Aloha! As we near the end of July and see the next school year looming ahead of us, a lot of you have asked if we can talk more about homeschooling. We have covered different aspects of homeschooling here before (I’ll link to those episodes in show notes) but what I really wanted to share in this episode was a word of encouragement — for anyone who feels like I used to feel when I imagined homeschooling: Completely overwhelmed.
I wanted to share what I have learned over my 12 + years of homeschooling: That homeschooling does not have to be complicated. Or painful. You don’t have to do what everyone else is doing, and you certainly don’t have to do what the public schools are doing.
With all of this on my mind, I knew exactly who I wanted to have on the podcast for this conversation!… My friend Jenn, a fellow Hawaii resident…writer, podcaster, and homeschool Mom! Even more, Jenn has felt called to encourage other homeschool mommas (especially those just getting started!) in her new private membership group, “Homeschool Made Simple.” If you haven’t already discovered Jenn and her Practical Family ministry, it is my pleasure to share her with you now! I find her words (and voice!) to be incredibly soothing. I think you will, too!
In this episode Jenn and I cover “7 Ways to Make Homeschooling Simple.” It’s a chatty interview (longer than most), but I really hope you feel like you’re sitting with us over a cup of coffee, and getting equipped and blessed by our conversation! Find links to follow Jenn and all we talk about in notes below:
EPISODE 59: Motivating Boys to Read and Write (With Andrew Pudewa, of IEW)
EPIDOSE 54: Finishing the (home) school year strong with Robert Bortins of Classical Conversations
EPISODE 52: Q&A With my boys covering “Why We Homeschool” and more.
EPISODE 48: You Have What it Takes to Homeschool with September McCarthy
which shows all the curriculums my boys use, as well as Andrew Pudewa’s talk: “Teaching Boys and other Kids who would Rather be Building Forts”. IEW is also currently offering 3 free weeks of Language Arts curriculum IEW is offering this summer.
Whether you have a student who loves to write, hates to write, or a student who has some special learning needs, you can find success with IEW. Try the free lessons at iew.com/monicaswanson
Also big thanks to SURFACE Sunscreen, Luke’s surfing sponsor, and my end-of-episode summer sponsor! Surface is offering a DISCOUNT to all Boy Mom listeners (USE CODE: BOY MOM for 20% everything on their site!) and they are offering a give- away BUNDLE of SURFACE Suncare PRODUCTS to one of you at the end of July!
Find out more about the amazing products Surface offers at their site. AND…Enter to win the July BUNDLE of Surface products at the VERY bottom of this post!
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My book, BOY MOM, was released in August of 2019 (Waterbrook Multnomah Publishers) and is full of practical advice and helpful resources for raising boys. It’s a great study for small groups!
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What is your favorite subject to explore with your kids? Do you love to read to them? Create arts and crafts? Explore science projects or tackle long division? 🙂 Let’s talk about the joy of learning with our kids whether you do it as a homeschool mom or as part of the flow of family life! Leave a comment below and you’ll be entered to win! (Winner will be picked from all of the comments in podcast notes from the month of July!)
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