Homeschooling Simplified

Homeschooling Simplified

A few months ago, I was feeling completely overwhelmed.  Sammy had just been in the hospital for 4 days, the house was exploding, and I felt like my homeschool schedule was running away from me!  I decided to cut out all of the extras from our homeschool schedule and just focus on the basics.  This was a tough decision because Sammy LOVES all of the extra fun.

However, I decided to do this and get through the holidays and use my “extra” time to focus on all of the other things I needed to finish!  We simplified to math, reading, science, spelling, and handwriting.  Sammy loved that he could be finished with his school day so early.

Sammy used our time to learn new skills like vacuuming, emptying the dishwasher, and entertaining himself.  All of which are great life skills that I suspect his wife will thank me for someday *winks*.

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What I found was that Sammy was learning just as much, if not more, with the simplified schedule.  He was bringing me non-fiction books to read to him.  He was reading as much of a book as he was capable of, just for fun!  He was pulling out his snap circuits and building with those and listening intently to my husband’s instruction!  Sammy was embracing homeschooling and thriving even though I had “simplified” to only a few core subjects.

After making it through the holidays and getting school started back up for the year, I have added a few things back to our schedule.  But, I am embracing the homeschooling simplified schedule and allowing Sammy to show an interest in an area so we can dig a little deeper.

Are you feeling overwhelmed and needing a break?  I would encourage you to take a break and focus just on the core subjects and see where your child’s interests are!

Lindsay BytesOfMemory (7 Posts)

Christian, wife, mom, knitter, reader, and wearer of many hats (literal and figurative). I am also a computer geek, homeschool mom, sock sorter, and a blogger. I like coffee, tea, chocolate, Mexican food (not together), and lists!


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A New Year, A New Plan

A New Year, A New Plan
I love it when New Year’s comes around.

Always a chance to plan and refocus, a lot like I do in September, after the summer is over.

I do a lot more life planning, as opposed to school planning, come January first.

  • Menu Planning- I really like having at least a loose plan for meals. I don’t shop to my recipes, but I have a few tried and true favorites always ready.
  • Workout Planning- I know. We ALL plan to workout every January. I have been researching Crossfit at home and it is totally something I can fit into my day.
  • Blog Planning- My blog goes so much smoother when I have a plan and direction.

I don’t forget, though, that my plan isn’t always His plan.
I don’t get so attached to mine that I don’t make room for His.
It’s no fun fighting it and trying to be a control freak. Ask me how I know this.

Do you use the New Year as a chance to plan and refocus at home?
What are some things that work for you?

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Mama Kautz is a self proclaimed Jesus Freak. She drinks her coffee iced, even in winter. She is a Patriot who writes about her homesteading and prepping journey, with teens, and a touch of their homeschool lifestyle. Married to The Principal, they live on 5 acres in North Idaho where she enjoys the simple life and watching her chickens.


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Roasted Tomatoes: Preserving for Another Day

Gardening in the Inland Northwest can be risky. Especially if you are growing tomatoes.

We have had years with abundant, wonderful red tomatoes to harvest, and then we’ve had years with abundant green tomatoes that have frozen on the vines. More often than not, we have the latter. Such a waste.20131003_123852

That’s fall in Eastern Washington. We go from the heat of summer to the frosty mornings of early winter with just a quick flash of fall colors in between.

Fall here can be as short as 4 weeks.

This year I wasn’t going to let the tomatoes go to waste. The news said we were due for frost in a couple of nights, so I decided we would save those little gems and pick them before the frost. 20131003_122834

The boys and I picked every last tomato, from the smallest grape tomatoes to the biggest beefsteaks.

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A friend came to my rescue when I was trying to figure out what to do with all of the ripe ones and deal with the green ones as they ripen. She told me how roasting tomatoes is one way to preserve them.  After talking with her, I also searched online for recipes and although they differ, the methods are similar.

I didn’t use a recipe. I just added what sounded good at the time. :)

Roasted Tomatoes: Preserving for Another Day

  1. Wash and cut cherry and grape tomatoes in half and put them in a 9×11 baking pan. Cut larger tomatoes in quarters or in 1/2” rings.
  2. Sprinkle with olive oil, Italian seasoning, black pepper, and garlic salt and stir well to coat. Ideally you will only have one layer of tomatoes, so if you have more than that, use a second pan.
  3. Roast in a 350* oven for 45 minutes.
  4. Remove when your kitchen smells heavenly and the tomato skins have become wrinkled.

roastedtomatoes

I truly have never tasted anything like these! I added half of the tomatoes to a pasta dish and put the remaining ones in the freezer for another meal. They may be added to any hot dish that sounds good to you, or stored in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. These can be pureed (remove the skins first) and canned into tomato sauce also.

Enjoy!

What’s your favorite thing to do with tomatoes?

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Dawn (22 Posts)

Dawn is still happily homeschooling after 16 years. She teaches her two sons, 13 & 11, enjoying every minute of "the second time around". She lives in Eastern Washington with her husband, the youngest 2 of their 6 kids, and an assortment of barking, squeaking, and clucking critters. She writes at her homeschool/parenting blog The Momma Knows and her new chapter, Dawn Marie Perkins. You can also find her on Twitter @DawnMPerkins, , and Pinterest.


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