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A 5 Step Plan for Scheduling Your School Year!

This is Part II of August = Organization Month for Homeschoolers.

It’s that time of year. Everyone is gearing up for school. All of the stores are having “back to school” sales on everything from school supplies, clothing, and even furniture. Parents are anxious, students are feeling uncertain, and everyone’s pocketbooks are getting thinner. BUT this need not be the case!

We can keep our spending under control and we can be prepared and confident for a new school year. We can even pass that enthusiasm onto our kids. This way, any sense of uncertainty they are feeling is replaced by a sense of anticipation and excitement. So let’s get started…

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But first, take a moment to read an archived article on the subject of How Not to Overspend on Curricula if you still have some purchasing to do. Then click right back here to get your scheduling plans in place. Continue reading Homeschool Scheduling the Easy Way

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Have you ever experienced bone-weary burnout?

Burnout has a way of creeping up on us. It begins with a quiet sensation of listlessness, followed by annoyance, accompanied by an occasional outburst of unexpected anger that you didn’t see coming.

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Great idea, huh? Well, maybe not!

Some homeschool moms may carry on for years before experiencing burnout, while others may experience it yearly, generally in the spring. Because, goodness, by then we are just plum worn out from teaching school all year long.

If you, like me, are feeling a sense of despondency, fatigue, or angst, it is time to head off burnout at the pass. This is the time of year that we can intentionally set up our children, routine, and schedule for success as we finish the year strong. Continue reading Help, I Feel Burnout Coming!

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the paradox

Do you ever feel just a little bit crazy?

It’s no wonder!

You have children to teach, the family to feed, laundry piling up, and if you are an entrepreneur, you also have a business that needs attention or it’s going to shrivel up. There is so much that you need to do on any given day that you may lack focus. And even more so, you may lack clarity. If you don’t know what you are working towards, then how can you possibly know what you should be working on? See previous post for some help.

This, my friend, is the homeschool mompreneur’s paradox – you have a business for the purpose of supporting your family and yet little time to devote to it. You have an incredible idea for how you can serve others and yet lack a clear direction for how to reach your target audience. You have a passion to support, encourage, and inspire others through a business venture and yet lack the funds to get it off the ground.

Would you be surprised to hear that you don’t necessarily need more skills, more money, or more time to start or grow your business? You have been especially gifted to bless the world with your unique gifts and talents. There is just one thing you need:

The roadmap! Continue reading The Paradox – Homeschooling and Running a Business

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What I learned from my course survey

Thank you so much for taking my course survey last week! I heard from many of you and that has been super helpful for me as I prepare and write my course – Homeschool Mompreneur 101: The Busy, Homeschool Mom’s Step-by-Step Plan to Running a Highly Profitable and Satisfying Business in under 20 hours Per Week.

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I am excitedly mapping out my outline to address the concerns of homeschooling moms who are also running a business from home. We are not as rare of a breed as you might think and we share many of the same challenges and limitations. We also share some amazing character qualities, such as resourcefulness, persistence, diligence, creativity, and a “let’s do this” attitude. How wonderful it is to rub shoulders with women such as you!

From my course survey, I learned that… Continue reading Course Survey Findings…

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And why the words “I can’t afford it” are a cop-out!

I hear it all the time…

I would buy that curriculum, but I can’t afford it.
That car is too expensive, dear; we can’t afford it.
I would save for retirement, but I can’t afford it.
I would tithe, but we can’t afford it.
I would homeschool, but we can’t afford it.
I would buy that toy for you, honey, but we can’t afford it.
We can’t go on that trip. It’s too expensive and we can’t afford it.

I have heard myself say those very words over the most diverse things as well. In the not too distant past, I have been known to utter that phrase when refuting purchases that span anywhere from $5 to $5000. How about you? Do any of these scenarios below sound familiar to you?

Continue reading How to Afford Almost Anything

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Discover the Magic of Mapping out Your Week

Homeschooling is a growing movement. More and more parents are choosing to teach their kids at home for reasons that include individualized instruction, efficient use of time, the abundance of excellent curricula available, and the quality time they get to spend with their kids.

But for many families, to homeschool means to give up one parent’s income, which can become a financial hardship. What many families don’t realize, though, is that homeschooling does not preclude earning a second income.

Everyone is allocated the same 168 hours per week. The important idea to consider is how we use these hours. Let’s break it down.

Homeschooling takes less time than traditional schooling, because school time is more focused and intentional. You don’t need to use any of your time for assemblies, roll call, bathroom breaks, lining up, etc. Most families can be finished with their studies before noon, if they start around 8:30 or 9am. So, if it takes your children 3-4 hours per day to finish all their subjects, then you can allot 15-20 hours to homeschooling each week.

If you sleep for 56 hours (8 hours per night) and reserve 60 hours to “other” activities (such as errands, cleaning, meal prep and recreation), you still have 32+ hours left that you can devote to creating a second income. I spend about 20 hours per week running our two businesses from home (4.5 hours on 4 afternoons a week).

So, the time is there, if we use it wisely. But that is certainly not the only obstacle to working from home. As homeschooling moms, we are responsible for the care and supervision of our kids 24/7. All working parents need some type of child care, even those who work from home. However, public school parents utilize the school system, which provides built-in childcare. Homeschooling parents who wish to focus on work or building a business just need to get creative. That’s not a problem since creativity is our specialty!

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We are responsible for the care and supervision of our kids 24/7.

Here are some ways that creative homeschooling moms have carved out some uninterrupted work time: Continue reading Homeschooling & Home Business: A Match Made in Heaven

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You’re a parent, so you know…A few hours after posting the 1st video in the FREE series, “3 Keys to Cracking the History Code,” I was in the kitchen with my two youngest kids. We were making lentil soup, which I haven’t made in a few years. But remembering that I like it, I convinced the kids to join me in chopping and dicing veggies for this delicious earthy stew.

My son, who is seven years old, says, “Mom, I am going to try this dinner tonight and I think that I am going to like it.”

I reply, “Okay, that’s good, honey. Why do you think you are going to like it?”

And this is the awesome part!

He says, “Well, lentil stew was one of Napoleon’s favorite meals. He also liked chicken and other ‘non-fussy’ foods. He was more of a soldier than a king in some ways.” He grins, sets down his knife and salutes.

Continue reading Out of the Mouths of Babes

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Have you ever fallen off the wagon? I most certainly have. I have fallen off the healthy eating wagon, the exercise wagon, the daily devotions wagon, the prayer wagon and most recently, the blog wagon. It’s just part of human nature to fall off these wagons, I guess (unless I’m the only one). Or maybe it’s just the nature of rickety wagons… hmmm…

Continue reading She’s back in the saddle!

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This is just a quick note to remind you that today is the last day of the World History Sale. If you are studying Ancient History or Medieval History or Renaissance or Modern History and you like saving money (from 25% – 40% off), then be sure to take a look at the items on sale this week.

Sale items include timelines, maps, historical biographies, mobile apps and more. Let this be the year that you round out your history program with some great tools that bring history to life.

http://www.knowledgequestmaps.com/World-History-Sale.html

On another note…

finish-race2When I talk with people about homeschooling and encourage them to continue and not “throw in the towel,” I often use the analogy of a race. I’ll talk about how exciting it is to be standing at the starting line, how easy it is to get tired and distracted during the middle, but how important it is to finish well.

This weekend, I get to put flesh on my analogy. I will be competing in my first race. But I’m not running; I’m walking. I am race walking in the Portland-to-Coast, a 130 mile walking relay race. I am on a team with 12 other amazingly strong homeschool moms. I am walking the first leg and will set the pace for my team. Eeek.

The race will take us 2 days to complete. We’ll walk during the days and we’ll walk all night long. We’ll catch a wink of sleep when we can, but I doubt it will be much. The moment we all look forward to the most is the moment when we walk with our anchor teammate across the finish line. We are looking forward to celebrating that accomplishment together as a team.

I hope and pray that you will have a great year in homeschooling. Yes, it is like a race. And while a little nerve-wracking, it is not too difficult to get started. But it can be difficult sometimes to continue and especially to finish. May I encourage you to find some teammates who will walk alongside you and encourage you along this journey. We cannot do it alone. We need each other.

God bless! And may the wind be ever at your back.

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Facing the Giant!

Does the concept of homeschooling through high school feel like a giant looming up before you? Perhaps not too unlike David facing Goliath?

How many of you have seen the movie Facing the Giants? Do you remember the scene when Coach Grant Taylor singles out Brock and tells him to do the death crawl one more time, making him promise to give his very best? With Jeremy on his back and blindfolded, Brock gives his best effort to crawl to the 50 yard line. However, Coach Taylor doesn’t tell him when he has passed the 50 yard line and continues to ask him to give his very best and not to give up. He reminds him of his leadership ability and how he can make or break his team, depending on the effort and attitude he gives off.

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How is homeschooling through high school like facing a giant?

Continue reading Homeschooling Through High School

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