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Managing Homemaking and Homeschooling

Homemaking was never my top pick for job choice. ;) I am sure it wasn’t yours either, yet regardless of your career choices you are also are responsible for managing a home.

With managing homemaking and homeschooling, comes meals, dishes, papers to grade, toilets, floors, laundry, laundry, and oh did I mention laundry? It is enough to make me want to scream some days! And often times I feel far from joyful.

Managing home making and homeschooling

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As a work at home, homeschooling mom, I have had to learn that the best way to bring joy back into my home, is by giving myself grace. My home will never be as clean as I would like it to be. We live here, every day. I will probably always have something on my to-do list, and that’s okay. As moms, we have to learn to give ourselves grace. We need to realize that not everything HAS to be perfect, and my level of clean and organized, may look different than yours.

When it comes to managing our homes and homeschools I want you to ask yourself:

Am I doing my best? Remember that everyone’s best looks different. Homemaking will be a lot different when your kids are school age, than when they are toddlers. Remember your best is just that — YOUR best, not mine, your neighbors, or that mom from playgroups.

Are my kids fed? I didn’t ask if they were fed gourmet meals. I asked if you provided them with something to eat (yes chicken tenders count!).

Are we dressed? Meaning that you woke up with an option of getting dressed for the day, whether or not those clothes came from a basket or your closet does not matter.

If your answer to those is yes, then you are a success. Don’t beat yourself up, if you are managing homemaking and homeschooling to the best of your ability then everything else will fall into place.

For more homemaking, homeschooling and parenting encouragement check out the 2015 Spring Clean Bundle! It is jam packed with resources that are perfect to help you manage your heart and home.

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Misty (9 Posts)

Misty Bailey is a wife to Roger and a homeschool mom to three beautiful blessings. She resides with her family in Southern Ohio. She loves helping new homeschoolers and has a free Homeschool 101 eBook for those getting started. She shares her struggles with time management, becoming unglued and finding joy in the everyday moments on her blog Joy in the Journey.

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How Does Your Homeschool Operate?

Method. It’s a sticky word for me. I confuse method with system all the time. Also, I have a tendency to even switch up philosophy with both of those.

How does your homeschool operate? A look at some homeschool methods.

Perhaps I am not the one to be writing a post on homeschool methods.  We do have one that we follow. (That’d be Charlotte Mason‘s method of education: Education is an atmosphere, a discipline, a life.)

I say we follow CM’s method because we know what is involved but we do not always get it done, or set this or that aside. Not because we don’t agree with the method but generally our life is chaotic, hectic, or admittedly, I’m just not with it enough to make it flow as it should/could. You can read the many posts I’ve put down on my own blog about our beginnings with CM up to more recently. If you want a quick(ish) run down of why I love a CM education, check out my post here.

Are you unsure what method fits your homeschool? You can honestly Google ‘homeschool methods’ and come up with over 500,000 results. If you prefer a more visual stimulus while searching for methods, check out The Homeschool Post’s Pinterest Board.

I will say however, that there is nothing new under the sun and many ‘new’ methods are not new. They are generally revisited.

Apparently there are quite a few methods around today. There will undoubtedly be many who argue with my thinking but basically there are only a few ‘methods’ of homeschooling. It’s the details that differ. Some people group these together to create an eclectic format, while others choose to do what comes to them through life in general. My list of methods consists of {with very incomplete and neglectful descriptions}:

  • Traditional. This can and increasingly does include online school. Generally “textbooks” are preferred along with standardized testing. To me this is more of a mass-produced learning, even when it’s done in a one-on-one setting.
  • Literature-Based. This relies on great minds, from the past and present, to connect students to their world.
  • Eclectic. A textbook here or there, a stack of library books there, trips to the parks and museums, talks with friends and family, and testing can include standardized tests, or not.
  • Unschooling. Taking the instances of life where learning happens and putting them to use. It also means putting the student in situations where they can learn. It doesn’t rely on textbooks or the traditional forms of learning but can use them if one so desired.

Of course, I realize that is generalizing the methods and lumping. Within these are many details that allow people to categorize their ‘method’ into something else. Many times people don’t like the methods to be lumped together.

In the end what matters is that each family needs to do what works for them.

Do you identify with a particular method in your homeschool?


North Laurel (18 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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10 Children’s Books about Rainbows

It’s March and that means…it’s time for lots and lots of rain. But, the great thing about rain is that you also get to see plenty of rainbows! As the days get longer and we enjoy more sunlight, we’ll (hopefully) get to observe these beautiful phenomena with our kids.

So, this is a great time of year to talk about rainbows! And what better way to introduce them to our kids than with books? Today, we’re sharing 10 children’s books that are all about rainbows!

10 Children's Books about Rainbows

What is a Rainbow?

A rainbow is actually an optical illusion that occurs when sunlight is refracted (bent) through water droplets in the air. As you probably know, the colors of the rainbow are Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, and Violet (ROYGBIV). Do you know why red is always listed first?

It’s because the color red has the longest wavelength of all colors, so it bends the least. As a result, it always appears on top of the rainbow. By contrast, violet bends the most, so it has the sharpest curve. That makes violet the lowest color in every rainbow. Neat, huh? You can find out more about the science of rainbows from the NOAA.

10 Children’s Books about Rainbows

And now, 10 children’s books about rainbows! These are great for kids of all ages and include fiction and nonfiction selections.

A Rainbow of My Own by Don Freeman

All the Colors of the Rainbow by Allan Fowler

What Makes a Rainbow? by Betty Ann Schwartz

The Rainbow Book by Kate Ohrt

Chasing Rainbows by Tish Rabe, Aristides Ruiz, and Joe Mathieu

Elmer and the Rainbow by David McKee

Rainbow Stew by Cathyrn Falwell

The Colors of the Rainbow by Jennifer Moore-Mallinos and Marta Fabrega

Geckos Make a Rainbow by Jon J. Murakami

Ruby’s Rainbow by Grosset & Dunlap Books

For even more spring learning fun, check out our free Busy Bee Scissor Skills Printables, free Spring Flower Flashcards, and our unit study “All About Flowers” at Look! We’re Learning!

Do you have any great children’s books about rainbows to share? Post your suggestions in the comments!


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Selena (7 Posts)

Selena is a homeschooling graduate, a former tax accountant, and a homeschooling mom to four super special kids. She and her husband, Jay, practice eclectic homeschooling to keep their ADHD learners engaged! You can keep up with Selena by following her blog Look! We're Learning! on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, and Google Plus.

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