How to Juggle Housework & Homeschooling

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

Interval Planning for Growth

The problem with much of the productivity and planning advice out there is that it begins with a vision for a 5-year outcome. When we as mothers at home try to do that, we are rather at a loss. We might not even know how many children we’ll have in 5 years. If your oldest is 5, you’re not likely to accurately foresee what it’s like to have a 10 year old – and the same is true if your … Read More

Life is Exercise: It’s ok to be tired. – Simply Convivial

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You are a runner. Running requires effort and makes you tired and out of breath. That is a sign that you’re doing it, that you’re moving, not that you’re failing. You are a runner, so you will become tired and out of breath; therefore, keep at it. My son, when you’re tired and gasping outside, don’t give up. That’s you getting stronger and faster. Stay with it, keep going, and grow strong. And, when you are tired of apologizing and … Read More

A Year-Round Homeschool Schedule

Update: This post was written in 2012. Find more on how to plan a year-round homeschool schedule here. This is our fourth year of using a year-round calendar. I thoroughly enjoy it, so I thought I’d line out a little more about the why and the how. The Benefits of Schooling Year-Round Common problems like February burnout happen less often and less intensely, because we get regular breaks and don’t stretch our endurance to the breaking point. There is always … Read More