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…]

Free Homeschool Post Round Up

This week I wanted to share the articles I write on a monthly basis for Free Homeschool Deals. I love sharing how to live on a budget and offer encouragement when their is more month then funds.

“Why I am Thankful to Be a Broke Parent”

“Tax Refund, Should I Spend or Save”

“iBlog Pro”

“Marriage and Money: When Your Spouse Doesn’t Want to Help With the Budget”

“What Will You Go In Debt For”

“Establishing an Emergency Fund”

I especially want to point out the free study guide I wrote for the Homeschooling Free Series. This is actually a study guide to walk students through How to Write Your Own Study Guide.

Study Guide

Thanks for stopping by and supporting me! I love sharing ideas with all of you!

When the Homeschool Curriculum Does Not Work for Mom

homeschool curriculum

I am sure you have become an amazing homeschool curriculum researcher. It is a huge component of the homeschool job…What curriculum should I use? It’s the top question asked right after, “What about socialization?”

I could provide you with dozen of links and top 10 lists of things to consider when choosing a homeschool curriculum.

But here’s my question “What do you do when it is mom who hates the curriculum?” Do you preserve through it? Do you toss it? Do you admit to your friends, who all love it, that you can not teach it?

Last year I researched a certain curriculum to help my youngest son. I knew the hands-on approach would benefit him. I knew it was popular and well spoken about in the homeschool community.  I bought two years of the program certain he would navigate the first level quickly.

Then…I could not figure out how to teach it. I read the teacher guide. I struggled through a few lessons. I conveniently forgot to teach the subject for a few days. I tried the teacher guide again. I repeated the lessons. I stopped teaching the subject. The guilt set in. [Read more…]

Making Everyday Moments Count

Make everyday moments count…that is how to squeeze special moments into a crazy day.

Everyday Moments

How many times have you thought, I cannot do this job? I am so overwhelmed with meeting the needs of my family.

Yeah, I was having one of those weeks too. I knew I had worked too much, focused on school lessons and completely ignored the relationship side of being mom.

If you are a mom, I am pretty sure you spend a good chunk of your time at the grocery store. Instead of marking a spot on your calendar to rush to the store, make it an opportunity to spend time with your child. [Read more…]

Homeschool Advice to My Younger Self

Homeschool Advice

After 14 years of homeschool and graduating one, here is a list of 5 things I wish I could go back and tell my younger self.

*Bonus: You should probably know that the mother face you make, the one that puts the fear in the kids when they are messing up…yeah it will be the cause of the very first wrinkle on your face.

1. Be committed to the process. Girl buckle-up you are in for an amazing ride. It’s great your 4 year old is a self-taught reader. It really makes the homeschool job easy. But you need to know days are coming that you will second-guess your ability to school 4 children, especially when learning issues arise. Do not let the bad days overshadow the good. You will survive this! God will give you the answers, the strength, and the patience at the right moment you need it.

2. You are going to spend a huge amount of money on math curriculum. If only we could have taken the over spending done those first years and saved it for math books. The first few years you thought the goal was to invest in ONE math curriculum to teach your children. Each child will need a different math book to help them learn. Each child will struggle with math in a different way. Really it is all in preparation for you to teach your youngest math, your biggest math struggler. After 14 years of homeschooling it is okay that you want to start a math support group for moms of kids who hate math. [Read more…]