How to Find Homeschool Help

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Many people think homeschool moms are superheroes. They have some sort of magical power to make it all work. That is totally not true. We all struggle and get frustrated. When you have the support and resources you need, that is much less likely. However, no one is perfect. So where do you find homeschool help when you need it?

Support and Resources for Homeschooling Moms

I remember being a new homeschool mum and being overwhelmed. However, I had a good friend who was homeschooling her children, and was there to help answer questions. There are so many questions when you just start. It can be frustrating to not find answers easily. That is why How to Homeschool Event for Moms 2.0 exists. We wanted to give back to the newer home education community and help those moms who may be overwhelmed with questions like I was.

  • Am I doing enough?
  • What if I fail?
  • What about socialization?
  • How do I know if my child is learning?

So many questions, but now there is a place to get answers!

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How to Homeschool

Here are some reasons why you need to join the part How to Homeschool Event for Moms 2.0:

1. A huge giveaway worth over $200 with all kinds of goodies to make this coming year amazing

2. Swagbag fully of goodies for everyone

3. Inspiring and engaging workshops to help you kick the year off right

Simply join the event hereit’s free for everyone.

Oh, here’s one more reason. We have some incredible vendors that have amazing offers. Not just your run of the mill vendors, either. This is an awesome line up. Each vendor is offering special deals, free workshops, and a chance to ask questions. Can’t get that for Amazon or a catalog. So, let’s take a moment to meet these wonderful vendors:

Where Can I Find Homeschool Help?

Breakthrough Homeschooling: Tools for the teen years: helpful tools for homeschooling through high school and parenting your teens. Pat Fenner is on a mission to inspire and equip you on your homeschooling high school journey. You can learn more about Breakthrough Homeschooling here: https://breakthroughhomeschool…

Sound Foundations Homeschool

Get the tools and support you need to build a thriving and successful homeschool for your special, unique child in less time, with less stress, and for less money. You can learn more about Sound Foundations here: https://soundfoundationshomesc…

The Happy Homeschooler

Do you want to be a happy homeschooler and have a smooth transition from school to home? The Happy Homeschooler will make this uncertain and trying time amazing and enjoyable! You can learn more about the Happy Homeschooler here: https://www.traceyhagerman.com…

A Heart 4 Homeschooling

“What about chemistry?” Have you heard that before? Well, A Heart 4 Homeschooling has everything you need from phonics to chemistry to cover those tough bases and homeschool with confidence. Learn more about A Heart 4 Homeschooling here: https://aheart4homeschool.com

Danielle Tate

Cringing at the price of curriculum? Afraid that you will drown in debt? Danielle Tate is helping families win the war on budgeting, and teaching moms how to make homeschooling affordable for everyone. You can learn more about Danielle Tate here: https://danielletate.org

Y.M.B.A. Virtual

Have a 12-16 year old? Then YMBA is a treasure trove of resources. Free worksheets, social clubs, online courses, and more. This is your one stop shop for a thriving middle school or high school experience with courses in everything from music to accounting! Learn more about YMBA Virtual here: https://www.ymbagroup.com

La Familia Foundation

Hables Espanol? La Familia Foundation provides support, resources, and planning tools in English and Spanish. Serving the diverse community of homeschoolers, La Familia Foundation has something for everyone. Learn more about La Familia Foundation here: https://lafamiliafoundation.co…

Julie Naturally

Homeschool Help, Wholistic Health, and Holy Living are the 3 pillars of Julie Naturally. With a wealth of unschooling and Christian homeschooling resources, this vendor is a must see! You can learn more about Julie Naturally here: https://julienaturally.com

Whew, made it through that incredible list! Be sure to join us in the group, see you there!

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Artists Are Made Not Born

I grew up being told that I was gifted at art. All through my school years, art was one of the subjects I was naturally good at. So, it was no surprise that at the age of ten that I had already decided that I was going to be an artist. At school the favored students were the little group of “gifted”ones. In fact, the teachers seemed to assume everyone else really should not be in the class. There never seemed to be a method to what we were doing.  No one realized that true artists are made not born.
There is only so far a gift will take you. Hard work and practice will take someone from mediocre to expert.
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Artists are Made Not Born

When I dived into the pool of motherhood and homeschooling I realized that the “gift” I had been given was one of seeing the world differently to other people. So, they could be trained to do the same but it was not something that they were born with. That “gift” was just a head start not a rule that only those people could become artists. So, I came to realize that most artists are made, not born. Similarly, some of them have a little edge at the beginning but, they will eventually be overtaken through diligent practice.
In fact, I saw this firsthand with my third child. She was born with a pencil in her hand. Above all, he loved art from a very early age. At 14, she had the opportunity to spend half her day at a local technical school in the commercial art department. Actually, I have to admit that I was actually quite envious. I would have loved to leave all the laundry and dishes for four hours a day and go and paint and draw. In four years her drawing went from cute to a very high level of technical skill. Her confidence as an artist grew to match that. Also, she was extremely confident because she could draw and paint. How did she get there? Hours and hours of practice.
Yes, there are people that are born to paint and draw, Leonardo comes to mind. However, there are also artists that were made because they wanted to be one and put in the practice to become one.

How to Homeschool

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4  Want to homeschool but drowning in questions and self-doubt? Join the FREE How to Homeschool Event for Moms and get the support you need to succeed!

Are you new to homeschooling? Drowning in questions and curriculum choices? Overwhelmed and worried you will fail? Join the FREE How to Homeschool Event for Moms! Do you want to get your questions answered, connect with other homeschool moms, and get inspired? You can do this! How to Homeschool Event for Moms is open to anyone free of charge. Spread the word and sign up today!

Beyond the Stick Figure is sponsoring this free event as a service to our subscribers and community. All are welcome.

June 22-30

How to Homeschool Event for Moms private Facebook Group

Guest speakers include:

  • Katie Hornor of Lemonhas
  • Michelle Huddleston of With the Huddlestons and Huddleston Academy
  • Jennifer Elia of Sound Foundations Homeschool

Join homeschool moms just like you for daily talks, interactive sessions, and live Q & A events. Sign up today!

PS This post is part of the Tips for Homeschool Moms Series, please check out the rest of the series and a very sweet giveaway, here!

Curriculum Review: Literary Adventures

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When I was approached to review Literary Adventures’ House and Pooh Corner Online Book Club, I could not help but say, “Yes!”

I have a special little place in my heart for Winnie the Pooh, the Hundred Acre Wood, and the gorgeous pen and ink illustrations of the original series. Maybe it’s because I grew up just outside Winnie the Pooh’s magical land. The Hundred Acre Wood was a part of my childhood in a very real way. I think that is why I love pen and ink so much.

What I Like about Literary Adventures House at Pooh Corner Online Book Club

So, aside from the fact that I love Winnie the Pooh, there were many aspects of this book club that I enjoyed. First, I like how it is more of a unit study that a book club, However, it still has that club atmosphere and community connection. It really is different than anything I have seen in all my years of homeschooling.

Every chapter includes activities and related topics to learn about. I like how outdoor adventures and nature study tie into the literature experience. Covering more than one subject at a time is a great time saver and help to homeschooling moms.

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What Makes this Different than other Book Clubs or

Literary Guides

Literary guides focus mostly on the literature and language arts. There are usually vocabulary words to learn, questions to answer, and maybe some grammar to study. Literary Adventures includes vocabulary and reading guides, however it goes far beyond that. Every section has “Rabbit Trails,” “Magic Dust,” and “Outdoor Adventures for the children to complete. The Rabbit Trails lead you into learning about specific topics related to each chapter, such as bears, breakfast, and bouncing animals. (Not every topic starts with the letter b, those just caught my fancy and sounded so eloquent together, lol.)

Then there are Magic Dust sections feature crafts and activities that not only teach but entertain. I really enjoyed the adorable “Play a Game of Pooh Sticks.” That brought back memories. The crafts were very sweet as well, such as making a den for a hibernating animal. Lastly, there are Outdoor Adventures which get the kids out into nature.

How to Use Literary Adventures Book Clubs

First, these book clubs are so well laid out that it is very easy to use. The materials and suggested books are listed at the beginning, however it is very versatile. You can really use this however it fits best into your homeschool. I think the best way to do this is as a unit study and count it as literature, nature study, and science. It would truly lend itself to including more subjects and can easily be used as a jumping off point.

Conversely, these could be a sweet little addition to literary studies. It can simply encompass language arts for the year or a short term. Really, the possibilities are endless. Oh, I almost forgot to mention, it ends with a party. A sweet little party based on the book. Just remember to include some good tea! Pooh would have had proper tea. 🙂

Join Literary Adventures for Your Next Unit Study

The House at Pooh Corner is just one in an ever growing line of Literary Adventures. There are so many options and genres of books. The adventures are all very reasonably priced. There is something for various ages and even several poetry studies.

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Meet Homeschool on the Range

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Friends are special, especially in the blogging world. We love to support out blogger friends and share their special offers and freebies with our subscribers, because we love our subscribers, too! So, it was very special to sit down with Yvie Field learn more about how she serves the homeschool community with her big heart. Let’s all meet Homeschool on the Range.

 Could you tell us a little bit about you and you family?

After six years of living full-time as roadschoolers, we settled into some acreage in middle America and are enjoying a simple life!  We homeschool our teenage boys using a combination of Charlotte Mason and unit studies methods, and still love reading aloud together as a family everyday!

I have been a board certified high school counselor for nearly 20 years, and have a passion for helping other homeschool moms.  I’ve worked in elementary, middle, and high schools in both a teaching and counseling capacity, and have homeschooled both ends of the special needs spectrum…so ask me anything!  At our non-profit, The Homeschool House, we help new homeschoolers find their footing and get the materials they need.  We even do a Homeschool Consultation!

Meet Homeschool on the Range!

What is your blog’s name and what is it about?

Homeschool On the Range is a play on words from ‘Home on the Range,’ and it’s about living simply out here in rural America…homemaking, homeschooling, and homesteading are our three basic pillars. 

Why did you start this blog?

I actually started another blog about six years ago when our family was roadschool full-time as a way to show family and friends where we were and what we were learning / doing.  It unexpectedly grew to have quite a following!  When we moved back home last year, I decided to keep up the blogging, but morph into something more appropriate to our circumstances, which include homesteading and schooling upper grades kids.  There is considerably less out there for homeschooling moms of older kids, and so I want to reach those folks.

What is your favorite part of homeschooling?

I’m going to come right out and say it….I like sleeping in!  But seriously, the flexibility that homeschooling affords us allows the kids to jump down rabbit holes when they want to explore something further, let’s us take lots of field trips, gives us a chance to be a family (rather than people going in separate directions from the same house), and let’s us get extra sleep when we need it…..all good things!

What is your biggest challenge?

Trying to do it all….like every other working mom, I try to be the chief, cook, and bottle washer around the house, homeschool the kids, run a non-profit (with some friends), and run a small business….all at the same time!  Fortunately, there is chocolate.

If you could give one piece of advice to a new homeschool mom what would it be?

I would recommend that she step back, let the kids learn (or re-learn, if deschooling) the JOY of learning, and find a groove that works for their family.  Every family is different…what works for us is not going to look the same as what works for you.  Also, don’t spend a lot of money on the first curriculum you see….because you’ll probably change your mind five or six times!

How do you add creativity to your homeschool?

We do a lot of hands-on projects.  Today (as I write this), we’re reading a book together called The Winged Watchman.  It’s about WW2 in Holland, and so the boys are using craft sticks to build a miniature working windmill.  These are the kinds of projects that we like to include a few times each week, as well as larger projects.  For example, they are building some fairly large projects for shop class that have taken all semester!

What products do you offer and where can we find them?

We are currently creating novel studies and products for middle and high school students – such as the Homeschool to College Success program.  We host these, along with our older products for elementary school (lots of Lego-themed things!) at  http://OKBookShack.org/shop.

Anything else that you would like to share? 

For promo week, we are offering your readers a 20% off discount to the Cottage Shoppe with code WELCOME (through 5/20 – Consultation excluded). 

Thank you so much, Yvie! We really enjoyed getting to meet Homeschool on the Range.