Sponsor Thank You: Davonne Parks, Organizer

The Homeschool Blog Awards wouldn’t be possible without our great sponsors, so we want to take some time to thank them!  Please remember to visit their website and social media links to show your appreciation.

Davonne Parks, Organizer

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Every homeschool parent needs to learn how to manage their time wisely if they want to make the most of their homeschool days. As a fellow homeschool mom, Davonne Parks really gets that.

And, in order to become more efficient in her own life, Davonne learned how to manage her time so she could start being on time. She also spent months learning how to make her home go from chaos to clutter-free, and she’s spent years refining those techniques.

Then she took the tools and lessons she learned and she turned them into incredibly helpful, well written, and easy-to-read eBooks.

Davonne’s books include hilarious embarrassing stories, practical tips, inspirational quotes, gentle encouragement, and fabulous suggestions that any mom who’d like to be a little more organized or timely can benefit from.

For the Blog Awards, Davonne is generously giving away 20 copies of Chaos to Clutter-Free and 20 copies of 28 Days to Timeliness: Tips and Confessions from a Semi-Reformed Late Person!

Plus, anyone who subscribes to Davonne’s blog will receive a complimentary copy of her eBook 101 Time-Saving Tips for Busy Moms!

You can connect with Davonne Parks and get helpful encouragement and tips about organization, simplicity, and heart-filled motherhood on her blog, Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.

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Free Planning Resources for Homeschool Bloggers

I am a homeschooler. And a blogger. I actually started my blog because we homeschool. October, however, was the last month we had internet at home. Since then I’ve been a little scattered at how to get to my blogging on a schedule {homeschooling just keeps on no matter what!}.
 Homeschool Blogging Resources @ hsbapost.com
When looking for blogging schedules to help me organize and maximize my time while online, I went to the Facebook group Blogging Homeschoolers, of which I was a member, where I was directed to some great templates for just this purpose. Here are my favorites*:
 
A beautiful but simple planner from Oh the Lovely Things
“My Blog Topics” by Bridgett Edwards
Blog planner {60+ pages!} from Jolanthe
Planner with Review/Sponsors/Ideas pages by Just Another Static Heart

This is the one I used a couple years ago {but the link is for last year}:
Confessions of a Homeschooler, free 2013 blog planner or check out 2014’s freebie here. 

Here are a couple more that I am bookmarking but I don’t like quite as much, but are still worthy of mentions:
Blog Organizer Templates by My Girl Thursday
Weekly Blog Planner by Indie Fixx

I really want ones with minimum amount of color since I have to print them. At our libraries we are allowed to print, for free, 10 pages a day. I could conceivably print them off at the library and save some ink.

I am sure that a Google search will bring up many different templates to use. Some free, some for a fee. Of course, a spiral notebook and pencil works well, too!
 

Are you a homeschool blogger?  How do you plan your blogging time while homeschooling?

 

*Note: the ones I’ve linked are older and the links were working when I tried but they aren’t mine so may not work at a later time.

 

North Laurel (14 Posts)

Blossom- "North Laurel" to the online world- lives in Ohio with her husband and two teens, homeschooling the Charlotte Mason way with Ambleside Online. She is graciously allowed to be a moderator for the Ambleside Online Forum. North Laurel loves to read, be on the computer, and learn. You can read her blogging about homeschooling, book reviews and life in general at North Laurel Home & School.


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Dear Homeschool Parents Whose Kids Are Still in the Books

 

Guest post by Davonne Parks.

Dear Homeschool Parent Whose Kids are Still in the Books @hsbapost

Dear Homeschool Parents Whose Kids Are Still in the Books,

It’s that time of year again! Many homeschool (and soon, public school) families are finished with textbooks until August, free for the summer and catching up on sleep.

But not you. You’re still trying to fit in the last of the spelling and history lessons even though you’re pretty sure your kids are barely learning a thing. Their eyes have glazed over as they stare out the window and resist your efforts.

Dear Homeschool Parents Whose Kids are Still in the Books @hsbapost

The frustration is mounting and you’re probably analyzing the entire year trying to figure out exactly what you could have done differently in order to have made sure your kids finished “on time.”

How do I know this? Because I’ve been there – one year we didn’t finish school until July and only had a seven week break before we had to start again. By the following summer, we were all so burnt out that I decided never again.

Based on my own experience, I’d like to suggest something that may sound outrageously absurd to you. I want you to consider wrapping up for the summer even if all of the textbooks aren’t complete.

Think about it: When you were in school, how many textbooks did you ever go through from start to finish, reading every word or answering every question without skipping a single lesson?

Zero? I thought so.

Now, I’m not suggesting laziness. I’m not implying that we shouldn’t strive for excellence or completion. I’m merely trying to say that it may be time to ease up, just a bit, on the schedule.

Dear Homeschool Parents @hsbapost

Here are some ways I responsibly finished this school year without making my children complete every problem in every textbook:

Have verbal lessons.

Grammar is my oldest daughter’s best subject and I know that she knows how to write the answers. So we completed most of her final unit verbally in two days. The same can be done for any subject that requires a lot of writing.

Leave out extra activities.

I know that cutting out science and history projects is a huge no-no in the homeschool world. But think of the time you’d save if you just discuss the lessons. Don’t skip projects forever, of course. Just consider skipping over most of the extra activities for the remainder of the school year so you can double-up on lessons and close the books for the summer.

Skip a few lessons and give the final test early.

When I could tell my daughter was really struggling to stay focused on her schoolwork, particularly math, I flipped ahead in her workbook and noticed that no new concepts were taught for the rest of the school year. So I ripped out her final test and handed it to her. She did fine and I told her she was done with math for the year, free to reinforce skills with free math programs online.

Having one subject off her plate gave her the encouragement she needed to complete the rest of her subjects with vigor.

Consider leaving something until the next school year.

Is it really the end of the world if your first grader needs to spend a few weeks finishing up his first grade spelling book in August? Part of the beauty of homeschooling is allowing your child to work at his own pace. Embrace that!

Remember the big picture.

We will never be able to teach our kids everything they need to know. Our job is to help instill a love of learning in their hearts because when our kids know how to learn, and have a love for learning, one day they’ll be able research anything they need to know that we didn’t teach them. {Tweet This}

We’re also probably doing more harm than good if we’re fighting over the last of the textbook lessons when everyone would rather be outside digging for worms or buried treasure in the dirt.

Bonus Tip:

To avoid rushing through books at the end of next year, consider starting the school year a bit early or beginning a subject or two this summer.

For example, I’m taking my children with me to my husband’s office two days a week right now so I’m letting them work on Math (my almost-kindergartener) and grammar (my almost-fourth-grader) at their own pace. This gives them something productive to do while they’re inside with me as well as gives them a head start for the upcoming school year. Double-win!

 

When and how do you wrap-up the school year in your family?

 

Davonne ParksDavonne Parks is a married Christian homeschool mom who blogs about cultivating a heart for motherhood, as well as time management and organization, at DavonneParks.com. Davonne believes that some of life’s richest moments happen when we embrace the beauty of imperfection as we extend grace to ourselves and others. She’s written two eBooks, “101 Time-Saving Tips for Busy Moms” (free to blog subscribers) and “28 Days to Timeliness: Tips and Confessions from a Semi-Reformed Late Person.”

 

Davonne (11 Posts)

Davonne Parks is a married Christian homeschool mom who began teaching her children at home in 2009. She blogs about cultivating a heart for motherhood, as well as organization and simplicity, at DavonneParks.com. Davonne believes that some of life’s richest moments happen when we embrace the beauty of imperfection as we extend grace to ourselves and others. She’s written two eBooks, “101 Time-Saving Tips for Busy Moms” (free to her blog subscribers) and “28 Days to Timeliness: Tips and Confessions from a Semi-Reformed Late Person.”


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