Confused By Homeschooling Methods?

{FREE WORKSHOP} Approaches to Homeschooling -

I have something really exciting for you coming next Tuesday!  I wanted to do this earlier, but I was too sick to even think about planning this, but now that I’m better, Kerry has agreed to put together one of her FREE WEBINARS just for Raising Arrows readers!

Here are the details!

7 Approaches to Christian Homeschooling
July 29, 2014

6pm Pacific | 7pm Mountain | 8pm Central | 9pm Eastern

During this webinar, Kerry will reveal tips & strategies to help you choose the best homeschooling approach for your family.  She’ll be sharing tips that you can take and use IMMEDIATELY after the workshop!  BUT, most importantly… she will reveal how you can match your family’s needs, personality & goals with the right method of homeschooling.

Not only will you be able to HEAR Kerry, but you’ll also SEE and WATCH it happening in real time on your computer screen, complete with real examples! (And it doesn’t matter what connection speed you have or even if you have a PC or Mac.)

This is a great way for you to really get a grasp of the different Christian homeschooling methods and which ones fit your family best, and how you can implement them now!

Kerry has only 200 spots for my readers, so SIGN UP NOW so you don’t miss this FREE webinar!

P.S. – Kerry has something VERY special cooked up for those who attend the online workshop LIVE. It will be worth your while to be on this workshop I guarantee it!

P.S.S. Remember there are 2 things you should do right now and they are FREE:

1. Register for next Tuesday’s workshop: CLICK HERE

2. Enter Kerry’s blog contest to win her ebook!  CLICK HERE

Take {Some of} the Work Out of Choosing Homeschool Curriculum

Take {Some of} the Work Out of Choosing Homeschool Curriculum - tips for choosing products right for you and your family | RaisingArrows.netI’m going into my 13th year of homeschooling.  I’d like to say it just gets easier and easier, but that would be a lie.  This homeschool mom gig is hard work.

But I love it!
(Read my post on What I Wish Someone Had Told Me About Homeschooling)

One thing that makes it hard work is the planning and agonizing over what curriculum to use…every year.  Yes, every year.

Sure, there are some subjects that you can easily figure out what you’ll be using.  Perhaps you use a totally boxed curriculum and never stray from that, but there’s a chance even with a boxed curriculum, you’ll want to add something else in because frankly, there is SOOOO much good stuff out there these days.

Let me get one thing straight before we go any further with this discussion:

Your homeschool curriculum won’t save your children,
so your hard work isn’t about finding the perfect curriculum.

Even so, I find myself torn every year as I learn about new homeschool books, listen to friends talk about what they use, go to conventions, and scour sales like the Build Your Bundle Sale going on this week.

Build Your Bundle - Homeschool Edition Sale - Up to 92% Off!

It’s hard work deciding what really fits your family, what really fits your budget, and what really fits in your bookshelves!  (The good thing about the sale above is that it is digital and your don’t have to fit them in your bookshelves!)

Today, I want to give you a few tips on how to go about choosing curriculum that works for you and your family.  These tips won’t take all the hard work out of your homeschool planning, but they will help!

Let me start by walking you through some of the sales in the Build Your Bundle sale that caught my eye so you can see how I make curriculum choices that work for our homeschool.

The first bundle that jumped out at me was the Middle School Bundle:
Build Your Bundle - Homeschool Edition Sale - Up to 92% Off!

The main reason it caught my eye is because we own one of the A Child’s Geography and it is PHENOMENAL!  I was so excited to see all of them in this set!  There were a lot of other great resources in there as well, but my eye automatically went to those books.

So, RULE #1 – If something has worked in the past and was enjoyed by everyone – DON’T REINVENT THE WHEEL!  Chances are one product from a publisher/series you love will equal several well-loved products from them.

Another Bundle that caught my eye was the Charlotte Mason Bundle:
Build Your Bundle - Homeschool Edition Sale - Up to 92% Off!

Deep in my heart, I WANT to be a Charlotte Mason homeschool mom.  Ever since Pocketful of Pinecones and Lessons At Blackberry Inn by Karen Andreola made my heart sing, I’ve been fascinated by a Charlotte Mason education.  But, alas, I don’t seem to be able to implement a lot of it.  {I talk about how you can tweak CM for the large family in my ebook Large Family Homeschooling – which just so happens to be in the Mom Bundle of this sale along with my scheduling ebook. ;) )  I need a lot of hand-holding with Charlotte Mason.  I need materials that don’t assume I know what I’m doing.

So, Rule #2 is - Make sure the materials you buy HELP you accomplish the homeschooling goals you have rather than HINDER.

Now, let’s talk homeschool conventions and talking with friends for a moment…

Rule #3 – Listen and learn, but give yourself time to research and pray.

In other words, DON’T BE IMPULSIVE!  There’s time to make a decision.  I promise.  Yes, the sale will end.  Yes, the convention will be over.  Yes, you would like to get free shipping from Rainbow Resource.  But good decisions need a little breathing room – even if you load up your online cart and let it set overnight to “sleep on it.”  (That’s what I’m doing ;) )

Rule #4 – Overanalyzing will make you crazy.  As my father-in-law likes to say,

“There’s no such thing as a good deal.  Just some deals are better than others.”

Agonizing over curriculum will make you a crazy person.  You are never going to find the perfect curriculum, so do what you need to do to prepare, but then just make a decision and go with it.  If it doesn’t work, it’s ok…no, really, it is.  I can tell you all sorts of stories of curriculum that worked for us, then didn’t work for us, and then a few kids later, worked again!  It will get used or you can sell it or you can bless someone else with it.  It’s not all a big loss.

I think a few of you might need a big ((HUG)) right about now. :)

And finally, Rule #5 – Be mom.  I cannot preach this enough.  You are mom first, homeschool mom second.  Look for curriculum that helps you be mom.  You’re not looking for stuff that meets arbitrary standards or looks good on paper.  You need things that meet God’s standard – which is that you LOVE YOUR CHILDREN.  Choose things that make your heart sing.  Choose things that speak to your children.  Choose things that educate without ripping out the essence of childhood.  You will never be sorry when you choose to be mom.

Now, go and have a great homeschool year!

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Build Your Homeschooling Bundle YOUR Way!

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