How Many Hours a Day Should I Homeschool My Child?

Do you wonder how many hours you should be homeschooling your child per day? If you attended public school yourself, and unless you’ve consciously thought about it, you probably have the idea that school needs to take up most of the day. Changing this thinking is part of breaking free of the traditional school mindset The truth is, learning can happen during a teachable moment at the grocery store, during family worship, or around the dinner table. Related: When should I start homeschooling my child? What is a good homeschool schedule? Realising that homeschool can happen anywhere, anytime, is…

When Should I Start Homeschooling my Child?

There are many questions facing a homeschooling parent. One of the biggest is when to start homeschooling. Before I answer that question, let’s get something out of the way. Homeschooling is life. Life is homeschooling. And it’s an adventure. True homeschooling is not “School-at-home”, where your child sits at a desk for five hours a day working from textbooks. Some people homeschool this way and it works for them. I couldn’t. There were too many exciting things to look at, read about, experiment with. We never spent more than 3 hours max…

How to Identify your Child’s Learning Style (and help them learn better)

All kids are different. If you have more than one child, you already know that. You celebrate their differences and love them for who they are, but how can you teach each one in a way that will make learning a positive experience for them? Figuring out your child’s learning style will make learning easier and help them remember what they learn (we all want that, right?). So, how do you know what your child’s learning style is? Great news: Identifying your child’s learning style is pretty easy and costs no money. We’re going to look…

How to Let go of the Traditional School Mindset

One of the biggest challenges of homeschooling is breaking free from the traditional school mindset. It’s highly likely that you will want to school like you were schooled. You’ll likely want desks and a globe, textbooks and maps on the wall, tests and exams, terms (or semesters – depending on where you live) and set times for holidays (vacations). But, guess what? Homeschooling is not meant to be a replica of the public or private school system. It’s an entirely different breed.  Homeschooling is teaching that is tailored to individual children instead of a standardized set of…

8 Ways to Make Time for God as a Busy Mom

Busy mom, do I need to convince you that you need quiet time with God? I don’t think so!   As a Christian Mom you have a dilemma: You know that you need time with God, yet squeezing that time into your already crazy days seems impossible. What to do?! Don’t run on empty. Make time for God somehow! You are giving of yourself all day long and need to connect with God so you can continue giving.   8 Ways to make time for God as a busy mom Examine your priorities If you aim to fit…

How to Ditch Homeschool Discouragement

Let’s face it, homeschool discouragement is a real thing! Homeschooling is a 24/7 job that never goes away. No breaks or holidays (your kids go with you! Aaargh!). And sometimes the challenges bring discouragement. Before we dive into figuring out how to overcome discouragement in homeschooling, let’s talk about where it comes from: Where does Homeschool Discouragement come from? Other people This can be in the form of negative comments or criticism from family and friends, or from societal expectations and norms. Sometimes people have very strong, very negative opinions on your choice to homeschool and it…

4 Ways to Take Homeschooling Seriously and Stay Focused

If you’ve been homeschooling for a while you’ll know how frustrating it is not to be taken seriously. You’re just getting somewhere with your child’s math lesson and someone knocks on the door, or your phone rings – and your child’s concentration flies out the window! Often, people think that because you’re at home, you are available, and so they ask you to do all sorts of things because, well, you’re free, right? Not only do others fail to take what you’re doing seriously, sometimes you don’t either. You show up in…

Can You Homeschool and Work? Here’s How to Juggle the Two and Be Successful

You really want to homeschool your child, but you work – either part time or full time. How can you do both? Is it even possible to homeschool and work? Juggling homeschooling and work is most definitely possible, but the first thing you need to be sure of is your “why”. Your motivation to homeschool needs to be strong enough to withstand the potential frustrations of managing both school, work, and home. Being tired of getting up early to get your kids to school on time is not going to hold up under pressure, but wanting your child to escape bullying…

6 Essential Character Traits you Need for Successful Homeschooling

Successful homeschooling is not dependent on your education and qualifications. It’s more dependent on your character. And your character (like mine was) may be sorely lacking! But, the good news is, some things are learned in the process of accomplishing a task. And, as you homeschool your kids you will grow and learn new things yourself. In fact, I’m convinced homeschooling is about character development – in your kids, and in yourself! There are some basic character traits that will determine your success as a homeschooling parent. Here they are: Discipline Homeschooling requires a huge amount…