Vision for a Successful Roadschool Year

 

It’s time to look ahead to next year’s roadschool plan. The Roadschool Moms team begins a 12-part series all about planning a successful roadschool year. Up first: Your traveling homeschool needs a vision! Special guest, Mary Jane Williams joins MB this week to share her tips on developing a mission for this important piece of the fulltime RVing family puzzle.

These veteran homeschool moms are here to remind listeners that it’s never too early to plan for the next school year. Tune in to this episode to find out how to stay on track and be intentional with next year’s learning adventure.

Every family’s goals are different. This podcast message is a reminder that comparison is a thief; therefore, it’s important to develop a plan that works for your household. Questions to lead you down the right path include:

  • What does education mean to your family?
  • Do your kids have specific interests to be addressed this year?
  • What are your spiritual goals?
  • How will your travel goals factor into your plans?
  • What life skills can you introduce to your kids?
  • Are non-academic areas a focus for your family?
  • How can goals be achieved for each roadschooler individually while keeping the vision for your family unit?

Other homeschool planning advice this week’s show brings to the table include staying off social media for this important task. Instead, look to your heart for the vision needed for a successful roadschool year.

It wouldn’t be a Roadschool Moms show without the discussion of travel plans. These mamas share  great tips on how to integrate travel goals into homeschool plans. Mary Jane talks about past trips in national parks, popular destinations, and food locales to find the best learning adventures. A few nuggets of information is revealed from their family’s  priorities for future travel and where it will take them later this year.

This podcast is summed up with the thought

Children are not things to be molded, but people to be unfolded.

Roadschool moms everywhere are challenged to set a VISION for next year’s roadschool  that will intentionally unfold their children while adding wisdom to the family homeschool foundation.

 If you are looking for a roadmap for your next learning adventure, scroll through the RSM library on iTunes to find more than 120 podcast replays.

Roadschool Moms is a live, one-hour weekly broadcast dedicated to the needs and challenges facing today’s roadschool moms. Kimberly Travaglino, co-founder of Fulltime Families, and Mary Beth Goff, the creator of Road Trip Teacher, team up every week to offer listeners a fresh take on homeschooling while traveling full time across America’s backyard.

The Homeschool Highschool Podcast Ep11: Highschool’s 4 Year Goals

The Homeschool Highschool Podcast Ep11: Highschool’s 4 Year Goals

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Highschool’s 4 Year Goals

You must have goals if you are going to usher your teen through successful homeschool highschool years. What are the important goals for a highschooler’s academic, character and personal development?

Don’t be intimidated! You can do it!

Join Sabrina and Vicki as they share how to set and enjoy Homeschool Highschool’s 4 Year Goals!

 

 

 

 

 

The Homeschool Highschool Podcast Ep11: Highschool’s 4 Year Goals

Self-Discipline – FREEDOM Tools part 4 – FAH episode 17

Self-Discipline

Discipline—self-discipline, that is—is the fifth tool in my FREEDOM toolbox—7 tools for making the most of our time so we can live balanced, peaceful lives. Here’s a quick overview of the tools:

Self-discipline is a major factor in how you exercise stewardship over the gifts and responsibilities God has given you—including how you manage your time. It’s the tool you use to implement the priorities that you’ve decided to focus on and to eliminate the time-consuming clutter that gets in the way of your goals.

In episode 11 of the “Flourish At Home” show, we talked about setting goals for focusing on your priorities in three major areas: (1) personal, (2) family, and (3) business. Those three categories are also helpful for considering the areas where you need to exercise self-discipline.

Personal

Self-discipline helps you avoid the false guilt that moms often suffer when you take care of yourself wisely and avoid the true guilt that comes with self-indulgence and laziness.

To be able to handle all of your responsibilities, it’s essential to make time for personal rest, renewal, and recreation. Make sure you’re getting enough sleep, exercising, eating right, and drinking plenty of water.

Another personal area that requires self-discipline is managing your attitudes and emotions. Work hard to overcome fear, perfectionism, discontentment, self-righteousness, and negativity. If this is a tough challenge for you, episode 9 goes into greater detail on how to honor God with your thoughts, attitudes, and emotions as well as your actions.

Family

Freedom and flexibility are wonderful benefits of homeschooling, but you have to be careful not to abuse that freedom. Whatever your state’s regulations on homeschooling, you are accountable to God for how you train and educate your children.

It’s also important to train your children to become increasingly self-disciplined as they grow older. Learning good habits such as diligence, obedience, responsibility, and promptness will help them throughout their lives.

Business

Self-discipline is essential for entrepreneurs. After all, freedom to do things your own way, on your own schedule, is a major benefit of having your own business. Without the built-in accountability of reporting to an employer, you must be diligent to work hard and honor your commitments to your customers and clients.

If you want struggle with managing your time and disciplining yourself to focus on yoru priorities, you’ll find many more helpful strategies, along with encouragement and inspiration, in my book, Flourish: Balance for Homeschool Moms. It’s available on my blog at www.FlourishAtHome.com.

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Eliminate – FREEDOM Tools part 3 – FAH episode 16

Eliminate FREEDOM Tools part 3

In the previous two episodes, we’ve been talking about my FREEDOM toolbox–7 tools that help us make the most of our time so we can live peaceful, balanced lives. These are the tools:

  • Focus
  • Reflect
  • Educate
  • Eliminate
  • Discipline
  • Organize
  • Multitask

Today we’ll look at the fourth tool: Eliminate.

Have you ever struggled with trying to do it all? The truth is NO ONE CAN DO IT ALL. We all have to be selective about how we use our time and energy.

If you want to focus on your goals and priorities, you have to eliminate things that don’t support them. This includes counterproductive mindsets, such as the way you think about time; bad attitudes like fear, perfectionism, and negativity; stuff—the physical clutter that slows us down; and activities.

In this episode, we’ll focus on eliminating activities. You can eliminate activities by never beginning them in the first place or by stopping them if you’re already involved. How? Just say no!

Saying no is HARD, isn’t it? You don’t want to let people down or disappoint them. But not everything that needs to be done is something that YOU need to do. Often you can delegate tasks—such as housework, laundry, or cooking—to your children. Or you can outsource responsibilities by paying other people to take care of them for you. This might include lawn care, housecleaning, piano lessons, math tutoring, errands, and so on.

Remember that opportunity does not equal obligation. If you say yes to every opportunity that comes your way, you’ll have to say no to the priorities and goals you have already chosen. If you’re always the person who takes care of everything for every organization you’re part of,  you may find that bowing out allows someone else to step up and use her gifts.

This episode of the “Flourish At Home” show includes practical tips and real-life examples of what I’ve learned about the importance of saying no to too many activities. And you’ll find many more strategies in my book, Flourish: Balance for Homeschool Moms, available at online retailers and through my website at www.FlourishAtHome.com.

See you next time on the “Flourish At Home” show!

Focus and Reflect – FREEDOM Tools to Manage Your Time, part 1 – FAH episode 14

Focus & Reflect, FREEDOM Tools part 1

  • Are you often discouraged and overwhelmed?
  • Are you paralyzed by a to-do list so long that you don’t know where to start?
  • Are you drowning in clutter so that you can never find what you need?
  • Do you easily get distracted and lose your focus?
  • Do you feel guilty that you don’t meet someone else’s Supermom standards?

Would it surprise you to learn that other moms have faced all of these challenges? I’ve certainly struggled with all of them myself!

The truth is that NO ONE CAN DO IT ALL. We all have to make wise choices about what we can realistically do from among our seemingly impossible to-do lists. Every single one of us has to find peace in the space between the ideal and reality.

In practical terms, a lot of this boils down to managing our time well. Time is the environment in which we live our lives and make decisions. It’s our most priceless resource because it’s the one thing we can’t get any more of.

No one will ever have more than 24 hours in a day…but some people use their time much more efficiently and effectively than others. Learning how to protect and prioritize your time will help you be a good steward and use it for what’s most important. We often talk of managing time, but what we’re really managing is our lives.

I’ve come up with 7 tools for making the most of our time so we can live balanced, peaceful lives. I call this the FREEDOM toolbox. The tools are:

  • Focus
  • Reflect
  • Educate
  • Eliminate
  • Discipline
  • Organize
  • Multitask

Today we’re going to talk about the first two tools: Focus and Reflect. Then, in future episodes of the “Flourish at Home” show, we’ll look at the rest of the FREEDOM tools.

 

What Do I Do Next? Planning Tools, part 2 – FAH episode 13

What Do I Do Next part 2

In episode 12, we looked at the first 3 of 7 powerful planning tools to help you organize your busy life: Big Dream, Yearly Goals, and Monthly Calendar.

In this episode, we’ll look at how to use the last 4 tools:

  • Weekly Plan
  • Daily Tasks
  • Running To-Do List
  • Stop-Doing List

If 7 planning tools seem a bit overwhelming, feel free to fit them to tweak your own life. Just remember that no matter how many forms or lists you use, you still have to make decisions in each of these 7 categories.

One mom who implemented this system told me:

These tools have given me a whole new mindset and have helped me to live more proactively. Before, I had good intentions and good plans, but they would often be derailed by life. I feel more in control now, and I’m able to work out the nitty-gritty details much more easily. I’m no longer as apt to drop the ball of planning ahead and working my plan.

If you’d like to get my customizable planning forms free, visit my blog at www.FlourishAtHome.com for a free e-book, From Frazzled to Focused: 7 Planning Tools for Busy Moms. Or if you want my entire system—which goes far beyond these 7 tools, you’ll enjoy reading Flourish: Balance for Homeschool Moms, available through my website and other online vendors.

What Do I Do Next? Planning Tools, Part 1 – FAH episode 12

What Do I Do Next? Planning Tools Part 1

What Do I Do Next? Planning Tools (Part 1)

As you go about your busy day, do you have a hard time deciding what to do next? How do you focus on what’s most important, and how do you make tough choices when there are more tasks than hours in the day?

What Do I Do Next? Planning Tools (Part 1)

I’ve developed 7 powerful planning tools that will help you set long-term and short-term goals to evaluate, prioritize, and conquer your never-ending to-do list. In this episode of the “Flourish at Home” show, we’ll look at how to make the best use of the first 3 of these tools:

  • Big Dream
  • Yearly Goals
  • Monthly Calendar

In the next episode, we’ll look at the 4 remaining planning tools. As you work with these planning tools, remember that they are your servants, not your masters. They are intended to help you focus on what really matters most to you. This quote from H. G. Wells is a great reminder: “We must not allow the clock and the calendar to blind us to the fact that each moment of life is a miracle and mystery.”

How to Set Goals that Outlast New Year’s Resolutions – FAH episode 11

Think you’re too busy to set goals? The truth is that the busier you are, the MORE you need to set goals and create a plan for meeting them! In this episode of the “Flourish at Home” show, I share how setting goals helped me move from the chaos of flying by the seat of my pants to a more peaceful, balanced life. You’ll learn my strategies for setting specific, measurable, big, written, shared goals that will make a powerful difference in your daily life.

Setting Goals

If you want more encouragement, inspiration, and practical tips, you’ll enjoy my book, Flourish: Balance for Homeschool Moms. It’s available at www.FlourishAtHome.com.

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