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Kindergarten Skills for Academics

Kindergarten Skills for Academics with the Brain CoachUnderlying developmental building blocks are necessary for a kindergarten child to be ready for more formal academics.  From Little Giant Steps’ perspective, kindergarten is the culmination of effective development in six areas.   When there are gaps in one or more areas of development, children can suffer from a myriad of learning challenges and even learning labels like ADD, dyslexia, dysgraphia, ADHD, CAPD and many others.  Most people try to fix these inefficiencies with curriculum when in fact, curriculum is designed to advance an individual that already has efficient brain development.

The six areas of development (tactility, auditory, visual, manual, language, and mobility) that are the foundation to function are expanded this week.  The precise activities, described this week, can produce better function.

Not only is proper development necessary but the chemistry of our body has to be considered as well.  You can receive a free metabolic consultation after submitting your request.  See details for this and other savings in the handout. Read More!

Education Methods: Unschooling and Delayed Academics

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In this episode,  Florida Parent Educators Association (FPEA) Chairwoman, Suzanne Nunn discusses Unschooling and Delayed Academics approaches to homeschooling.

Please join us as we travel along this journey on our podcast adventure. Let’s get connected! Learn more about the Florida Parent Educator’s Association and homeschooling in the beautiful state of Florida. If you are interested in homeschooling our convention is every year in May during Memorial Day weekend.

Please visit www.fpea.com to learn more about who we are!

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Joy of Homeschooling

The Joy of Homeschooling | The joy of homeschooling may not be obvious to many, however in her time as a homeschool mom, clocking in at thirty-two years, and she is not out of ideas...yet. #podcast #homeschoolpodcast #homeschool The Joy of Homeschooling – Episode 400

The joy of homeschooling may not be obvious to many, however in her time as a homeschool mom, clocking in at thirty-two years, and she is not out of ideas…yet. Join Felice Gerwitz for a special episode to celebrate her four-hundredth episode on the Joy of Homeschooling. Meredith Curtis shares along with Felice that homeschooling can be a joyful process.

Thanks to our sponsor Media Angels and the Media Angels Membership website with affordable curriculum for the entire family, award-winning books and our Middle and High school level History classes.

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We use our home as a safe zone for our children and as parents, we at times forget the most important element and that is finding joy in all we do. I recently read an article that was negative about homeschooling in that it used some of the classic “stereotypical” reasons people homeschool such as family values and faith. The article gleefully announced that those things were something like numbers three and seven on the list. Well, that means my guest and I are stereotypical. Either way, we hope you enjoy this episode.

The Joy of Homeschooling ~ Topics we discussed:

  1. Loving and serving the Lord. Homeschooling was the perfect vehicle to help us to do this.
  2. Mike and Meredith wanted to homeschool faith and impart. The closeness of family.
  3. Homeschooling is a training ground in relationships within the family.
  4. Unity as a family is a blessing.
  5. Reading – God-centered novels
  6. Historical novels – after dinner was a time to read
  7.  After being close to God and a close family, academics are important and good books. Series of books!
  8. Academics of homeschooling
  9. Trips and activities as a family. Taking Day trips — Williamsburg, Washington DC, St. Augustine. European Vacations – with the children.
  10. The legacy and seeds we’ve sown gain fruit.

What is the end of the story? Homeschooling works and the joy of homeschooling is possible!

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How to Motivate Teens, Interview with Connie Albers

This week on Homeschool Highschool Podcast: How to Motivate Teens, Interview with Connie Albers.

How to Motivate Teens, Interview with Connie Albers. Tips for helping teens find their motivation for life preparation and success. #HomeschoolHighSchoolPodcast #HomeschoolHighSchool #MotivatingTeens #HowToMotivateTeens #ConnieAlbers

How to Motivate Teens, Interview with Connie Albers

Most of us homeschool moms would rather motivate than manage our homeschool high schoolers. Motivating teens is an important topic.  That is why we asked one of our favorite motivational speakers, Connie Albers, to talk about ways to be successful motivator!

As you know, Connie Albers is the author of Parenting Beyond the Rules: Raising Teens with Confidence and Joy. She is a homeschool mom of five (all the kids have graduated now) and leader, as well as speaker and interviewee on popular podcasts such as Focus on the Family (catch an interview with her on Focus on the Family at this link).

Connie joined Sabrina and Vicki for a delightful discussion about how to motivate teens.

Connie Albers

Connie Albers
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Connie’s five adult children all have had different temperaments and learning styles. She learned a lot about how to work joyfully with teens through all her experiences with them. As she finished her homeschool adventures with the last graduation, Connie felt led by God to share what she has learned by going to her homeschooling sisters with her hands stretched out and help answer the questions:

  • Is it worth it?
  • Can I make it?
  • How do I actually do it?

(That’s SOOO kindred spirit with 7Sisters! That’s why we LOVE Connie!)

Connie believes every homeschool high schooler needs a picture of what could possibly be for them:

  • What are their future possibilities?
  • What can they contribute to society and to their families?
  • What can they do to make themselves to feel good about themselves? (As you have probably noticed, some teens may have a little too much confidence, but most of them are wrestling with the questions of: Who am I? Why am I here? What am I supposed to do? What is special about me? Why do I feel bad about myself?)

The excited thing is that we homeschool moms can learn to motivate our teens by:

  • Studying our teens
  • Spitting out what we see in a way that builds their confidence and gives them glimmers of hope about what they can do if they are willing to put the time and effort into cultivating their talents and gifts

Connie has found that what teens need for motivation is loving communication:

Do not belittle a teen’s struggle by saying things like:

  • Oh, it’s easy…
  • Oh, it’s simple all you have to do is…

This actually makes our teens feel dumb. It’s only easy to us because we have already mastered the tasks. To our homeschool high schoolers much of what they are learning is hard. Higher academics levels are difficult. Teens have to not only learn but to learn they must become:

  • Masters of time management
  • Developed in higher levels of thinking

Instead, say things like:

  • What about this is giving you a hard time?
  • What part of this don’t you understand?
  • How can I explain this in a different way?
  • How about we take a break from this and do something different for a little while?

All of these give our teens the idea that we value, understand and respect them.

Teens: We have to strengthen their strengths and teach them to manage their weaknesses. Connie Albers on the Homeschool HighSchool Podcast #HomeschoolHighSchoolPodcast #HomeSchoolHighSchool #FindingTeenStrengths #ConnieAlbers

This leads to the idea that when we motivate our teens, we have to understand what their strengths are. Some homeschool high schoolers are good at math but not everyone is good at math. Other teens are gifted in other areas.

We have to strengthen their strengths and teach them to manage their weaknesses.

So, some teens are not good at algebra. That is not their strength, but they do need to know how to budget, go to the grocery store, do their taxes, how to invest and borrow. Manage the weakness by specializing in the practical.

So as parent, you can say to your homeschool high schoolers: I see this in you, point out the strengths and help to build them. It is like laying a stone path for them: stone by stone you build the path, so that they can continue to take the next path.

Then if they get a B on an algebra test, you do not have to get upset because are not trying to turn a weakness into a strength.

Teens become motivated when the realize they don’t have to be good at everything, they have to be great at a few things.

This increases teens confidence. Confidence is motivating! When teens are motived they are less likely to be resistant and bitter toward their parents.

As a homeschool mom you have the ability to customize education to help your teens to build their strengths and compensate for their weaknesses.

How can you help teens build those strengths?

  • Find mentors who are interested in the same time.
  • Give teens time to daydream and create.
  • Give them downtime.
  • Find courses and volunteer work that give them a taste of that strength

God has made each teen creative, innovative problem-solvers. But often by the time teens reach high school, we have driven this out of them because we have things they need to accomplish and checklists to fulfill. We haven’t given them time to foster the creativity and innovation. Don’t fall for that. Give your teens time.

Remember: in ten years eighty percent of the current jobs will not exist. People who are creative and adapt quickly, who aren’t afraid to try new things and picture new things will become problem solvers for the changing economy and job markets.

Help homeschool high schoolers to develop flexibility while they develop interests by giving them extra options!

  • Ask your homeschool high schoolers, “I invite you to consider…” to keep options open and flexible.
  • Then outline the “Why” of why they might want to consider that idea.

Communication and strength-building helps to motive teens!

Connect with Connie Albers:

When you see her talk at conferences, be sure you say “Hi!”, she loves that!

Join Connie, Sabrina and Vick for an inspiring and encouraging discussion on how to motivate teens.

For more on discovering and exploring your homeschool high schoolers’ interests:

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How to Help Teens Explore Interests, Interview with Samantha Shank

This week on Homeschool Highschool Podcast: How to Help Teens Explore Interests.

How to Help Teens Explore Interests. Samantha Shank of LearnInColor.com shares her story of developing her interests and goals in homeschool high school. #HomeschoolHighSchool #CareerExploration #SamanthaShank #LearnInColor #ExploringInterestsForTeens

How to Help Teens Explore Interests

One of the most important tasks for homeschool high schoolers is learning about themselves so that they can fulfill who God created them to be. Vicki is joined by our friend, Samantha Shank of Learn in Color and the Learn in Color Podcast  for a lively discussion about the ways she explored her interests and learned to be an entrepreneur while homeschooling. You don’t want to miss this episode!

Samantha is the oldest of her six siblings, all homeschooled for at least part of their educations. Her parents were working parents who allowed and encouraged Samantha to explore interests. One of her earliest interests was history. As early as fourth grade, Samantha was impacted by the tragedies of the Holocaust. The more she learned about it, the more she wanted to share with others.

She started blogging when she was 14 years old and developed an audience among homeschooling families. She began sharing resources and ideas for teaching World War II, the Holocaust and other history topics.

While still in high school, Samantha started exploring the ideas of entrepreneurship. During her mornings, she would attend community networking meetings and learned about business from business people.

Today, Samantha is a college graduate who is a full-time entrepreneur. She creates curriculum supplements at LearnInColor.com such as:

Make time for teens to explore interests and ideas. It's good education. #HomeschoolHighSchool #CareerExploration #InterestDevelopmentForTeens #HealthyAdolescence

During her homeschool high years, Samantha learned how to explore interests by:

Exploring rabbit trails

When Samantha had a random thought or was curious about something that was inspired by what was learning, her parents encouraged her to stop and explore that idea. This required the courage to set aside curriculum for a while and allow her to research these interests.

*Advice for Homeschool Moms: Try not to be overly bound to the curriculum and syllabus. We all know our homeschool high schoolers must complete their credits for graduation, but we also want to them discover who God made them to be. That often comes in the off-curriculum explorations in life.

Asking questions

Do not be afraid of questions. Take time to research the questions, explore options and idea. This takes time, but finding some answers gave Samantha the ability to take next steps as she explored her interests.

This might take the form of doing interviews. Samantha frequently met with business owners and interviewed them for their entrepreneurial stories.

Sharing what she learned

Samantha shared on her blog. Homeschool high schoolers can share what they learn as they explore their interests on their own blogs or with co-op, family and friends.

*Advice: Trust your trustworthy teens. Samantha’s parents were trusting of Samantha to get her work done.

*Advice: Prepare to be busy. Samantha’s parents were willing to drive Samantha to interviews and experiences. They believed in her and God’s plans for her.

*Advice: Avoided helicopter parenting. Don’t run the show for your homeschool high schoolers. Let them do the exploring. (Check out this HSHSP episode on Heavy Equipment Mothering.)

Finding networks

Samantha found KidBlogger network which also helped her grow her blogging skills and influence.

Learning to set goals

Samantha developed the goal to graduate from college debt free. She realized her blogging business could help with that but that she should diversify her income streams. She looked into college scholarships for her academics (she had good SAT scores) and also found beauty pageants (we’ll talk about that on another podcast interview later).

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Her advice: Take college choice seriously. Look into college search and majors and spend some time on it. (Download this freebie from Vicki’s Coaching website about choosing college majors and check out our blogpost on starting college search.)

Working hard

Samantha graduated college in two and a half years. She pushed because she wanted to stay debt-free taking 17-24 credits at a time, with some of those online at another college. She kept her goals in mind and worked hard.

In her homeschooling high school years, Samantha also worked hard doing several things:

  • Managed Pinterest accounts for bloggers (Samantha began doing this at 15 years old)
  • Create content for other bloggers (Samantha designed products and wrote for other bloggers from high school and through college)
  • Kept up her blogging and networking

Building relationships

Samantha chose well for her goals with her small college. She was able to communicate with her professors and had good mentoring relationships with them. She was open about her goals and work schedule. Often, they could work with her to help her achieve her goals.

Join Vicki and Samantha Shank for a fun episode on helping teens explore their interests.

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The Gift of Encouragement with Brenda Garcia

The gift of encouragement with Brenda Garcia.This week on the show we are talking with Brenda Garcia about developing the gift of encouragement!

Romans 12:8, NLT: “If your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging.”

Podcast Sponsor- True North Homeschool Academy  

True North Homeschool Academy offers k-12th live on-line classes, clubs, testing, Advising and community! Check out our new series of classes, “…at the Movies,” – Marvel at the Movies, History at the Movies, Musicals at the Movies and more! Quality academics taught in a way that will encourage and inspire your students!

Also new this year, Chinese for K-12th grade! Communication is so important and learning a foreign language is an excellent way to broaden your communication skills!

Brenda Garcia is joining us to today to talk about the spiritual gift of encouragement.

Romans 12:8, NLT: “If your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging.lk about the gift of encouragement.

Ask God for this spiritual gift.

As we homeschool, we often need to evaluate or asses our kids progress. Remember to use assessment or testing as a tool, an opportunity for growth, rather than a definition of the person.

 

Encourage yourself:

  1. Learn from failures –
  2. Learn from successes- which are often just a result of evaluating and learning from you failures. What an amazing teacher failure is!

 

“The fast you fail, the quicker you can succeed!” Brenda Garcia

 

Reframe the trials and failures:

Experiences are not so important because of the stories, but because of the lessons!

 

At True North Homeschool Academy we offer live on-line and self paced classes and clubs to challenge, inspire and encourage you on your homeshooling journey!

We Don’t Mom-Shame at Homeschool Highschool Podcast

This week on HSHSP: We Don’t Mom-Shame at Homeschool Highschool Podcast.

We Don’t Mom-Shame at Homeschool Highschool Podcast

Join Vicki and Sabrina, together in the same room for this week’s episode! It’s been a while since they have found the time to get together, what with Sabrina traveling so much. Hey, if you need an inspiring speaker with a gripping story, contact her.

In this episode of Homeschool Highschool Podcast, we are talking about *mom-shaming*. In short: we don’t mom-shame!

Mom-shaming is easy to fall into: When life isn’t working out how we want it to, it is easy to project our frustrations onto other (whether we know we are doing it or not). Then we begin to judge. Then we begin to correct others (whether they asked for it or not). Then we begin to fix others (whether they asked for it or not). That’s mom-shaming.

Mom-shaming is especially easy when we are on social media, because the barriers to slow us down are so low. That’s sad because when we mom-shame, we create a culture of fear.

We don’t mom-shame at 7Sisters or here on HSHSP.

Motherhood is all about guilt, so it is easy to feel guilty without our friends’s help.

We don’t mom-shame! With age we 7Sisters have learned a thing or two about grace and patience over the years (whether we asked God to teach us that or not). All our homeschoolers have graduated and we found that they all have different:

  • Personalities
  • Needs
  • Abilities
  • Interests

We could tailor their academics and extracurriculars into a box that some friend, some speaker or some publisher says we should use.

But tailoring our many kinds of kids into another person’s box is a destructive strategy.

Instead, we recommend that you look at each child. Ask yourself:

  • What can you invest in them?
  • What tools can you give them individually?

Then boldly begin to invest in your homeschoolers the best that you can, knowing that you will be good enough by God’s grace…but that you will need His grace.

boldly begin to invest in your homeschoolers the best that you can, knowing that you will be good enough by God's grace...but that you will need His grace.

In the early days of homeschooling, there were a few big voices (opinionated thought leaders who sometimes said that homeschooling needed to happen THEIR way). Now that we have the internet, there are not just a few big voices. Rather, there are many voices and a some of them will say THIS is the way to homeschool. They sometimes imply the ominous: If you don’t homeschool OUR way, you are dooming your kids!

The real truth is: Our kids and our families are on a journey of growth and discovery. Each journey is different. We need to be sensitive to the needs of each of our homeschoolers. That’s why we don’t mom-shame.

Remember: We invest in our kids the best we can but God is in charge of the outcomes. (Thanks to our friends, The Fletchers at Homeschooling in Real Life, for that quote.)

So, want our advice?

  • Motherhood is all about guilt.
    • We will never do good enough in our own eyes. We can do the best we can.
    • The needs are infinite and we are finite, so we must daily go to HIM on how to handle things.
    • Sometimes this looks like a programmatic curriculum or philosophy, sometimes it doesn’t.
  • While each of us are individuals, we are also in need of community.
    • We can be good sisters in community.
    • When we feel the need to fix someone, pray first, ask a question…privately.
    • A kind question, not a leading question, not a point-out-your-problems question
    • If done in public, questioning is unkind and invites little but defensiveness.
    • Ask yourself: What is my intent?
    • Are you guided by humilty (beware of pride or fear on your part)?
    • Look to be a sister, a support, do not fix your sister.
  • Model this for your kids.
    • With curriculum: You kid-shame if you have feel you “have to do it this way, kids, suck it up and just do it.”
    • That could lead to shaping character that is harsh and rigid and teaching them to feel helpless and frustrated.
    • If they are writing a paper with seven tabs open that do not have anything to do with. If they are clearly doing something wrong, it is a parent’s job to point that out.
    • If they are struggling or bored, try something like this: “I see you are not liking Chemistry. What is not working for you?”
    • Ask questions that show you care, you are curious about what is working and what is not.

This is why 7SistersHomeschool.com’s curriculum exists. It is adaptable, no-busywork to fit many homeschoolers’ needs. However, we know that it will not fit everyone because there’s not ONE right way to do homeschooling! (So, we have a money-back guarantee.) To help adapt curriculum to needs: In each text or literature/writing guide, there are instructions on how to adapt to various goals and abilities. Also check out the syllabus available for many of the texts.

We want you to feel more confident as you grow in God’s work in you and your homeschoolers.

Check us out at 7SistersHomeschool.com

Join Vicki and Sabrina for encouragement and support and NO mom-shaming!

We don’t mom-shame at Homeschool Highschool Podcast

How to Get Your Homeschool Organized, Interview with Tatiana Adurias

This week on HSHSP: How to Get Your Homeschool Organized, Interview with Tatiana Adurias.

How to Get Your Homeschool Organized, Interview with Tatiana Adurias. Tips for teaching teens organizational life skills that help them succeed in academics. #HomeschoolHighSchoolPodcast #homeschoolorganization #TeachingOrganizationToTeens #TatianaAdurias

How to Get Your Homeschool Organized, Interview with Tatiana Adurias

Our friend, Tatiana Adurias from Purposeful Motherhood, joins us for a discussion about teaching homeschoolers organizational skills. Tatiana is the mother of six homeschoolers ages….through college graduation. She has learned by necessity the necessity of an organized homeschool. Here are some of her experiences.

Tatiana began homeschooling when her oldest son was in third grade. He asked to homeschool! Tatiana, at that time, was finishing her teaching credentials so was not excited about that! However, circumstances made homeschooling important in his third grade second semester. Tatiana gave in and started homeschooling him and his younger sister. She felt unprepared and did not enjoy the experience. So back to school he went next fall.

When Tatiana’s son was in sixth grade he came back to her and asked to homeschool again. He explained to her that he was more mature now and could manage himself better. He also researched homeschooling, created a powerpoint presentation with twenty-five reasons he should homeschool and gave a speech about it to his parents. Tatiana respected his requests and began to get started.

Tatiana is very authentic. She explained that the first three years were rough for several reasons, but they kept learning together. Before she knew it, she was homeschooling comfortably and had all her children learning at home!

Vicki really appreciates Tatiana’s honesty. Homeschooling is not all easy, not every day goes smoothly, but when we are determined to grow together, homeschooling is a beautiful thing!

What shifted for Tatiana so that she loved homeschooling? She began to actually see the benefits. She saw her son’s ability to:

  • Excel in his academics
  • Had time to explore his interests in filmmaking
  • Develop his own personality

Our friend, Tatiana Adurias from Purposeful Motherhood, joins us for a discussion about teaching homeschoolers organizational skills. Tatiana is the mother of six homeschoolers ages....through college graduation. She has learned by necessity the necessity of an organized homeschool. Here are some of her experiences.  Tatiana began homeschooling when her oldest son was in third grade. He asked to homeschool! Tatiana, at that time, was finishing her teaching credentials so was not excited about that! However, circumstances made homeschooling important in his third grade second semester. Tatiana gave in and started homeschooling him and his younger sister. She felt unprepared and did not enjoy the experience. So back to school he went next fall.  When Tatiana's son was in sixth grade he came back to her and asked to homeschool again. He explained to her that he was more mature now and could manage himself better. He also researched homeschooling, created a powerpoint presentation with twenty-five reasons he should homeschool and gave a speech about it to his parents. Tatiana respected his requests and began to get started.  Tatiana is very authentic. She explained that the first three years were rough for several reasons, but they kept learning together. Before she knew it, she was homeschooling comfortably and had all her children learning at home!  Vicki really appreciates Tatiana's honesty. Homeschooling is not all easy, not every day goes smoothly, but when we are determined to grow together, homeschooling is a beautiful thing!  What shifted for Tatiana so that she loved homeschooling? She began to actually see the benefits. She saw her son's ability to:  Excel in his academics Had time to explore his interests in filmmaking Develop his own personality  Tatiana's most strenuous three years homeschooling were the years she was educating all six kids, with three in high school down to kindergarten. What helped?  She learned how tot get her homeschool organized! Here are Tatiana's tips: Focus energy on the needs of the oldest. Adapt the curriculum to his/her needs and then teach the curriculum (adapted) to the whole family. Teach the same history to the entire family. If they are able, have the near-aged youngers go ahead and take the same high school maths and sciences and languages as the oldest homeschooler. (BTW- one of 7Sisters Literature Study Guides is especially designed to work with the whole family: Anne of Green Gables Literature Study Guide...and it is FREE!) Tatiana has found that working together creates close family bonds and good friendships between siblings. They also can do some group projects together. Teach your homeschoolers independent learning skills. She sets expectations. She lets her kids know that she believes they can meet the expectations. However, she concentrates on warmth and grace. This is a balance. She teaches her middle schoolers that working rigorously is good preparation for life and for high school learning. She also teaches them that she believes they can do it. She teachers her high schoolers to do independent work. See 7Sisters post on developing independent learners for more specific skills. See this 7Sisters post on developing independent writing skills. Tatiana's gift to herself is learning how to relax. She relaxes her own soul (think: fruit of the spirit). Check out this post from Vicki's coaching site on mindfulness for folks who are not naturally mindful. She does not micromanage. She believes in her kids and they believe in themselves. Find family routines that work for you and your homeschoolers. She teaches her kids that being part of a family includes chores and academic responsibilities. Tatiana does not have a specific schedule. She simply gives her kids chore and school responsibilities and they set their own schedules. She finds that when her homeschoolers graduate, they are prepared to do the adulting in college and beyond. Tatiana gives this advice: Remember, you are homeschooling people, so be willing to adjust expectations when you need to so that each kids can learn and grow in their own individual way.  Check out Tatiana Adurias' encouraging website Purposeful Motherhood.  You can find her on Facebook at Purposeful Motherhood!  Tatiana will soon be releasing a short course for homeschooling mothers and middle schoolers! It is a five-day questionnaire guide for preparing college-bound middle schoolers for high school. Sign up for her mailing list for release date!  For more excellent tips on getting yourself organized, check out our friend Melanie Wilson of Homeschool Sanity Podcast's episodes on organized homeschooling life.  How to Get Your Homeschool High School Organized The Most Important Areas to Organize This Year  Join Vicki and Tatiana for this encouraging discussion on how to get your homeschool organized.

Tatiana’s most strenuous three years homeschooling were the years she was educating all six kids, with three in high school down to kindergarten. What helped?

She learned how tot get her homeschool organized! Here are Tatiana’s tips:

Tatiana gives this advice: Remember, you are homeschooling people, so be willing to adjust expectations when you need to so that each kids can learn and grow in their own individual way.

Check out Tatiana Adurias’ encouraging website Purposeful Motherhood.

You can find her on Facebook at Purposeful Motherhood!

Tatiana will soon be releasing a short course for homeschooling mothers and middle schoolers! It is a five-day questionnaire guide for preparing college-bound middle schoolers for high school. Sign up for her mailing list for release date!

For more excellent tips on getting yourself organized, check out our friend Melanie Wilson of Homeschool Sanity Podcast’s episodes on organized homeschooling life.

Join Vicki and Tatiana for this encouraging discussion on how to get your homeschool organized.

How to Get Your Homeschool Organized, Interview with Tatiana Adurias

Motivated Kids

Motivated Kids | How do you have motivated kids without stressing them out? Whatever happened to childhood? In this episode, we talk about helping your kids be kids and motivating them to be their best. | #podcast #homeschoolpodcastMotivated Kids 389

How do you have motivated kids without stressing them out? Whatever happened to childhood? In this episode, we talk about helping your kids be kids and motivating them to be their best.

Thanks to our sponsor, Wings To Soar Online – listen to the interview here with Beth Ellen, and learn more at WingsToSoarOnline.com

When I attended conferences one of the most consistent questions I received was how do I motivate my kids to learn?

There is nothing more exciting than a child who is excited about learning. But as a parent how can we motivate our kids to want to learn and do more? Is it just personality? Some kids are more motivated than others? Or is it something we can do in our homes to facilitate this motivation?

Motivated Kids

There is a key to motivation and that is to find a child’s passion. You don’t have to motivate kids to have fun with their friends, or play on an electronic device, or watch a favorite movie, do you? They are highly motivated to have fun, and that is the issue. Usually, school work or chores are vying for a space in a child’s life that is unsurmountable. Be sure your expectations match your child’s ability. Young children under five need a parent sitting there to help keep them on track. If your child is doing school work, having them open a book while you walk away isn’t a good idea. Motivated kids should be the norm in your home.

Parent attitude. What is your attitude when it comes to giving assignments or chores? Are you enthusiastic or are you mirroring the child’s drooping shoulders? (Explain the concept of pop-quiz.) The difference between parents and the teacher is vast. As an educator, I loved my class, but as a mom, I really love my class and I’m with them 24/7 which means that we all need to get along. But it also means that my kids know I care. Yet they don’t. We *think* they should know we care and are excited about their accomplishments but they are not always aware of this which is why positive reinforcement is important. Something we may take for granted.

Here are a few ways that will help!

  1. Teach good study skills – this may mean mom or dad is sitting in proximity available to help a struggling student.
  2. Habits – it takes about thirty days at least to create a new habit. If you want your child to have good study skills, or even do chores correctly, that means practice over and over again. Having a sport they enjoy does encourage good work in the area of academics because you can explain to your child that once school work is completed they will have time to practice. My college kids are students due to the discipline that comes from sports. My friends whose kids are musically inclined to explain that the same discipline helps them.
  3. Expectations – many times kids don’t know what is required. “Get your homework done.” or “Do your chores,” may not be specific enough for your child. Be sure they understand what is expected. Sometimes kids need to be exposed to different things to find their passion.
  4. Check off list – or set goals. If your child knows what is expected, and there is some satisfaction in checking off a list! This can help tremendously.
  5. Positive reinforcement – tell the children that you are proud of their accomplishments, even if it is “good try,” that helps.

Give your child time to think. This is a pet peeve of mine that we pack our schedules and theirs to overflowing so there is never any time to find their passion let alone develop it. We focused on making this a priority in my family and my kids’ have discovered reading, writing, building, mechanics. and sports as passions. In fact, college scholarships and honors came from these passions they discovered while homeschooling.

Relax and refresh happens during this time to “think,” and it will cause your kids to consider what they are interested in pursuing. When I am stuck on a solution to a problem I walk away from the computer and do something else, and then the idea comes to me.

Homeschooling Multiple Ages, Interview with Tiffany Jefferson

Can you homeschool lots of kids? Yes, you can! Here are tips for homeschooling multiple ages in this interview with Tiffany Jefferson.

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Homeschooling Multiple Ages, Interview with Tiffany Jefferson

Tiffany Jefferson is a happily married homeschool mom of 10 children (7 sons and 2 daughters, ranging from ages 22 to newborn). Tiffany loves being a mom and always tells her kids she would gladly do it over again.

Tiffany and her husband started homeschooling after her oldest three children were in public school. When her third child and first daughter entered first grade, they began to have doubts. Her daughter was bright and curious. They saw the classroom system being a discouragement for her. Thinking that they wanted to build, not stifle, their daughter’s inquisitiveness, they began to explore the idea of homeschooling.

Tiffany Jefferson of Finish With Joy.

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Fortunately, there were a couple of homeschooling families at her church. They helped them comply with state homeschool laws. They helped Tiffany learn the ropes and even gave them homeschool curriculum to explore as the figured out what would be best fit for their kids. (This was nice for the first year: NO curriculum decisions that first year.)  Tiffany and her husband felt so blessed and encouraged.

When she started homeschooling, they started with just that one daughter, whose needs would be best met at home. Of course, it was not always an easy adventure. Tiffany tells about the time she told her husband, “I feel like I’m giving up all my free time!”

And being a truth-teller, her husband replied, “You are.”

But what a great investment of her time!

Tiffany’s truth-telling advice to other moms homeschooling multiple ages: There is a lot you give up. But what you gave up is no comparison to what you gain.

The first year there were tears and struggles but the priceless joy of watching her daughter’s gains. They learned to pray at tough times and set things aside for the day, pause and do something else. She learned to give herself permission to hit the pause button; she found she not have to finish every lesson, every day.

The second year, Tiffany and her husband brought her oldest two sons home for their education. Eventually, she was homeschooling kids from high school ages down to kindergarten.

Remember: You can hit PAUSE. You don't have to finish every lesson every day. Tiffany Jefferson on Homeschooling Multiple Ages.

Here some of Tiffany Jefferson’s tips for homeschooling multiple ages:

  • Pray. First and foremost.
  • Find a homeschool support group if possible.
  • Find curriculum that could be used with multiple children.
  • Enlist the help of your older children.
    • On any given day in the Jefferson home, you will find one sibling will be holding a baby, another playing with the toddler, or an older child listening to a younger sibling read.
  • Work on household management skills.
    • As in teach your children to do chores, get them involved. Another bit of wisdom from Tiffany’s husband: Delegate to them what they can do so that you can do what only you can do.
  • In curriculum, you do not ever have to do every lesson in the teacher’s manual for your curriculum.
    • The teacher’s manual is a guide, not your master.
    • Be flexible, if it is a tough day, adapt down, switch to a hands-on, independent activity or drop the lesson.
  • Develop independent learners beginning 7th or 8th grade. Tiffany teaches them to:
    • Use a planner
    • Develop their own lesson schedule and enter it into the planner on a weekly basis
    • Create deadlines and schedule backwards for projects and papers. (Check out 7Sister Sabrina’s popular freebie Scheduling Backwards on a way to do this.)
    • Utilize a grading bin for finished work ready for mom to grade.
  • Remember, just like parenting, children become more and more able to help themselves.

When her oldest son was a high school senior, Tiffany was experiencing a difficult pregnancy. She was on bedrest, but the structure they had implemented helped the family’s homeschool to carry on.

When her oldest teen graduated from homeschool high school, it was exciting for him. He knew what he wanted after graduation, so he developed his own system for college choice and application. They also looked to their local umbrella school’s advisor for guidance and a list of deadlines to work on. (What are umbrella schools? Check out this HSHSP episode.)

Now the oldest has graduated from college. Two of her kids are in college. The rest are high school, middle school, elementary school or younger. SO many homeschoolers in a family full of grace!

You're giving up your free time, but you gain so much more!Tiffany Jefferson on Homeschooling Multiple Ages. #HomeschoolHighSchoolPodcast #HomeschoolingMultipleAges #TIffanyJefferson #FinsihWithJoy #7SistersHomeschool

More advice from Tiffany on homeschooling high school when you have a bunch of youngers:

  • Pray, of course! (And with your husband, if possible.)
  • For the first year, watch your level of outside the home commitments.
  • Understand the biblical mandate to educate your children in ways that are beyond the academics (Deuteronomy 6:7). Homeschooling is 90% character development and 10% academic (for kids and moms, alike).
  • Remember, you have been your child’s teacher all along. You are equipped.

If you would like to contact Tiffany Jefferson for consulting, visit her at her website Finish With Joy.

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Tiffany’s bio:

Tiffany is a blogger, speaker and entrepreneur.  As founder of The Homeschool Helper, she uses over a decade of homeschool experience to equip parents with the tools to succeed in their homeschool journey.  As a mentor to mothers, she’s passionate about teaching women how to honor their husbands and create peaceful home environments. You can find her encouraging women, sharing Scriptural truths and helpful tips at her blog Finish with Joy, on Facebook and Instagram.

Homeschooling Multiple Ages, Interview with Tiffany Jefferson