Homeschooling With Essential Oils

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Home schooling can be mentally and emotionally exhausting for the parent of an ADHD child.  Does your child lend assistance in draining your emotional and mental well-being? Do you feel as though you’re unsure what to do with them? Are their behaviors off the chart? Do they already have a diagnosis that begins with 1 of the 26 letters of the alphabet, but ends in D?  I have 2 kids that are considered on the spectrum. One child is diagnosed with aspergers and ADHD and one with PDDNOS and ADHD.  We made the decision to try medication on the boys because it seemed to be the right decision at the time.  However, now we have felt God leading us to a natural way of treating our children.  I have used essential oils in the past for various reasons, but not for treatment. That is when I found out about Young Living Essential Oils!

Did you know that you can use them to help your children in home school or any school?!  I was so excited to see and try these oils on my own children! Soon after my kit arrived, I began pouring over it. Then I ordered some more books and poured over them.  Since then, I have been making recipes and deciding what I needed to use for my kids.
I can tell you that they really do have amazing results!
Here are some of the supplements we love!
OmegaGize- This is a supplement that is full of omega 3 and fish oil.  It is a huge help for brain function and concentration. It also helps with digestive elements to support healthy gut function.
ImmuPro- Aids the immune system. It also boosts melatonin levels, which can decrease anxiety and restlessness.
MightyZyme- Designed to help children combat negative effects of enzyme depletion.
There are more we are adding in this coming week!
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Here is a breakdown on how some of the oils listed in the pictures work.
  • Brain Power – Supports mental clarity and concentration. Also, increases natural melatonin which helps regulate sleep!
  • Frankincense – Arouses the limbic system of the brain and promotes higher concentration
  • Cedarwood – Calming and purifying. Also, can increase melatonin naturally. Helping concentration in the day and sleep at night.
  • Lavender – Calms and relaxes the nervous system.
  • Peace & Calming – Helps to reduce nervousness, stress and depression, may help calm over active children! (It works:))
  • Valor – Detoxifies, promotes courage and self-esteem. Balances the body, also, so it helps with sleep and wake cycles.
  • Vetiver – Calms and relaxes. Helps with anger, irritability, and neurotic behaviors as well.
  • Joy – Uplifting, may help with depression.
Friends, I have trudged through these hard days as well.  I have struggled with reaching my child at times, but more importantly, reaching his heart.  These are just a few of the reasons that led us to medicine; however, these are also just a few of the reasons that has led us to essential oils and natural supplements. One of the most effective ways of treating ADHD and Autism is with oils and supplements – pure therapeutic essential oils – according to a study in 2001.
Here is the snippets from the study:

“The American Medical Association Journal published a two-year case study (1999-2001). Stating that Dr. Terry Friedmann M.D. found children who previously had been diagnosed with ADD/ADHD were administered therapeutic essential oils by inhalation that got noteworthy results. The essential oils used were Lavender, Cedarwood and Vetiver”

This is how Dr Friedmann used the oil; one was inhaled 3 times a day for 30 days. There was also a device used at bedtime to receive constant inhalation of the essential oil. Dr. Friedmann found by using the inhalation process with the oils, they demonstrated to help in settling the brain waves back into patterns that were considered normal. He also found that the children had improved in not only their school performance but also how they behaved.

Dr. Friedmann found a 53% performance increase with Lavender, 83% performance increase with Cedarwood, and 100% performance increase with Vetiver.

So far while we are still very much on a path to recovery, I have noticed huge changes! We have been able to decrease certain medications! We have also noticed huge differences in focus, schoolwork, chores, and overall behavior.  I have been using the supplements on all 3 of my children, including my youngest who has no diagnosis.  It is really amazing what these oils can do.
Have you tried essential oils and supplements from  Young Living in your homeschool? With young living you can sign up to buy their products at a 24% discount without being pressured to build a business, unless of course you want to! 🙂
I personally use these oils daily in my home.  Because I love these oils so much, I am offering you a special.  Anyone who signs up as a distributor under me, with a PREMIUM kit, I will also send you a copy of the Reference Guide For Using Essential Oils FREE! Also, if you sign up for ANY kit, let me know and I will add you to our Facebook group! 🙂
Here is how you can sign up: and here is my member # 1726375
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In Christ,
Laura PraterLaura is an Army wife to a Soldier who has served the last 18.5 years active duty. They reside in WA for the time being with their 3 boys. Laura home schools all 3. They are very active in their church and community. You can find Laura blogging on Facebook at, on Pinterest and on Twitter

Tips for Homeschooling All Boys

Why I Love Homeschooling My Boys by Sprouting Tadpoles

We have 5 kids total and 4 of them are boys, ages 13, 11, 5 and 3. My daughter is 17 and this will be her last year of homeschooling. She does her work independently and is pretty much gone all the time, so it’s mostly just me and the boys at home.

Homeschooling my boys means that I must have it together every day. They are very active, curious about how things work and always ready to try something new. If I don’t have a plan of action and things to keep them busy, they will wander off, usually to the video games or outside and then it takes me at least an hour to get them focused again.

I have 2 boys that are extremely active and need to be moving constantly and 2 boys that are quiet and calm. It seems that God hard wired boys to be on the go, moving and thinking, preparing themselves to take on the role of leading their own families someday. As their mother, I feel led to train them to conserve that energy for things that are productive and motivate their natural curiosity.

So, I am going to share with you some tips I have picked up over the years on how to keep a house full of boys interested and focused on things other than video games!.

First and foremost, I teach them to love God – This instills compassion and morals in them that they will hopefully carry into adulthood. We read the Bible together each morning before starting school work, we attend church and are active in our community. My husband also reads the Bible with them at night.

Group Time – We have morning group time every day and I use this time to read the Bible, review our memory work, work on our character studies and just have good, quality fellowship time together.

Group Studies – I try to group many of our subjects and activities together. Doing group studies allows the boys more time together and obviously, makes it easier for me to teach them. We also do some fun, competitive games and I have the older boys read to the little ones occasionally.

Activities – I keep activities and projects ready to grab and go. I have Science Boxes, Activity Boxes, Busy Bags, lots of game boards and file folder games, and of course, we have the Legos, K’nex, blocks, race cars and battle zones, all those things boys love. I use a lot of these activities for down time during the school day.

Projects – To keep my boys entertained during school time, we do a lot of hands on projects. We try to do a history project, science project and some sort of art/nature/music activity each week. I try to make their learning as interactive as possible.  Otherwise, I will lose them several times a day.

The Little Ones – For my little guys, I keep 2 bins of Busy Bags available for them to play with. I also have lots of coloring pages and art supplies for them, along with wooden puzzles, magnetic pieces and printables that I made. I keep these easily accessible so that they can grab something and play quietly while I work with the older kids.

Quiet Time – We have quiet time at 3pm every day. We started this about 3  years ago and it has worked really well for our family. The little guys take naps around 2-3pm so we have our quiet time then. My rules for this are simple. They must stay in their bed the entire hour and they are allowed to read, play quietly, listen to audios or music with headphones or catch up on school work, as long as it is done in their bed. The older boys have come to love this down time. It helps them to unwind after a long day of school work, arguing, baby crying, fighting for my attention…………….etc, etc.

Food – One thing my boys do a lot of is EAT! Especially my 13yo! He eats constantly and it’s not snack foods.  He wants full meals 5 -6 times a day! It amazes me and scares me, because I have 3 more that will go through this stage! So I have found some ways to keep myself from cooking constantly and that is by making meals ahead and freezing them. I make things for breakfast that the boys can grab and go, like breakfast burritos, sausage, egg & cheese English muffinspop tarts, waffles, pancakes and muffins. I also make a lunch bar with tacos, burritos, sandwiches, fried chicken, fruit and veggies. And in addition to this, I keep lots of snacks on hand. Most of my dinners are made ahead and frozen or I make Crockpot meals.

I do love raising my boys. They definitely keep me on my toes! I spend a lot of prayer time asking God to guide me in raising them, to show me the right way to train them up, and to be patient enough to instill compassion and kindness for others. Homeschooling gives me the chance to be a better mother and for me and their father to have a stronger influence in their lives. Don’t get me wrong, there are days when I just really want to give up and crawl in a hole somewhere. But it passes and after praying, I realize that I wouldn’t trade this life for anything!


www.sproutingtadpoles.comI’m Janeen, a Christian homeschooling mom to 5 blessings from God. I am passionate about history and I love to plan and organize! We have been homeschooling for 6 years and started a new journey this year using Heart of Dakota. You can read more about our busy lives at Sprouting Tadpoles where I write about homeschooling, Heart of Dakota, history, toddlers and much more. You can also connect with me on FacebookPinterest and Twitter.


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Protect Your Homeschool Gifts


Perhaps you’re a veteran homeschool parent.  Maybe like me, you’re nearing the end of your first year.  You might even be in that familiar stage of researching your education options for your children.  I’ve been at a place where I knew I had a heart for Homeschool, but it wasn’t quite time.  Whatever stage you may find yourself, we are ALL familiar with THE question…

What will I tell the people who are against us homeschooling our children?

How will I explain that I know this is best for my children?

How do I respond to that one family member who always has something bad to say about our decision?

This same question can be packaged in many different words.  It can also be found being asked repeatedly in almost every homeschool ‘discussion forum’.  Homeschool and ‘Pre-Homeschool’ Mom’s alike have faced the opinions of others on more than one occasion.  Sometimes it may really bother us.  Other times you might not care.  I know for myself, I kind of broke from that ‘newbie’ homeschool stage into that ‘I got this and you can’t tell me otherwise’ frame of mind.

We could go on all day about the wonderful advantages of homeschooling.  We could provide site research, statistics, personal experience, and more to back up what we do.  That’s not what I’m here to share today.

I’m here to tell you something else when it comes to explaining yourself and your family’s decision to others…..

You simply DONT HAVE TO!!!!!!

In all reality, I feel there are certain people who deserve explanations.  That list of people is personal for each of us.  I can also tell you that the list of ‘critics’ is probably just as personal.  For us, criticism didn’t come from those close to us, but to those who actually had no right or place within our family to voice their opinions.  I shared our journey in the beginning not because I had to, but because I wanted to.  It’s exciting, fun, and I enjoy the input of others….until it became negative.  Kids are very smart, they pick up on the comments of disapproval, and it was actually entertaining to hear their opinions of these moments.

At the end of the day, the Lord showed me that I simply didn’t have to share our journey, this gift, with any and every one.  It IS a gift to me, and I have learned to protect it.  Thankfully, we’ve been very blessed.  Even the few family members who are not on board with our decision, have decided to support us whole heartedly.  That too has been a gift.  As for the ‘other’ opinions I mentioned above…I’ve learned that if I don’t put the information out there-it leaves less opportunity for criticism.  As for the now rare occasions that the negativity of another filters to my children, I simply use it as a great moment to teach my kids how NOT to act when they grow up!

And for the record….most everyone I know has something great to say about what we’re doing.  If not, then it’s usually just a reason why THEY can’t homeschool.  But like any good thing…there will always be a critic.  Just remember, you don’t have to explain why you do what you do.  Just like the public school parent doesn’t have to explain why they’ve made the choice to send their child to school.

Keep doing what you’re doing.  Treasure this gift.  Enjoy the journey.  And don’t EVER be afraid to protect and cherish what God has given you!



Jennifer Whitten FamilyJennifer is a first year homeschooling Mom of 3 elementary aged kids and step mom to one middle school girl.  She was born and raised in Wyoming but now enjoys country living in Louisiana with her husband and kids.  She is a lover of Jesus, family, gardening, canning, all things creative, and hog hunting with her husband.  Tea enthusiast and crochet addict, she can be found blogging about all things family, devotional, health, and homeschool at Stop, Pray, Listen.  A volunteer peer counselor at a Pro-Life Crises Pregnancy Center, her other passion is sharing the gospel with women in need.  Far from perfect, but in love with this grace filled life with kids, Jennifer makes it her mission to Stop, Pray, Listen, and Obey.


Character Badges Giveaway + Freebies & Giveaways Link Up

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Homeschool Moms Giveaways & Freebies Linky Party – Week 15

Welcome to Week 15 of the Giveaways & Freebies Linky party!  We’ve been having so much fun these last few weeks with some amazing giveaways!  Thank you to all of the sponsors so far! and Thank YOU for showing up and participating in the giveaways and freebies!

This Week’s Giveaway is sponsored by The Modest Mom 

Caroline, from The Modest Mom has offered to give away 3 Character Badges Bundles.  That means 3 different people will win!  In the bundle, you’ll get:

Character Badges recommended for children ages 5-12
Little Character Badges recommended for children ages 3-5

The value of this bundle is $12.99.

What is “Character Badges”?

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Character Badges is a system consisting of three charts (the Obedience Chart, the Disobedience Chart, and the Consequence Chart), a series of specially designed badges, and a set of flash cards which work together to make character training fun and rewarding for both you and your child.

The chart system presents a visual representation of your child’s behavior for a specified period of time and can show you any areas that need attention. You may also assign consequences to specific acts of disobedience (and keep it all organized) in the hopes of helping your child better understand why what they did was wrong.

Character Badges is not intended to be the magic solution for instant obedience in your child. It’s simply a fun and creative way for you to reward them for good behavior and to teach the habits of good character with more consistency. If you feel your child training could benefit from both of these things, Character Badges can produce amazing results in your child.

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Embracing the Teen Years


First steps, first words, first birthday . . .

We celebrate these milestones and look forward to them from the day our children are born. The teen years seem so far away, but they arrive before we know it.

Many homeschool parents look upon the teen years with dread. They worry about how they’ll teach more difficult subjects, how hard it will be to keep track of grades, and [gulp] Driver’s Ed. Unfortunately, some parents believe that they cannot even continue to homeschool the teen years: What if my teen is weird and unsocialized for life?

I’d like to reassure you that:

1. You can teach more difficult subjects. When my oldest was in kindergarten, I began having the inklings of doubt for his high school years. Algebra and upper level science scared me to death. A funny thing happened, though. As my son grew older, he also grew to become more independent. I don’t have to do the algebra and science; HE does. I am here to help him, and I coach him and facilitate lessons, but the real work is up to him. And, thankfully, there are plenty of wonderful homeschool materials out there that make these subjects not only doable, but interesting and even fun.

Some math curriculum is computer based, with a virtual teacher to lead the student through the lessons (DIVE CDs for Saxon and Teaching Textbooks). Dr. Wile’s Apologia science texts are written to the student, so I really only have to help by gathering materials for experiments and discussing the study guide questions with my son. The reading is up to him.

Spanish is pretty much self-taught using a computer based program as well. And, supplementary CDs are benefitting the entire family as we listen to them in the car and all learn new vocabulary. (Rosetta Stone and Spanish in 10 Minutes a Day).

History is similarly written to the student, so he does the reading, and I follow the prompts in the teacher’s guide for discussions (Sonlight, TruthQuest, Beautiful Feet). We’ve learned that there are tons of “helps” out there if we need them, such as supplementary notebooking materials, study aids, and tutors. (Donna Young’s free science printables, Harmony Arts free notebooking pages, and Khan Academy’s free tutorials).

However, even though my son is working more independently, I am finding that I am actually enjoying learning many things alongside him. I didn’t enjoy some subjects very much when I was in school, but I am discovering that homeschooling is producing a love for learning in me as well as in my kids. Don’t forget to sit down with your teen and learn alongside him! It will benefit you both.

2. You can keep track of grades. The only thing I do differently for middle and high school grading is to switch over to a system for letter grades instead of the Satisfactory/Needs Improvement/Unsatisfactory elementary grading system. There are many free resources to help you figure out how to do this, but don’t over think it too much. Establish a grading scale in the beginning (see your state’s department of education website for requirements in your state), and use the numerical grade on the progress report and report card. Include the letter grade alongside it if you’d like, but the numerical grade is what you will use to calculate GPA and class rankings.

3. Driver’s Ed is scary, but inevitable, so you might as well face your fears. When your teen is ready to drive, start out slow – baby steps! It isn’t easy to sit in the passenger seat, and I am still learning to trust my teen. I asked our insurance company to send us free materials for teen drivers. They sent us a booklet with mini-lessons based on driving scenarios and a DVD with tips and safety measures, along with warnings about driver distractions. There is also a pledge my son signed before getting behind the wheel the first time, promising never to text and drive, etc. (Some driving schools even offer discounts to homeschool families.)

4. Teens are weird anyway. They are goofy and gangly and want to stay up all night and sleep all day. Their rooms are disaster zones, and they eat everything in sight. They can be moody, stubborn, and too silent at times.

But, they are also delightful.

You will discover how fun it is to listen to their opinions on things, to get to know them as emerging adults, and to just hang out with them. Their independence gives you more room to trust them with greater responsibilities, which is an enormous help with household tasks, caring for younger siblings, and running errands.

Just remember that they are still children, and they still need your guidance, your time, and your love and affection. They never get to old for these!


Anne CampbellAnne Campbell is the mother to three boys (in every sense of the word!) and a homeschooler for the past eleven years. She is the Managing Editor of Blog at Home Educating Family Association, columnist for Home Educating Family Magazine, and member of the Home Educating Family review team. As a former classroom teacher, she loves to share resources and ideas and encourage other moms and homeschoolers. When they started on their homeschooling  journey, her oldest son was in kindergarten. They decided to take it one day at a time, one year at a time, and now she has a high school student, middle school student, and elementary student, and all still at home. They fly by the seats of their pants most days, spending as much time as possible exploring nature, and seizing learning opportunities whenever they appear. You can visit her at her blog Learning Table. You can also find Anne on Bloglovin’FacebookTwitterPinterest, and Instagram.

Free Crockpot Freezer Meals Cookbook + Giveaways & Freebies Link Up

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Homeschool Moms Giveaways & Freebies Linky Party – Week 12

Welcome to Week 12 of the Giveaways & Freebies Linky party!  We’ve been having so much fun these last few weeks with some amazing giveaways!  Thank you to all of the sponsors so far! and Thank YOU for showing up and participating in the giveaways and freebies!

This Week’s Giveaway is sponsored by Sarah of (That’s Me!)

As a homeschooler, do you find yourself super busy and have a hard time getting supper on the table at a decent time?  I know that I do, unless I’m using my favorite tool, the crockpot.  But, I found that I don’t actually become successful at using the crockpot, unless I prepare my meals in advance.

I plan them a week at a time.  Why?  Because if I don’t, I won’t do the prep work until it’s too late to get the food cooked in time.  Yeah, I’m a forgetful, sidetracked homeschool mom!  That’s for sure!  This is why I’ve developed Crockpot Freezer Meals for my family and if they could help you, I hope you’ll utilize them, too!  I currently have 8 weeks of meals (6 meals for each week) on my site (one of which you can currently buy as a printable) and an extra one available for free as a printable ebook download for those who become subscribers of Sidetracked Sarah.  But today, I’m offering the one that I normally have for sale on my site available for free to all Homeschool Survival subscribers!  That means, if you decided to subscribe to both blogs, you could easily have 2 free printable weeks of crockpot freezer meals.

What does each weekly menu contain?

  • 6 Dinner Recipes
  • Pictures of Each Recipe after Cooked
  • Shopping List
  • Assembly Instructions

I think you’ll find that they help you accomplish dinner time in a much easier fashion.  And, get this, you can prepare all of your suppers for the week in 1-2 hours (depending on the week).  Amazing, right?  In the past, sometimes I spend an hour on preparing 1 supper, let alone 6!

This is the one that is being offered here on Homeschool Survival:

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Finding Joy In The Little Blessings

Make Your Own Joy Jar

There are so many times in our homeschool days that we get so caught up in…..stuff.  Stuff can often overtake us mommas!  We are often busy from the time that we wake up until we fall into bed, too exhausted to sleep.  We can’t sleep because we often have so many thoughts going through our head.  Well, in the midst of a frazzled Mommy day, my husband and I were working on a printable book and this activity came to me.

Between the lessons, discipling my children, guiding them, training them and shuffling them to activities, some days the little things get lost.  The week ends and we start again.  I wanted to find a way to teach my kids (and remember myself) all the small little blessings that we encounter each and everyday.

To help remember the little blessings, we made a JOY Jar.  It’s a simple project that allows for as much creativity as one can muster.  It is also a great project to get little ones involved too, especially if you use a can.  They can put stickers or whatever you like on it.  For me, I admit I am NOT the most crafty person in the world.  That is a skill my mother did not pass on to me and grandma wasn’t in town :).

Here is how you do it:

1.  Take a can, any can.  Wash it first! 🙂



2. Cut out a piece of construction paper or fabric to cover the can.  My husband has also used card stock.  You can use almost anything in your imagination to cover the can.

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3.  Decorate the construction paper how you like.  Make sure to place the word JOY on there somewhere, then you can know exactly what the can is for.



4.  Take paper strips and write blessings for each person in your family each day. At the end of the week take time to go back through them and read them aloud and thank God for your blessings.  Reading them aloud can be something shared as a family too by taking turns:).



If you want to use an actual jar instead of a can let me share some pictures of how to do that too.

1.  Take your jar and cut a square of fabric bigger then the opening so that it hangs down. You can make a decorative edge if you want.  Then cut a circle the size of the jar opening in the middle of the fabric.

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2.  Screw the ring of the jar on, don’t use a lid:)



3.  Adjust the fabric so that it is pretty even and there you go! Very simple:) Then place your strips in each day like you would the can.



I hope this activity blesses you and your family.  If you make one I would love to hear from you!

In Christ,


Laura PraterLaura is an Army wife to a Soldier who has served the last 18.5 years active duty. They reside in WA for the time being with their 3 boys. Laura home schools all 3. They are very active in their church and community. You can find Laura blogging on Facebook at, on Pinterest and on Twitter

Setting Up Centers in My Home

“Centers” are easier for us.  I set up 5-8 “centers” 3-5 times a week to let the kids rotate through. At least one of these “centers” is next to mom to work on fine motor handwriting.  They include things like play dough, a light table, mirror work, a mini trampoline , pattern blocks, coloring, sticker pages, scooter board running, pegs, and the list goes on!  We are like a mini therapy center here with the EIGHT hours of therapists we entertain each week.  If it is a therapeutic device designed for under age three and costs less than $45, we probably have a version of it!

Here’s a few pictures of the centers we have set up so far:

Need to get some of the energy out!

Need to get some of the energy out!

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A favorite center around here!  The kids will be so excited when the neighborhood grows!  Our PT is bringing us another play house.

A favorite center around here! The kids will be so excited when the neighborhood grows! Our PT is bringing us another play house.

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This kit is fun!!!!

This kit is fun!!!!



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Tracing her letters

Tracing her letters

Build it and then write

Build it and then write










He LOVES to play in the play house. :D  He will be a good dad, one day!

He LOVES to play in the play house. 😀 He will be a good dad, one day!

This is how I’ve organized my centers. I am using the “scrapbook” organization boxes because they are easy to stack and semi-clear for easy viewing.  I place each center into each of these boxes (assuming it will fit).


They are so easy to use! LOVE the deal I got them for too!

They are so easy to use! LOVE the deal I got them for too!

I am planning to have boxes geared towards therapy days and non therapy days.  Mondays and Wednesdays, we have 2 full hours of Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy simultaneously. This consumes a BIG chunk of time from 8:30-10:30 AM.

Another approach I am thinking of trying: Subject boxes for when we only have a few minutes here and there.
I can set up a handwriting or a reading box in a Target shoe box type of box. These are more child friendly and they could be a bit more independent.

My goals this semester are:

Phonics recognition to beginning to read
Phonetic sound awareness
Letter Identification
Independent copy writing
Independent letter copy work
Letter formation
Single digit addition
Oral counting to 50
Number writing to 20
Grouping in groups up to 10
Learn to listen for details in a story and recite those details
Learn to draw a picture and tell some facts about it
Start a 50 states study with the colonies in the forefront

Keeping the above goals in mind, we should have a great semester!  Below are some fun therapy pics from our house! Hope you enjoy!

Setting up Centers in My home


 Do you use centers in your home?  Tell me how you differ in setting them up.

Venus JonesVenus is a veteran homeschool mom to 9, the youngest 6 of which she’s adopted.  She has been homeschooling for 13 yrs.  She recently started a new blog called Mommy Bear Blog and would love for you to follow her journey there.

Remembering…You Are More Than A Mom!


Part of Homeschool Survival is in fact surviving! As a homeschool mother, I often find myself forgetting that I am also a person outside of the mom role. Don’t get me wrong, I love my kids…I love being at home with them and teaching them…I am so incredibly blessed and thankful that God has called me to this adventure. However, I do have to be reminded that I am More Than A Mom!

Moms have a lot on their plates, period. Some choose to homeschool their children and some do not. There are also working mothers among us, some within the home and some outside of the home.  But something we all have in common, is the household demands placed on us, the worry and demands of rearing children, being wives, taxi drivers, cooks, etc…

So the question is, how do you remain a sense of yourself among all the demands that you face? How do you handle the “you” area of your life?

A friend of mine who is a veteran homeschool mom offered me this advice,

“I encourage you “younger” mothers to make the effort to be your own person as well as “Mom”. Now that most of my children are independent adults, I have had some difficulty deciding just who I am these days. Not a crisis or anything like that but changing roles…..I know it seems hard but, frankly, unless you carve out time for yourself now– you never will.”

This is a task that I am constantly working on. I have often said that my role and goal as a mother is to work myself out of a job. I want my children to leave home with the ability to care for themselves and others the way I would. That is just it…they will leave home… then what?

I am trying to do a better job about carving out time for myself. In fact, Hubby has volunteered to watch the kiddos one night a week and let me get out of the house. Not for shopping or running errands but for REAL me time. “ME” time doesn’t have to cost much or even be away form the house. Sometimes I might just sneak off and fold laundry in a different room by myself. I find that the time alone or with girlfriends makes me a better wife, mother and yes ME!

Since this is an area of my life that is a work in progress I polled the audience!

Here are some of the ideas that I received…

  • Most importantly have regular quiet times with the Lord! Get into the word, play worship music and bask in the presence of the Almighty.
  • Pamper yourself! Have regular appointments to get your hair done, nails done, or even a massage. (or even do it yourself at home AWAY from the kids)
  • Sneak off for a hot bubble bath in the quiet sanctuary of the bathroom.
  • Plan regular date nights with your hubby. It doesn’t even have to be outside your home. Sometimes we stick the kids in bed early and just talk, play board games or watch a movie.
  • Join a sports league.
  • Head to the gym or out for a walk. While you’re at it, listen to YOUR music.
  • Read a book that doesn’t have cardboard pages or children’s characters!
  • Make a list of things you always dreamed of doing and make it happen. A friend of mine always dreamed of owning a milk cow and now she does!
  • Take up a hobby of your very own. Get crafty and creative!
  • Record your favorite tv show and watch it when the kids are in bed.
  • Make time to visit with your friend. Either take the kids for a play date and chat or just go grab a coffee together.
  • Spend time outdoors. Garden, bike ride, hike or hunt. Just being outside in the fresh air will lift your spirits and leave you refreshed!
  • Attend mom night outs at your homeschool group or church.
  • And of course….Blog haha!

I hope you can use some of these ideas to re-claim your identity. We are in this together! Remember that a happy you, makes a happy family and homeschool. We are MORE than moms!