Hi there, homeschooling mama. Or thinking-about-homeschooling mama!
Let's talk about this mom life of ours. There are a lot of plates to keep spinning, aren't there? Keeping little humans clothed, fed, and somehow getting some learning in there. Maintaining a relationship with a spouse or partner – OR managing on your own. The endless laundry, dishes, pet hair, and bills.
Not to mention finding time for friendships, spiritual practices, exercise, or hobbies (remember those?).
It's a lot, I know. I don't have all the answers, but I have learned some things in our 6 years of homeschooling and my 28 years of marriage that I'd love to share with you. My goal is to help you discover simple routines, build daily habits, add in a dash of planning and a sprinkle of encouragement so that your days develop a flow and ease.
Here's how I'll help light the path ahead.
1. Provide easy to follow guides and systems to keep your home and homeschool running smoothly!
The older I get (I was 38 when I had my tween daughter, I'll leave you to do that math), the more I cherish having systems and organization in my life.
Having routines is kind of magical. Reducing decision fatigue makes a huge difference in your day to day energy.
One of my routines: taking time on Sunday nights to plan our homeschool week means I don't wake up each morning wondering what's next, or remembering an appointment at the last minute – and I don't fall into bed wishing I had been more intentional.
Having morning and evening routines for myself and my daughter creates a flow to my days so that the things that I find most important get done. One of my pet peeves is waking up to a messy kitchen.
So in our evening routine, the dishes get done, my French press is waiting for my morning Crio Bru, and my counters are free of clutter. Even if other areas of my house have some chaos going on, I know my kitchen will be peaceful and I can enjoy the quiet morning.
Let's discover what systems you need to simplify and keep your home and homeschool from tilting into overwhelm and chaos.
2. Recommend only the most fun, multi-sensory homeschooling resources.
You'll never find a link here to some big box curriculum. Period.
Instead, you'll find recommendations for engaging, beautiful learning resources, toys, games, unit studies, printables, and anything else that has passed the test in our homeschool.
And let me tell you, my daughter can sniff out EVERY “sneaky educational thing with an overlay of fun” that I've tried.
As we discover that more and more of our kids are neurodivergent, it's critically important that our learning resources aren't made up of pencil and paper work, traditional top-down teaching methods, and requiring kids be still. Learning can be a full-body, full sensory experience.
That's not to say we don't do some straight-up educational things. We do.
Our homeschool is our unique mix of delight-led learning, mom-guided ‘necessaries' (fluent typing is not negotiable: we live and work at computers and even more so in the future), day trips and adventures, lessons from experts (currently our mix is violin and Irish dance) and plenty of down time. You can find your unique mix, too.
[And video games, lots of them. We are a tech family. If that's your vibe too, read on.]
3. Help you discover your family's unique learning style and environment.
One of the biggest mistakes new homeschoolers make is trying to replicate school at home.
Instead, you want to create a cozy nest, an atmosphere of discovery, and build on your own family culture to create a homeschool that is uniquely yours.
We are going to focus on strengths, interests, delight, and modeling the love of learning. We are going to have fun strewing. Plan adventures and field trips. Learn to recognize all the learning that's happening in every day circumstances.
And, we'll translate all that into portfolios and transcripts to satisfy your state's learning requirements for homeschoolers. Less stress. More delight.
4. Grow a community of like-minded homeschooling moms to support and encourage each other on this journey.
Walking away from the public school system and the intrinsic community and social support that exists there is not easy. It may feel like jumping off a cliff into thin air, with no idea where you're going to land.
All of us homeschool moms have stood at that decision point and felt that fear. You are not alone. Finding your tribe is important, both online and in your local community.
I'll help you find or create community. I've worked hard to do both for our family, and it's an ongoing process. [Hint: your kids don't need 20+ peer friendships to thrive. Really.]
5. Share weekly posts to equip, encourage, and provide moments of delight in your busy homeschooling days.
Homeschooling isn't all sunshine and rainbows. Of course it isn't!
There are hard days, and there are days where you feel stuck at home instead of excited by the freedom. Where you miss those quiet hours when the kids were at school, or even miss your desk at work.
Homeschooling mom life is busy, and it is very real work. It involves planning, paying close attention to your kids' needs and interests, creating a cozy, inviting learning environment – all while keeping up with laundry, bills, cooking dinner, and all the rest of “normal mom life.”
My goal is to bring you weekly posts that help you streamline the workload, organize your home, add some delight to your homeschool, or just remind you why you're doing all of this in the first place.
Consider this your welcome to our tribe of eclectic,
interest-led, kindred spirit moms.
I hope you'll join us, be encouraged, and take the leap into homeschooling if you haven't already. Step away from the Pinterest-perfect schoolroom setups and spend some time observing your kids to discover what lights them up.
Make space in your day for what lights YOU up.
Let's create simple systems and organization to lower our stress levels and keep things humming along. Find new friends and plan adventures. Truly live this homeschool life to the fullest and build strong family relationships. And let's find space to be truly ourselves, too.
Sound good? Let's walk this path together.
Tell me in the comments below what your homeschooling struggle is right now, and let's work together to find what works for your family!