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.

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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HOMESCHOOL VETERANS: PAY IT FORWARD!

Are you a homeschool veteran with encouragement to share? Pay it forward and support your homeschooling community, locally and beyond! This week NextGen Homeschool Author Rosanna Ward hares how she took some big steps out of her comfort zone over the past year: Here’s her post.

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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 been blessed with in ways that stretch me outside my comfort zone.

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As a second-generation homeschooler, I know things about homeschooling that I don’t even realize I know. I didn’t really consider the fact that others might be anxious about some of the things I take for granted because of my experience, and how important it is that I share my “nextgen” point of view. Mostly, this involves assuring others that if God has called you to homeschool, He will lead you through it.  Even when you feel like you are failing or your children are struggling, someday you will look back on those times and see how much you all grew through the difficult times.

Last year I took two big steps out of my comfort zone: I did a national TV interview about homeschooling laws in Oklahoma (and managed the flood of feedback — positive and negative), and I taught a beginner’s homeschooling workshop at a local Mardel’s store.

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This year I decided to join the Oklahoma Christian Home Educators Consociation (OCHEC) Tulsa Convention Committee. At first I was anxious about joining the group and what their expectations might be: I wasn’t sure where I would fit in with these more experienced homeschool veterans. But I know I’m ready — ready to pay it forward.

The first Tulsa Convention Committee meeting I attended was in October 2014. About fifteen people attended — many of them had been organizing this convention for years, and several also helped organize the Oklahoma City Convention (which is larger than Tulsa’s). The new OCHEC president, Paul Rose, is also the Convention Chairman, although he would like to turn that over to someone else. That was the topic of the evening. Mr. Rose had organized the Tulsa Convention Committee into five different subcommittees (Speakers, Vendors, Activities, Promotional, and Attendees) and was looking to place leaders on each, in addition to a new leader over the whole event!

We also discussed the news that the convention would be held in a new venue this year. In previous years it had been held at the Spirit Event Center, but that venue was no longer available. A new venue had been procured: The Renaissance Hotel Convention Center. We were all excited about the possibilities of the new venue. The Renaissance is more upscale and luxurious, carpeted, and quieter. We could  form a theme around the venue — a getaway atmosphere.

By the end of the meeting, I was sure I was where I was supposed to be in terms of practical help, but I was still unsure of my place on the committee. It seemed important that I fill one of these open leadership positions, but I didn’t really feel qualified to lead any of them. So I went home and prayed about it, and then realized once again where my talents lie and how they could be most helpful. I am an organizer, a “keep track of the details” girl, an information disperser. So I asked if I could be the secretary and take on the responsibility of collecting, typing, and sharing committee information. I will be providing secretarial support wherever I can.

There are still many leadership roles that need to be filled: Many volunteers are needed. The convention is a big event to plan and pull off, and the current committee works hard and pulls it off well every year. However, many hands make light work, and with the number of homeschool veterans in Northeast Oklahoma, I think this convention could really be a much bigger deal with more input from our homeschooling community.

Are you a homeschool veteran with encouragement to share? Would you like to pay it forward and help support and inspire the homeschooling community? Get involved in OCHEC or your own state homeschool association. For more information about OCHEC, visit www.ochec.com or comment below. I would love to help you!

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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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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Homeschool Mother’s Journal: February 7th

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Welcome to the February 7th 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 homeschooling mothers to share our hearts as we […]

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Ten Things to Let Go of This Year: Sensitivity

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When I first started homeschooling more than 10 years ago, I felt a lot of pressure and judgment — not only from outsiders, but also family members and even my own children. For those first few years, I was very sensitive and defensive of our choice to homeschool. I also had a tendency to try to make our […]

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Ten Things to Let Go of This Year: The Schedule

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I am one of those list-making/calendar-posting/digital-app-updating Type A mamas who thought I would have no trouble keeping it all together once we started homeschooling. After all, I’m a former editorial manager who steered multiple magazine sections like a tight ship, with an assignments timeline whiteboard up in my office leading the way and a project management spreadsheet keeping all my team members on track. Making sure […]

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Homeschool Mother’s Journal: January 31st

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Welcome to the January 31st 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 homeschooling moms to share our hearts as […]

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Ten Things to Let Go of This Year: Perfect House

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If you are expecting to have the same clean, picture-perfect house you had (or imagined you would have) when your kids left the house for six hours a day to attend school, you may be striving for the unattainable as a homeschooler. The reality is that you and your children are now at home most of the […]

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Ten Things to Let Go of This Year: Scope & Sequence

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I have written before about my love for lists and all things organizational, and with that came a love of scope and sequences. I love being able to check off a skill my child learns — especially when it is earlier than they are “supposed” to know something. However, the flip side of that is the frustration […]

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Homeschool Mother’s Journal: January 24th

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Welcome to the January 24th 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 homeschooling moms to share our […]

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