Adjusting the Homeschool Plan

Adjusting the Homeschool Plan

I am joining the iHomeschool Network this week to discuss “Growing a Success”, whether it be a scientist, writer, doctor, missionary or …

Really, it gives me an opportunity to discuss the tagline of my blog…I Teach the Way They Learn. In other words adjusting the homeschool plan to accommodate gifts and learning delays.

Right now you are probably in one of two places in your home school…Your student knows exactly what they want to be when they grow up OR your student does not have any idea on what they want to study or do after high school.

Adjusting the Homeschool Plan for Knowing What You Want to Be:

My first two children from a young age both knew what area of study they wanted to major in at college. Once they became confident in that decision we began altering their school lessons to reflect those desires.

My oldest son, for example, has always wanted to be a meteorologist. When he was in highschool we made the choice for him to learn Latin. Since science terms comprise a large part of his studies; Latin would serve him best.

Since he was taking AP/Honors science classes we focused on history programs that only provided the basics. Now my son does like history but there is only so many hours in a school day and we focused on his science classes.

I found a Meteorology video series, bought a textbook and outlined a selective course his last year of high school.

My daughter is looking at attending 2 year college to become a pastry chef.  My daughter hates and struggles with math. I am pretty sure this past conference season while I was shopping for a geometry program and mentioned we were not going to do proofs…well the math people were astonished.

Instead she has focused on recipes with weighted ingredients and conversion charts for cooking measurements. I am planning a “How to Run a Business” class for her senior year. She is currently writing a 10 page paper on the history of pastries. At the end of the year she has a 5 course meal planned for her final project. She is currently following the Food Cottage Laws in our state. It seems our state is very strict on what home kitchens can create.

I would look at what the state requires for high school credits and then I would brain storm ways to tweak the class descriptions to match my children’s goals while still fulfilling the requirements.

Adjusting the Homeschool Plan for When You Do Not Know:

Now before you think I have been on easy street with two kids who have clear desires on what they want to be when they grow up; let me introduce my third child.

The only thing this young man knows is he loves to eat and he thinks he will move to New York City with his guitar.

Yes he takes weekly piano and guitar lessons. He can also play the ukulele. I do not mind investing in music skills…I do doubt they will support him as an adult. Yes, I know he might…but in the mean time he needs to be able to support himself in adulthood, you know because he loves to eat.

Since he will be a freshmen this coming school year I need to consider some goals for career exploration. At least for the next year I am going to continue exposing him to various job and education opportunities, in hopes of sparking a fire.

Summarize Adjusting the Homeschool Plan:

Be creative…Be bold…Be prepared to change things.

Do not be intimidated by the system. Fuel their passions.

You can homeschool high school! They can attend college or earn certifications in specialized fields.

Give them the time in the schedule to pursue their passions, even if this means average work in other subjects.

Adjust the homeschool plan to reflect their talents.


9 Things That Summarize My 30 Something Years

30 Something

9 Things That Summarize My 30 Something Years

1. I do not know what biological mishap occurs but one day I realized my upper lip looks like a adolescent young man’s lip. Now a monthly waxing must be added to my calendar.

2. Clearly the cerebrum begins shrinking because Amazon tells me that I have already purchased that ebook and Pinterest reminds me that I have already pinned that page and I honestly have no recollection until they kindly mention it.

3. I reach up to grab a dish on the top shelf and notice a small jiggle under my arm or what is also known as an arm flap. My mind immediately flashes to the photo of the granny with a flag tattooed on her bottom arm. Then I realize that maybe I should be completing my bathroom exercise routine more often.

4. I have begun paying attention to those in their 40s and 50s because the light bulb has gone off and I know bigger changes are going to happen in the next decade of my life. Some how I think it will start with reading glasses

5. I realize that a mid life crisis is like explaining to a first time pregnant women what it is like to give birth. Every mother has a unique birth story but no one can predict how your story will develop. I think every person who struggles with a mid-life crisis does so in their own unique way. I am working on planning my mid life crisis.

6. The biggest lesson I learned in this decade…be a Willow Tree..otherwise if you stay an Oak Tree…you will break. I have learned to pick my battles, cover it with grace and let go of the small things. Maybe it has something to do with being to tired to fight every battle, but I found the value of grace intensifies with age.

7. When you suggest to your soon to be 16 year old daughter, “We could have a birthday party together.” She looks horrified and states very clearly she does not want a party with a bunch of old ladies. In an instant I became the mature, older woman who quickly googled at what age does someone become old. Then you find yourself chasing a squirrel, cause that is what happens when you google things.

8. Enter the trails of chasing squirrels; the internet is loaded with quotes and jokes about turning 40. There are pages of posts with bloggers talking about turning 40. There are gift ideas like a Turning 40 Birthday Candle Hat and party ideas on turning 40. Now I am not sure if I should dread, celebrate or ignore my 40th birthday.

9. I will get no respect from those in their 40s, 50s or 60s reading this post. They will laugh, roll their eyes and mumble that I have no idea what it means to grow old. No one in their 20s will read this, they are still excited about being an adult. That leaves my peer group…other 30 year olds…what do you think? Oh wait it is my birthday technically I just entered a new decade. Hello 40!

Just Remember

Choosing a Word for 2015

Choosing a Word for 2015

Last year my word was squirrel…and boy did I spend my year chasing them.

I am choosing a word for 2015 …STONES!

No, not kidney stones and I am way too old for sticks and stones.

In the Bible, Jesus taught about building on a firm foundation. Honestly, my foundation feels like a broken down wall about to fall over.

If you have been on Facebook or any other social media platform everyone is talking about writing goals for 2015.

Well I would like to confess…I have never written a goal.

I think I have spent the last 20 years with the mind set of I am going to survive. There is my #1 derailment…I just tell myself you can survive this…and there is where I stay…just surviving.

Choosing a Word for 2015: Why Stones?

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Inspired Thanksgiving Giveaway

It’s that time of year where we take a moment to pause and count our blessings.

I have been so blessed by the blogging community that I jumped at the opportunity to bless you the readers of Layered Soul.

Of course your chances to win would be greater if this was just for the readers of Layered Soul, Sorry!

Please follow the directions at the bottom of the post for a chance to win, and maybe the winner will be a reader of Layered Soul.


During this season of Thanksgiving, the Inspired Bloggers Network is full of gratitude for our readers. Without the faithful support of those who follow us on our blogs and social media, we would be unable to do what we love. So, thank you!

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 Le Creuset Signature Enameled Cast-Iron 5-1/2-Quart Round French (Dutch) Oven, Cherry


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Showing Kindness to Others, Sandpaper People

Randoms Act of Kindness can sometimes include being kind to sandpaper people.

I am joining a group of bloggers who are focusing on Being Kind Counts. What a great chance to focus on showing kindness to others!

I decided it would be fun to brain storm creative ideas on showing kindness to our local community. I know in my area the local christian radio station encourages kindness with their Drive Thru Connection on the first Friday of every month. I knew the kids and I would have great fun with random acts of kindness but then I was hit hard with a different thought.

It would be more of a challenge to show kindness to others by showing kindness to the sandpaper people in my life. Are you familiar with sandpaper people? I remember years ago my friend, Kathy, discussing sandpaper people as those who just rub you the wrong way. Maybe it is a person who complains all the time, or a person who always one ups your activities, or a person who is always right. Maybe it is a person in your family.  I am sure someone just popped into your mind. Tell me I am not alone in having sandpaper people in my life.  [Read more…]

How a Septic Tank Works, for Kids

How a Septic Tank Works, for kids

Why am I writing about how a septic tank works? Well we found out this week that we need to replace ours. If I am going to eat beans and rice for the next 7 months and tear up my back golly we are going to learn how a septic tank works.

When you flush the toilet where does the waste go? This is a great lead into our unit study on septic tanks. I did toy with the idea of starting this unit with the book Where’s the Poop?

How a Septic Tank Works:

  1. How big is the average tank?
  2. How often do you get the tank pumped?
  3. Why do they agitate the tank?
  4. What do they do after the tank is pumped?

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Homeschool Curriculum Advice

Homeschool Curriculum Advice

My homeschool curriculum advice when planning for the new school year…give yourself permission to adapt!

Since it’s the beginning of the school year I felt the need to write a chant on homeschool curriculum advice.

Grab your pom-poms! Are you ready? It’s time to give a YELL!

Homeschool Curriculum Advice Chant

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7 Parenting Ideas to Save Your Sanity

Parenting Ideas

Parenting ideas to save your sanity from a mom who may already have lost her mind.

My friends often chuckle at my parenting ideas. There are many days I think I am going to go crazy parenting my kids. Over the weekend I posted a photo of my newest idea to get my son to purge his desk without whining and scoring dinner in the process.

Then I thought I would share with my blog readers “My Top Parenting Ideas” that have kept me sane over the years. Yes, they might be good for a laugh too. This past year after my son was away for his first semester of college he lovingly shared, “Gee Mom, I didn’t know how weird you were until I moved out.” [Read more…]

The Home School Police

Home School Police

Who represents the “Home School Police?” I believe they are a fictitious group of people to enforce the made-up rules that govern homeschooling. You know, the rules that “they” decided were necessary to becoming a stellar homeschooler. The rules that cause enormous stress in trying to follow. 

You know how the joke goes…”Oh you can not do that, alter that, change that…the Home School Police might bring you up on charges.”

Rules the Home School Police follow:

Rule Number 1
Homeschool must occur during the hours of 8:00am to 3:00 pm Monday through Friday. Failure to comply will result in citation from the Home School Police.

I have yet to school during those hours. We school at different times of the day and even on Saturday. Hours fluctuate based on the needs of the schedule. I believe this is one of the perks of homeschool, control of the schedule. Not only that but it is okay to be done school by noon! Offer my kids a field trip in the afternoon and they fly through their lessons. [Read more…]

Chicken Raising for Eggs, Profit or Character Growth?

Chicken Raising for Eggs

A year ago we built our first chicken coop, bought 4 laying hens and began chicken raising for eggs. Originally we were going to build a second coop but we didn’t want to invest more money until we had more experience.

My middle son eagerly became the caregiver of our chickens. He set reminders in his iPod to feed chickens, check their water mid day, and put them to bed at night.

The past year, no matter the weather, he cared for the chickens. My husband helped him move the coop and kept track of egg counts. Currently our 4 eggs a day feeds our family. [Read more…]