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The Homeschool Post Headlines: Top 12 Posts of 2015


As we plan for things to come here at The Homeschool Post, we also enjoy looking back at the most read posts of the previous year. It’s nice to see what has resonated with our readers and the online homeschool community here. As we wish you a happy new year in 2016, we hope you’ll enjoy reading (or re-reading) these Top 12 Posts of 2015.

Be encouraged by these top posts from The Homeschool Post in 2015! hsbapost.com

Top 12 Posts of 2015

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Sara (122 Posts)

I'm a reader, writer, dreamer, wife, and homeschooling mom of 3 girls. We take a relaxed, eclectic, Charlotte Mason-leaning, Montessori-ish, literature-rich, delight-directed, almost unschooling-at-times approach to learning. Lots of unit studies, field trips, and lapbooks, too. I like to blog about our learning adventures (plus faith and encouragement) at Embracing Destiny.

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Four Signs That Your Homeschool Schedule Isn’t Working

I really like the month of January. I confess that I don’t love it- because winter really isn’t my thing. But I like it. I love the idea of a new year, a clean slate, a new opportunity. And I really like to use that time to readjust things in our homeschool. When you follow a (sort of) traditional school schedule, January is a great time to make changes when they’re needed because it’s the beginning of a new semester, the second half of the school year.

As January rolls around, I like to use this time to take a look at our homeschool schedule. What’s working? What isn’t working? What do I need to get rid of? What do I need to tweak? Sometimes I take a look and realized things are running smoothly and maybe I don’t need to upset a good thing. Other times, it’s easy to see that I need to make some changes. What are some signs that your homeschool schedule isn’t working and you may need to change things? Here are four that I look for.

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Kids are frustrated.

This is the first and biggest sign. Are the kids constantly frustrated with their school work in a particular area? Yes, kids may complain about school work no matter how well things are working. But, if there’s a constant frustration level, maybe it’s because something really does need to change. If my kids are really unhappy about something in our schedule, I take a closer look. Maybe I’m scheduling a subject too often or not often enough. Maybe I haven’t been consistent with that subject in our schedule. Maybe it’s something we need to schedule more time to complete. If the kids are frustrated, that’s a sign that things may need to change.

I’m frustrated.

There are times throughout our homeschooling that I begin to feel tired and frustrated and burned out. The cause of this is often a problem with our schedule. Are we doing too much? Are we too busy? Do I need to schedule more things that the kids do independently or change up the order in which I’m working on different subjects with different kids? If I’m starting to feel constant frustration, I take a close look at the schedule.

A child is struggling with a school subject.

When a child is beginning to struggle with a particular school subject, I always check to see if our schedule is the culprit. Sometimes I realize that we’ve been so busy that we haven’t spent much time on that subject. Sometimes I realize that I might need more one on one time with that child. Perhaps I need to schedule the subject for a different time in the day when distractions are fewer. A continuing problem with a particular subject can be a sure sign that I need to tweak the schedule.

We aren’t having any fun.

Okay, all school can’t be fun. It just can’t. But one of the joys of homeschooling for me is that we can have fun together. And if we aren’t having any fun, maybe the problem lies in the schedule. Maybe we have too many things scheduled. Maybe I need to leave some space for fun, time that we can just go to the park or take a long walk on a beautiful day. If we aren’t having any time for this, maybe we need an adjustment in our schedule.


These are the warning signs. If any of them are present, I’m reevaluating our schedule. The schedule isn’t always the problem. But, often, it is. And the beauty of homeschooling is that I can then change the schedule to work for us.



Leah (12 Posts)

Leah Courtney is a homeschooling mom of four. Her days are filled with being a mom, homemaker, and teacher. In her (very rare) free time, she enjoys blogging, reading, and reviewing books and curricula. These days she’s learning the joys of being a mom of teens. You can read about her family and homeschooling life at As We Walk Along the Road.

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Talking with Your Kids about Worldview and Pop Culture


As parents, we’re all well aware that popular culture can be a minefield for tweens and teens. Thankfully, homeschooling can often afford us a better chance of guiding our kids through the tough issues as we teach them to think critically for themselves outside the sphere of peer pressure. Keeping the lines of communication open as we build relationships with our kids is critical.

Even with that advantage, it can be difficult to know and understand all of the issues they face with the constantly changing dynamics of pop culture. Did you ever wish you had a translator who could make you aware of all the latest challenges while also giving you the tools you need to talk to your kids about it? What about a way to distill Christian worldview for your tweens and teens so they know why they believe what they believe and how it impacts their life choices?

That’s where Axis steps in and gives you the tools to do exactly that!

Free resources to help you talk to your tweens and teens about pop culture and Christian worldview from Axis.org

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post written on behalf of Axis.org. I was not obligated to give a positive review and all opinions are my own. I was compensated for my time.

What is Axis?

Simply put, Axis is a cultural translation team. It was founded in 2006 by two friends, Jeremiah Callihan and David Eaton, who were concerned about the exodus of young people from the Christian faith. They set about seeing what they could do to examine the problem and offer solutions. It has grown to become an expanding mission field to reach kids and young adults from ages 11-22 with the Biblical worldview that they can directly apply to their own lives and choices amidst the lures of pop culture. Axis talks to kids on their own level, not dumbing down or watering down the message, but making it approachable and practical to kids where they are. Axis also offers tools to parents, churches, youth groups, homeschoolers, and Christian schools to share the message and help youth leaders and parents directly address the pop culture issues that these tweens and teens face.

Axis explains their mission this way:

Our strategy is simple, yet incredibly unique: We are culture translators. Being aware of the pulse of culture allows us to bridge the gap between generations by translating pop culture into the ideas it espouses for younger generations, while explaining and interpreting youth culture in ways that older generations understand. By speaking the languages of both generations, we bring common ground and open the way for understanding.

Here is a sampling of the tools they provide:

Axis Virtual ~ a monthly online subscription with multimedia videos, presentations, curricula, and interviews with experts that you can watch with your kids and discuss together.

The Culture Translator ~ receive this free newsletter by email and get an overview of the current events in pop culture, including social media, movies, music, and TV. You’ll be well prepared to talk to your kids about it from a Biblical worldview.

Live Presentations ~ Axis has traveling teams that offer presentations to Christian schools and youth groups in person.

They cover all of the controversial issues in the news today — from gender to the sanctity of life to the power of social media and more. Though the topics are heavy, Axis addresses them with hope and the enthusiasm to share the truth that sets us free.

I can appreciate the idea that knowledge is power, and as Christians we have the truth with which to fight the lies of pop culture. Axis helps empower both young adults and their families to do that.

Free Worldview and Pop Culture Resources from Axis

Axis is offering a free download of their ebook How to Talk with Your Kids about Pop Culture. It’s a great starting place to help you realize exactly how pervasive pop culture is for young adults and how dismal the statistics are if we don’t step in and do something to help them cultivate a Biblical worldview. There is no obligation to download the ebook and I highly recommend it for all Christian parents.

You can also sign up for their free e-newsletter The Culture Translator.

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How to Talk with Your Kids about Pop Culture free ebook download from Axis.org



Sara (122 Posts)

I'm a reader, writer, dreamer, wife, and homeschooling mom of 3 girls. We take a relaxed, eclectic, Charlotte Mason-leaning, Montessori-ish, literature-rich, delight-directed, almost unschooling-at-times approach to learning. Lots of unit studies, field trips, and lapbooks, too. I like to blog about our learning adventures (plus faith and encouragement) at Embracing Destiny.

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