to use one of them in the fall to help my son track his music practice and motivate him to be more consistent.  

Conclusions

If your children struggle to be consistent with their exercise, nutrition, tooth brushing, etc., these might be a simple and inexpensive way to motivate them. Though our family will not use all of them, they are a great set, and it is easy to pick and choose the ones that will work best for your family.

I encourage you to click on the graphic below to see how other Review Crew families used these in their homes.

Habit Tracker

Cover Story Cloud Set Writing Program Review

Disclosure: I received this complimentary product through the Homeschool Review Crew.

My daughter has a rather complicated relationship with writing. She loves the idea and is even working on writing a book. However, she dislikes writing assignments and has complained about writing programs. When the opportunity came to review the Cover Story Cloud Set by Clear Water Press, It seemed like it would be a great fit. 

I showed it to my daughter because I knew I would need her buy-in for it to be successful. She loved the idea of writing on her chosen topics and having her magazine at the end of the course. 

What is Cover Story?

This set includes Cloud Access to the Video lessons and physical copies of:

  • The Teacher’s Guide
  • The Student Book
  • The Journal

The course is twenty-four weeks of video lessons plus an additional twelve weeks of optional grammar videos. There are three lessons each week plus five journal entries per week. In addition, there are six unit tests throughout the course.

The videos are about ten to twenty minutes long, and we found them both informative and engaging. 

In the journal, they are given a specific task for each day. For example, in the beginning, they are to write five curious questions each day. The video lessons explain what that means. Another section works on details and another on sentences about people, etc.

The course aims to help students in grades 6-9 create the content for their own magazine, including short stories, articles, poems, letters, blog posts, and reviews. The lessons primarily focus on the magazine’s content, not the pictures and layout, and those items are addressed briefly at the end of the course.

The Teacher’s Guide is a great resource. It contains lesson plans so the parent can easily follow each week’s lesson, scoring rubrics, examples, answer keys, and pages to track scoring.

What Did My Daughter Think?

 “I like the writing program. The teacher is easy to understand and funny. The workbook is easy to understand and follow. I like how his lessons are easily accessible and are not scattered around. For example, if you are doing week 1, you go and click on week one, and right under it, you get all three lessons for week one, making it easy to find what you need. The lessons are around 10-15 minutes each.”

What Did I Think?

I have enjoyed having a writing program that my daughter seemed to enjoy completing. I appreciated that Cover Story was designed to make it very easy on the parent. My only significant contribution to the program is grading completed work and ensuring my daughter stays on track.

I was particularly grateful that one of the early lessons worked on passive verbs/voice. Passive voice is something that I have always struggled with, and many programs do not address it. 

While this program is billed as a middle grades curriculum, I feel it is rigorous enough for my daughter’s freshman year in high school. I hope it will give her the skills and strategies needed to take her writing to the next level.

I am hopeful that I will even be able to publish some of her writing on the blog soon!

Conclusions

Cover Story is a great writing program for middle and early high school students. This might be a great fit if you have a child that needs assignments to have more of a purpose. It is also helpful for parents that want the instruction to be more independent because of the videos.

My daughter plans to continue to work on this program through the summer slowly and then pick back up with a more regular pace in the fall to complete the course. I encourage you to check out the Cover Story Cloud Set website and click on the graphic below to read more reviews! 

Middle School Language Arts

Hymn Study: My Hope is Built on Nothing Less

As I have been working on a new hymn study each month, I find it very interesting to know how the song came into being. Sometimes they are written by people who made a career of writing songs, but often there are personal stories that led to the writing of the hymn. I think it is incredible to see how God works through so many situations.

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Hymn Story: My Hope is Built on Nothing Less

My Hope is Built on Nothing Less was written by Edward Mote with the music composed by William Bradbury. Mote was a Baptist minister and, on his way to work one morning, had the idea to write on the “Gracious Experience of a Christian.” He had written the four verses by the end of the day.

Later in the week, he visited a friend and his very sick wife. They did not have a hymnal, so he took out his new song and sang with them as support and encouragement. The woman was so touched by the music that she asked for a copy of it. Mote wrote two additional verses (which are not typically included in modern hymnals) and then sent if off to the publisher.

Activities for My Hope is Build on Nothing Less

When our family does a hymn study, we like to start by simply listening to various versions of the hymn. This allows us to get familiar with the tune and the lyrics. I have included some great examples of this song in the resources at the end of the post.

Next, we like to use the lyrics for copywork. This helps my children memorize the songs and gives us good handwriting practice.

If your students enjoy music and play a musical instrument, you can have them learn the hymn on their instrument of choice. My daughter loves to play the different hymns on her violin, and you can even use an inexpensive recorder to play the melody.

Finally, we love to add art to our hymn studies. You do various activities, but if you want something simple but structured, I highly recommend the hymn lessons (included in the clubhouse membership) from Nana over at You Are An Artist Chalk Pastels. She has a beautiful lighthouse acrylic (that can also be done in chalk pastels) to accompany this hymn.

If you want to take this hymn study deeper, you could look up verses related to the hymn, pray through the lyrics of the hymn, or even do a nature study on the sand and talk about what the phrase ‘sinking sand’ means in nature and in the spiritual sense.

Concluding Thoughts

Hymn study is a great way to learn and worship together as a family. We know that music stays with us for many years, and we can lean on those lyrics during difficult days. Do not feel that you must make your hymn study long or complicated. You can spend as much or as little time as you want on a given song. Just enjoy learning and praising God with your children.

If you liked this hymn study, check out all of our other free studies!

Hymn Study Resources:

Hymn Story

Worship Band Version

Acapella Version

Virtual Choir

Bluegrass Style

Southside Gospel Choir

Piano Instrumental

Instrumental Jazz

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Hymn Study Fact Sheet

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Tuesday Tips: Choosing Curriculum “What is Best For Me, Might Not Be Best For Thee”

I love helping families transition to homeschooling, and I could talk about curriculum for hours. As a mom who has been homeschooling for ten years, runs an online book store, and reviews curriculum, I have seen and tried a lot of different programs.

Almost always, one of the first questions people ask me when they decide to transition to homeschooling is, “which curriculum is the best?”

Sometimes I wish this was an easy cut and dried answer. However, what works best for your family (and sometimes each child) will vary based on many factors. My motto when dealing with curriculum is, “What is Best For Me, Might Not Be Best For Thee.”

Choosing Homeschool Curriculum

When deciding on the right curriculum, you must consider various factors.

Questions to Consider When Choosing Curriculum:

  • What are the goals of my homeschool?
  • How much parental input is needed/desired?
  • What are the learning styles of my children?
  • What is my budget?
  • Does this align with our family values?
  • How much time will this program take?
  • Is the program paper/pencil or computer-based?
  • Will I need additional materials?

How Do I Decide?

Now that we have established that there is no one size fits all solution to homeschool curriculum, you might be feeling more lost than ever and wondering if you will ever find the right fit. This news should be freeing. You can choose, and there is not necessarily a right or wrong answer.

Too often, parents feel like they are failing when a popular curriculum is not working for their child. Other times, parents feel frozen in indecision because they are unsure if the curriculum they are looking at is “best.”

My advice is to talk to people you know and look at reviews, but also make sure you look at each program through the lens of the questions listed above. Then choose the one (or ones) that you think will work best for your family.

Try the curriculum for a while and if it works, keep doing it. If it isn’t working, do not be afraid to sell that one and try something new. It may take a couple of tries to find the right fit. You are not alone, and that is not a failure.

Other Curriculum Resources:

Remember, you can’t do everything, and just because it is a good program does not mean it is suitable for your family! Find out more about that in my post about getting rid of our Latin curriculum.

You can also learn more about picking a curriculum and see our curriculum reviews using the links below!

New Years Curriculum Reevaluation and Nature Study

Changing Up Curriculum Without Overspending!

High School Credit for Morning Time Studies

Reviews

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Try Journey Homeschool Academy’s FUN and Free summer courses this week! Check out the Stargazing Astronomy Course and the Backyard Bugs course.

Also, check out the FREE Unlocking the Bible course for teens!

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Tuesday Tips: Prioritize Encouragement for Mom

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I genuinely believe that homeschooling is one of the most important tasks that God has given me, and I am so grateful for the opportunity. However, I also want to be honest and say that some days (months, years) are hard! In the day-to-day grind, it is easy to forget that we do not “have” to homeschool, but instead, we are privileged to have the opportunity to homeschool.

One way to help combat the hard days is to ensure that you include some homeschool mom encouragement in your days.

What is Homeschool Mom Encouragement?

There are so many different ways to be encouraged as a homeschool mom. Different things will work better for different families, different issues, and even just different seasons.

Remember the Why!

First, remember why you homeschool! I highly encourage you to write down your whys and keep them somewhere that you can refer back to them on the hard days! They will help keep you grounded and focused.

Community

Next, find a group of homeschool mom friends. I firmly believe that we should have a variety of friends, but sometimes you need another homeschool mom who has been there, done that, and come out on the other side.

I am blessed to have a large community of homeschool mom friends. Locally, I have friends that go out to dinner once a month for Mom’s Night Out and other friends who gather for park play dates and field trips. I am also a member of many great homeschool communities online, where people can ask questions, share ideas, and find support.

Not many tough homeschooling days aren’t made better with chocolate and an understanding friend!

Books, Podcasts, and Movies

Finally, many great books, podcasts, and even movies are geared toward encouraging homeschool moms. Your first thought is probably not how to find these resources but how to make time for them in your busy schedule.

You do not have to spend hours a day or even hours a week reading or listening, but I encourage you to find some time each week to read or listen to something encouraging. You might listen to a podcast while you wash dishes or take a walk or read for five or ten minutes before bed each night. Audiobooks can be a great way to listen while driving from place to place.

Taking that time to get encouragement will pay dividends in the long run. Having a refreshed spirit will give you the strength to work through the tough days and enjoy the good days!

I would love for you to share your ideas for homeschool mom encouragement, and I have included some links and resources to help get you started.

Encouraging Books

Awaking Wonder

Lifegiving Collection (Encouragement for moms)

Adventuring Together

Read Aloud Family

Pocketful of Pinecones ( A bit idyllic but a light encouraging read)

Encouraging Podcasts

At Home with Sally

Read-Aloud Revival

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Resource Library 

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