Want to get some expert homeschool tips from veteran homeschool moms who know a thing or two about this subject? Listen in as we chat about planning, curriculum ideas, decluttering, and meal planning with four homeschool experts from our Homeschool Mom Collective Membership.
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Welcome to the show notes for Episode #124 of the Homeschool with Moxie Podcast!
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Expert Homeschool Tip #1: Consider Energy Levels When Planning Your Day
Lea Ann Garfias was on episode #102 of the podcast where we had an honest conversation about making homeschool life easier. She is the author of Everything You Need to Know about Homeschooling: A Comprehensive, Easy-to-Use Guide for the Journey from Early Learning through Graduation.
Lea Ann’s tip makes a lot of sense. Don’t just ask what you have time for in your homeschool day, but consider the amount of energy or concentration required to actually get it done! Your kids won’t be able to concentrate for several hours in a row. So you need to plan breaks in there. Also plan in less mentally draining activities to fit in around the high concentration tasks.
Expert Homeschool Tip #2: Find Book Lists in Curriculum Catalogs
Julie Polanco, author of Godschooling: How God Intended Children to Learn, was a guest on episode #87: Homeschooling 8-12 Year Olds.
She gets ideas for book lists from these catalogs, because – why reinvent the wheel? You don’t need to purchase their curriculum to use these titles well in your homeschool. Make note of the high quality literature they’re recommending for each grade level or content area. Then take that list to your local library. This is a great tip for saving money on homeschool curriculum.
Expert Homeschool Tip #3: Find What Works For You in Decluttering & Organizing
We all love to compare our decluttering & organizing with others – whether the guru on social media or our best friend down the street. But not every system will resonate with every homeschool mom!
Annette Breedlove, blogger at InAllYouDo.net, and guest on episode #111 , homeschools on the road after downsizing her large family from a normal-sized house to a travel trailer! She knows a thing or two about minimizing clutter.
Expert Homeschool Tip #4: Shop the Pantry First When Meal Planning
You may not think that meal planning has anything to do with homeschooling tips, but you would be wrong! We all know that you can be much more productive and focused in your homeschool if you know that dinner is already planned. Karen Morris talked to us about ways to prevent decision fatigue as homeschool moms. Don’t ask “what’s for dinner?” every day at 4PM. There are great ways to be prepared ahead of time.
You can hear Karen Morris on episode #106 of the podcast and definitely check out her book, A Year Without the Grocery Store, to learn more about prepping.
Shopping the pantry first when meal planning is a great way to reduce waste, lower your weekly grocery bill, and make planning easier. She mentioned this website – Supercook – which will give you recipes based on the ingredients you already have on hand. I’ll definitely be using this tip when we start homeschooling again in the fall!