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Mama of 3, Modern Homeschooler, @theessentialsladyhomeschool
All about hands-on learning, Florida adventures, and the homeschool life.
1. I Wish I Had Known Sooner That... Homeschooling is not as hard as I thought. It's true that different states have different rules and regulations. And homeschooling often comes with some (inaccurate) stigmas (it's weird, lonely, difficult, etc). But in reality, it's incredibly rewarding to fully customize your child’s education and to follow their interests.
2. To Foster Happy Reading...try your best to avoid making it a chore or homework. Instead, read to them out loud make it fun, and have them sit by you and watch you point to the words as you read. Little by little, start adding more words for them to read when you pause and get to them. In our home, Ello has been a huge help in making independent reading an enjoyable activity for all three of my children.
3. Most Underrated Kids Author: We recently discovered Brudder's picture books, written by K.A. Leigh and illustrated by Derek Roberts. My kids are enjoying their books so much! Also, for elementary-aged children, I highly recommend Arron Johnson's National Park Mystery Series.
4. Best Part About Homeschooling: The opportunity to choose our curriculum. The kids and I get to work through our favorite resources for each subject. Also, we love to go on field trips and work on projects together. So as a mom that’s one of my favorite parts too.
5. Best Piece of Work-Life Advice: If it doesn’t bring your family joy, don’t do it.
6. To avoid 'The Summer Slump'...the kids continue using Ello and they have a shortened math lesson each day, usually half the normal amount (instead of 20 problems just 10). We continue science and history lessons because the kids enjoy it that much.
7. For Better Habits: I’m the most productive when I put everything in order the night before, like setting out clothes, lessons, or meat to thaw for dinner. Tomorrow runs that much smoother.
8. What’s Next For You? We are working on establishing our own organization that will help create and foster more hands-on learning opportunities for children. It’s something I have wanted to do for a long time. We aren’t quite ready to share more, but families can follow along our homeschool journey on Instagram!