Tips for Homeschooling Mamas

Suddenly At Home?

At my last check, 45 states have closed schools, affecting more than 50 million students. I never thought I would see that in my lifetime! I am a strong advocate for homeschooling, and it’s no secret I wished everyone would homeschool, but not under these circumstances. Personally, I can’t imagine being thrown into a totally different world as many of you have this week. Homeschooling was a decision my husband and I made long ago, and it took time. Some of you may have entertained the thought, but to be forced to do so is no doubt overwhelming! Every year, it takes me months to plan and prepare for the year ahead. Truth be told, I still fly by the seat of my pants some days!

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Fanatic News Flash by the Month, Tips for Homeschooling Mamas

TIME- What if you had a MILLION extra minutes?

My monthly newsletter was almost ready when it took a whole other direction. Since we are “springing forward”, I turned my direction to clocks, and my normal monthly newsletter evolved into something I thought was more “timely”. Fanatic News Flash will resume next month.

Is it me, or weren’t we just ringing in the new year? So far this year is moving at super speed! The latter part of February was big for us. Our first – born turned 16, and we surprised her with a trip to Florida! We typically don’t do big things like that, but she’s a special girl, and we wanted to celebrate her milestone birthday in a special way! I can’t wait to get a post together and tell you all about our adventure!

Time is not something I think too much about, until I printed out a small poster for our daughter’s celebration. It’s one of those things where the age (16) is broken down by weeks, days, hours, and minutes. By the way, at sixteen, they have lived for a total of 8,409,600 minutes. Pretty fascinating if you like numbers!

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Fun Things - Field Trips, Games, Creative Ideas, Tips for Homeschooling Mamas

Buh-Bye February Blahs

Every year around this time, there’s something that may creep in slowly, or march in and stay awhile like an unwanted house guest. That unwelcome guest is known as the blahs, also known as the February Funk. Banish the blues with these tips and ideas!

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Everyone is excited to start the new school year in August or September. By October, the homeschool honeymoon beings to wear off a little. Thankfully, October is such a fun month! The weather is great to get outside and enjoy the fall season, and we carry on. The holidays in November and December get most of us off schedule, but it’s okay, it’s the holiday season after all. January brings a renewed energy and most of us welcome getting back into a routine.

Now it’s February. The shortest month that seems to last forever. Depending on where you live, you are either sick of the snow, the cold, or the dreary days. Spring break seems so very far away. It’s too cold or wet to get outside much. Cabin fever sets in, and the next thing you know, we get the blahs.

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Fanatic News Flash by the Month, Tips for Homeschooling Mamas

Fanatic News Flash-February 2020

It’s a big month for our family! Our first born will be turning 16 towards month’s end. As a mama, I’m both thrilled and terrified. I suppose that’s normal for those who have ‘been down that road’ before. She’s definitely ready, I’m definitely not. Watching your kids grow up is much more difficult than I thought! For her special day, we’re doing something big! (Not a new car type of big, but something that will totally surprise her). She has never asked for parties and such, and has always been content with a small family celebration. This year, we will celebrate this milestone differently. You will have to stay tuned to see what it is!

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Tips for Homeschooling Mamas

My word of the year – 2020

Resolutions, goals, intentions. Whatever you like to call it, it’s not only a new year, it’s a new decade! There’s a lot wrapped up in my little four-letter word for the year!

As the title implies, it may appear that this word is all too common. You could very well group it into the short-lived resolution that many make at the start of a new year. In some ways it is, but TRIM is actually a word that has been on my mind since October. Why October, and why trim? I really have no idea. Maybe I was feeling frumpy that day. It just got stuck in my head, and hasn’t left.

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Tips for Homeschooling Mamas

Gift Ideas for the Homeschool Mom

Perhaps a homeschool mom is on your gift list, or maybe you’re a homeschool mom yourself. Check out my list of personal favorite things that I own and absolutely love – maybe you will too!

If you’re anything like me, you don’t want extra clutter brought into your home. Among the extra supplies homeschool moms have got to keep on hand to do our job, we are already pressed for space. Living on just one income also keeps me more mindful my purchases. A rule I have been better at asking myself before making a purchase is, “does it serve a good purpose, or do absolutely love it?” Below is a short list of things that the answer is a hundred times yes!

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Tips for Homeschooling Mamas

Feeling Grinchy?

I have a best friend that starts sending me memes and reminders of Christmas beginning in June. It’s all in good fun, and I’m an easy target to poke fun at. I’ve been dubbed “the grinch” and rightfully so. I procrastinate and stress, and am less than joyful at all the hoopla. Year after year, I manage to pull it all together and we have a nice Christmas in the end. I wrote this post last year at a pivotal time in my life. With a few edits and tweaks, I’m reposting for those who may feel the same way, and how to overcome the unwanted stress.

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Tips for Homeschooling Mamas

Tales of a Booklady – 5 Things That Make Me Cringe

‘Tis the season for town festivals, holiday shows, book fairs, and bazaars! I absolutely love helping people find the perfect books for the children in their life, all while promoting literacy in my community.

There are several things that make me smile about being a booklady. Hearing a 3 year old at a preschool book fair squeal in excitement, “books!” is music to my ears. Seeing a child who’s a new reader pick out the perfect book warms my heart. Assisting grandparents find a book to mail across the country to their grandkids makes me happy.

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