Goals and Devotions: Homeschooling, the First Year

Hey, homeschoolers! I had the best birthday thanks to many of you. I appreciate your encouragement more than you know. This week I had the chance to catch up with our new homeschoolers. It was a fun conversation. The topic of the month is achieving goals with help.

Goals First Year Homeschooling Podcast

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Before we get to our interview, I want to invite you to join the HomeschoolScopes.TV community. Whether you’re a new or experienced homeschooler, I know you’ll love the friendship and support there. Click to join and you’ll be approved.

Teaching Tip of the Week

Prepare your young learner with an excellent phonics and handwriting program. This is the foundation for all future language arts learning, including Grammar Galaxy, my elementary language arts curriculum. Misty Leasy of Year Round Homeschooling has created a two-year phonics and handwriting curriculum that fills that need. It’s fun and comes with free activities via email that correspond to the letters and sounds you’re learning. Join me and Misty on Facebook on August 8th at 4E/3C/2M/1P or catch the replay to learn how to prepare young learners for reading and writing.

preschool phonics, prek phonics, phonics curriculum

Goals and Devotions Challenges

I got to catch up with Mai Lynn, Courtney, Erica, and Jolene this week about chores and meal planning. Jeannette caught up with me via email.

Chores went pretty well. Instead of going ahead and doing it because it was bothering me, I assigned jobs and they accomplished a lot most days. lol I didnt really get a hold of laundry yet. Meal planning did get a little better. knowing what I was going to make made dinner less stressful. I started cutting things and freezing it to prepare for meals.

Some goals are to relax more and remember they are still young. We will focus on reading and character.

My faith goes up and down daily. One day I’m sure God will provide and I remind myself of all He’s done so far. Then other days I see no way and I wonder how it will all happen. But this journey so far definitely has given me more faith-filled days.

Links

The Organized Homeschool Life

Instant Pot

Sidetracked Home Executives

Last month’s homework

Routines in Your First Homeschool Year

I am so excited about this week’s episode of The Homeschool Sanity Show. I have been wanting to interview new homeschoolers for a long time and have my listeners take the journey with them. It’s finally happening! I will get introduce you to the five women who are going to be joining me each month in a bit, but first I’d love to have you write a review of this podcast. I have no reviews on Stitcher, so I would especially love for you to write one there. Reviews are how homeschoolers find the show and decide to give it a try. It does take a few minutes of your time, so as a thank you, I will read a review or two and give you a shout out on the show.

Need for Routines: Homeschooling, the First Year Podcast

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Thank you so much to Apologia for sponsoring this podcast. Their quality Christian materials for planning, science, Bible, and literature are perfect for new and experienced homeschoolers alike. Find them at Apologia.com.

Teaching Tip of the Week

The teaching tip of the week is to use turn-key curriculum. I’m a creative person. I love to come up with my own unit studies and I’ve even written my own language arts curriculum. But I’m also a very busy person. I still have four kids at home and the two in college take a surprising amount of my time. I have no doubt you’re busy too. Save your creative passion for the subjects you really love and find a ready-to-go curriculum for the subjects you don’t.

An excellent turn-key curriculum is Debra Bell’s Readers and Writers in Residence from Apologia. I had the privilege of interviewing Dr. Bell on Facebook Live about homeschool planning. I know you’ll be impressed by her credentials and homeschooling experience. This curriculum is incredibly thorough and is directed to the student, 4th grade and up. Your teaching time is minimal. The combined student text and notebooks are beautiful! Your child will love using them. You can promote independent learning and know that your students are getting a quality foundation in language arts. Get an inside look, a discount code, and a chance to win these two curricula on Tuesday, June 27th at 4 E/3C/2M/1P on Facebook Live at Facebook.com/psychowith6.

The Need for Routines in the First Year of Homeschooling

Now for this week’s topic. I interviewed four new homeschoolers about why they began homeschooling, what they’ve done to get ready to homeschool, and what routines look like in their home. If you’re an experienced homeschooler, you’ll enjoy hearing what Courtney had to say. We had some technical difficulties with her interview, so I’ll be sharing her responses to my questions. You’ll want to stay tuned for this month’s assignment for homeschool sanity as well.

Links

FLYLady one editable chore checklist here and a new Chore Game printable for subscribers.

the Konmari folding approach,

Do Less

Free meal planning ebook

First Year Homeschoolers Homework for Routines

If you’d like to follow along with our new homeschoolers, here is your homework assignment:

I’m looking forward to checking in with our new homeschoolers (and you too) in August.

IAHE F.A.Q.s for New Homeschool Families – Part Two

New homeschool parents are full of questions!

We’re back for a second episode featuring some of the IAHE’s most Frequently Asked Questions.

Special Guest

Stacy Hanaway is a homeschool mom and IAHE volunteer. Stacy is part of a volunteer team of moms across the state of Indiana that answer phone calls to help new parents find their way. Stacy and her husband Jason also serve as Regional Representatives and serve homeschool families in their own community in NE Indiana.

Some of the issues we’re talking about in today’s episode include:

  • What do Regional Representatives do?
  • What are the different learning styles?
  • How do I find a support group?
  • Are there studies that show the success of homeschooling?
  • When do I become a homeschool expert?

Do you have questions? Leave us a comment below!

Helpful Links

Do you have questions about starting homeschooling?
Leave us a comment and we’ll answer your question in an upcoming show.

IAHE F.A.Q.s for New Homeschool Families – Part One

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As a state organization, the Indiana Association of Home Educators fields hundreds of phone calls each year from parents wondering how to get started. Most families have a lot of the same questions:

  • Do I have to register with the state?
  • Do I have to turn in schoolwork?
  • Where do I get curriculum?
  • How do I issue a diploma?
  • Will I mess everything up?

Special Guest

Stacy Hanaway is a homeschool mom and IAHE volunteer. Stacy is part of a volunteer team of moms across the state of Indiana that answer phone calls to help new parents find their way. Stacy and her husband Jason also serve as Regional Representatives and serve homeschool families in their own community in NE Indiana.

Helpful Links

Do you have questions about starting homeschooling?
Leave us a comment and we’ll answer your question in an upcoming show.

HomeschoolingIRL Episode 6: I’m Thinking About Homeschooling, But…

HIRL-Episode-6 Thinking About HomeschoolingThinking about homeschooling? Have a friend who is?

 Are you thinking about homeschooling? On this episode of Homeschooling IRL, we’ll answer your burning questions about homeschooling, such as, “Will my kids have to raise their hands to ask to go to the bathroom?”, “What about the prom?”, and “Who gets to be the lunch lady?”
Just kiddin’. We’ve polled moms and dads who are thinking about homeschooling and asked them what concerns them most. We didn’t prompt or suggest their comments, and you just might find yourself relating to what they have to say.
When told they fear burnout, kids who turn out wacky, and their own academic shortcomings, we responded with honesty and transparency with some good old fashioned humor and self-deprecation mixed in. This is the stuff of real life!

Show Notes:

On this episode, Fletch recommends Kean Coffee

Kendra recommends Good Earth Sweet and Spicy Original Tea

 

Join Fletch (from theMangoTimes) and Kendra (from Preschoolers and Peace) podcast every two weeks as they interview guests and talk through some of the goofiness they have experienced in nearly two decades of Homeschooling In Real Life.

 

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