Encouragement

Poetry Contest? You Can! You Can!

Earlier this year, I shared a few stories about homeschooling students with special needs who have done quite well in past HSLDA Contests.

Today, I am pleased to introduce you to Beth Lossing. Beth is mom to Sophie, Mia and Jonathan. As you will discover, all three of these precious children have special needs. She has written about how they approached participating in the HSLDA poetry contest.

The Pictures in our Head

The other evening I had prepared a feast for my family to celebrate our Irish heritage. It was especially challenging to navigate on a weeknight. Weekends full on both ends of the holiday, I decided to meet it head on and prepare a meal that we would share with my grandparents in the middle of the week. As I planned, visions of a large, multi-generational family gathered together asking the Lord’s blessing over a shared meal filled my head.

Digging in the Dirt – leaving room for everyday exploration in your homeschooling journey

Flashback to 1997: It’s been raining outside all morning while I’ve been doing school with my children. Now, it’s the afternoon, and I send my kids out to the vegetable garden to pick some fresh green beans. I made sure they put on their rubber boots since it is pretty muddy in the pathways, and I trust that my oldest, now 10, will be responsible and make sure everyone brings more beans back into the house than mud.

But We’ve Always Done It That Way!

Some time after we were married, my husband remarked on how much he appreciated good home cooking, thoughtfully-packed lunches, and fresh baked goods. He especially liked the chocolate chip cookies, which I made faithfully for him because I knew they were just about his favorite dessert. However, he did wonder whether I had found a new recipe for them, because he didn’t remember chocolate chip cookies tasting quite the way I made them. Was I using the classic Nestle Toll House Cookie recipe, he wondered?

Turning the Corner

Early on in my parenting journey, there was a stage at which things were just really, really hard. My sweet baby sometimes took a while to settle at night, leaving me exhausted and yet hopelessly wired at bedtime. We had diaper leakages and incessant spit-ups, leading to far more extra laundry than even I had anticipated. It was a grueling time, and it lasted forever, or so it seemed.

Take the Plunge into Marine Science!

Most high schoolers complete 2-3 years of science usually consisting of Physical Science, Biology, and Chemistry.  However, some students struggle with that regimen while others dream of more exotic science careers.  Both types of students will benefit from different science options.  High school teens enthralled by an aquarium show featuring sea lions, seals, dolphins, and killer whales might be good candidates for marine biology.

Homeschooling Through Trying Times

I work with families who are struggling through financial difficulties, health problems, the loss of a spouse to death or divorce, inadequate housing or transportation, recovery following a natural disaster, fire or flood, and many in the midst of personal tragedy or crisis. Though they don’t always ask it aloud, each of these families want to know how to carry on, with homeschooling as well as life, in the midst of these situations.

The Problem is I Need Three of Me

My parents, heaven bless them, recently left sunny coastal California and came to the icy tundra that is Indianapolis in winter. They came to watch our four kids for a few days so my husband and I could get away for a very timely respite.

Last fall my mom texted me to ask what we wanted for our winter birthdays and Christmas. After giving it some thought, I replied emphatically, "We don't want stuff! We want a break!! Please come!"

Home is a Great Place for Ministry – Welcoming Neighbors

 

Sometimes I need to remind myself of some of the non-academic benefits of homeschooling my kids, especially when academics aren’t going so well–daily distractions, sickness in the house, kids lack motivation, dishwasher breaks, toilet overflows, dad goes out of town that week for work (where’s the principal when you need him?!), and so on...

Just Do It - Introducing Jessica Cole to the Blog!

My homeschooling story begins much like many stories I've heard over the years: with a deep heart-to-heart conversation with the husband. It was late at night... the kids had gone to bed... and I was sitting in the dark next to my husband with tears in my eyes.

But this is not one of those stories where the child has been struggling in school, where he or she has been coming home distraught, or where the parents have to make a life-altering decision to pull their child out of public school and teach them at home. No, this is a much simpler story...

The Real Cost of Frugal Homeschooling

To say that our family struggled financially throughout the years would be an understatement. With our primary income dependent on the construction industry, there were frequent periods of unemployment. To help make ends meet, I worked odd jobs while juggling being a wife and mother. I found babysitting detrimental to the time I wanted to spend with my own children and a huge interruption to homeschooling. I did some transcription work from home and cleaned houses for a time and even worked at one point taking magazine subscriptions...

Teaching Math - Counting Everything, Everywhere You Go

 

I told Meg, my older daughter, that I had a half-baked idea for a math project. "Cool!" she said, but the word "baked" reminded her of our not-very-successful and not-yet-baked-at-all cuneiform cylinder seals. They were lying on the stove all squashy and green. "It isn't with salt dough, though, is it, Mommy?"

Healthy Homeschool Moms Need Treats!

I stumbled on a fascinating blog post this week entitled We Must Have Treats! Here’s Why by happiness expert and widely acclaimed author Gretchen Rubin. After reading her post, I immediately connected with her.

What she had to say about giving ourselves treats is vitally important for homeschooling moms – well, for everyone really, but I’m targeting burned-out, emotionally drained, physically frazzled home educators … yes, YOU!

Our Homeschooling Journey | Introducing Rose Focht to the Blog!

My oldest child learned how to read in a way that you wouldn’t quite expect, but it worked for her due to the flexibility that homeschooling allows. My husband took the lead on teaching her, pointing out the letters to her on our bathroom wallpaper while she was potty-training. She knew her alphabet before she was two, and I breezily built on that knowledge by reciting to her things like “A says aa, B says buh…” at every opportunity. I had a set of McGuffey’s readers on our shelf, so I pulled out the primer one day and started pointing out simple words...

Help! My Teen Refuses to Do Her School Work!

 

As I field questions from homeschool moms who are seeking my advice, one question comes up rather frequently. “My teen refuses to do her course work. What can I do?” I’d like to share 5 suggestions from my experience as a consultant and former homeschool mom.

 

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