Hello, my friends! While we homeschool (mostly) year round, I decided that this summer we would take a little bit longer of a break.
Trust me. We needed it.
This week I've been doing some extra deep housecleaning (if you count cleaning out underneath my sink, extra deep) and trying to get all of my curriculum and plans in line.
I am still dreadfully behind.
I one of those strange, homeschool moms who head into a school year with more than a bit of trepidation.
It probably has more to do with Josiah's different learning needs than anything else. After all, there is nothing I like better than school supplies.
"Will this math help him?"
"How can I challenge him without completely freaking him out?"
What I have found the longer I homeschool is that I don't need as much inspiration for why we are homeschooling. We are pretty much lifers.
I just want some practical advice. What can I do today? What resources do I have at my fingertips? I am never going to have that beautiful schoolroom (at least, not this year). And our homeschool is going to look different than most everybody else's. I know now not to waste time with things that only burn my energy and brain space.
There are a few things that I know. I need to feed my family. I need to take care of myself. I have more success by introducing the material Josiah needs to learn using a visual and kinsthetic model. I also want to fill our home with quality literature and living books. I am going to stay true to my own educational philosophy and the spiritual needs of our household.
I am going let you pick my brain a little and supply a few of my favorites concerning some of these needs I have listed above.
This is what I am going to share with you this week.
Monday: Cheat Sheets for Good Eats ~ Tips for Homeschooling Mommas and Their Hungry Families
Tuesday: Have You Heard This One? ~ My Very Favorite Audio Books and Dramatizations
Wednesday: Popcorn and A Movie? ~ Worthwhile Documentaries, Videos and Movies for the Homeschooling Family
Thursday: Seeing Is Believing! ~ Links and Tips for Some Pretty Awesome Lapbooks, Notebooks and Printables
Friday: What Your Momma Never Told You: ~ My Favorite Tips for the Worn Out, Burnt Out and the Just Plain Fruity Momma.
My little contribution to this Back to Homeschool is minor. You can see below that I have many friends who are going to bless you with tips, helps and inspiration.
Mark your calendars - 10 to 14 August - it's time for this years Homeschool Blog Hop. The Schoolhouse Review Crew will be joining forces with Homeschool Blogging Connection to bring you a week full of back to school encouragement.
We have 56 homeschool Mom's sharing their combined wisdom and insights covering everything Homeschool related. That's 280 posts of encouragement and information just for you!
Meet Your Back to Homeschool Blog Hop Hosts
Marcy @ Ben and Me
Debra @ Footprints in the Butter
Chareen @ Every Bed of Roses
Amy @ Homeschool Encouragement
Missica @ The Open Window: An Autism Blog
Misty @ Year Round Homeschooling
Jennifer @ A Glimpse of Our Life
Heather @ Only Passionate Curiosity
Clarissa @ Counting Our Blessings
Christy @ Unexpected Homeschool
Monique @ Living Life and Learning
Rebecca @ Raventhreads
Rebekah @ There Will Be A $5 Charge For Whining
April @ ElCloud Homeschool
Brenda @ Counting Pinecones
Tara @ This Sweet Life
Tara @ Embark on the Journey
Jennifer @ Chestnut Grove Academy
Annette @ In All You Do
Lisa @ Farm Fresh Adventures
Tauna @ Proverbial Homemaker
Joanie @ Simple Living Mama
Aurie @ Our Good Life
Jennifer @ A Peace of Mind
Jenn @ Treasuring Life's Blessings
Kemi @ Homemaking Organized
Wendy @ Life at Rossmont
Katie @ DailyLife
Joelle @ Homeschooling for His Glory
Kim @ Homestead Acres
Melissa @ Mom's Plans
Annette @ A Net In Time
Meg @ Adventures with Jude
Dawn @ Double O Farms
DaLynn @ For the Display of His Splendor
Monique @ Mountain of Grace Homeschooling
Steph @ Indy Homeschool
Kym @ Homeschool Coffee Break
Tawnee @ Adventures in homeschooling
Lisa @ Tales of a Homeschool Family
Jennifer @ Organized Home Organized School
Callie @ Mama's Coffee Shop
Lori @ At Home: where life happens
Margaret @ Creative Madness Mama
Nicole @ Some Call It Natural
Crystal @ Crystal Starr
Bonnie @ Write Bonnie Rose
Shawna @ Tenacity Divine
Carol @ Home Sweet Life
Kelli @ Adventure Homeschool
Jacquelin @ A Stable Beginning
Leah Courtney @ As We Walk Along the Road
Hope to see you back here next week!