Get Ready for a Fantastic Back-to-Homeschool

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Get Ready for a Fantastic Back-to-Homeschool in August with the Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network Planner!

Hey there, fellow homeschooling families! As summer comes to a close, it’s that exciting time of the year again – back-to-homeschool season! While it may feel bittersweet bidding farewell to vacation mode, the thought of embarking on a brand new homeschooling journey is undeniably thrilling.

To ensure a smooth and successful start to the academic year, a well-organized homeschooling plan is key. And what better way to achieve that than with the August Organize It! Planner from the Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network? This planner is an absolute game-changer, designed to help you conquer your homeschool planning like a pro!

With its fantastic features and thoughtful layout, the August Organize It! Planner is your ultimate ally in creating a structured and efficient homeschool routine. The planner offers dedicated sections for lesson planning, goal setting, and tracking, ensuring that you stay on top of your homeschooling game all year round. Say goodbye to last-minute scrambles to find the right materials – with this planner, everything will be right at your fingertips.

One of the highlights of this planner is its user-friendly design, making it easy for both seasoned homeschoolers and newcomers to navigate. From weekly spreads to monthly calendars, you’ll find plenty of space to jot down your thoughts, ideas, and schedules. Meal planning is a breeze with designated areas for organizing your family’s nutrition, saving you time and energy during busy days.

The August focus of this planner perfectly aligns with the start of the academic year, allowing you to seamlessly integrate it into your homeschooling routine. Whether you’re planning your first year of homeschooling or a seasoned pro looking to revamp your approach, the August Organize It! Planner caters to your needs.

When we embrace the back-to-homeschool season with a well-thought-out plan, we set the foundation for a successful and enjoyable academic year. The Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network Planner empowers you to navigate the beautiful chaos of homeschooling with confidence and grace.

So, as you gear up for an exciting back-to-homeschool in August, make sure to get your hands on the August Organize It! Planner from the Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network. Prepare to welcome a year of growth, learning, and unforgettable moments. Here’s to a fabulous homeschooling adventure – let’s make this year the best one yet!

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11 Funky Fresh Back to Homeschool Celebration Ideas (and Giveaway!)

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Rock your back to homeschool celebrations with these 11 funky fresh ideas and a $250 giveaway | Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network #homeschool #homeschooling #backtoschool #podcast

Okay, honestly. Are you sitting there wondering what in the world  is a funky fresh back to back to homeschool celebration? It’s that type of back to homeschool celebration idea every homeschool mom needs in order to get back in the groove after a super awesome summer break. You know what I mean. I’m that mom. You’re that mom. So let’s get to it.

Here are your 11 Funky Fresh Back to Homeschool Celebration Ideas.

Funky Fresh Back to Homeschool Countdown

Okay, to make the list, the idea had to have 2 criteria. First, it had to be funky. And by funky I mean it had to be something your kids enjoy, but also might roll their eyes at. (If you allow your kids to roll their eyes. Which of course, no self-respecting homeschool perfectionist ever would.)

Second, it had to be fresh. Fresh as in new and not your typical back to homeschool countdown lists.  And of course, it had to be a back to homeschool celebration.  Are you ready, mama? Let’s do this thing.

1. Host a Popcorn and Movie Party

Don’t dust of those homeschool books just yet. Mom, you have the power to make a back to school celebration they’ll remember all year long. You can host a popcorn and movie party. All day.

Here’s some help:

2. Matching Tee Shirts

Visit your local Hobby Lobby or Walmart and grab some low price tee shirts, tee shirt paint, markers, or even tie dye. Put a tablecloth down on the kitchen table and let everyone go to town designing their own back to homeschool celebration tee shirt. If you want them to match, add your homeschool theme or Bible verse. Voila! Insta worthy.

3. Write a Homeschool Anthem

You can totally do this. Pick a familiar tune, such as your state song or favorite hymn. Change out the words to reflect your unique homeschool. Keep it fun and reverent. Dad can vote on the winner (if you’re the competitive type family), or treat everyone to a trip for soft serve ice cream to celebrate.

4. Start with a Field Trip Someplace Weird

Search out an unusual and  unique to your region field trip spot and make a day of it. It doesn’t need to be educational. Fun is the name of the game. It can be food related, someplace you love to go, or someplace you’ve never been.

If you really can’t stand the thought of someplace unusual, you can still use this idea, try this article, Homeschooling by the Field Trip Method.

For the adventurous moms, (you know who you are):

5. Host an Open House

I know, you’re thinking NO WAY. After all, you get enough flack over homeschooling. The last thing you want to do is invite the naysayers in! I’m not talking about that type of open house. I’m suggesting you organize your homeschool stuff, go ahead and have your first week of homeschooling, and on that weekend invite the welcoming grandparents and family members over to celebrate with you. Show off your best sample from last year or the week and let your more outgoing kiddos share a poem, picture, or paper. Go ahead and brag a little on all those color coordinated binders.

Need some insight or tips? Here you go:

6. Paper Shredding

Every year should be a fresh start for your kids, and for you. Why not make it official? You can pick up an inexpensive paper shredder from Walmart or Amazon for the event. Explain to your students that last year was last year. It’s time for a fresh start. Allow them to pick something from their last year’s work, or write a list that only they read. One by one shred the list or work. When the little ceremony is done, give thanks in prayer for new beginnings.

7. Audio Book Bonanza

If you’re looking for a non visual way to have some non bookish back to homeschool celebration fun, try audiobooks. Let the kiddos draw, craft, play legos, play a board game, or rest while listening to audiobooks. Our family enjoyed Lamplighters, Laura Ingalls, Where the Red Fern Grows, and Your Story Hour.

Need some more audio inspiration? Listen in:

8. Homeschool in Reverse

Be a student in your own homeschool for the day. Let the kids take turns as instructor. Encourage fun and parody. It’s worthwhile to establish ground rules so parody doesn’t get taken too far and feelings aren’t hurt. But, if you’re a family who enjoys and thrives on this kind of fun, let me tell you, you’ll learn heaps about how your kids view their homeschool experience. Keep an open mind and heart.

9. Different Decade Homeschool Day

I could’ve called this one Homeschool Appreciation Day, for truly we stand on the shoulders of giants in homeschooling. Pick a decade when homeschooling wasn’t legal in your state, or when legislation was oppressive. Don’t scare your kids, but do help them see how the freedom to homeschool was hard won. Give thanks in prayer for the freedom to legally homeschool.

Grateful to homeschool research list:

and Internationally:  Finland: Heroic Single Mother Withstands School Officials

10. Christmas List Making Homeschool Style

Who doesn’t love to shop or make a wish list? Collect catalogs from homeschooling vendors, visit, visit your favorite homeschool website, or even buzz the Walmart with notepads in hand. Give each student a budget then make a wish list of items related to learning that you’d love to have show up under your make believe homeschool tree.

11: Back to Homeschool Giveaway

Hey, $250 buckaroos isn’t anything to sneeze at. 🙂 Enter to win the gift card and snag some funky fresh  stuff for your homeschool. Or spend on yourself, Mom. We won’t tell. Best of luck! (Be sure to subscribe to our emails  where everyone gets a FREEBIE & where the winner will be announced!)

Have an awesome, funky fresh back to homeschool celebration. Send us pics! We’d love to celebrate with you.

PS. Some day we can chat about why Homeschool Karaoke didn’t make the list. 🙂

*This article was written for The Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network by Gina Glenn, copywriter and podcast hostess of Mommy Jammies Podcast.

Homeschool Giveaway

It’s Back to (Home) School time!!

It’s that time of year, when many homeschoolers are busy preparing for a new school year.  Some of you may have already started your new year, and some of you may have never stopped!

I’ve gotten together with a great group of bloggers to make getting ready for the new school year just a little bit easier and hopefully a little less stressful on your wallet.  How does $250 sound in helping you buy curriculum, books, games, puzzles, and educational supplies?  Two people will win a $250 gift card to!!

We know homeschooling can put financial strain on families – whether it’s from living on one-income or buying curriculum for your children – the financial aspect of it can be stressful.  Our hope is that we can bless a couple of homeschool families (although we wish we could bless many more) so they can buy the curriculum and supplies they need.

To enter for your chance to win, simply use the Rafflecopter form below to enter.  Now I know that is quite a few entries for you, but each of these bloggers has generously chipped in their own money to make this giveaway possible, so I hope you will take the time to do all of the entries.  And hey, the more entries you do, the better your odds are of winning!

Giveaway ends August 16th, 2019 at 11:59pm ET.  Must be at least 18 years of age.  Must be a resident of U.S. or Canada to enter.  Selected winners will have 48 hours to respond to email notification to claim their prizes or another winner will be drawn.  By entering this giveaway, you agree to be added to the email lists of the participating bloggers (see the Terms & Conditions on the Rafflecopter form for the complete list).

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Tool Time

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Tool Time|Back to HomeschoolTool Time

Podcast #55

It’s that time of year again! Back to Homeschool!  This makes it Tool Time.. Who else is excited? It’s always fun to get ready for the new year. Kids enjoy it as much as parents! Don’t go into the new year unprepared! In this episode, we take a look at the tools you need to get ready to tackle the near year. Whether you are new to homeschooling, or a veteran, we have you covered. What should you fill your “tackle box” with? What do you need to do to get ready? We go over the list of items you might want to have in your arsenal.

Plus, there is something so fun about picking out new school supplies and having all of your household areas covered and ready to go! Get the kids involved. Let them help make a list of items you need to pick up. It is fun for younger kids to pick-out their own supplies (with mom’s help, of course)

Some of the tools you may need:

  • Crayons
  • Colored Pencils
  • Washable Markers
  • Pencils
  • Pens – colored and black/blue
  • Pencil pouches
  • Notebooks
  • Notebook paper
  • Graphing Paper
  • Construction paper/Colored Paper
  • 3×5 cards
  • Binders
  • Erasers
  • Pencil Sharpeners
  • Rulers
  • Scissors
  • Laminator and laminating sheets
  • Backpack
  • Glue/Glue Sticks
  • Folders
  • File Folders
  • Tape
  • Staplers
  • White Out
  • Post-it Notes
  • Journals
  • Composition Notebooks
  • Planners
  • Calculators – graphing or regular
  • Laptops/tablets/Computers
  • Appropriate software and apps

Also important tools:

  • Co-op and support group memebrships _ You can find co-ops and support groups here
  • FPEA Membership

Here are a few links that can help you with your shopping:

The above lists should give you the help you need to find the right tools to get you on the right track this year! We hope that you are as excited about the new year, or refreshing your year, as we are!

Join us this September in Sanibel Island for both fun and learning. Make a staycation of of this FPEA STEM Conference. Sanibel is a beautiful area with lots to explore.

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How to Find Back-to-School Sanity

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Back to Homeschool Sanity: The Homeschool Sanity Show Podcast

I’m starting to get really anxious about starting school again. I’ve felt this way every year. Summers always seem to go so quickly, don’t they?

I’m sharing some ideas for finding back-to-homeschool sanity this week.

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The Organized Homeschool Life 20% off the book with the code BIRTHDAY through August 7th.

I interviewed the author, Stanley Schmidt, for this podcast

You can purchase any of the excellent math books at If you use code HSSANITY you’ll get a $5 discount on one book or HSSANITY7 for a $20 discount on the set. But I am also giving away a Learn Math Fast book of your choice. See below.

The Back to School Survival Manual by Alicia Michelle.

Grammar Galaxy— the elementary language arts curriculum that will save your sanity by making teaching fast, easy, and fun.

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Have a happy homeschool week!