Cut the Stress and Mess Out of Your Life this Homeschool Year

Cut the Mess and Stress Out of your Life this Homeschool YearDo you consistently find yourself failing in the area of time management? Lindsey has tried every planner and planning method out there to no avail for keeping track of her homeschool and staying on top of all the housework. She needs the accountability but simultaneously craves flexibility for her everchanging schedule. Join Lindsey as she shares two incredible resources to help you cut the stress and mess from your life this homeschool year, and find a special offer for a limited time in the show notes below!

Helpful Links:

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Facing the Fall

Facing the Fall - Making Plans for the Next Homeschool YearSince Ashley and I were talking summer, we thought we would also talk about the thing that comes right after summer… THE FALL. It seems that as soon as July 4th passes, my brain immediately turns to the fall and making plans.

Over the years I have learned a few things that help me as I face the next school year. We talked about that today on the show.

1. Pray – Get alone and reflect on last year… what worked, what didn’t. What was challenging for the children? For you?
2. Prioritize – Set priorities for your family this year. What will you focus on? What will your kids focus on? Anything unusual happening in your year such as; building a house, having a baby, moving to New Zealand?
3. Plan and prepare – Know how you work and plan according to that. Gather materials, create spaces and work on a routine your family can follow.
4. Pass on the rest!!! Say it with me…. NO, NO, NO. So many people grab at homeschool moms because it is assumed that homeschool moms have tons of free time on their hands. You must so know to the extra noise… making meals, babysitting, leading bible studies, etc… There is a time for all of that, but it isn’t now.

Fall will be here before we know it. I hope you are looking to this new school year with your blessings, I sure am!


Find a way to #sayyes today.

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Summer Activities For Kids

summer activities for kids | Summer is here and these summer activities are for kids no matter what the time of the yearSummer Activities For Kids with Felice Gerwitz

Podcast #206

Summer is here and these summer activities are for kids no matter what the time of the year – with these ideas and suggestions you can enjoy hours of fun, create memories and best of all learn. (What else would a homeschool mom say?) Enjoy!

Show Notes: Summer Activites For Kids


  • Teach children basic cooking skills
  • Eat food from different countries
  • Make homemade ice-cream or yogurt
  • Make homemade smoothies
  • Homemade pizza – start with bagels or English Muffins
  • Popsicles with fruit juice and paper cups
  • Smore’s


  • Start collections, shells from the beach, rocks, bugs, etc.
  • Drawing – use paper and crayons to make crayon relief drawing
  • Take pictures and make a digital photo album – label photos
  • Canoeing, Kyakking
  • Swimming or

Learn to swim

Arts and Crafts

  • Outdoor crafts that are messy!
  • Sculpture with soap, or sand
  • Use recyclable items
  • Create a mural – hang a large sheet of paper and do a group art project


Backyard Parties or Festivals

  • Campfire Party
  • Set up a circus
  • Fourth of July Party
  • Mexican Fiesta
  • Seafood Festival
  • Renaissance Festival
  • Hawaiian Luau
  • Make up your own festival – ice-cream festival with candy toppings and games
  • Scavenger Hunts (I love these for birthday parties)



  • Learn how to play a new sport
  • Set up mini-golf in your yard or a friend’s yard
  • Play badminton or yard tennis
  • Tennis
  • Bowling
  • Roller skating, skate boarding
  • Handball,


Fun Activities

  • Water sports – slip and slide
  • Water balloons
  • Lemonade stand
  • Game night – once a week
  • De-junk room – yard sale – or give to charity
  • Study the night sky! Learn the summer constellations and identify specific stars (you may need to go to a local park with less light)
  • Camp in the backyard


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