Category Archives: Planning

Refueling for the New School Year – An UPDATED Approach

We’re gearing up to start our 12th year of homeschooling. Or maybe I should say, I should be gearing up. I have purchased all our curriculum. It’s waiting on the shelf. And waiting. But I have not felt like starting to plan. I’ve enjoyed taking the summer off, and it’s hard for me to admit that […]

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Freedom from Distraction

Distraction As I set my goals this year,  I started by thinking about some of what I had been struggling with during the previous year. I was frazzled. I felt pulled in all directions. I lacked focus. I wasn’t paying enough attention to any of my children during “school time”. I was exhausted. I determined that there were […]

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High School Curriculum Plans

I can’t believe it, but next year 2 of my students will be in high school! I must say that overall high school has not been as scary and hard as I thought it would be, but it has been a big change in our day to day schedule with the addition of outside classes. […]

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Goals Checkup

I can’t believe that January is already gone! I set some goals for myself for this year and I think it would be a good idea to share how I’m doing with them. Hopefully it will encourage me to keep trying. I broke my goals up into categories. Here are my ongoing goals.  God/Spiritual  1. […]

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Focusing on the Important Things

One of my goals for the year is to Block out specific, focused times of day to complete work tasks for SchoolhouseTeachers.com. I tend to have my laptop open all day long. I have e-mail, Facebook,  SchoolhouseTeachers.com, and whatever else I might be working on all open. At the same time, Lizzie (2nd grade) and […]

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Priorities and Goal Setting for 2014

I’ve recently finished reading Crystal Paine’s (MoneySavingMom.com) soon to be released book, Say Goodbye to Survival Mode. One of the most important steps to getting out of survival mode, which I’ve been living in at least partially for a couple of years now, is to set goals. So, I’ve been thinking about what things about my […]

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Blah Blog Busting Post Ideas

I’ve been blogging for a long time (almost 7-1/2 years!!!) and there are times that I feel like I’ve run out of things to say. There are only so many times I can write about how busy I am or why I haven’t been blogging much! So if you’re feeling like your blogging is blah, here […]

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End of “Summer” – Planning for Fall

We start school this Monday and I am trying to make sure I have everything ready to begin. This is our 11th year homeschooling. Hopefully I’ve learned a thing or two by now. But every year is different since the children grow, study different things, and there are always new challenges. William, Anna, David, and […]

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First Year of High School done – Bring on 10th grade

David’s 9th grade has been finished for a while. Sort of. There are a couple of loose ends that I feel he needs to tie up. And I have a few revisions to make on the transcript. I’m sure that’s a work in progress anyway. As I reflect on our first ever year of high […]

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Cleaning and Organizing

Last week I got a lot done on my Decluttering Challenge. That was partly because my big kids were at camp. I don’t know why, but I seemed to have extra time on my hands. Here’s a cute video of me talking to Andrew about David and Anna coming home. Coming Home Now that my […]

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