There are some things, some activities, some ideas, that only a homeschool family knows.
You know you’re a homeschooler when you do things unconventionally, when you think about education unconventionally, and you throw all the kids together and assume they can figure things out dependent on their abilities, not their grades, also unconventionally.
Introducing, how you know you’re a homeschooler…
You know you’re a homeschooler when…
1. When you’re learning geometry and volume with grapes, marshmallows, and toothpicks.
2. When you consider extracurricular activities like soccer, baseball, or swim lessons PE class.
3. When your four-year-old thinks he’s going to the same extracurricular activities as the twelve-year-old.
4. When your kiddos are sledding on the first snow of the year at 9 in the morning.
5. When your kiddos spend more time with their dad than their friends.
6. When your kids help you plan the grocery list…cause they know what’s in the fridge.
7. When your kids finish daily chores before their studies.
8. When your older kids teach your younger kids how to sweep, set the table & cross the street.
9. When tea is served along with afternoon history reading.
10. When the teacher is brushing her teeth while the kids are practicing their handwriting.
Big Emotions Journal for the Homeschool Mom
Introducing the Homeschool Mama’s Toolbox, a set of resources designed to help homeschooling mothers deal with big emotions and specifically address their thoughts. Your brain and thoughts are important tools that need to be regularly sharpened, and the Toolbox is here to help you do just that.
Incorporating mindfulness practices into your homeschool is one of the most effective ways to separate yourself from your thoughts and be present. The Toolbox includes three questions from Dr. Amen, author of Change your Brain, Change your Life: What am I feeling? What is the thought behind my feeling? What is the story behind my thought? These are questions that you can practice regularly to get the most out of them.
The Toolbox also encourages a daily meditation practice to help you distance yourself from your thoughts and just be present. Guided meditations such as Guided Meditation on Controlling Negative Thoughts and Guided Meditation for Inner Peace & Calm can help you get started.
Additionally, the Toolbox offers a Thought Care Checklist to help you deal with challenging situations that may arise in your homeschool. By considering alternative perspectives, you can reframe your thoughts and deal with the situation in a more positive and constructive way.
With the Homeschool Mama’s Toolbox, you can learn to influence your thoughts and create a better reality for yourself and your family. Download the Toolbox today and start sharpening your tools!
My favorite is when your kids spend more time with dad than with friends! Such a blessing to homeschool. Thanks for keeping up with your blog, I love reading your stuff! I look forward to your book one day!
Thanks Helen…I am encouraged by your words! Do you know a publisher??
Those 4 children on the couch reading sure look beautiful.
Is that Zachary riding the horse? Wow so grown up.