When Life Crashes Into Homeschooling

Life happens!  No matter who you are you will face some sort of difficult circumstance at some point in life.  Probably at many points in life truthfully.  Being able to roll with the punches can be a challenge but it can also be a mark of character.  Showing your children how to adapt to life’s circumstances teacher them more than any math lesson could.

As homeschoolers we likely have more flexibility to adapt than other family’s might.  I’m a stay-at-home mom.  My children don’t have to be picked up or dropped off at school at any certain hour.  This means we can help others out when they are in need.

Recently we’ve been blessed to be able to do just that.  Unfortunately my mom has faced some difficult medical circumstances and she’s need support to get to doctor’s appointments and treatment.  While I would so much rather that she didn’t have to face this ordeal I decided to grab it as an opportunity.  An opportunity to show my children how we care for loved ones and how to be roll with what life tosses at you.

I share with you a picture I took on whim one day.  We were waiting in a parking lot for my mother to finish her appointment. My children had packed up their backpacks full of math, grammar, poetry and a whole bunch of other things to keep themselves busy. I didn’t think much of the photo.  I was sending it quick to my mom just to show her what her crazy grandchildren were up to.  Thinking back now I think it shows a lot.  It shows just how life keeps going even when hard circumstances crash into it.

I’m thankful for homeschooling.  Without it I couldn’t be there for my mom.



Top 7 Reasons to Join a Homeschool Co-op!

If there is anything I am passionate about it is encouraging other homeschool moms.  Whether they be veterans or brand new to the homeschooling way of life I want to do what I can to come along side them and give them a helping hand should they ever need.  Truthfully, I need it sometimes so I suspect most other moms do too.


It has amazed me to watch the homeschooling community in my little corner of the world grow and flourish over these last 5 or 6 years.  I remember when there were just 3 or 4 of us moms, if that, that would gather at the library for a little social time.  We often looked at each other and wondered just what we should do.  After some time we started a Facebook group for our town.  It’s something like a bulletin board where people share events and perhaps ask a question.  What we lacked however was a real community.  A cohesive group where friendships flourished for both moms and kids.  A group that really met regularly so that community could grow.  We were stuck, the Facebook page didn’t seem to be making that happen.  What could we do.

On a whim we decided to experiment with a co-op.  Nothing too academic just something fun, social, and enriching.  A place to maybe try something new and to relax with friends.  Our first session was just 3 weeks long and had just 2 classes.  I can’t remember how many families were involved.  Maybe 8?  I’m not sure!

Now 3 years later we offer 9 classes a session, countless field trips, and we joined by around 35 families.  We recently hosted a “Not” Back to School Picnic for the entire community!  We had just about 100 children there.  It was amazing!  We’ve done it, we’ve created a community!  I want to share with you my

Top 7 Reasons to Join a Co-op

1. Because homeschooling is hard and doing it alone makes it even harder.

2. When you commit to a co-op you’ll find yourself at classes and events with a regular group of other homeschooling families.  Coming together often is how friendships are formed.

3. There are benefits to learning as a group! Whether it be the chance to work on a large project with many others, or just the chance to hear someone else’s ideas.  Group learning has its advantages.

4. Sometimes it is nice to let someone else take the reins for a bit.  I have watched in awe as my children have become excited about poetry because another mom taught them how wonderful it could be.  I was amazed at how much my children learned about human anatomy because another mom made it so cool.  Other moms are creative in ways I’m not.  What a great thing to take advantage of.

5. Co-op day is a nice change of pace.  My children look forward to co-op day.  It is the day they are sure to see their friends.  It is a day full of learning.  Yet it is different than what we typically do at home.  That can be refreshing for everyone!

6. Co-op gives moms a sure fire chance to check in with friends.  On a co-op day I can often tell with just a glance how some of my closest mom friends are really doing.  I can catch up with them, pray for them, and encourage them if it has been a rough week.  And yes, if I need some encouragement they are all right there for me.

7. Co-op offers us an opportunity to minister to others.  Our co-op often comes together to help out families in the community.  Whether it be meals when someone is ill or a collection when someone is facing tough times. Co-op already has a structure in place to get the word out fast so that help can be provided.

I think I mention it again… homeschooling is hard and doing it alone makes it even harder.

My co-op makes me feel like I’m not doing this alone.  And that is the best reason ever to join.



5 Days of Back to Homeschool!

Back to Homeschool!  It is in the air! Traditional schoolers all over the country as well as homeschoolers are getting ready to crack open the books and start new in a great new school year.  I’d like to share with you some of the changes we’ve made in our homeschool for this year including how I’m coping with a new kindergartner and a crawling active baby underfoot. We’ve recreated our homeschool space as well, though it is a total work in progress.  I plan to share with you my favorite tips for starting off a new year well.  I’ve been given the opportunity to take part in a Back to Homeschool Blog hop as part of the  Schoolhouse Review Crew and Homeschool Blogging Connection.  I hope to make the series really helpful for you. Each day I’ll add a the link for the new post!

Day 1: To the New Homeschoolers Out There (and Veterans Too)

Back to Homeschool Blog Hop
Mark your calendars – 10 to 14 August – it’s time for this years Homeschool Blog Hop. The School House Review Crew and 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
Karen @ Tots and Me…Growing Up Together
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

Cristi @ Through the Calm and Through the Storm
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
Erin @ For Him and My Family
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


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