Best of Life as a Lifeschooler: Unhurried Homeschooling with Ana Willis

Unhurried Homeschooling

We hope you are enjoying your summer break!  Here’s one of our best episodes to brighten your summer day:  What a joy to chat again with my friend, Ana Willis! Ana calls herself an “unhurried homeschooler,” giving a nod to one of her (and my) homeschool mentors, Durenda Wislon. (Both Durenda and Ana will be speaking at this year’s Lifeschooling Conference!)

Ana is the unhurried homeschool mom of 3, wife, health coach, social media and online marketing strategist, and blogger. She loves to encourage, inspire and empower moms to go from stressed to blessed by providing them with the tips, strategies, and resources they need to succeed.

Ana is the founder of They Call Me Blessed and Hebrew for Homeschoolers, and the creator of 5 Days to Your Best Homeschool Years, Grow Your Blog Partying in 30 Days, and the Beyond Blessed Life Planners. She also leads a vibrant online community for moms on Facebook.

Here are some of the questions I asked Ana on the show:

  • Ana, you and I have known each other about a year and we had the chance to room together at a blogger conference last year, which was so much fun! It’s been exciting watching your journey of moving into an RV full time and lifeschooling on the road! Tell us more about that. What are some of the advantages and how do you deal with the unique challenges of homeschooling in a small space?

 

  • How did you begin your homeschooling journey?

 

  • Many homeschoolers bring the school model home because we all tend to just do what we know. Is there anything in particular that helped shape your educational philosophy?

 

  • The definition of lifeschooling is “the individualized process of discovering your child’s God-given gifts and talents primarily through real life experiences that happen within the context of your family’s unique situations and missions.” Is there a part of that definition that particularly speaks to you and share with us a bit more about how your family incorporates lifeschooling?

 

  • How has unhurried homeschooling strengthened your relationships with your children?

 

  • I know you’ve had some health struggles recently. How have you navigated through some of those tough times?

 

  • What are some of the gifts that you have seen early on in your children and how have you tailored their education around the development of those gifts?

 

  • Tell us more about your community, Ana, and how you balance being a Proverbs 31 businesswoman with homeschooling and caring for your family.

 

 

And don’t forget, you can hear more from Ana this July at our virtual Lifeschooling Conference! Tickets go on sale in June, but you can sign up to be notified at www.LifeschoolConference.om by clicking “Grab my Free Ticket.”

Cell Salts & Tissue Remedies

Cell_Salts_PartTwo_HomeopathyForMommiesRadioCell Salts and Health Benefits

This week on Homeopathy for Mommies we go back in time to refresh our memory on this foundational podcast series on Tissue Salts and Cell Salts.  This is part 2 of that episode series!  This is one of Sue’s top podcasts, so we are replaying this for those of you who are NEW to the podcast who may have missed it when it was first published in 2015.  Isn’t it wonderful that information about homeopathy doesn’t change over time?  Enjoy!

Part two in the series on cell salts and health benefits. In this audio, Sue Meyer discusses Schussler’s 12 Cell Salts, which are known as the Bio-Chemic remedies or the tissue remedies. Want to learn more? Listen now and share this with a friend.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Best of College Prep Genius: Is College Worthwhile?

Is College worthwhile | Is college worthwhile? If you have to spend 20 years paying off a college debt? The crushing burden for debt cripples a student's dreams for the future. Any debt is the result of lack of planning. #homeschool #homeschooling #podcast #collegeIS COLLEGE WORTHWHILE? WHAT ARE THE OPTIONS?

Is college worthwhile? If you have to spend 20 years paying off a college debt? The crushing burden for debt cripples a student’s dreams for the future. Any debt is the result of lack of planning. College is supposed to open doors for our children. In this podcast, we discuss ways to have others pay for our college education with scholarships and grants.

Some students can’t find a job in their degree. Is there a way to avoid this? Yes!

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This is one of a four-part series on the topic of, “Is college worthwhile?” Today our focus is dicussing debt and ways to avoid debt!

Limit the time and money to get a college education helps, cutting down the time is very wise. Dual credit is great in high school. Find a college you can afford. A big price tag doesn’t mean your college experience is going to be better. Make your plans for college, the cost to debt ration. Your decision needs to be based upon your research. Often the most expensive colleges have the most money to give out. If you are eligible to get “big money,” that is wonderful — but do keep in mind the final costs.

There is no one size fits all — there is an amazing opportunity here!

Work through college?
Yes, if you can do that it is fine, but often something else can suffer like your academics. It really depends on your personal sacrifice.  Look at the big picture and what works best for you.

Debt is the result of lack of planning. If you are considering grad school, a fellowship grant. Financial support for their graduate studies. It is based on merit. Or a research assistant.

Tuition remission is a wage for an employee or dependent.  Working at a college allows dependents to go free. Companies often will pay for their employee’s college to give them more qualified employees. Draw a different set of employees. In certain states, college debt is paid for nurses and teachers. An incentive to keep the teacher or nurse, etc.

Armed forces is another way that college benefits. We will do a show on this in the future. GI bill and more.

How is college paid for? 

  1. Loans
  2. Scholarships
  3. Grants

The biggest fear is ignorance. If you have no money for college, didn’t save for it because you don’t have any money–you can still plan for college scholarships through study! Many people are still paying off their loans so this show is about helping you to avoid it!

Overview about debt

  1. Loans: money you have to pay back
  2. Perkins, Direct Stafford
  3. Parents borrow on students behalf: Direct Plus, a Student loan is often more interest than a parent’s.

After your first job they never look at your college information again. Yet that college degree can open the doors for you. Some say you should not go to college. There is fear being perpetuated about college. Listen to Jean’s advice in this podcast!

Every family needs to know there are many options and not rule it out because of money. Jean’s own mother said, “Don’t even think about college because we don’t have the money.” Jean didn’t even consider it because of that statement. Jean worked one year, and then went to college and her entrance test showed that she did get a scholarship.

You don’t have to be strapped in debt or have loans! Stay tuned for more shows showing you that college


Electronic Media and Family: Interview with Bj Pramman and Rachelle Green

This week on Soft Skills 101 we are interviewing BJ Pramman and Rachelle Green!  We have a great lineup of topics in this interview focusing on how to manage electronic media and family.

Quote: Nothing is better than going home to family and eating good food and relaxing. Irina Shayk

 Details of Show:

Respect and Connection in Electronic Media,

Conformity now, conformity then

Front porches and the plague of loneliness

Respect/Honor/ Conditional and Unconditional Responses

Methods of electronic Communication:

How do people relate to efficiency and effectiveness, but also how they relate to honor, respect and connection?

 

CTA

  1. Make a plan for what electronic media you children have access to and how you will interact with them about it and train, instruct and protect them.
  2. Schedule 2-4 times a week to eat dinner together around the family table.
  3. Schedule activities to do as a family that build community and connection.

Resources- Books/Movies/Articles/You-Tubes/Podcasts

Crucial Conversations 

Glow Kids

The Crown Netflix series (be aware the episode about Princess Margaret is R rated, there is some irregular crude humor.

Queen Elizabeth’s 2018 Christmas Address 

The Hero of Haarlem 

Knitting

Vincent Felitti, M.D. Chief of Preventative Medicine at Kaiser Permanent- Addictive Behavior –

Harvard Business Review-

OSU Medical Center 

The Family Table

 

True North Classes

Civics: Constitutional Studies  

Speech  

Debate  

 

True North Blog posts

Competitive Speech & STOA for Homeschoolers

Teaching effective on-line communications

The Lost Art of letter Writing

How to Help Teens Manage Their Studies

Teens are on their way to independence and need to practice self-management skills that will pave the way to success for the rest of life. Managing time, energy and relationships are three skills that teens need to cultivate.How to help teens manage their studies with Homeschool Highschool

Managing Time

Teens rarely think about the scope of a big project. Parents are wise to involve their students as they plan each year of homeschool high school. Setting goals together and agreeing upon reasonable expectations BEFORE the year begins leads to success instead of frustration. Try an approach like Scheduling Backwards (a FREE download from 7SistersHomeschool.comhttp://7sistershomeschool.com/products-page/freebies/scheduling-backwards-5/ ) to get you thinking about the projects in the upcoming year, then plan for them with your teen in advance. Practicing time management together is one way to help teens manage their studies. It makes for less arguing over reminders about deadlines and stops the “crunchtime craziness” before it begins!

Managing Energy

Helping teens learn to set healthy boundaries (protecting sleep time, leaving space for exercise, creativity, friends and fun) while still working hard to reach goals is worth the effort it takes from a homeschool mom. Teens often vacillate between feeling unstoppable and feeling exhausted. While this is a pitfall many of us experience, it is made worse for teens because of fluctuating hormones and a lack of experience in maintaining balance.

Talk to your teens about the cost of an opportunity before they commit to their involvement in it, weighing the pros and cons of the choice to participate or pass. This type of conversation requires some gentleness and good listening on both parts, but it can yield great results in helping teens manage their studies. Discuss the potential impact of time elsewhere on their regular academic work, their special projects like research papers and science lab hours, and their reading list.

Managing Relationships

Teens have more diversity in their relationships than young kids do. There are teachers (mom and dad at home, co-op teachers, online instructors, even professors at the local college), bosses at part-time jobs, mentors (older and wiser, but not in direct authority over them), co-laborers (in a volunteer or church group, where people of many ages may be working side by side), peers (similar age with similar lifestyles), younger folks (siblings, babysitting charges) and more!

Helping teens manage their studies well means helping them learn to manage their varied relationships. What’s the best way to approach a co-op teacher for extra help on a project? How do you respectfully tell a volunteer coordinator that you will be unavailable for a meeting because of school responsibilities? What’s a good way to demonstrate a good work ethic at a part-time job while still keeping your priorities in place regarding your high school education? It helps teens manage their studies when parents help them learn to manage the conflicting demands of different relationships they value.

While it’s helpful to find a good planner to write in, a calendar reminder system that doesn’t irritate parent or teen, and a system of check-ins throughout the year to stay on top of the goals for the year, even more important may be the consideration of time, energy and relationships as you discern how to help teens manage their studies in homeschool high school.

 


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Sabrina and Vicki are your Big Sisters as they share the experience they’ve gained in over 20 years of homeschooling. They are the talky-2 of the 6 Sisters at 7SistersHomeschool.com. They are often joined by their other sisters, Kym and Marilyn OR other 7th Sisters! When YOU join us at The Homeschool Highschool Podcast, YOU will be our 7th Sister, too! Hooray!!

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The Essential Academic Advising gives you a clear a personalized path and tools to navigate,  no matter what age your homeschool student.

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  • Personalized IEP created by an experienced Educator with years of experience in Education and Special Needs. Each IEP will take into account the needs and abilities of the student.
  • Personalized Accommodations and Modifications so that each student can make progress, learning to the best of their abilities, growing and meeting challenges as appropriate. Parents need not worry about if they are doing too much or too little.
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