Our Unconventional Big Family Homeschool Schedule (for when yours stops working)

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Inside: Is your big family homeschool schedule just not working? Instead of giving up, use our unconventional homeschool schedule to think about your schedule creatively, so you can make homeschooling a big family work for you!

It’s 10:30 a.m, and your little cherubs? They are bouncing off the walls.

Your homeschool lesson plods along in 5 minute intervals with interruptions galore, and you are convinced you are going to lose your mind!

There are far more kids to teach than there are of you. It’s impossible to read with one side of your mouth and shush yelling boys with the other.

Oh, and did you mention that the toddler has JUST THIS MORNING figured out how to climb bunkbeds?

Is this really your life?!

You just can’t picture your homeschool life continuing on like this for two or three or four more years.

Homeschooling multiple kids is just too hard. Even if you’re only doing formal lessons with just one, getting that one to focus and “miss out on all the fun” feels like climbing Mount Everest.

If any of that sounds familiar, you are not alone!

Figuring out a big family homeschool schedule is tricky and frustrating and takes a lot of trial and error.

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The Best FREE Homeschool Planner Pages to Record Every Learning Moment (not just the planned ones)

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Inside: These beautiful, free printable homeschool planner pages will help you capture not just the “school” things, but all the learning in between!

Starting in August, you probably sat down with your amazing, beautiful (read: anything BUT free) homeschool planner and dreamed of all the amazing things you were going to do with your kids this year.

Or maybe you pulled out that curriculum guide – laid out SO nicely without you having to lift a finger – and thought, “They make it so easy! This is going to be a piece of cake!”

You just transfer it all to your planner, nice and neat: done. Ready to go!

And maybe it started out that way. September can tend to make you feel like a Homeschool Mom Rockstar.

I can practically hear you ticking the boxes in your planner every single day.

Check! Check! Check! It’s a beautiful sound. 

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Relaxed Homeschooling: It’s Not What You Think

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Inside: Answering the question, “What is relaxed homeschooling?”

When you first dip your toes into the homeschool world, you’ll quickly realize that there are these things called homeschool styles. It can be a little intimidating at first. You have no idea who the heck Charlotte Mason is, didn’t even know unschooling was a word, and classical homeschooling sounds SOOO intimidating!

Eventually you find your tribe, the ones who understand your homeschool language and why you do what you do. But one homeschool style you probably won’t hear much about is relaxed homeschooling, and that’s because it is the hardest homeschool style to actually define. In fact, relaxed homeschooling is often not acknowledged as a legitimate homeschool style at all.

It’s time to change that.

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Our Relaxed Homeschool: Second Grade & Kindergarten

It’s almost time for another homeschool year! I can’t believe how the summer has flown by. I don’t feel ready, but whether I’m ready or not, school is coming. Here are my plans for our relaxed homeschool this year, but I try to keep in mind with all my plans that planning is just guessing.

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How to Choose the Perfect Read-Aloud by asking just One Question

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Choosing the perfect read-aloud can feel like an awful guessing game. You do your research, get all the best reading treasuries, and listen to “the experts” who give you extensive lists of all the books you should read to your kids.

Some are great, but some of them are dreadful flops. They bore you, for heaven’s sake! No wonder your 7 year-old is yawning and distracted. You can forget having that meaningful conversation and connection you dreamed about.

Still, you persevere with your list, determined to finish every single one just because you should. Can I tell you something? My year started with that same fierce determination, but multiple “just ok” books later, I realized something had to change. I wanted to inspire my child to love reading and build meaningful connections that lasted.

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Why We Don’t Use School to Teach Hard Work

Driving to the grocery store one evening, I tried to explain to my kids why daddy is so tired all the time. You see, my husband recently reentered the field of engineering after a six year hiatus.

For him, every day comes with a new set of challenges. He is re-learning constantly. It’s not re-learning the same things either. Each day, he encounters new programs, new problems, new state regulations, and he’s been at this for three months straight.

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Relaxed Homeschooling (A Day in the Life with a 7, 5, 3, and 1 year old)

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Inside: Want to take a peek into a day in the life of a relaxed homeschool family? Here’s your chance! I’m sharing our day in life of our relaxed homeschool (with a 7, 5, 3, and 1 year old).

Inspired by the Day in the Life series over at Simple Homeschool, I’m sharing what a typical day looks like around here.

For all you moms out there considering homeschooling, I hope this encourages you that homeschooling is a lifestyle, and learning happens from the moment kids wake up until the minute their heads hit the pillow (literally).

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Save Time in your Homeschool with Picture Books

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When you are homeschooling multiple children or juggling babies and toddlers with homeschooling, time is of the essence. The more you can teach in less time, the better. Teaching with picture books engages your younger children while allowing you cover multiple subject areas with your older children at the same time.

It’s cheap, time-saving, and just plain fun. You’ll be amazed what you can cover with just one picture book.

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