Homeschooling Saves Tax Dollars

A mom in your neighborhood is preparing lessons to teach her children. In the minute it takes you to read this, moms all over the USA are using their "freedoms" and investing their own money in their child's literacy, prosperity and future. This mom does this because she knows government run schools are not working anymore. She is saving millions in tax dollars by homeschooling her child.

Pray for a homeschool mom, love a homeschool mom, and appreciate a homeschool mom!

I love this sign!!


What's that smell?



LOL...The Homeschooled Young Man asked me the other day "Mom, you need to help me figure out how much cologne to put on." My husband replies "Son, don't ask things like that of your Mother, you know how she is. She will plan a unit study, you will have to get on a plane and travel to Zimbabwe to study some exotic herb that is harvested to make cologne." LOL...Me? A Homeschool Mom, do that?

YES!!! I would do that! What about you?

My reply to my husband was, "How do you even know what a unit study is?" He says "I just know."  That totally threw me for a loop, I thought my husband's only understanding of homeschooling was the following...

1. The house is always messy with books & papers
2. We are always taking a field trip
3. The child will graduate with a diploma
4. The house is always messy with books and papers (oh, wait, already said that one...lol...but it's a biggy.

I guess we are rubbing off on him, hahaha. Got to love those husbands that are faithful in many things and know what is going on, even when we think they don't.






Your First FREEBIE of 2016 Just For You!

Come and get your Hey Mama! Schoolhouse Planner 2015-16 just click on the link and you will be able to download the planner to your computer.

"CHOOSE THE DIGITAL OPTION TO GET IT FREE THIS WEEK! This planner is full of calendars, lists, and charts – all to help you keep your family on schedule. Don’t miss your chance to own our downloadable 2015-16 Hey Mama Planner! Or, purchase the CD instead! 175 pages."

How are the Schoolhouse Planners different from All the “Other” Homeschool Planners?
  • Each of our planners is interactive, allowing you to enter your children’s information – daily lessons, monthly agendas, curriculum choices, semester goals, etc.
  • No need to print every single page. Print what you need when you need it.
  • Flexibility to change your homeschooling plan on the fly. Customize the planner to fit your needs. Print it and use in a binder, changing out pages as needed, or print individual pages for your children to use and follow for the week. Or, send the whole thing to a local printer and let them bind it for you.

I have been using their planners for several years and I LOVE them!!

Enjoy!



I love to look at other home educators school rooms to get ideas for our school space.
This one is from Ikea and very COOL! You can see more pictures on Confessions of a homschooler blog at. http://www.confessionsofahomeschooler.com/blog/2011/08/our-schoolroom-on-ikea.html#comment-32408

Look how neat and orderly this is? WOW!!

Now, I will post a picture of my humble little home school area, we use workboxes.


The Adoptive Mom Homeschooling An Only Child's version of the Workboxes, decorated using my Cricut machine (love that thing!) and the Locker Talk cartridge. My Cricut is my must have homeschool tool.


Using stacking drawers/bins from Hobby Lobby bought using my 40% off coupon of course!


Above is my built-in workbox from our home remodel. This space was two large windows in our dining room. Our contractor thought I was crazy when I ask him to do this, until he saw how many books we had! lol. Once he finished it and I had all the books and the drawrs up there, he was pretty impressed by my idea.
 
This is our DREAM school room! hahaha.. Yes, it is a dream, especially since my homeschooling days are numbered as the Homeschooled Young Man is a junior in high school.

I could not leave out my favorite home education sign that hangs in my dining room, the homeschool room. It is from my friend and fellow homeshooling mom Sue. She gave it to me for Christmas one year, as she knows I love snowmen and I like to keep them up year round. I just love this! lol.

And yes, for those of you that don't homeschool, we do take snowdays off here and there. But most office the subject matter or the conversation is just to exciting to stop for a snowday. But if the public school kids are outside playing or if they come knock on the door, we do head outside for some playtime.




And The Most Popular Blog Post of 2015 is......

I am really surprised that this is the most popular blog post of 2015!! It's very near and dear to my heart, but I was thinking that most people stopped by (over 100,000 of you!) to get the yummy recipes! But I guess I am wrong. Here is the most popular blog post from 2015.

POKING FUN IN THE HOMESCHOOL

With the Homeschooled Young Man going into his junior year of high school in the fall, I've been doing a lot of reflecting and thinking back on our homeschool years.

We have been downsizing our homeschool materials for an upcoming used curriculum sale and it has brought back some fond memories of days gone by.

Just today as I was sitting in my rocking chair, a chair that holds many fond memories (our church nursery was remodeled and they bought brand new rocking chairs and gave away the old ones. They were delivered to my house and what a blessing it was to sit down in one, pick up the phone and call my out of state friend and say "Guess what I am doing? I am sitting in one of the rocking chairs that we both rocked our babies in!" It was a precious moment, remembering back to those days, for her 19 and 16 years ago, for me just 15 years ago.

Ok, rabbit trail here, back to the title of this blog post Poking Fun In The Homeschool...lol.

Finger Pointer Thingy
My son walked up to me this morning and poked me in the side with that finger pointer thingy. I am very ticklish and I was just giggling like a school girl as he kept poking me with it. The more I laughed the more he poked. I was not so much giggling at the tickling as I was at not having seen that finger pointer thingy in a very long time! He came across it as he was digging through his closet the other day.

I remember the day I bought that finger pointy thingy, we were at a Scholastic Book Fair sale and I was buying my teaching supplies, like a real teacher don't ya know? Hahaha, it was one of our first years of homeschooling, ya know the one where you have the Homeschool Momma dress on (actually I wore a cute denim apron that my Mom decorated up with buttons that had pencils, school bell, books and cute stuff like that on them), the student desk, decorated classroom, student with feet flat on the floor, pets banished from the room until school was over, ya, you're gettin' it now! lol. Yes, I was one of those 8:20am-3:00pm homechoolers. We even had school colors and a school mascot, we were Home of the Pugs!

I had big plans for that finger pointer thingy, it was going to keep my boy's eyes on the board, keep him engaged and force him to learn. I was going to fill that bucket (child) up as full as I could with information that he could spit out on a test!! You bet ya, he was going to learn!


Long about October of that same year, the Homeschooled Young Man asked if he could do his history on the couch with the dog, I told him as long as he got his work done. Then next thing you know he was under the kitchen table (his all time favorite place) on the floor with the dog doing science. A short time later he discovered fort making with sheets, blankets and kitchen chairs to study in. These shenanigans nearly ended our homeschool career before it really got off the ground when Homeschool Dad saw what was going on. Because you know, homeschooling dad's think that learning can only be done in a straight backed chair, a desk and feet flat on the floor.

Over time I sold the desk, took off my cute denim apron (I still have it), took down the classroom decorations and started HOME schooling. That is school at home, or better known now in the teenage years as car schooling since we live in the middle of nowhere and I am driving the Homeschooled Young Man back and forth to job shadowing, 4-H, hospitals, doctor's offices, the medical school, and volunteering. We just pack up the school books, pile into the car and off we go! His chemistry book seems to be intriguing to many doctors and starts up some interesting conversations with them. They have shown him apps that they still have on their phones for the Periodic Table and chatted with him about struggles in O Chem.

After attending my first homeschool conference, I also realized that teaching is not simply filling a bucket with information that can be spit out on to a test. That one really rang my bell.

My homeschool d├ęcor has also changed, I have cute laminated quotes and pictures all around our homeschool bookshelves. They perk me up on a long day and get me through the tough times.


The picture below is from WWW.TheHomeschoolMagazine.com I've had it for years on my refrigerator and no matter how bad my day is, I can look at it and just laugh, I don't know why it makes me feel happy, but it is just so funny!


You can see how our homeschool has evolved over time, changed and morphed into something wonderful and unique to our family, now do you see why I was giggling so hard when being poked with the finger pointer thingy? It is amazing how a little finger pointy thingy can bring back so many memories.






New Year & New Curriculum Ideas

The NEW YEAR can be full of new ideas for your homeschool!!

I have been given permission to share these ideas with you from Mary Beth a fellow homeschooling mom, she says that the first 3 ideas came from Chris Davis of Home School Marketplace, but the rest are her own. Long before I read Mary Beth's list I had come up with a similar listing for our homeschool and it's helped me through the years to revisit the list to make sure we are on target.
Mary Beth was answering the following question.

What curriculum do you like best and why?

1. What things did you do or learn in school that have served you well
in your adult life? (Be sure to include them in your curriculum.)

2. What things did you do or learn in school that have proven to have
been a waste of time? (Don't bother with these.)

3. What do you wish someone had taught you? (Be sure to include them.)

4. There is a reason God put these children in your home. What do you
suppose He has in mind for them that you and only you can equip them
for? (This is why your homeschool shouldn't look like everybody
else's.)

5. Imagine that you have a daughter. What kind of man would you want
her to marry? How can you raise your boys to be that type of man?
Think ahead to the day your child leaves home, whether it be for
marriage, college, work, or missions. Answer the following questions:

6. What skills, values, character qualities and faith foundations do
you want your child to have in order for you to be confident that he
is ready to face the world on his own? What can you do now to take
steps toward those goals?

7. What do you not want to regret when your children leave home?
If you look over these lists, you will see that you are well on your
way to a custom-designed curriculum for your family.

We can have a fresh start right now, if things are not working, think about how you can get things working.
How are you going to change things up in your homeschool this new year?

Coming Soon!!! Most Popular Post of 2015

All of you readers (my dear friends) I am so thankful that you stop by and enjoy a nice cup of whatever you drink and relax with me.
It's so humbling to see that there are people reading my little old blog!

I am so thankful for those that contact me through my blog, those lost in the throws of starting gluten free eating or beginning the adoption journey or starting homeschooling. It's been such a blessing to be able to share with you my readers the trek that I have been making.

The homeschooled young man is enjoying a nice following on his blog. He is learning that you must carve out time to work a blog and that content does not always come easily.

May you find time to encourage others in the new year!