5 Days How to Homeschool CHALLENGE

how to simplify your homeschool

Are you overwhelmed trying to decide exactly
…..how to homeschool this coming year?

Do your kids truly have a love of learning?
Do your kids have the tools to learn for a lifetime?
Are you wanting your kids to follow God, instead of following the crowd?

When we first started homeschooling, my kids were most interested in completing their math problems or finishing a test. Checking off their tasks was most important. I had to figure out a way to change their attitude about education.

Education is not a workbook, a test, or even a grade. Education is a lifetime that loves learning & has the tools of learning.  In our challenge, I will share some of my kid-tested ideas that helped change my kids perspective of education.  Why not try what already works for kids?

Join the 5 Days How to Homeschool Challenge

Our challenge will cover . . .

  • Practical strategies to give a Love of Learning
  • How to instill a Godly character foundation in your kids right now
  • Specific tools of learning that last a lifetime

Next week, I am hosting the 5 Day How to Homeschool Challenge!  You’ll discover exactly what you need to do to make 2018 your best homeschool ever. And … you’ll discover ways to make a difference in your kids attitude towards education.

What will you RECEIVE in our
How to Homeschool Challenge?

  1. 5 Time-Tested Tips on How to Homeschool (1 email each day)… Hey, I used these with my own kids!
  2. 5 Scriptures for homeschooling this year
  3. Sample chapter of my book, Raising Leaders, Not Followers

How do you ENTER the
5 Days How to Homeschool Challenge?

  • Sign up using the form below
  • Receive 5 emails (one per day) for a total of one week
  • Complete each task each day and then
  • Report your progress by replying to each email (Optional)
  • Join the How to Homeschool Facebook Group and dialogue with members there.
  • That’s it!  This is a SIMPLE challenge.  No fluff.  No long emails.  Just brief, practical encouragement from Scripture and time-tested homeschool lessons.

NOTE: You can respond to emails with questions or comments at any time and I will reply during my daily email checking time!

Are you ready to accept the challenge to make the best decisions on how to homeschool your kids this year?

Then hop aboard the party train, homeschool mom!  Get ready to receive your new and improved homeschool!

How much better to get wisdom than gold! To get understanding is to be chosen rather than silver. Proverbs 16:16

Teach them to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up. Deuteronomy 11:19

Giving your kids a love of learning & a love of God,

Question: What’s your biggest struggle in homeschooling? You can leave a comment by clicking here.

*By signing up for this challenge, your email will automatically be added to the How to Homeschool newsletter, full of encouraging blog posts and homeschooling helps

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  1. My biggest challenge in homeschooling is finding the best way to teach my child who has profound dyslexia and other learning challenges.

    1. Thanks for sharing. Although I’m not an expert with learning challenges, I have some friends who might share on my blog. I’ll start contacting them for a future post.

    2. I wanted you to know that I’ve also received emails about learning disabilities and hope to add a 6th email about learning disabilities & challenges

  2. My biggest struggle is teaching two kids with th very different learning styles. One gets down to business, and the other can take all day to finish his work!

    1. This can be a problem, Heather. Each of our children are individuals with individual ways to learn (& live). I hope to share some ways we homeschooled even though my kids learned differently

  3. Thanks for hosting this! Looking forward to it! The biggest challenge for me is not pressure the kids to stick to the books – to instead get ALL of us to enjoy the learning process.

    1. Thanks for sharing Lucinda. This is the exact problem I had while homeschooling. Too task oriented, instead of enjoying learning. I hope to share some ideas next week about love of learning.

    1. I can relate. I always had big hopes in those areas, but they seemed to be the first areas to drop when we got busy. I’ll re-look at the challenge and try to address those issues.

  4. My biggest challenge is that I have such a large span between each child. I have 4, each 4 years apart. It makes it hard to combine lessons. I sometimes feel that there isn’t enough of me to go around, especially if one is having trouble with something.

    1. I understand, especially when your kids are young and seem to need you for everything 🙂 I hope some of my ideas for love of learning will help you with this challenge. Thanks for sharing.

  5. I find it extremely challenging to juggle homeschooling (and all the planning and teaching involved), raising children who love the Lord and deeply desire to serve Him, cooking healthy meals, keeping the house clean, maintaining quality friendships, and making time for my husband. There just doesn’t seem to be enough hours in the day to accomplish everything that needs to get done. That being said, I feel so called to this life that I wouldn’t trade it for the world!

    1. Paige,
      This seems to be a challenge for most homeschooling moms. . . balancing all aspects of homeschooling & life in general. I plan to cover this in one of my daily emails. Thanks for sharing

  6. My biggest challenge right now is trying to figure out where do I begin. I want to start homeschooling my 8th and 5th grader and I also have a 3yr old too. My children were in a public and charter school, yet I believe the Lord is calling me to do this. I just don’t know how or where to begin. Help me please

    1. Homeschooling was overwhelming for me, too (& I was a public school teacher). I had to re-think what education is and what I wanted to accomplish in my homeschool. I’ll be touching on these ideas during the challenge.

      Having said that, I will make a shameless plug for Approaches to Christian Homeschooling. It helps you understand the 7 different approaches and how to choose what is best for you.

      Here’s more info: Approaches to Christian Homeschooling

  7. I had 8 girls who learned easily and now 2 boys who would much rather be outside with Papa learning life skills…which is important…the challenge is keeping a balance and making time for some book learning too:)

    1. Balance seems to be a challenge in many areas of our life, including homeschooling. Boys love outside so I understand your dilemma.

  8. My biggest challenge is keeping my oldest on task and focused while I’m working with the younger ones.

  9. My biggest challenge is being brave enough to step away from the public/private school model of what my kids should know. I often worry that if I don’t follow close enough to the model they won’t be prepared for the “world” when it’s time.

    1. Thanks for such an honest answer. I can understand where you are coming from. I hope the 5 Day How to Homeschool Challenge gives you some ideas to move away from the public/private school model that we all know so well. 🙂

  10. Hi thanks for the blog! My biggest challenge in homeschooling is how to juggle with different subjects by integrating one subject to another and how to encourage my First grader to enjoy and love learning.

    1. I hope today’s email had a few ideas about love of learning. I’ll also be sharing a sample chapter of my new book, Raising Leaders, Not Followers. The chapter is all about developing a love of learning with our kids.

  11. My challenge is getting my high school student to see all of the possibilities he has with homeschooling. He’s worried he’s not getting the same information as his former classmates. We also deal with anxiety about getting schoolwork done, even though he is an exceptional student. Another challenge I have is finding teaching advice for my one gifted high school student. So much is geared for the elementary teaching mom who has many kids.

    1. Alicia,
      Those are some big challenges, especially at the high school level. Older kids have a greater understanding of what’s around them and sometimes question what they are doing. I’m working on the challenge about tools of learning which is geared more towards high school students. I hope it helps you.

  12. My biggest challenge is remembering to train our children’s hearts and not just focus on academics.

    1. Gail,
      It’s so easy to get caught up in academics. One of our daily challenges is about developing Godly character. I hope it is encouraging to you.

  13. I think my biggest challenge right now is keeping my mouth shut when people start telling me how much my little guy needs to go to school!
    I have NO intention of sending him to public school and people just won’t accept that!

    1. LOL! I am still learning to keep my mouth shut about so many issues. It is often the best course of action.

  14. My biggest struggle last year was keeping MY focus. Also I haven’t been good with trying these unique teaching ways, like notebooking, lapbooks, unit studies. I do subject books with lessons. Lol.

    1. Amy,
      With so many options, it is easy to lose focus. Don’t feel like you need to incorporate all the extras. If you have one of those that seem interesting, just try it for the entire year. Otherwise you can lose focus and become overwhelmed.

  15. This is are second semester of homeschooling for the first time. I need help all over the board. My biggest challenge is sticking to a schedule!

    1. Thanks for your challenge. I hope to post more on scheduling next week. Let me know if you still have questions or concerns.

    2. Jennifer,
      Just a quick note to say I addressed scheduling in the workshop. Let me know if you have more specific questions.

    1. That’s a good point. Sometimes I hear more from moms about managing their time, but it’s just as important that we teach our kids how to manage their time well. I know that’s one thing my daughter told me when she was in college. Thanks mom for how you helped me in high school…to study & manage my time

  16. My biggest problem is how to fit everything in. I feel like a slave driver making my kids sit down and do a whole bunch of school work every day that mostly resembles traditional school work and workbooks and worksheets. Then I feel bad pushing though all the workbooks and later realize that my kids didn’t even retain most of it. But I don’t have hours trying to look up things on Pinterest to try to make things more “fun” and “exciting”.

    1. Amanda,
      I understand being in a rut and realizing it’s not working. My first thought is to encourage a daily habit of reading aloud together…just for fun. I’m not sure your kids’ ages, but start with 30 minutes. We did this for 10+ years and it helped us enjoy reading & learning together. My son even learned the Pythagorean theorem after one of the math short stories we read. It was in a book called Mathematicians are People Too.

  17. My daughter is focusing a lot on the little things that go wrong instead of all the good that is happening every day. I work hard to make each day special and it’s really frustrating.

    1. Debra,
      That sounds frustrating to me. Have you ever used a gratitude journal? Your daughter would write down 3 things she is thankful for each day. It might help her refocus.

  18. My biggest challenge is feeling overwhelmed and unsure with all the Choice available, so many resources available these days! I need Wisdom with how to choose an overarching what to do, and why, and practically how!!

    Often I’ve felt exhausted with all the cooking, cleaning, child training, (sigh). Thank you 🙂

    1. You could also flip the competition and use it to your advantage…playing games in homeschool to learn a topics.

      I did that with my son and he learned about many topics because he wanted to win.

  19. My biggest challenge is consistency. Having 5 children ages 8, 6, 4, 2, and 6 months makes it so difficult to get school work done. We will go great one week then the next is thrown off by cranky toddlers or sickness. It seems once our routine gets messed up it is so difficult to get back on track. Also, confidence that what curriculum and work load we have chosen is enough.

    1. I get it. Homeschooling with littles can be difficult. AT your kids ages, don’t feel like you need to do every subject every day. If you read together and teach your 6,8 yo to read and write, you’re doing fantastic.

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