Extra Activities for Life of Fred: Edgewood

As I wrote in a previous blog post, our family is really loving the Life of Fred math books. I spend lots of time preparing the lessons in advance so that I can give my children extra activities along with the chapters they read. I’m thankful that with a little time and effort on my part, I’ve been able to come up with lots of fun enrichment activities to go along with each chapter we’ve read so far. I decided to begin compiling all the resources I’ve found into easy-to-read blog posts that will break each book down, chapter by chapter, so that others can utilize these resources as well. Since we began with Life of Fred: Edgewood (book 5 in the 10-book elementary series), I am going to start there. (My 5-year-old will soon be starting right from the beginning with Life of Fred: Apples, so in time I should be able to have Extra Activities blog posts for every single book!) I hope you’re able to find these resources as helpful as we have!

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Chapter 1: Wednesday Morning
– In this chapter we learn it is Fred’s 1855th day of life. Just for fun, we used this printable worksheet to figure out how old my daughter is in years>days>hours>minutes. (I had her do the multiplication for the first two, and for the rest we used a calculator.)
– The chapter also introduces quadrilaterals, and this fun quadrilateral recognition worksheet goes perfectly with it. (You can have your student color each of the kites corresponding with a color assigned within the word bank.)

Chapter 2: Meeting Troubles
– Right angles are discussed in this chapter, so I found this right angles identification worksheet.
– Fred encounters an announcement in the KITTENS University newspaper stating that the President of KITTENS was on a skiing trip. Using this snow theme, I decided to incorporate a little basic division practice using this ice-themed worksheet.

Chapter 3: Facing Your Fears
– In this chapter, we learn about functions (rules) and have to try and figure out the functions of a few problems. These input and output worksheets are great supplements to help identify functions.

Chapter 4: Where’s Edgewood?
– At the very beginning of the chapter, Fred mentions the lyrics “on the shores of Tripoli.” These lyrics come from the U.S. Marine Hymn. I decided that my kiddo should hear it, so I looked up the song on YouTube and here it is. Math should sometimes include music, right? 🙂
– We used our globe to look at the various places mentioned, such as Tripoli, Lybia, the Red Sea, and Scotland.
– We are introduced to the concept of median numbers (such as median income) in this chapter. I found this great worksheet for calculating medians. It’s pretty basic, and comes with an answer page!
– Lastly, there’s a question at the very end of the chapter reiterating the definition of ordinal numbers, so I found this fun and colorful ordinal vs cardinal worksheet particularly helpful!

Chapter 5: On the Bus
– I felt that this particular chapter had a lot of information to absorb and has plenty of questions to answer at the end, so I felt that the chapter alone was sufficient. I decided it was time to switch things up a little bit and have some fun instead of doing more worksheets. I found this blank bus coloring page and let my daughter get creative and decorate her own bus.

Chapter 6: Fame
– One of the problems at the end of the chapter has the student draw a bar graph showing some facts. I found this blank bar graph template to be helpful for that. (I saved the photo to my computer and then adjusted the size before printing so it was large enough to fill the paper.)
– I found a fun bar graph worksheet about the planets for my kiddo to do, since she’s all about the solar system right now.

Chapter 7: Reading on the Bus
– In this chapter, we learn about comparing number values (greater than, less than, or equal to). My daughter has been needing a refresher on basic fractions, so I found this helpful comparison worksheet generator that generates custom comparison worksheets for fractions up to twelfths and made my own worksheet. (I chose to go all the way up to eighths.)
– To make the fractions a little easier for her to visualize, I found this fraction circles blank template. I printed it out and then put it into a sheet protector so that she can draw the various fractions for comparison with a white board marker and then erase it and do it again for each of the comparison equations.

Chapter 8: Bus Stop
– This chapter is all about telling time. Naturally, a telling-time worksheet is a perfect pairing.
– For those more advanced, there also some great time-lapsed printable worksheets here and here.

Chapter 9: Into Missouri
– This is another one of those chapters I feel has plenty of work to concentrate on. One thing helpful is to use Math-U-See blocks or Cuisenaire Rods to calculate the various answers to question number 3 (“List all pairs of numbers that add to 8.”)
– My daughter enjoys the silly math poems. For a bit of fun, I found these math jokes for kids for us to read together.

Chapter 10: A View From the Bus
– This chapter introduces some pretty big concepts, such as income taxes and percentages. It also delves into addition with regrouping (a.k.a. carrying). This is something my child already knows how to do. It doesn’t hurt to have a refresher, however, so I went to education.com and printed up some addition with regrouping worksheets. (I tend to lean toward the colorful worksheets as they are less intimidating by taking the focus off all the numbers.)
– If you’d like to delve further into the concept of percentages, there are some great worksheets here.

Chapter 11: A Glass of Polka Dots
– Chapter 11 talks about polka dots and patterns. I found this simple “spot the pattern” worksheet that is simple, but still amusing.
– Play coins are every helpful for tactile learners (like my daughter). You can rearrange the “polka dots” (coins) like Fred does in the story.
– As mentioned in Chapter 9, using math blocks can be helpful in answering some of the questions.
– This chapter talks a little bit more about percentages, so the percentage worksheets I mentioned in Chapter 10 can continue to come in handy. (Note: from here on out, my child will do 2 of these worksheets a day to keep up with the concepts.)
– Here’s a great game for teaching percentages.

Chapter 12: Sharing
– Utilizing a white board or a blank piece of paper is a good idea for this chapter. When Fred mentions that “Fred” has 4 letters and “Gauss” has 5 letters, then compares it to the vending machines at the university (“4 on one side and 5 on the other”), you can draw on the whiteboard/paper and show 4 squares on one side and 5 squares on the other to represent the vending machines on either side of the hall. Then your child can write F-R-E-D and G-A-U-S-S into the squares to see a hands-on working model of 4+5=9.
– You can then help your child calculate how many letters total are in his or her own name.
– This fractions of an hour worksheet ties in perfectly with question 3 in “Your Turn to Play.”

Chapter 13: Flying
– The bar graph template I linked to back in Chapter 6 is helpful for doing problem number 5.
– For this particular chapter, I felt that drawing out the bar graph and continuing to to the worksheets I mentioned in chapter 11 was a sufficient amount of work.
– Just for fun, this YouTube video of stunt planes performing tricks is perfect for going along with this chapter.

Chapter 14: Food and Warmth
– The questions at the end of this chapter are about asking what half of a number is (e.g. what is half of 100?). Another way of looking at it is dividing the numbers by two. I found a dividing by twos worksheet to help reinforce that concept.

Chapter 15: Errors
– Part of the chapter briefly touches on constellations versus asterisms. I decided to take that a bit farther, since *I* didn’t even know what the difference between constellations and asterisms are! I looked it up here then explained it to my child. I found two dot-to-dot worksheets that show the difference. You see, an asterism is a grouping of stars that is not recognized as a constellation whereas a constellation is a larger group of stars that created a shape. I printed this connect-the-dots worksheet of Ursa Major and then this connect-the-dots worksheet of the Big Dipper so that I can point out how the Big Dipper is actually located inside of Ursa Major. (If you’re not a member of that website you can save the thumbnail and then print it 200% larger for a good sized worksheet). Here is a great photo that shows Ursa Major in its entirety so that they can see why it’s called Ursa Major. All in all, it was a fun way to tie astronomy into our math lesson!

Chapter 16: Warm
– These playing card math worksheets tie in perfectly with the math game that Fred watches the family play. (The worksheets are free with a membership to the site, which is also free.)

Chapter 17: A Family
– This chapter brings back the concept of guessing the math function, so I used this “function machine” worksheet as a little more practice.

Chapter 18: To Edgewood
– This chapter talks about median averages again, so I located another median average worksheet to go along with it.

Chapter 19: To KITTENS
– In this final chapter, there’s a brief reference to Fred paying for his flight home with eight five-dollar bills. I figured I’d take the opportunity to work on some money math. We have play money here, so I let my child use the money itself to help work through the problems in these money math worksheets.

And that’s the end of Life of Fred: Edgewood! Stay tuned for more as we work through the LOF books. 🙂

Product Review: Life of Fred

Math has always been a struggle for my eldest child. We’ve been using Math-U-See for the past couple of years. It worked pretty well in the beginning because my child is a very tactile (hands-on) learner. The math blocks were perfect for helping her visualize the problems and fully understand the whys and hows of the math she was doing. Unfortunately, after a couple of years she became very tired of the pages upon pages of worksheets. She began to become very frustrated by it and in time it turned into a battle every single time she had to do math. Consequently, she fell behind in the math department. (Fortunately, for several years we were ahead of the game, so at this point she’s really only about 6 months behind.) I finally realized that we were at a breaking point and something needed to give. We needed a new approach and a way to make things fun, stat. After many hours of research, I decided upon Life of Fred.

Disclaimer: I was not paid or in any way compensated for writing this review. I purchased the product myself and am freely choosing to review the product because of our personal success in using it.

Now that that’s out of the way, I’ll get on with my review! Life of Fred is a revolutionary approach to math. It’s basically an ongoing story that tells the story of Fred Gauss’ life. We started the series with Edgewood (book 5 in the 10-book elementary series.) What we have learned so far about Fred is that he’s a precocious and peculiarly small 5-year-old who is a math professor at KITTENS University. He, along with his doll and best friend Kingie, experience all sorts of adventures where they are constantly met with mathematical problems that need solving. It’s very silly and lots of fun to read! They also successfully manage to sneak math into it. My daughter LOVES it. It’s been a long time since she was last able to do math with excitement rather than tears. Wow! Unlike other math books, Life of Fred doesn’t constantly harp on one math technique until my daughter is ready to pull her hair out. It keeps moving at the pace of life, which keeps my child interested and engaged. On the practical side, I love that it’s not a consumable workbook, so it can be used over and over for all of my children. All you need is a spiral notebook and a pencil and you’re good to go!

My one and only complaint is that there are only a handful of actual enrichment problems with each chapter in the elementary series. (It is my understanding that is not the case in the more advanced books.) For some children this approach may work, but my child needs a little practice for the sake of reviews, as well as hands-on ways of applying what she’s learned. For us, extra supplementation is needed. The good news is that we have so far been able to find all the supplementation needed for free online with relatively little research on my part. It’s actually been a fun challenge for me to come up with creative ways to implement what we’ve read about in each chapter. (I will be beginning a new series shortly with links to all the FREE resources I’ve utilized as we’ve gone through the various books. I’m beginning my 5-year-old on the Life of Fred: Apples book – the first book in the elementary series – so I should be able to do a post for every single book in the series! Stay tuned! )

All in all, I must say that Life of Fred is a total WIN. It’s everything I hoped it would be, and the only drawback is an easily surmountable hurdle. For anyone who has a child struggling with math or needing a fun way of learning it, this is the resource for you!

And, just for fun, here’s a photo of Fred. 🙂

lifeoffredEnjoy your math adventures!

Resources for a FREE Shel Silverstein Author Study

Our homeschool is gearing up for a new author study, so I thought I would share some free resources I have compiled. I hope you and your children enjoy this study as much as I know we will!

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Resources for a FREE Caps for Sale Book Study

Recently, I was looking at Amazon’s list of 100 Children’s Books to Read in a Lifetime and came across the book Caps for Sale by Esphyr SlobodkinaI immediately remembered reading that book in my childhood. I recalled what a favorite it was, so I decided to order a copy. Then I got to thinking that it could be super fun to do a book study with this one, so I got busy searching for free resources! I compiled a list of everything I found, and now I am sharing it with you all. I hope you have as much fun with this as I know we will!

Our Favorite iPad and iPhone Apps: Educational and Just for Fun

Many parents make use of technology to entertain children, to make learning fun, and to introduce their children to technology. I am definitely one of those moms! Here’s a list of our family’s tried-and-true favorite educational and just-for-fun apps for the iPad and iPhone. (I also plan on creating a list for Android apps, so stay tuned!) These are mostly geared toward Pre-K and Kindergarden ages. Most of them are free, and those that aren’t are generally fairly inexpensive. Enjoy!

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Educational Apps:

Just-for-Fun Apps:

This Breaks My Heart

I came across a video shared on my Facebook newsfeed today. If you haven’t seen it, or don’t feel like watching it, I can summarize it by saying it’s basically three moms partying at Target after sending their kids off to school for the new school year. The video begins with a mom kissing her daughter goodbye and telling her, “I love you so much!” Yet, she cannot even finish turning around before following it up by mouthing a silent but emphatic, “YES!!!” as her daughter leaves. She then joins two other moms and they head off to Target to celebrate their newfound freedom. 

I may be burned alive at the stake for saying this, but I cannot hold my tongue anymore. Every single year I see my friends counting down until the end of summer break, SO thankful to be getting their “freedom” back. Year after year, parents dread the beginning of summer break and celebrate its end. Worse yet, I know many people who have no problem making sure their children know this as well. They’re basically saying to their kids, “I can’t wait for you to back to school 7+ hours a day, 5 days a week – and I cannot possibly be happier about being rid of you! Hooray!”

Look, I get that having kids is hard. Sometimes these little blessings make us want to rip our hair out. I understand that all parents need breaks from their children for the sake of their sanity. I get that, I do! Please do not think that because I homeschool, I have acquired some magical ability to never get frustrated with my children and never wish I could have a day off. I’m human just like everyone else, and I most definitely do have rough days. My children are also human, and sometimes they fight, whine, complain, bicker, you name it. But you know what? I truly like my kids! Even on their worst days, I have no desire to rid myself of them! I enjoy being around them. I cannot imagine sending my children away for about as long as my husband is gone for work each day and being thrilled about it. I would genuinely miss them.

Maybe I am misinterpreting things, but what I get from all these Facebook posts about the excitement parents have for the beginning of the school year is that they don’t like spending a lot of time with their children, and that’s why they are happy to see them go. Their kids frustrate them and tire them out, so they want the kids out of their hair for as long as possible, as often as possible. It’s that fact that makes me very, very sad. And it makes me especially sad for the children who are made to know it.

17 (More) Reasons Why I Homeschool

I have done a couple of posts now on why I choose to homeschool, citing news articles about current events that continue to reaffirm our family’s decision to educate our children at home. I have continued to compile lists of recent events in the news (the list I am giving you today is news events just from the past month!), and it never ceases to amaze me the things that are happening in public schools these days. As a mother – especially a Christian mother – I simply cannot imagine sending my child to a public school knowing these things are going on all over the country. Please, as you are going through these lists, note that these things are happening everywhere; they are not simply isolated to a few “bad” areas. I urge you, please take a step back and pray about your child(ren)’s education, and see where God leads you.

So, yet again, here are even more reasons why I choose to homeschool.

 

  1. Because I am not okay with Bill Gates video taping my children.
  2. Because no child should come home with a bloodied face on his first day of school, or EVER.
  3. Because I’m pretty sure I’d wind up in jail facing assault charges if a teacher did this to my child – especially upon finding out that the teacher wasn’t terminated for such conduct.
  4. Because children should not be pressured into making career choices at 12 and 13 years old!
  5. Because… this. I shouldn’t need to waste my time explaining why this is wrong.
  6. Because parents should not have to pay $200 (on top of all the other costs) just to see their children graduate.
  7. Because extramarital sex and teen pregnancy should not be glorified.
  8. Because this is 2014, and teachers are not allowed to beat students!
  9. Because a child should never under any circumstances be denied the right to use the bathroom.
  10. Because hard work, competition, and a drive to succeed is what this nation was founded on and should en encouraged, not discouraged.
  11. Because I will never tolerate people like this educating my children.
  12. Because my husband and I will be educating our children about sex, family planning, and what moral standards are acceptable, not teachers.
  13. Because this is so incredulous, I can’t even find the words to express the ridiculousness of the situation.
  14. Because anyone who bans the use of sunscreen on OUTDOOR field trips, in JUNE, in TEXAS, is clearly not fit to make decisions about my children’s education.
  15. Because this is the sort of thing we as parents try to protect our children from; we should not have to fear our children encountering this at school! (And because I know for a fact that my husband would do the same thing if he were in this father’s shoes.)
  16. Because there has never been a school shooting at a homeschool.
  17. Because parents of first graders (or any age, for that matter) should not have to worry about their children being exposed to heroine!

10 (More) Reasons Why I Homeschool

Less than a month ago I wrote a post on Why I Homeschool my kids, citing 17 recent news events that support my family’s decision to home-educate our children. As soon as I posted, I began compiling another list. It seems that every time I read the news I am once again reminded why we made the best decision for our children! So, here are 10 MORE reasons why I homeschool:

  1. Because it’s inappropriate in every way for 10 year olds to be reading writing prompts about infidelity. I should not need to explain to a fellow adult why that is wrong.
  2. Because no parent should be banned from her child’s school for defending her daughter against a bully when the school chose to do nothing about it.
  3. Because no child should be banned from reading a BIBLE during FREE READING TIME.
  4. Because I believe that employers need to see MORE examples of the fact that homeschooled children turn into well-trained, hard-working adults who should be hired – not boycotted.
  5. Because children should not be given lap dances from their teacher as a birthday present!
  6. Because fathers should not be arrested over wanting to protect their children from sexually explicit required reading materials.
  7. Because when standardized testing becomes so important that teachers feel that they must risk their jobs by helping children cheat in order to keep the kids’ scores high, it’s clear to me that we are doing something very, very wrong.
  8. Because students should not be suspended over refusing to stand for the pledge of allegiance, regardless as to whether or not the teacher/principle agrees with the student’s views. As far as I know, we still live in a free country.
  9. Because 10 year olds should not have access to sexually graphic books within their school’s library.
  10. Because I do not want to send my kid off to get an education and have to worry that my child could be sexually pursued by a teacher!

17 Reasons Why I Homeschool

It seems like every time I read the news, I am reminded of why I feel homeschooling is so important. There are so many crazy things going on in our schools! It’s really quite alarming. When I read these articles I always think, “I really should make a list of all these crazy stories!” But, being me, I never followed through. Well, surprise surprise, a couple of months ago I actually did begin a list of the ones that upset me the most. This is only a compilation of the last couple of months, and I am sure that I will keep adding to it, but here goes…

Why I Homeschool:

  1. Because I don’t want to get arrested for choosing to walk my kid home from school instead of driving. (Isn’t that the “green” thing to do, anyway?)
  2. Because school officials who think that Ritz crackers are a good supplement to a healthy, homemade meal should not be in charge of feeding my kids lunch.
  3. Because I never want anyone to suppress my child’s potential.
  4. Because no child should be punished for trying to prove that he/she was indeed a victim of bullying.
  5. Because I am not okay with feeding my kids unidentifiable foods.
  6. Because as long as I draw breath, no child of mine will be indoctrinated into worshiping a political leader like he is a god.
  7. Because I prefer to protect my children from being “accidentally” taken home by a complete stranger.
  8. Because anyone with half a brain should know that this just does not pass for healthy food.
  9. Because I would prefer not to go to jail for beating my child’s principle within an inch of her life for doing this to my kid.
  10. Because I will never, ever allow my child’s physical (or emotional) well-being to be compromised because of stupid, absurd policies.
  11. Because it is the job of PARENTS to discuss sexual matters such as birth control and abortion with their kids; it is NOT Planned Parenthood’s business.
  12. Because if anyone ever gave my child a vaccination, or any form of medication, without first seeking my consent, you would witness me reach an all-new level of crazy.
  13. Because it shouldn’t take a lawsuit to convince school officials that it’s wrong to demand a student to hand over passwords to private accounts that are accessed OUTSIDE of school property!
  14. Because my children should not be publicly humiliated for any reason, ever.
  15. Because my children should not have to worry about being commuted through dangerous areas, or having to get up insanely early in the morning to catch the bus, all because the government can’t afford to keep their local schools open.
  16. Because there’s nothing wrong with “old school math” – and if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.
  17. Because teaching my children HOW to think, and not WHAT to think is the most important aspect of education, and I will never settle for anything less for my children.

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10 Reasons I Could Never Homeschool My Kids

“If I can do it, anybody can!”

That’s a catchphrase that’s used a lot nowadays, to the point where no one really believes it anymore. But, trust me when I say that if there was ever a time when it was true, it’s here! Without a drop of irony or sarcasm, I can honestly say that if I can homeschool my kids, anybody can. Seriously. Don’t believe me? Well, here’s a handy little list for you of just a few of my many shortcomings. These are all popular reasons not to homeschool, and every one of these is 100% applicable to me.

  1. I am by nature extremely lazy and unmotivated.
  2. I have a bad temper, and I butt heads with my kids all the time.
  3. I lack the ability to create and stick with a clearly defined schedule; I much prefer to wing it.
  4. I’m embarrassingly disorganized.
  5. I’m too busy! I have 4 kids under 7, and a husband, and a house to clean, and the same responsibilities as every other parent! May days are maxed out.
  6. I’m painfully forgetful.
  7. I am the Queen of Procrastination.
  8. I’m not the smartest person in the world. I have a pretty firm grasp of language and history, but I’m really, really bad at math.
  9. I lack any qualifications to teach. I graduated high school, and when my oldest was a baby I graduated from a technical school as a Certified Medical Assistant, but I never attended college or earned a degree.
  10. We can’t afford it. With a family of 6 in this economy, it’s very difficult to find extra money to invest in a good curriculum.

I could go on and on, but I think you get the point. None of these attributes make for a very successful homeschooler, am I right? And yet somehow, despite my (numerous) shortcomings, I have been able to do this for 4 years now! Let me share a bit of my story with you.

I remember very clearly the day I was first convicted to homeschool. My oldest child was about 18 months old at the time. A story came on the news about a local school district where junior highers had been caught performing sexual acts on one another on the school bus, on the way to school.

Junior highers. On the school bus. Right out in the open.

I knew right then and there that I would *never* put my child into a public school where such acts were happening – not if I had any say in the matter. I have continued to become more and more deeply convicted about the need to homeschool, for more reasons than just that. The Lord is always reminding me of what an important task he has given me.

My oldest was 3 when I started homeschooling her, and we loved doing preschool together! It was fun, and very easy! We had some Pre-K workbooks that we did, but mostly we played a lot, went to the library, read books, made crafts, and went on many exploring adventures. I didn’t know it at the time, but it wasn’t really “real” yet, and I had no clue what I was getting myself into! A few days before my oldest turned 4, I gave birth to my second child. Then 3 months later, I surprisingly became pregnant again. So there I was, trying to teach my 4 year old with a new baby to care for, and another baby in the belly! Oh, and did I mention that I was also running a business from home? Yeah. To say I was overwhelmed would be a gross understatement. There were days when we wouldn’t do any lessons or go anywhere at all because I was too sick from morning sickness, too exhausted from chasing kids all day and keeping up with customer orders, or just plain too cranky to fight with my kid over doing her lessons! What I kept telling myself was that this was just practice, and we didn’t have to have an official schedule until she was 6. We still had time. That became my mantra! In hindsight I realize that what I really needed at that time was support and encouragement, but I found very little of that in those around me. Mostly, family and friends told me repeatedly that I couldn’t do it, and it felt like I was being discouraged at every turn. I felt very alone.

I had my third child, and 9 months later, conceived again. As time passed I became less overwhelmed by life and kids and I decided to step back from my business and put my family first. However, I still didn’t really feel like I knew what I was doing with regard to homeschooling, and my daughter’s 6th birthday was rapidly approaching – the time when I knew it was going to have to be official. I had very little understanding of the homeschool laws, and I had absolutely no idea which formal curriculum to use. They all seemed good to me! How did one go about choosing? At that time I had a couple of friends who homeschooled, but they did so “under the radar” (meaning they weren’t in compliance with state laws), so they weren’t really a source of guidance for me. I was determined to make sure I was within the laws, crossing every t and dotting every i. After some research, I found a local “Homeschooling 101” seminar and signed up to go with my husband. How glad I was that we did that! The classes really helped break down the laws into understandable terms, and they outlined in depth how to go about getting started. It gave me the knowledge and confidence boost I needed to get started.

Newly equipped with a better understanding, I set about deciding on a curriculum. I have since made some changes here and there to switch to curricula that are better suited to my child’s style of learning, but it was a great starting point. I have learned a lot in the last 4 years, and I am happy to share these some of what I have learned with you!

  • Pray. Lean on the Lord. Trust Him. And pray some more. When God calls us, he WILL provide what we need to accomplish the calling. It’s okay to be scared, but trust Him!
  • There’s no one “right” way to do it. Every parent is different, and every child is different. One child may be auditory, while another is more tactile. Cater your teaching to your child’s style, not to what the public schools are doing, or even to what other homeschoolers are doing!
  • Give yourself some grace. There are always going to be rough days when we’re parents, even for non-homeschoolers. It’s okay to have crappy days, or crappy weeks, or crappy months. It doesn’t mean you’re failing; it just means you’re human, and so is your child!
  • No one knows your child as well as you, and no one is better equipped to teach her. Having a teaching credential is not a requirement for homeschooling! Just keep reminding yourself that you’ve been teaching that precious child from the moment she entered the world! Teaching her to read is no different than teaching her to walk, or tie her shoes.
  • Find a source of support and encouragement. There are going to be naysayers, and they might even be the people you most want to support you (like family members, or your best friend). It’s easier said than done, but ignore them. You CAN do it, and it will help you immensely to find someone who believes in you to encourage you when you need uplifting.
  • If you’re struggling financially, there are still ways to make homeschooling happen. There are free curricula out there, such as Easy Peasy and K12. Many public school districts will provide you with material for free if you agree to teach your child their chosen curriculum.
  • Practice makes perfect. Okay, maybe not perfect, but practice will make your better, anyway! Just like anything, you get better at it as you go along. You’ll learn how to schedule and organize your day, and how to make everything you need to do fit into your day.
  • Learn to let some things go. Giving your child the education he deserves may mean sacrificing having the perfectly spotless home you desire, but that’s okay! Investing in your child’s future is WAY more important than having a shiny kitchen sink and perfect vacuum lines in the carpet.

If you’re considering homeschooling but sitting on the fence about it still, I hope that these words will encourage you. Please comment with any thoughts, questions, concerns, or prayer requests. I would love to pray for you, and likewise, I ask that you pray for me as I continue to homeschool! I still struggle sometimes, and I need the Lord’s grace every single day! May God bless you on your wonderful, home-educating adventure!