Worried About Gaps in Your Homeschool Education?

Hey homeschoolers!

I’m happy to be with you this week, talking about a topic that causes many of us anxiety: gaps in our children’s education. We worry that if we fail to teach them something, they will struggle in college, work, or even if they later return to a traditional school.

Gaps in your homeschooling. Should you be worried?

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I’m excited to address this topic today, but first I would love to have you subscribe to Psychowith6. I have so much fun sharing six sanity savers with you every week in my newsletter. It allows me to chat about how I’m finding sanity in my homeschooling life and to let you know about exclusive deals from me and my friends.

Teaching Tip of the Week

The teaching tip of the week is to teach multiple subjects using one curriculum. I did this from the very beginning of my homeschooling. I used Five in a Row and then Konos, a unit study curriculum. There are many curricula that allow you to incorporate more than one subject and this saves you time. It’s also a natural way to learn. When we learn about things in our daily life, we naturally incorporate multiple subjects and learning styles. This makes multi-subject learning a great way to not only save time, but to appeal to all of our students. One such curriculum that I have used in my homeschool is Notgrass History. I have used their American History curriculum in both high school and middle school. This year I am using From Adam to Us to teach ancient history, literature, Bible and more. I will be chatting with Charlene Notgrass on Facebook Live about a comprehensive approach to teaching history on August 22nd at 4E/3C/2M/1P. You will have the opportunity to see inside this amazing curriculum and even a chance to win From Adam to Us.

What About Gaps in Your Homeschool?

Now for this week’s topic. I am joined by Charlene Notgrass. Charlene is a Christian and a veteran homeschooling mom. Charlene received a bachelor’s in urban planning from Middle Tennessee State University. She oversees curriculum development at Notgrass History and is a lead curriculum author.

Charlene is the wife of the most wonderful man in the world. I’ve had the privilege of meeting her husband and he is a great guy. She has always loved being a mother and now relishes the role of mother-in-law and grandmother. She is proud of her grandma name, “Little.” She enjoys working with children, especially in her annual role as assistant director for their daughter Mary Evelyn’s historical dramas performed by homeschooled children.

Charlene loves to encourage homeschooling mothers, whether speaking at homeschool conferences, counseling mothers individually, or through her blog, Daily Encouragement for Homeschooling Mothers. Charlene enjoys reading, quilting, drawing, sewing, improving their old house, and spending time with Ray, her husband since 1974, and their growing family.

This episode is such an encouragement. Please share it with your homeschooling friends!

Links Mentioned in the Podcast

Notgrass History

Daily Encouragement for Homeschooling Mothers

Holding on to Faith While Homeschooling: an Interview with Kendra Fletcher

Holding on to Faith While Homeschooling: The Homeschool Sanity Show Podcast

Many of us began homeschooling because of our faith. I know I did. Homeschooling wasn’t my idea or even my preference. But somewhere along the way we can get confused about the promise of homeschooling. Today my guest is Kendra Fletcher of the Homeschooling in Real Life podcast and we will discuss Holding onto Faith While Homeschooling. I loved this interview so much that I’ve been telling everyone about it. I think you’ll love it too.

Listen on iTUNES

Links

Homeschooling in Real Life

Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network

Help for Homeschooled Teens with ADD

EnrichmentStudies.com

Smart but Scattered Teens by Richard Guare and Peg Dawson

Preschoolers and Peace blog

Preschoolers and Peace book

Circle Time

Lost and Found: Losing Religion and Finding Faith

HomeschoolingIRL on Facebook

Next Week

The topic is Homeschooling Boys: Is it Really Different?

Have a happy homeschool week!

The Informer – What is the RFRA?

You’ve seen the all media hype.

In March of 2015, Indiana passed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), joining 31 other states in offering religious freedom protections. It’s a complicated subject and it can be very difficult to sort through all the noise. But one thing is clear, Indiana families involved in homeschool leadership need to stay informed.

Today’s podcast episode is a quick conversation about the basics of RFRA and why it matters.

Special Guest:
Debi Ketron is a member of the IAHE Board of Directors and the Chairperson for the IAHE’s Government Affairs Team.

Phil & Debi Ketron reside in Guilford, Indiana (Dearborn County).  Phil serves as Vice President and Secretary of the IAHE. Debi serves as the IAHE Legislative Director. They served as IAHE Region 8 Representatives for five years before joining the Board of Directors.  They homeschooled for 21 years, and their four children are homeschool graduates.  The two oldest have earned bachelor degrees, one of which is a CPA, and their two youngest children are currently in college.  The Ketrons had been involved in homeschool leadership in southeastern Indiana for many years.  They hope to be a blessing to the families of Indiana through their service at the IAHE.

Link to Informer Podcast –

Where do we get the right to homeschool?

Link to IAHE article –

The Truth about the RFRA and How it Might Affect Homeschoolers in Indiana

Are you a homeschool family in Indiana? 

Get connected to the IAHE now.

 

Raising Next Generation Homeschoolers

homeschooling, parenting, ChristianWould you like your children to homeschool your grandchildren one day?
NextGenHomeschool.com
Renée Gotcher is most homeschooling parents’ dream — a homeschool graduate now homeschooling her own children.

I wanted to know:

  • Why her mother chose to homeschool when it wasn’t as popular as it is today.
  • How Renée reacted to beginning homeschooling as a high school student
  • How she met her husband and decided to homeschool their own children
  • If her parents shared their desire that she would homeschool too
  • If she had anxiety about what homeschooling would mean for her career
  • If her mother gave her advice on curriculum
  • If she feels extra pressure because she’s a next generation homeschooler
  • If she has homeschooled friends who’ve chosen not to homeschool themselves
  • If she hopes her own children will homeschool and how she encourages that

Listen in for this inspiring interview, then visit NextGenHomeschool to read How We Manage Working While Homeschooling, the top homeschool encouragement posts of 2013, or Defending My Homeschool Rights in Oklahoma. Renée regularly pins can’t-miss content to the What’s Hot in Homeschooling Pinterest board. Follow it to stay inspired.

Renée Gotcher is a wife, writer, entrepreneur & home-educating mother of three daughters: Audrey, Claire and Elise. A former journalist, Renée was homeschooled during her last two years of high school and started homeschooling in 2010. She is editor of NextGen Homeschool and blogs on personal topics at A New Chapter. Her family lives in Castle Rock, Colorado.

 

 

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