HELP! I am a new homeschooling mom (2nd yr)... and feel like a failure. I don't know how to stay on schedule with a VERY demanding todddler, take care of a home, cook meals, etc. etc. etc... I feel VERY overwhelmed & unorganized... I would LOVE to have a garden, but, DEFINATeLY don't have time for that... I would love to exercise, but don't have time for that either. I am very sad and sometimes feel like giving up... Any suggestions?
Dear Anonymous,First off, thank you for contacting us. Second, you are not alone, many homeschoolers feel overwhelmed when we first start out. I remember even going to Confession about it during my first two years because it was all so much. So don't feel bad, it takes time to "find your groove" Here are some things I can think of off the top of my head that might help you:1. Keep a Daily Schedule of things to do: http://raisinglittlesaints.blogspot.com/2012/05/organized-mom-happy-home-daily.html#uds-search-results2. Make a Chore Schedule for the whole house and get the kids involved http://raisinglittlesaints.blogspot.com/2011/01/getting-over-free-range-chicken.htmland http://raisinglittlesaints.blogspot.com/2011/01/getting-over-free-range-chicken_19.htmlLet me know if you need anything else but I promise you that you will be in my prayers. Blessings,Erika
AND this one for laundry control: http://raisinglittlesaints.blogspot.com/2012/01/laundry-system-that-works.html
Help, I am a catholic and my in laws are born again christians. I want to teach my four year old and two year old about the catholic faith so they can grow strong. How do I start?
Anonymous from October, I think you should check out Catholic Icing, you can do crafts and teach the kids little by little, just planting the seed. Your in-laws need to respect your religion and not get involved in the raising of your children. http://catholicicing.com/
I'm still new to homeschooling , I have 5 children, my oldest one being 7years old youngest is newborn (oct 7, 2012) My oldest is in '1st grade', but we've hardly done any 'school' at all. I feel like giving up. I've tried daily schedule sheets,and they just don't work out for me (I forget about them) I've heard the comment from other homeschoolers so many times now about how some families are 'called' to do it,and they do it well, and others are 'well intentioned' and there children are suffering that I'm beginning to feel like maybe God is trying to tell me to give up. I feel like I'm failing them all miserably.
Anonymous from November, if you oldest is seven, I would do TONS of crafts and nature studies. You can even just grab a comprehensive curriculum book at BJs or Costco and work through that book with him/her. Also, look into the laws in your state, some states don't start counting grades/records until age 8. Hang in there, it's not easy...but good things aren't easy...Is this your first year? Don't be so hard on yourself....you DO have your hands full, enjoy your children while they are young and enjoy life. Teach them their prayers, how to read, and the numbers, the rest comes with time and naturally.
I am anonymous from November, thank you so much for the support. Since I wrote that, I've been trying to back off some of the other subjects and really just focusing on teaching her how to read, math, and we naturally incorporate prayer into daily life, so this was just what I needed to hear when I needed to hear it. God is Good. Thank you so much, and God bless!
Anonymous (from November) what wonderful news! Thanks for the update! God bless you...and yes God is very good - all the time!
Hello. I am discerning homeschooling. But I will be doing it alone. I don't have a husband. I just don't know if God is asking me. I have three boys 12,10 and 6. I just feel a pull and I have been feeling it for about 5-6 years. I will have to work part time to. Any thoughts on trying it. I have met beautiful familys who do it and I have a close Aunt and Uncle who homeschooled and there children are so beautiful. I want this for my family. I want to give them the best oppurtunity for have a close family and strong faith.Any advice would be helpful. God bless.
@Eileen,Thanks for stopping by. It is beautiful to hear that you have the Holy Ghost tugging at you about home educating your children. If you are able to juggle working and homeschooling (some moms do) then do it. You do have to think about who will watch the children while you work. That might be your biggest stumbling block. ALso, you need seed money to get books and supplies though I have been able to home educate with pennies (ok, dollars)...there is tons of free online resources! I wish you the best and I will pray for you!Blessings, Erika
Have any of you tried lately to find free math printables on the internet that are not common core alligned? Any suggestions? Thank you!