What I Learned When I Quit Homeschooling

What I Learned When I Quit Homeschooling

Just over 3 years ago, I was 4-5 months pregnant with my very welcomed but highly surprising 4th child. At that time, my 3rd was still shy of his FIRST birthday, and I had a daughter going into junior high and one struggling greatly due to dyslexia and dyscalculia.

As a new school year loomed large, I was overwhelmed. As a matter of fact, I was CERTAIN that I could NOT do it. I could NOT successfully homeschool my two girls with any sort of excellence while wrangling a newborn and tiny toddler. I went to the Lord with my great overwhelm. Shockingly, to us and everyone around us, my husband and I felt completely led to put our two girls in the local public school.

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Spirit-Led: Teaching Your Teen or Tween to Study God's Word with Purpose

Spirit-Led: Teaching Your Teen or Tween to Study God's Word with Purpose

There are a LOT of Bible study tools on the market. A. LOT. It’s honestly a little overwhelming, but with two teenage daughters, I felt like it was wise to pursue a program that could be an additional voice in teaching them to seek God’s word out daily.

Aside from the general overwhelm at the quantity of programs available, I became overwhelmed by the AUTHOR’S voice, perspectives, interpretations, and beliefs as I perused guide after guide. Ultimately, I wanted simplicity for them. I wanted practicality. I wanted their time in God’s word to not be led by an author (no matter how esteemed and brilliant) but rather GOD’s Spirit.

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Kindergarten Morning Binder Sample

Kindergarten Morning Binder Sample

I’ve been exceedingly shocked by the enthusiasm and reactions from the very-popular Preschool Morning Binder. And of course, as my own little kiddos get older, I knew we would need a slightly more advanced version of this great tool. Beyond that, since Level 2 of The Gentle + Classical Preschool is for ages 4-6 years and is a full Kindergarten program, I knew that most of us would want a morning activity binder perfect for our kiddos who are 5-7 years old.

So what is a Kindergarten Morning Binder?

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Think You Have a Strong-Willed Child? (Maybe not…)

Think You Have a Strong-Willed Child? (Maybe not…)

For years and years, I would have called a couple of my children (and myself) "very strong-willed." I'd read book after book about these children who are like little attorneys. Children who must learn everything "the hard way, " and who are so determined and set in their ways that it's an act of war to have them ever obey or submit to authority. 

Defiant.

Hard-headed.

Stubborn.

Big personality.

Strong-willed.

If you have a child who could give a Harvard law grad a run for their money... You aren't alone. I have two such children, and I've been told, I am that person too.

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A Few of My Favorite Things

A Few of My Favorite Things

AHHHH! I’m so excited about this! I recently hosted an amazing giveaway with a few companies that I adore. Even though that giveaway is over, I wanted to leave this post up to share their wonderful products!

I know that preparing for the first few years of home education with your little one can be overwhelming- teaching them to read being right at the top of the list of fears at times! I’ve talked about this before, but honestly. teaching our children to read can be one of the most stressful, daunting tasks in all of homeschool (with the exception of Trigonometry… which we will outsource ;).

Below are 4 of my FAVORITE resources for doing K4 and Kindergarten at home this year!

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Early Years Daily Planner- FREEBIE

Early Years Daily Planner- FREEBIE

There are literally close to one million free printable planners available on the internet. Search Pinterest, and you’ll find out that I’m not exaggerating by much. However, I can never quite find THE ONE, ya know? They’re either kind of functional but not pretty, the website has one million and one ads and pop-ups and feels like spam, or they just don’t quite suit my needs… I am forever a tinkerer.

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Homeschool Scheduling with Teens to Toddlers (Mom of 4)

Homeschool Scheduling with Teens to Toddlers (Mom of 4)

I do really love to chat homeschool scheduling! I believe our schedules are and should be just as unique as our families and our homeschools are. But also, we are always looking for ways to improve- maybe to streamline, reduce overwhelm, or just enjoy our day better. So, I’m happy to share our general flow, both as it kind of went this year, and also as I plan for it to continue into the fall.

We do school year round. We take June off, and July is very casual with a long reading list and math only. So, this schedule applies to our more typical school year, August-May.

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Our Curriculum Choices (10th, 7th, K4)

Our Curriculum Choices (10th, 7th, K4)

I did what I think no other homeschool blogger has ever done- I failed to write a “curriculum pick” post for last year. Eeek. Honestly, in hindsight, I’m thankful. I was full excited about a few programs over last summer, but when it came down to it, they weren’t a good fit and we swapped to new programs after a few weeks.

I’m thankful for the experience, as it was an incredible learning opportunity to me. It also shows that no matter how amazing a program seems, once you get into it, it just might not be a good fit! Suffice it to say, that after an initial “fail” of one program in the fall, we found our way to a program that I now am certain we will use for many years (as certain as an easily distracted homeschool mama can be!).

So, what are our choices for this year? Many of them are simply a continuation of last year…

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Printing Digital Products Affordably

Printing Digital Products Affordably

In this 2-part series, I'll discuss my process for decision making on digital products as well as share my favorite resources for making printing affordable! You can read the digital discussion HERE and the printing help below. 

Edit 8/4/19- I have found another (new) homeschool printing company that I love! FamilyNestPrinting.com has exceptional prices AND they offer a 20% discount to Life, Abundantly readers. Use code Erin20 at checkout to save!

How can I afford to print this all? I get that question ALL the time! Whether it's the stuff from my Gentle + Classical Nature Bundle or my Preschool Bundle, the BYB Annual Sale, you may LOVE what you see, know that you would definitely use it and get great value from it... but you can't figure out how to make the printing feasible. I hope what I share today will help.

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