Simple Ideas and Encouragement

Old West ~ LifeOfJoy.meSometimes my facebook newsfeed has a lot of really good and encouraging articles. The other day was one of those days. I had about 7 open tabs with stuff to check out.

In one article the lady shared that putting out her younger children’s work with post-it notes on them stating what needed to be done really changed how their year went, for the better.

When my kids were young, I made a check list of the things they needed to do and taught them how to find out what specifics they needed to accomplish for each subject. There were some things that they could do on their own and there were some things they could only do with me. Your goal should be to help your children to become independent learners and eventually work yourself out of a job. ;)

Another good article was a guest post by Kacey over on She stated,  “My kids don’t need me to be good at it. They don’t even care if I’m good at it. They just need to see me fully immersed in this process of learning with them.” It is so true when they are young. Show excitement for learning and your kids be excited to; although if your kids have lost their excitement, it can be reignited with time.

One other thing she mentioned in passing is that there isn’t a wrong way to homeschool. I do agree with this if the parent is actually overseeing their child’s education but unfortunately there are some unscrupulous people out there that “pull their kids out of the public school system and say they are homeschooling” when the truth of the matter is that their children are being truant and not being educated at all (well, at least not in a good way). It is those situations that cause lawmakers to think they need to make more laws regulating homeschoolers. Ugh! I will not even get started on that subject.

The last article I read the other day and wanted to mention was Am I Doing Enough in my Homeschool?Even though this was written by a teenage homeschooler, I have to say that I agree with most of what she wrote. I think she has some good recommendations for what to do for each subject and even has a link to another article she wrote with 100 historical book suggestions. I recommend the article because she makes some good points, has some great suggestions, and a couple of great links with even more great suggestions!

As always, do check out because they generally have something good to share. This week they have a few websites to share; one is from the National Parks Service about using historical places to teach history. :) Sounds like fun if you like to travel at all and even if you don’t, you can probably find something in your own area too.

Well, that’s all I have this week. I hope it is an encouragement to you.

Until next time, God bless,

Michele ºÜº

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