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20+ Tips for Homeschooling the Distracted Child

One of the greatest challenges we face as homeschoolers is keeping our kids on task. Whether you have a large family with kids that would rather play together than work or have a child that can't seem to concentrate for longer than a few minutes, I have put together a list of over 20 practical ideas that you could try. I have tried all of these at one time or another and I find that some work better than others and some work well, but only for a season. Don't get discouraged if what WAS working, STOPS working in a month! In fact, I recommend printing these off and adding to the list so that you have something to turn to when you feel frustrated. Therefore, I have created a simple free printable with the ideas and a short description as well as a place to rate how this solution worked for you. I hope that it gives you hope in the midst of a hopeless homeschool day and if you have new ones to add, PLEASE share in the comments below for a fellow homeschool mom to find! 20+ Tips to ... View Post

5 Common Reasons our Children Can’t Focus on School

Imagine with me a homeschool room with three adorable children and teacher-mom in all her glory. The day is going well, albeit more like a relay race than a typical learning environment. Mom spends the entire morning bouncing from one child to the next: helping them, keeping them on track, cheering them on. It is exhausting, but it works... until the phone rings. Mom sneaks out of the school area, advising said children to finish their work by the time she gets back. Alas, we all know the end of THAT story! She enters the room to find the kids playing, perhaps wrestling or even fighting, not a single thing has been accomplished. I am that mom, I'm sure you have been that mom. It is exhausting, is it not? Trying to keep them on track all the time? Today I am writing a series post to address why our kids can't stay focused and some practical things we can try to help them be a bit more independent and self-motivated. The next post will be linked at the end of this one, so keep ... View Post

Refocusing on the Reason for the Season

Christmas is nearly upon us and I am struck anew by the sheer chaos of the season. Somehow, this month fills up without me even meaning to. There are Christmas parties and get togethers, and Christmas plays and cookie exchanges and company to prepare for... I was slightly panicked when I counted the days left and realized how much was packed into those days. It is SO easy to become consumed with the busy and forget the why behind it. I want to remember the reason for the season, but I also want to destress and detach myself from the "Martha" of doing and become more like the "Mary" who is living in the moment. Anyone else feeling this need? That is why when this month's Illustrated Faith Devotional Kit came in the mail, I was over the moon excited as I opened it up. Take a look what was inside this month's kit... Why I love Bible Journaling When I first heard about Bible journaling I was frankly completely overwhelmed. I only like about 10% of what I do and am not super artsy, ... View Post

The Case for Hands on Learning

If there is anything I have learned in the past 5 years of homeschooling, it is that every child is SO different. After discovering my children's learning styles (take the free quiz here), I was under the impression that only my kinesthetic learner needed a hands on approach to learning. As I began creating more hands on learning games and activities and filling our homeschool with resources for said child, I saw some pretty incredible results from my other children as well, regardless of their learning style. This led me to some research that has quite honestly changed my approach to homeschooling in general. 5 Reasons Hands on Learning is SO Important 1. Hands on learning improves memory and lesson retention. The simple truth is, the more ways our children can experience and personalize the lesson into something that means something to THEM, the more neural pathways are formed and the better they will remember that lesson. 2. Hands on learning increases confidence. The ... View Post

I Was Tired of Being Embarrassed by my Skin, Until I Tried This…

Adult skin issues aren't something I see talked about very often, yet I don't think I am the only one who was suffering from problematic skin. After having 5 kids, my hormones have been everywhere and my skin was highly unpredictable. I was breaking out monthly, I had a dark splotch of chloasma from my pregnancies on my upper lip that looked disturbingly similar to a moustache from the distance... in short, I was wearing makeup every single day to feel a little more human. I felt my confidence waver, I stopped doing online videos and tried a few different facial products, nothing was working. When I first met Jordan, I was intrigued. She seemed so certain she could help me, believed so strongly in Rodan + Fields that I just knew I had to give it a try. For the past 3 months I have been using the Reverse system and I know you are going to be as blown away as I am at the results. Rodan and Fields Review When I first got my kit in the mail I was a bit overwhelmed, not going to lie. ... View Post

The Best Black Friday Deals for Homeschoolers!

Well, it's sale weekend around the world and as my inbox filled up with amazing deals that I am going to be taking advantage of, I couldn't help but share with you guys. I will admit, I usually wait for Black Friday and do my Christmas and birthday shopping all in one. I love getting stuff at a deal and I have some AMAZING limited time deals to share with you. This click n' shop gift guide is full of sales and resources that are a mixture of educational and fun! PLUS if you're too busy to go clicking around, I put it together in a click-friendly PDF that you can just view in text form, what is being offered, coupon codes, and all organized (of course) into age group. This is totally free from me to you, so keep reading! How to shop the gift guide What I have done is put together a click n' shop gift guide (CLICK HERE). It is all separated into age range, so you can just choose the age range that most applies to you and view some gift suggestions (and applicable coupon codes) all ... View Post

How to Cultivate a Thankful Heart

It is Thanksgiving and families everywhere are gathering together to feast and celebrate the things in their life they are thankful for. It is one of my favorite holidays because it doesn't really have an ulterior motive or underlying seed of selfishness. There are no expectations of gifts, it is all about the three F's: Family, Food, and Fun. As I sip my coffee and ponder the blessings in my life and home, I realized that I really have the ability to create a content and thankful heart both for myself, but an atmosphere that permeates this entire home. I want that for ME, I want that for my husband, I want that for my children. Taking the time to focus on what I HAVE in a world of things I NEED and WANT, protects me from discontent and bitterness. Keep reading to find out how I am cultivating a thankful heart this month PLUS a free printable! 3 Steps to a more thankful heart I have found three practises, habits if you will, that remind me regularly of the gifts in my life and ... View Post

How I Let Go of Public School Expectations

Here's the deal, public school expectations are the killer of homeschool joy. They take all your ideas and passion and creativity and peace and freedom and put it into a little box that is much too tight and full of things like negativity, comparison, insecurity, and pressure. No one likes that box, it is not a fun box. All that pressure and insecurity and panic that you feel about your children's education, "ARE YOU DOING ENOUGH!??!?!" is passed on to your children, which means THEY are put in the little box. And instead of creating a fun environment that is different than public school (kind of the point) we mimic school and in the process, there is a breakdown in relationship and peace in our homes. So NOW my friends, not only are WE unhappy, our CHILDREN are unhappy, and our relationship is SUFFERING. THIS is the number 1 reason why I see people quit. Because in THAT environment, homeschooling becomes not healthy. It becomes something no one will remember fondly. Those are the moms ... View Post

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