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Now in her 16th year of homeschooling, Tricia faces a daily dose of chaos with five children. She just celebrated her first homeschool graduate! She is author of You ARE an Artist curriculum for all ages at http://www.chalkpastel.com/, a cookbook series and helpful homeschool habits at Hodgepodge http://www.hodgepodge.me/. She and her husband, Steve, are also owners of The Curriculum Choice http://www.thecurriculumchoice.com/ making homeschool decisions easy for you!

In today's podcast, Tricia and I discuss the challenge of having something ready to eat at the end of a long day of back-to-school.  What to feed the masses after working so hard at just homeschooling our kids can be a challenge.  Yes, we aim for back to school with supplies, planning and prep. But often what sidetracks us is the lack of supper on the table!

Tricia is also a speaker at our upcoming Your Best Homeschool Year Ever Virtual Summit at www.theendinmind.net on July 15th.  This is an event you do not want to miss.

 

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Susan Heid is the creator and author of The Confident Mom, an online blog ministry dedicated to empowering moms, strengthening families, and embracing God’s design. Using her training and hands-on experience as a mom, stepmom, foster mom, and adoptive mom, Susan assists moms everywhere become the confident mom they desire to be. 

A published author with several informational eBooks available on Amazon, Susan is the creator of the highly regarded Weekly Household Planner, a free resource to help overwhelmed moms stay on task managing their households. She has received recognition as a PCI Certified Parent Coach, Certified Family Manager, a ScreamFree Certified Leader, and a trained PEPS (Program for Early Parent Support) group leader. She is also recognized as a leader in essential oil education.

Her greatest blessing is navigating life with her very own prince charming by her side; four beautiful children ages 23, 19, 15, and 6; and two delightful Goldendoodles. Along with spending time with her family, Susan loves coffee, cloudy skies, an ocean view, is an avid runner, and thinks that Seattle has the bluest skies you’ve ever seen.

Susan is one of our featured speakers at our upcoming End in Mind Virtual Summit: Your Best Homeschool Year Ever on July 15th. Visit TheConfidentMom.com blog to download a free copy of Susan’s Weekly Household Planner today and to find additional free resources that equip moms to confidently tackle the challenges they face in their role as the family manager.

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Dr. Melanie Wilson is a Christian psychologist turned homeschooling mother of six, two of whom have graduated. She credits God and her husband of 24 years for the time to write, speak, and homeschool too. While she doesn’t practice anymore, she does share sanity-saving ideas at Psychowith6.com. Melanie hosts The Homeschool Sanity Show podcast and is the founder of HomeschoolScopes.TV, a community for homeschool moms who enjoy live video on Periscope and Facebook. She is the author of So You’re Not Wonder Woman, The Organized Homeschool Life, and Grammar Galaxy, an elementary language arts curriculum. She loves to play tennis, scrapbook, and encourage homeschool moms.

In today's podcast, she shares her wisdom on organizing our homeschool lives based on her own life experiences.

 

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We spend a lot of time thinking about curriculum, philosophy, and programs when we are considering homeschooling.  But, what about those areas that need organizational consideration in order to flow smoothly when adding homeschooling to our lifestyle.

Today we are briefly discussing some of the areas that need "tending to" in order to have the best homeschool year you have ever had.

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It's easy to get impatient with the results of homeschooling.  Out of fear, we panic when a workbook isn't complete, or a concept isn't grasped.  What happens if our child NEVER understands what we are trying to teach them.  What will happen to their test scores? Will they fall behind grade level?  Will they even graduate?

I remember those feelings!

Just as important as it is to have goals for our homeschooling and for our children, it is even more important to remember that there are people involved, relationships at stake, and different learning styles and speeds for different children.  If we get too caught up in the product, and the destination, we will miss the beauty and joy of the journey.

People must come first.  The process must be savored and then the product will take care of itself.

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Continuing our discussion on beginning (or beginning again) homeschooling, Lori discusses things that must be considered before diving into the deep end.  Thinking through your particular situation will help you avoid frustration and burnout.

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So You Want to Homeschool - Part One

If you are thinking about homeschooling, or trying to reboot your existing homeschool, I know that you are being bombarded by thoughts, doubts, and questions.  

  • What curriculum do I choose?
  • What is necessary for my child to learn at what ages?
  • What are the laws regarding homeschooling in my state?
  • How do I teach my children and stay on top of all my other responsibilities?
  • What programs and activities should we be involved in?

If this describes you, then this series, "So You Want to Homeschool," is tailor made for you.

And, with an upcoming webinar in May on Designing a Homeschool that Works for You, we want to give you the resources necessary to prepare for your best homeschool year ever.

 

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There is so much more to life than homeschooling, and so much more to homeschooling than just doing school.  Yet, it is easy to let homeschooling take over your house, your home, your family, your schedule, and yes, even your attitude.  While homeschooling is indeed a lifestyle, it should be an addition that enhances your life, not one that rules your life.  

In today's podcast, Lori Lane, 22 year homeschool vet with four homeschool graduates, discusses how to make homeschooling work for you and your family, and not against you. 

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The heart of a mom is constantly giving to others...but who is taking care of our heart. What are we telling our heart?  What are we feeding our heart?  Join our discussion of ways to guard and nourish our own hearts as mothers.

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