Help for the Harried Homeschool Mom {Homeschool Review Crew}

Help for the Harried Homeschool Mom 

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Are you a homeschol mom?  Overwhelmed by homeschooling?  Listen up because there is help for you momma; there is help for the harried homeschool mom.  I’ve recently had the chance to review a help for the harried homeschool mom and I want to share about it with you.  Homeschool Rescue created by Heather at Only Passionate Curiosity has created this resource just for the homeschool parent who isn’t sure what they’re doing anymore!

 

Help for the Harried Homeschool Mom

 

About This Resource

This course is made for the homeschool parent.  In particular it is written to be a help for the harried homeschool mom with a vast age of children.  With this course comes lifetime access to the facebook group and materials.  There are five modules to work through with each module containing several different lessons.  It is self paced so you can work through at your own timing.   A unique aspect of this program is that it is only available for sale at different times during the year as the creator wants to have time to work with each group of people coming through.  She’s available through the facebook group and support to help and guide people through the program.

Because this is only for sale for limited times so the classes can get the most help I want to let you know it is open for enrollees now!  Mid May through June 1 you can sign up to go through this course yourself.  The class will run June-July but remember you get lifetime access to the information.  The course price is currently set at $97 that lets you into the modules and the facebook group.  If you’d like the VIP access which gives you the one on one coaching and support that is a slightly higher number.

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A Closer Look

The first module is titled Triage Your Homeschool.  As a nurse I am very familiar with triage and what that means.  Surprisingly though, I had never thought of applying the knowledge of triage to my homeschool or to my home.  Basically this module is your starting point to take stock of where you are, where you want to be, and how you’re going to get there.  It will teach you how to determine what is the most important to you and what makes you driven and then work with those to help you form a plan.

Module Two is Time Management Systems and Organization.  This is my favorite module.  I find it really hard to say no sometimes to outside activities.  Mainly I’m an introvert but I want my children to have all the opportunities they can.  Newsflash!!  They don’t need it all.  Trust me.  None of our kids do.  I’m working this summer on pairing down what we do outside of the home so we can be more flexible for the fun things.  Fun is important.  Also this module talks on organization and with 12 people, two huge dogs, and four cats in a 1100 square foot house, I can use all the organizational helps and hints.

For Module Three we step into Curriculum Planning and Organization.  This is a great module to be going through right now as most people are ending a year and starting a new one soon.  For me, we school year round and our curriculum change up happens in January because that is when we have the most time to focus on a switch.  It’s my husband’s work slow season(he’s self employed) and we’re not gardening plus it’s not so nice the kids want to be outside all the time.  There is a section in this about classrooms.  We don’t have a classroom, so if you don’t either take note that even this section has relevance to you.  So don’t skip it!

On to Module Four!  Module Four delves into Setting Students up For Success.  This seems like a no brainer.  We all want our kids to succeed.  Otherwise why would we homeschool?  But we may not be going about it the right way.  This is where I’m at.  For me I see myself coming back to this section over and over and over again.  It chats about consequences, reward systems, mastering the follow through, and training up our children.  Oh my.  This is so hard guys.  We all know training our children is a full time job in and of itself.  For me the follow through each and every time consistently is the hardest part.  With ten kids and a baby still nursing it’s so easy to just tell them what’s going to happen and then not get up that exact minute to do it because I’m putting a baby down, but then I forget to finish that follow through.

The fifth and last module is all about Teaching Older Children/Students.  My oldest is only 12 right now so I haven’t really gotten into this module that much.  I don’t consider her an older child yet as we’re not into junior high or high school studies.  This module works on study skills and time management(which I will start working with her on soon) as well as talks on teaching teens.  I’m still in denial that my child will be a teenager next year.  Give me another month of denial until she tells me she’s hit that half birthday and I may have to kick myself out of my world of denial.

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Bonus Materials

We all love bonuses.  This course offers you several bonuses that I wanted to talk about.  I’ve mentioned the online facebook group just for members of the course which is amazing but there is  more!

I love the printable mom planners.  It’s so hard to find free ones that have all I want on them and I’m horrible and creating things myself so this was amazing for me.  

Along with the printable mom planners are academic planners for teens which I have not accessed yet but probably will be using for our next school year.  And to go along with this are to do lists for your children.  I am a lover of to do lists for me but hadn’t really used them with my kids before.  We are now!  I love knowing that they know what is required of them for the day.  Because they have this knowledge I also know when they are just choosing to let their personal desires and natures get in the way of what they should do.  This opens up areas for character training which is also covered in the modules.

You also get personalized support through emails.  Not many courses will offer this to you so make sure you take advantage of it if you need it.

Our Thoughts

I’m a seasoned homeschool mom.  Or I like to think I am maybe.  But I can definitely relate to the mom who needs help.  I’m a harried mom half the time.  There is always so much to get done and I felt that my schedule needed a revamp.  For some reason adding in baby #10 this past year just really threw me for a loop.  Maybe it was my health taking a quick downward spiral or the time that I worked outside of the home the fall before.  Whatever it was my home and our homeschool were suffering.

I was excited to start this program.  I have to admit I haven’t been able to work through the entire course yet.  What I have worked through is really good and helpful though.  This is a wonderful course.  I see it helping veteran homeschool moms and new homeschool moms alike.  It’s well done and very informative plus interactive.  The facebook group is a great place to chat and ask other moms opinions of things related to the course that you’re just not sure about.  It’s also a good place to share your own story and ask questions about how you’re implementing the changes.

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I’m greatly recommending this program.  Because you get life time access you can come back and revisit the modules as you reach different milestones in your homeschool and may need to revamp things.  There is help for the harried homeschool mom ladies and the future looks bright!

Learn More

Interested in what you’ve read?  Want to learn more?  Check out all the other reviews linked up over on the Main Homeschool Review Crew blog page.  You can also find Only Passionate Curiosity on facebook, twitter, pinterest, instagram, and google +.

 

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Home Management while Homeschooling

Home Management

5 Days of Homeschool 101 -Day 3

5 Days of Homeschool 101- Home Management
Managing my home is difficult.  It really is.  Home management can be tricky.  I’m a busy mama of 10 kids ages eleven down to ten weeks.  Life is crazy.  I sometimes feel like I never get anything done because it gets undone before I’m on the next task.

I love my family though.  And I love having a clean clutter free house.  But I’ve learned I can’t have a happy family and a spotless house.  Things just don’t work that way when you have a small house and lots of people, plus two dogs and three cats.  We’re animal lovers here.  Add in living on a farm and all that brings with it and you’ve got a recipe for a dirty house.

So, how do you manage the home and the homeschool?  In our house it’s by making the two one.  All the kids have chores and one of the first things we do every morning is clean the house.  This might just be making beds and sweeping floors or it might be more indepth and mopping and deep cleaning.  Either way, the house gets clean before breakfast.  It’s a way I’ve managed to contain the mess and make myself motivated to get our school day started.

In the same sense, one of the last things we do every day is clean up.  It’s the pick up time.  Pick up the toys and put them away.  Clean up the rooms so you’re not tripping on things in the dark and you wake up to a semi clean house.  Who wants to wake up to a kitchen full of dishes?  Trust me, I have, it’s not a nice site and it tends to set the wrong tone for my whole day.

 

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Talk of cleaning brings about a key point in home management when you have a large family.  Chores.  All of my kids have chores.  Whether they’re simple like making sure your dirty clothes get in the hamper, brushing your teeth, and taking care of your dirty dishes or more complex like doing laundry and cleaning the bathroom.  Everyone in my home has chores to do.

I’ve been through some dark times while learning home to manage home and homeschool and I’d love to share my solution with you.  Part of it is above with keeping the house clean.  This means everyone pitches in.  There may be grumbling, but it saves my sanity.  I just can’t wrap my head around sitting down to devote time to schooling my children with a pile of dirty dishes in my sink and dog hair all over the floor.  I’m distracted.  And if I’m distracted my kids are too.

Planning.  Planning is another huge part of keeping a happy home and homeschool.  Home management should be a priority.  You can read about my homeschool planning but I’m also talking home planning as well.  Have a plan for your days.  For me, one of the first things I do is wash laundry and my cloth diapers.  This way I’m not rushing around at the end of the day trying to get caught up on laundry.  And because I want to get the laundry out of the way, my kids get one of their chores of taking the dirty clothes to the laundry area done as well.  

Some other things to plan are any appointments or things that are going to take you out of the home.  If you have young children you want to plan those around naptime.  You also  want to make sure and schedule your homeschool day around them or them around your homeschool routine.  Choosing curriculum is a vital part of home management and homeschool planning.  

Routines are really important for some of my children.  I have to keep a structured day for them.  Which means we keep to a similar schedule every week.  Two of my children require going to therapy once a week.  We do this on the same day every week and at the same time so that everyone knows on this day we do this.  It’s part of our routine, our schedule, and because of this our homeschool.

Likewise, I set aside Monday as our busy day.  If we need to schedule a checkup or a dentist appt I’m going to be doing that on a Monday.  My monthly grocery coop is on a Monday.  Our dance is on a Monday.  That is our running around day.  If we’re going to have a playdate or go to one of our homeschool groups that meets at a park we do that on a Friday.  But because I don’t like to do a ton of running around we don’t ever do that in the same week that we are gone on the Monday.

Which brings another important note for us in our family.  We stay home for the majority of our homeschool.  When you have ten children it’s not easy to travel.  It requires planning and packing even if it’s just for grocery shopping.  And it can be stressful for me as the mom making sure I’ve got all my children especially with all the recent news of kidnappings and child trafficking.  A parent’s worst nightmare.

So the key to keeping a happy home and happy homeschool in our house is home management.  Managing our home can be tricky and sometimes we do have to break from our routine, but in the end life is so much better when we all know what our jobs are and when/how to do them.  There have been days when we didn’t get any school done due to the house being a mess.  I’m not proud of those days.  But I’m so glad that I finally figured out what works for our family and our home.

What is your day like?  How have you worked out home management and homeschooling?  Any tips and tricks to share?  Make sure to check out the other TOS Crew blogs linked below and the Main TOS Crew Blog.