Spring Dilemma: Must We Finish Curriculum?

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Must We Finish Curriculum?

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 […]

Finding Relief for Homeschool Burnout

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FindingReliefHomeschoolBurnout

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! […]

Ten Things to Let Go of This Year: Fear

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10ThingsToLetGoOf-Fear

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, […]

Ten Things to Let Go of This Year: Not Qualified

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10ThingsToLetGoOf-NotQualified

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. […]

Homeschool Mother’s Journal: February 21st

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HomeschoolMothersJournalNGHS

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 […]

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 […]

Homeschool Mother’s Journal: February 7th

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HomeschoolMothersJournalNGHS

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 […]

Ten Things to Let Go of This Year: Sensitivity

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10ThingsToLetGoOf-Sensitivity

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 […]

Ten Things to Let Go of This Year: The Schedule

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10ThingsToLetGoOf-PerfectSchedule

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 […]

Ten Things to Let Go of This Year: Perfect House

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10ThingsToLetGoOf-CleanHouse

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 […]

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

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10ThingsToLetGoOf-ScopeSequence

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 […]

Ten Things to Let Go of This Year: Writing Plans in Pen

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10ThingsToLetGoOf-PlansInPen

I am a planner. I love homeschool planners, lists, outlines, organizing things, file folders, three ring binders — the whole nine yards. I would much rather shop at an office supply store than any clothing store. I have been known to spend much of our summer break planning and preparing for the next school year. I take next year’s curriculum […]

Ten Things to Let Go of This Year: Comparison

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10ThingsToLetGoOf-Comparison10

I love going to homeschool conventions. I have written about them here several times. In fact, this year I am helping to plan the OCHEC Tulsa Convention. Last year, though, I discovered something else about myself during my convention experience. You see, I had a pretty rough spring semester and had arrived at convention in a […]

Top Homeschool Posts of 2014: Curriculum

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TopPosts2014Curriculum

Welcome to NextGen Homeschool’s Top Homeschool Posts of 2014 Series! This week we’ll be sharing the top homeschooling topics — and most viewed posts — of last year based on the number of reader views and pins at NextGen Homeschool. Pin this page so you can refer back to each topic as needed: It’s a great […]