As Homeschool CEOs, we juggle a lot of balls in the air. Let’s be real. Running a business can be challenging. Combining entrepreneurship with motherhood adds another ball to the juggling act. Then if that wasn’t enough and you’re like me, we add homeschooling to the mix. Talk about a juggling act and wearing ALL THE HATS!
As many of you know, I’ve been combining entrepreneurship and homeschooling for over 16 years so I get the juggling act. Sometimes it can feel like this:
Over the years, I’ve also had the privilege to connect with many types of Homeschool CEOs. I’ve chatted with Homeschool CEO’s who are wildly successful in business and homeschooling, as well as those who seem stuck on the struggle bus. I’ve taken notes on what worked well, and what contributed to burnout and overwhelm.
Although every Homeschool CEO is unique, I’ve noticed quite a few similarities - especially when...
Several days ago, I asked our Homeschool CEO community members a question. I asked them to share how they encourage entrepreneurship in their kids and they gave some amazing and inspiring suggestions.
Their suggestions inspired me to write this article for the benefit of fellow Homeschool CEOs who are looking for ideas. Below are some tips on what you can do to encourage your kids to be entrepreneurs.
Teach them to set a financial goal.
You know how kids are always asking you to buy them something? Use that as a teachable moment and tell them they can have it if they are able to save money for it. This will inspire them to think of ways to make money.
One example is the 4-year-old daughter of Homeschool CEO mom Natasha Hartman who asked if she could sell bows to earn money to go to Disneyland. It took them 15 months but they succeeded!
Encourage them to pursue their interests.
When a child is already passionate about something, it’s often easier to encourage...
A new school year is about to begin and you might already be so excited to dive in. However, your kids may not be so enthusiastic to say goodbye to their summer vacation just yet.
Don’t worry! You can make them look forward to a new homeschool year by preparing some fun things to do on your first day or week. Here are some creative and fun ideas you can try.
1. First Day of Homeschool Photos
Just because your kids are not going to a regular school doesn’t mean you can’t take back-to-school photos. You absolutely can!
Search online and you will find creative ideas on how others do this. Some of them include information about the child on the photos, such as his or her age, grade level, favorite subject, and more. At the end of the year, you can take another photo of your kids. It will be fun to compare it with the back-to-school one and see how much they’ve grown.
2. First Day of Homeschool Interview
There are many printables that you...
Socialization is usually one of the major concerns of parents who are still deciding whether to homeschool their children or not. They’re normally concerned that staying at home will prevent their kids from interacting with others and making friends, which is something that can be easily done in a classroom. It’s a valid concern. However, socialization goes beyond just making friends with kids in school.
The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines socialization as “the process beginning during childhood by which individuals acquire the values, habits, and attitudes of a society”. There’s nowhere in that definition that says it’s something that can only happen in school. In fact, society is everywhere around us, which means that socialization can happen anywhere.
With that in mind, there are many opportunities available for homeschoolers to meet and make friends with different types of people. Here are some fun ways they can socialize.
A couple of weeks ago, I shared with you a few reasons why Homeschool CEOs should homeschool in the summer. Now that summer is in full swing though, you might be wondering what types of homeschool activities you can do with your kids.
Well, just because you’re homeschooling in the summer doesn’t mean that you need to follow your usual schedule. Summer is actually the time to have a change of pace and be more relaxed in your homeschool.
With that said, here are some fun summer homeschool ideas you can try with your kids.
Reading is a great way for kids to learn a lot of different things without having to do actual lessons. You can either make a reading list for your child or enroll him or her in a summer reading challenge wherein prizes are involved as a reward.
Arts and Crafts
Not all homeschoolers get to do a lot of arts and crafts during the school year. Take advantage of the summer then to explore different art projects that you normally...
As you wrap up your homeschool year, it's important to stop and take some time to evaluate how the year went. This will allow you to figure out what worked and what didn't and give you a better basis for making decisions on how to do things in the next homeschool year.
What exactly do you need to evaluate?
1. Your child's schoolwork
Look through everything your kids have accomplished during the year. What have they learned? Were your learning goals met? Did they struggle with anything? Were they bored or challenged?
Take note that you also need to check your state laws about homeschool evaluations. Some states may require assessments to be administered, such as standardized testing, portfolios, or an evaluation by an education professional.
2. Your curriculum
Just because you’ve been using a particular curriculum for a number of years doesn’t mean you should stick to it forever. It’s important to evaluate a curriculum every year to...
Millions of kids and parents all over the world are stuck at home together right now because of the Covid-19 pandemic. A lot of these kids had no choice but to continue doing school at home by going online to have a meeting with their teacher and classmates then finishing assigned work on their own or with assistance from their parents.
However, since most parents, students, and teachers were ill-prepared to handle this massive change, many are struggling to make this set-up work, especially since some parents are working at home at the same time. As a result, they’re saying that homeschooling is hard or that it doesn’t work.
What people don’t realize is that homeschooling is NOT about bringing school at home. What is happening right now is not homeschooling but more like crisis schooling. Doing school at home by copying what the schools are doing just causes stress for both parents and kids. You can’t make such as massive and sudden change and expect it to...
The decision on how to go about a child’s education is usually something that both parents agree on together. It’s an important decision to make because it will affect the child’s educational journey and ultimately, his or her future as well.
This is also true when it comes to deciding whether to homeschool or not. If you and your spouse are able to easily agree on homeschooling, lucky you. However, there are those whose partner may be hesitant or even down right skeptical. How then do you get him or her on board?
Listen to your spouse’s concerns.
The first thing you need to do is to understand where your spouse is coming from. Listen actively to his or her concerns or fears. You may find out that they are actually valid and that he or she is not just trying to be negative. You may also discover certain things that you weren't able to consider.
Some common concerns include socialization, time, finances, your ability to teach given...
Homeschooling while also running a business can be challenging enough. What more if you still have preschoolers, toddlers, or babies to take care of too?
Let’s get real. Little ones are a handful. They demand a LOT of our time and attention. It can be hard to figure out how to attend to them, homeschool, AND manage your business at the same time. However, it can be done.
Here are some things you can do to manage homeschooling with littles.
Going outside to play and just enjoy nature can be beneficial for everyone in your family including you and your littles. It’s a great bonding time for the family. Take a walk, run, explore, and play games outdoors first thing for at least 30 minutes on a nice day. You might be surprised that your kids will be more than willing to sit down to “do school” afterwards.
Be creative with scheduling.
One great benefit of homeschooling is the flexibility it gives you to schedule your days. Realize that...
This is the last part of a series of guest posts by Heather Weber, homeschooling veteran of over 20 years. Heather Weber homeschooled her four children from birth through high school and author of mysteries under the pen name Patty Joy.
My favorite guide book for homeschooling, The Well-Trained Mind (WTM) by Jessie Wise and Susan Wise Bauer, includes learning stages, curriculum recommendations, and even advised amount of time the subject should take each week.
Notice I called it a guide book.
I love the premise of the book, and in the beginning of my homeschooling career I tried to follow the exact curriculum, including teaching Latin, and time plans. Though Jessie Wise had three children and I had four, I believed it was the best plan and truly gave it my all. We had a designated school table, the curriculum bought, and I smiled like a kid in a toy store as I purchased school supplies at the drug store that summer before Kindergarten.
And then God laughed.