Year 5 Homeschool Progress Report: The Good, The Bad & The Unexpected – Part Three

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So far we’ve seen what’s worked and not worked of my original plan for this year. But there have also been some unexpected resources that have ended up being some of our new favorites! 

As hard as it is for a planner like me to admit, sometimes embracing spontaneity is the best plan of all!

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Year 5 Homeschool Progress Report: The Good, The Bad & The Unexpected – Part One

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A lot of homeschool bloggers like to post their yearly curriculum choices (like I’ve been doing in this series) for their readers. Over the years, I’ve found it incredibly helpful to see what other families are using.

But sometimes these “what we’re using this year” lists give the impression that choosing curriculum for the year is a once-and-done kind of thing. 

Totally not the case!   

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Top 3 Types of Help for All Homeschoolers

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🎵 I get by with a little help from my friends” 🎵

– The Beatles

Sing it, Ringo! So true!

Homeschooling parents have a lot on our plates and, depending on the day or our stage of life, the help we need often takes different forms. 

But there are also kinds of support and encouragement that are universally helpful to all homeschoolers. The following three categories of help have been consistently valuable to me in all stages of our homeschooling so far.

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How to Make an Indoor Mini Sandbox for Your Kids

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I’m in big trouble. 

It’s only the middle of January and we’re already getting cabin fever… what’s a mom to do?!

Thankfully, I’ve got a few tricks up my desperate-homeschool-mom sleeve. One of my all-time favorites is our homemade, indoor mini-sandbox. 

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Essential Non-School Apps for Your Homeschool

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Homeschooling is more than a method of education – it’s a lifestyle. 

So it’s not surprising that there’s overlap with other areas of life when it comes to the best tools to use for the job. For example, when it comes to digital tools, I’ve found that all kinds of non-school-related apps have helped our homeschool.

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Best of 2018 & Happy New Year!

I pray that 2019 brings you joy, peace & fulfillment! Happy New Year from my family to yours!

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Grrrific Homeschool Lessons I Learned from Daniel Tiger – Part Two

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In the previous post, I shared how Daniel Tiger reminded me to be grateful and stay positive. We’ve started using gratitude journals in the evenings to help us focus our thoughts on our blessings before bed. So far there haven’t been any complaints about the extra writing – a Christmas miracle!

Daniel has been teaching me other things lately, too.

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Grrrific Homeschool Lessons I Learned from Daniel Tiger – Part One

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Our God is so good. 

He knows what we need and he meets us where we’re at… even when “where you’re at” is buried under three loads of laundry, surrounded by a hopeless mess in every direction, with a crying toddler hanging on your leg, an oven timer beeping and older kids who are fighting instead of finishing their math.  

It was in a moment like this a few days ago that He caught my attention through the (unbelievably incessant) singing of the PBS character, Daniel Tiger. 

🎵“When something seems bad, turn it around and find something good.” 🎵

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