Homeschool Mother’s Journal: March 28th

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Welcome to the March 28th edition of The Homeschool Mother’s Journal at NextGen Homeschool! Join us by linking up your blog posts below and reading what other homeschooling mamas just like you are sharing this week.

HomeschoolMothersJournalNGHSWhat is The Homeschool Mother’s Journal? HMJ is a weekly (Saturday) blog link-up providing a place for homeschool mothers to share our hearts as we journey together.  NextGen Homeschool is joining the following blogs to co-host the Homeschool Mother’s Journal Link-up: So You Call Yourself a Homeschooler?Contented at HomeThe Heart of MichelleAbundant Life and Vibrant Homeschooling.

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THIS WEEK @ NEXTGEN HOMESCHOOL: SPRINGTIME HOMESCHOOL CHALLENGES

  • Finding Relief from Homeschool Burnout: How do you cope with homeschool burnout? What changes (if any) do you make about this time of year to breathe life back into your days? NextGen Homeschool author Rosanna Ward shares how she finds relief from homeschool burnout: Complete post here.
  • Must We Finish Our Curriculum? Do you feel compelled to check off every to-do in your curriculum’s lesson plan? Are you worried about being able to finish curriculum before the planned end to your homeschool year? What if you feel like you want to make changes before your curriculum package is completed? It’s a familiar spring dilemma: Must we finish our curriculum for the sake of finishing? Here’s my response.

FEATURED POSTS

This week we want to highlight the following posts from last week’s link-up:

We encourage you to take the time to check out these inspiring posts! Now on to this week’s link-up…

Spring Dilemma: Must We Finish Curriculum?

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With the joy and sunshine of spring comes this very familiar reader question each year:

“I feel like the end of this school year is coming much faster that I want it to, and I’m worried that I need to finish every textbook and lesson from the curriculum that we’re using right now. I don’t want to rush through it, and I’m also fairly certain I’ll be making some curriculum changes going forward. Do we need to finish curriculum by summer? Can I start something new even if we don’t finish curriculum we have now?”   

I remember feeling exactly the same way in the spring of our first homeschooling year. We had been using My Father’s World, and although I really loved the books that came in the boxed package, my daughters and I desired a more integrated learning experience than the suggested lesson plan offered. So we had supplemented with lots of additional reading, movies, projects, and field trips — and I found myself quite “behind” when it came to finishing all of the provided material.

Must We Finish Curriculum?

After talking to my husband, my sister-in-law, and supportive homeschooling mama friends, I realized I didn’t have a clear homeschooling “mission” for our family. Was our goal to replicate traditional classroom school at home? What was more important: Checking off boxes on a to-do list from a curriculum publisher or encouraging my daughters to think outside the box and develop a love for learning? Why are we homeschooling in the first place?

After much prayer, discussion with my husband, and seeking God’s word for wisdom, we developed a clear mission statement for our family’s homeschool. Against this new mission statement, the answer to my dilemma was quite clear: No, I don’t need to finish all this material for the sake of “finishing” the school year.

A traditional school approach is not our standard, and neither is the lesson plan of any particular curriculum publisher — or the pace and process of other homeschooling families we know. And I don’t think these external influences should limit you, either.

As 20-year homeschooling veteran and founder of The End in Mind blog Lori Lane recently shared with our homeschool group:

“God is an out-of-the-box Creator: Give yourself permission to homeschool outside the box. I give you permission to tear the box open and let yourself out.” 

Even though I’m very happy with the curriculum we’re using now (Trail Guide to Learning) as the “spine” to our homeschooling, it was encouraging to hear these words from a homeschool veteran who’s been in our shoes and found freedom and success in her homeschooling journey. I find that at this time of year, I do need to remind myself that our “why” is more important than “how” we homeschool. So I give YOU permission to tear the box open, let yourself out, discover your family’s why, and make decisions that support your mission!

Do you feel compelled to check off every to-do in your curriculum’s lesson plan? Are you worried about being able to finish curriculum before the planned end to your homeschool year? Have you ever felt the need to make changes before a curriculum package was completed? How did you turn things around for you and your children?

Finding Relief for Homeschool Burnout

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There are many reasons why homeschooling parents can experience burnout during the school year. It could be seasonal (a long winter), topical (curriculum feels stale), or more personal (family crisis, illness). It may even get to a point that you feel like throwing in the towel — but it doesn’t have to stay that way! […]

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Homeschool Mother’s Journal: March 21st

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Welcome to the March 21st edition of The Homeschool Mother’s Journal at NextGen Homeschool! Join us by linking up your blog posts below and reading what other homeschooling mamas just like you are sharing this week. What is The Homeschool Mother’s Journal? HMJ is a weekly (Saturday) blog link-up providing a place for homeschool mothers to share our hearts as we journey […]

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Ten Things to Let Go of This Year: Fear

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Fear often holds us back in our homeschooling journey and robs us of the joy God has in store for us as we teach our children and create deeper relationships with them. I have yet to meet a homeschooler who hasn’t struggled with some of these fears — myself included. I find that on a daily basis, […]

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Ten Things to Let Go of This Year: Not Qualified

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One of the top reasons for not homeschooling that I hear from parents is that they don’t feel qualified to teach their children. They believe that if they don’t know Chemistry or Calculus, or whatever the subject, this lack of knowledge will hinder their child’s education. Personally, I don’t struggle with this concern or give it merit because: I have always loved learning. […]

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Homeschool Mother’s Journal: March 14th

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Welcome to the March 14th edition of The Homeschool Mother’s Journal at NextGen Homeschool! Join us by linking up your blog posts below and reading what other homeschooling mamas just like you are sharing this week. What is The Homeschool Mother’s Journal? HMJ is a weekly (Saturday) blog link-up providing a place for homeschool mothers to share our hearts as […]

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Homeschool Mother’s Journal: February 28th

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Welcome to the February 28th edition of The Homeschool Mother’s Journal at NextGen Homeschool! Join us by linking up your blog posts below and reading what other homeschooling mamas just like you are sharing this week. What is The Homeschool Mother’s Journal? HMJ is a weekly (Saturday) blog link-up providing a place for homeschool mothers to share our hearts as […]

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Homeschool Veterans: Pay it Forward!

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It is time — past time, really — for me to pay it forward in the homeschool community. I have always liked to help people, but I mostly do it on a one-on-one basis — quietly. However, the past couple of years I have been challenged as a homeschool veteran to step up and share the knowledge I have […]

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Homeschool Mother’s Journal: February 21st

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Welcome to the February 21st edition of The Homeschool Mother’s Journal at NextGen Homeschool! Join us by linking up your blog posts below and reading what other homeschooling mamas just like you are sharing this week. What is The Homeschool Mother’s Journal? HMJ is a weekly (Saturday) blog link-up providing a place for homeschool mothers to share our hearts as we […]

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Ten Things to Let Go of This Year: Being Overprotective

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10ThingsToLetGoOf-Overprotective

There seems to be an epidemic of helicopter parenting in our country today… Or maybe it’s just in my suburban neighborhood. But I also notice it a lot in the homeschooling community. In fact, for many parents, being able to better protect their children is a major reason they decided to homeschool. Although I agree that it is our responsibility […]

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Real-Life Homeschooling: A Day in Our Life

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Last week I got to thinking about how our homeschool days have been flowing… all over the house. So I decided to take a few pictures of where we “did school” throughout the day to give you a glimpse of what real-life homeschooling looks like for our family. On this particular day, I was late getting up and had a few […]

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Homeschool Mother’s Journal: February 14th

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Welcome to the February 14th edition of The Homeschool Mother’s Journal at NextGen Homeschool! Happy Valentine’s Day! Join us by linking up your blog posts below and reading what other homeschooling mamas just like you are sharing this week. What is The Homeschool Mother’s Journal? HMJ is a weekly (Saturday) blog link-up providing a place for homeschool mothers to share our […]

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New Magazine for Christian Teen Daughters

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As a mother of three girls ages 14 to 7, I’m always on the lookout for biblically based resources to inspire and encourage them to develop into the beautiful, strong and Christ-centered women God has designed them to be. That’s why I’m so excited about the launch of Dear Magazine from HEDUA, the publishers of Home Educating Family and The […]

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