How to Juggle Housework & Homeschooling
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It’s a truth universally acknowledged that a homeschool mom in possession of a large family must be in want of a housekeeper. That’d be nice, wouldn’t it? Some families can actually swing it, but most of us are on our own when it comes to keeping up with both school and home. Of course we can bring the kids on board, and sometimes husbands can lend a hand, but there’s still a lot to do. Our homeschool year is over, … Read More

Convivial: Because Mom Is the Home Atmosphere
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It was about 5 years ago now that I deleted my old blog and started over from scratch, choosing the name Convivial Home for my new effort. A real estate agent promptly offered me a large sum for that domain, so I sold it and switched my name to Simply Convivial. I did not want to let go of the word convivial – though perhaps it is a more unusual word than I realized. Convivial has been a stake-in-the-sand word … Read More

What’s your homeschool personality?
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I love the Myers-Briggs personality typing. Myers-Briggs – the personality system that gives you four letters – offers a vocabulary for talking about the different ways that people relate to each other and the world around them. It’s been so helpful to me in learning how to understand and value other people’s responses to ideas and situations – including my children’s. I’ve written before about how personality typing helps me understand my kids, and I’ve written a brief explanation of … Read More

How to Teach Writing Without a Curriculum
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Writing, I believe, is one of the most vital skills we can teach our students. It is so poorly taught in modern education, yet in modern society written communication is necessary & unavoidable. Teaching our kids to write well is one of the best ways to set them apart from the crowd and help them stand out both in college & life. After all, our children will be writing cover letters, business proposals, sales pitches, emails, church announcements, thank you … Read More

The Secret of Year-Round Homeschooling
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We’ve all felt it. The freshness of the new school year has faded. We go to bed bone-weary, frustrated, wondering if we’re doing everything all wrong. We wake up tired, put one foot in front of the other, and dread the task of getting everyone moving in the morning. This, my friends, is the beginning of burnout. We can’t ignore the warning signs. We can’t push through it. We can’t homeschool well in burnout mode. Homeschooling from Rest At a … Read More

Why You Want to Give Up Homeschooling
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It’s February. Like clockwork homeschool moms hit burn out mode this time of year. Yes, it might be cloudy skies, lack of sleep, or holiday sugar-binges catching up with us, but if it’s a serious case – a break-the-pencils, I-quit sort of case – we will probably need to dig a little deeper. You know I’ve said you have to have a homeschool vision and you need solid principles, but these February days are where the rubber meets the roads and … Read More