Confused By Homeschooling Methods?

{FREE WORKSHOP} Approaches to Homeschooling - HowToHomeschoolMyChild.com

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!

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7 Approaches to Christian Homeschooling
July 29, 2014

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

Build Your Homeschooling Bundle YOUR Way!

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

TODAY is the day!  The day a unique bundle sale launches and you can start building your own bundle of homeschooling goodies or choose from a specific set of resources that have already been pre-selected to fit your needs.  This is a great way to stock up on exactly what you need for the upcoming school year at a fraction of the cost!

Read on to learn more and start building YOUR bundle today -

BUT HURRY!
This is a ONE WEEK ONLY SALE!
(July 21-28)

The bundles are definitely worth your money!  They include AMAZING homeschooling products such as:

Learning Language Arts Through Literature
A Child’s Geography
Character Concepts
Picture Smart Bible
Math Mammoth
and more!

There are SO many incredible products to choose from, all bundled up in grades/themes OR you can “Build Your Own!  (You’ll find 2 of my ebooks in the Mom Bundle!)

The “Build Your Own” bundles offer you the opportunity to select a certain number of products with a retail price of $19.99 or less for up to 80% off! We have MANY items to choose from, including Cathy Duffy Top 100 Picks! When you purchase a combination of any 2 “Build Your Own” bundles, you will get the 3rd one at 50% off!

Build Your Bundle - Homeschool Edition Sale: July 21-28 Save up to 92% on Popular Homeschooling Curriculum, Many from Cathy Duffy's Top 100 Picks!

Buy more & save more! Purchase 2 “build your
own” bundles and get the 3rd one 50% off! See
site for details.

You will also find the following pre-assembled bundles with saving up
to 92% off retail:
Tot/Pre-K Bundle, K-3 Bundle, 4-6 Elementary Bundle,
Middle School Bundle, High School Bundle, Charlotte Mason Bundle, & the
Homeschooling/Homemaking Mom Bundle!

Charlotte Mason Style Homeschooling Curriculum - Normally $377.35 - On Sale for ONLY $49.00 - One Week Only! Elementary Homeschooling Curriculum - Normally $220.35 - On Sale for ONLY $39.00 - One Week Only! Middle School Homeschooling Curriculum - Normally $361.77 - On Sale for ONLY $59.00 - One Week Only!
High School Homeschooling Curriculum - Normally $381.68 - On Sale for ONLY $69.00 - One Week Only! K-3 Homeschooling Curriculum - Normally $187.13 - On Sale for ONLY $39.00 - One Week Only! K-3 Homeschooling Curriculum - Normally $171.37 - On Sale for ONLY $29.00 - One Week Only!
K-3 Homeschooling Curriculum - Normally $118.19 - On Sale for ONLY $10.00 - One Week Only!  Homeschooling Curriculum - You Choose What to Buy - Save up to 80% - One Week Only!  Homeschooling Resources, Curriculum & More - Save up to 60% - One Week Only!

There are also tons of FREEBIES and RESOURCES just for buying a bundle! Don’t miss all the great deals this week!
Build Your Bundle - Homeschool Edition Sale - Up to 92% Off!

Win $100 Toward Building Your Own Homeschool Library!

The first ever

“Build Your Bundle” - Homeschool Edition

sale is almost here!

Build Your Bundle - Homeschool Edition Sale: July 21-28 Save up to 92% on Popular Homeschooling Curriculum, Many from Cathy Duffy's Top 100 Picks!
This unique bundle sale is guaranteed to get you exactly what you need for your homeschooling!  You can choose from 7 pre-assembled bundles (see choices below) or build your own just the way you want it!

And now through 7/20/14, you can enter to win $100 towards your purchase to use when the sale goes live on 7-21-14!  The winner will be announced the day the sale starts!

PIN THIS GIVEAWAY ON PINTEREST and you will get a special coupon code for the sale!

Build Your Bundle - Homeschool Edition Sale: July 21-28 Save up to 92% on Popular Homeschooling Curriculum, Many from Cathy Duffy's Top 100 Picks! Enter to win $100 towards your purchase!
For one week only (July 21-28) save up to 92% on bestselling homeschooling products, including MANY on Cathy Duffy’s Top 100 list!
Not interested in entering the giveaway, but you want to be reminded
when the sale goes live?

They will send you a reminder email!
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Take a Sneek Peek at Our Bundles:

Build Your Bundle - Homeschool Edition Sale: July 21-28 Save up to 92% on Popular Homeschooling Curriculum, Many from Cathy Duffy's Top 100 Picks! Tots & Preschoolers Bundle
This Bundle includes products for little ones:

  • Character Training Resources
  • Handwriting Curriculum
  • Preschool & Toddler Activities
  • Bible Curriculum
  • Full Preschool Curriculum
  • & More!

Kindergarten – 3rd Grade Bundle
The K-3 Bundle includes products in the following subjects:

  • Reading
  • Math
  • Science
  • History
  • Handwriting
  • Character Training
  • Bible Resources
  • Full Kindergarten Curriculum
Build Your Bundle - Homeschool Edition Sale: July 21-28 Save up to 92% on Popular Homeschooling Curriculum, Many from Cathy Duffy's Top 100 Picks!
Build Your Bundle - Homeschool Edition Sale: July 21-28 Save up to 92% on Popular Homeschooling Curriculum, Many from Cathy Duffy's Top 100 Picks! Elementary: 4th-6th Bundle
The 4th-6th Bundle includes products in the following subjects:

  • History
  • Language Arts
  • Geography
  • Art
  • Math
  • Bible
  • Keyboarding
  • Writing Guides
  • Handwriting andCopywork Resources
  • Timeline Cards & Notebooking Pages
  • Customizable Homeschool Planner

Middle School Bundle
This bundle features a full language arts curriculum from Cathy Duffy’s
Top 100 picks
and two science curricula, one of which is also from Cathy
Duffy’s Top 100 picks
, as well as:

  • A Complete Geography and History Curriculum
  • History Timeline/Book of Centuries
  • Renaissance and Reformation Notebooking Pages
  • Classical Music Curriculum
  • Creative Writing Course
  • Math Materials
  • Keyboarding Course
Build Your Bundle - Homeschool Edition Sale: July 21-28 Save up to 92% on Popular Homeschooling Curriculum, Many from Cathy Duffy's Top 100 Picks!
Build Your Bundle - Homeschool Edition Sale: July 21-28 Save up to 92% on Popular Homeschooling Curriculum, Many from Cathy Duffy's Top 100 Picks! Bundle for High Schoolers
This bundle features:

  • New Testament Bible Curriculum
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • A full year of math curriculum
  • Resources for World History and Geography
  • Philosophy
  • Home Economics
  • College Prep Tools
  • Grammar
  • Creative Writing Course
  • Anatomy Science Unit study from Cathy Duffy’s Top 100 picks,
    and more!

You will receive enough materials for a full year of
high school!


Charlotte Mason Bundle
This bundle features a complete curriculum using the Charlotte Mason Methods for:

  • Language Arts
  • Handwriting, and Reading
  • Geography
  • Nature Study
  • Artists Study
  • Poetry
  • And a variety of “extras” just for mom!Learn all about Charlotte Mason and enjoy a special bonus (a $90
    value all by itself) of great, classic audio books!
Build Your Bundle - Homeschool Edition Sale: July 21-28 Save up to 92% on Popular Homeschooling Curriculum, Many from Cathy Duffy's Top 100 Picks!
Build Your Bundle - Homeschool Edition Sale: July 21-28 Save up to 92% on Popular Homeschooling Curriculum, Many from Cathy Duffy's Top 100 Picks! Bundle Just for Moms!
Save money, strengthen your marriage, and streamline your schedule using
our Mom Bundle. Find the encouragement you need and the insight to speak
to your child’s heart (even that difficult child!). Whip your home into
shape and train your children to do their chores effectively using a popular
book “chores program”.This bundle brims with useful tools to help you bring
calm to the chaos.
Get them all for just $10!

“Build Your Own” Bundles
Our “Build Your Own” bundles offer you the opportunity to select a certain number of products with a retail price of $19.99 or less for up to 80% off! We have MANY items to choose from, including Cathy Duffy Top 100 Picks!

When you purchase a combination of any 2 “Build Your Own” bundles, you will get the 3rd one at 50% off!

Build Your Bundle - Homeschool Edition Sale: July 21-28 Save up to 92% on Popular Homeschooling Curriculum, Many from Cathy Duffy's Top 100 Picks!

Would you like to become an affiliate of the Build Your Bundle and make a little extra cash for the upcoming school year?
CLICK HERE!

30 Minute Homeschool Planning Sessions

30 Minute Homeschool Planning Sessions | RaisingArrows.netWhenever I do a session on time management in your homeschool, I get asked about finding the time to plan.  (In my ebook Large Family Homeschooling, I dedicated an entire chapter to planning methods because this is such a frequently asked question.)

For several years now, I have been planning our homeschool week in 30 minutes increments of time.  I have learned to be efficient and concise with my time so as to get the most out of my planning sessions.  Today, I want to give you some ideas for having your own QUICK homeschool planning sessions!

First of all, be familiar with your material.  You aren’t going to be very quick or efficient if you don’t know what you are using to plan.  Most of our curriculum is very familiar to me, but I recently started using a new spelling curriculum with my middles.  Because of this, I have to take a little more time with any materials I am not familiar with.

Once you have a good grasp of all the material you are using for each child, you can quickly peruse and make notes of every lesson you plan to accomplish.  This can be done daily, every few days, or weekly.  Planning more than a week at a time will probably take more than 30 minutes.  I currently plan daily.

The best time of day to plan is…whenever you have time!  For me, it typically happens as everyone is eating breakfast and doing morning chores.  Perhaps you have a block of time during the afternoon that would be a good fit for a quick planning session.  Maybe you need to wait until the kiddos are in bed at night to have enough breathing room to plan.  Whenever it is, make sure you aren’t taking too much time or your “quick” planning time will crowd into the rest of your day (or night).

If you are having a difficult time staying in your allotted time, set a timer and stop when the timer goes off.  This will help you see where you are getting tripped up and where you need to streamline your planning efforts.

Make a planning template.  This can be in the form of planning software (again, you need to be familiar with the software or it will trip you up!) or a simple paper template with all the subjects each child does and blocks to write the plans in.  Having a template will streamline your planning time.

Don’t gather extras during your planning time.  Make a list of the things you need and wait until the end to gather.  This would be things like flashcards, card stock, and books.  I do not include internet links in here because quite often I need those links to fully plan; however, beware of running off on bunny trails through the corridors of the internet!  Stay on task!

Try a few 30 minute planning sessions and see how they work out for you!  I’d love to hear your experience with them!

Would you like to read more planning posts?
Homeschool Mamas Need a Planning Period Too!
Not Just Intentions, Follow Through
How to Plan a Delight-Directed Curriculum

Coming to Dallas Next Week?

It’s not too late!  The final Teach Them Diligently Homeschool Convention of the year will be held in Dallas, Texas next week, and I’ll be there!

Teach Them Diligently Dallas 2014

I’ll be the 14-week-but-looks-20-weeks-or-more lady. ;)  I’ll have my husband, Ty, with me to help me (Praise the Lord!), so come find us and say hello!

And I’d love to see you in one of my sessions – I promise, we’ll be keeping it real!

3:30pm Thursday – Creating a Peaceful Home

8:00pm Thursday – Large Family Homeschooling

1:00pm Saturday – Your Perfect Homeschool Schedule

Can’t wait to see you there!  I think this convention is going to be very good for me (and you too!).