You know by now that I don’t purchase a full curriculum for my homeschool. One, I don’t have that kind of money, and two, I enjoy creating our school year all by myself. If you haven’t yet gotten a copy of my ebook, How to Homeschool Without Buying a Curriculum, subscribe to my newsletter and get that stuff for free. It’s full of amazing tips to plan your own school year and 2 pages of blogs and websites to find resources.
Keep in mind that I don’t have anything against purchased curriculum, I’ve just never done it. Why? When we first started homeschooling, I had No Idea buying a curriculum was even a thing. So I planned our first year and it went swimmingly. After that, I kept reading on homeschool blogs and social media about people who had purchased a curriculum only to find it didn’t fit their family, so they were diligently searching for a new one. Sounded like tons more money than I had to spend. The main reason, though, is that I love planning our school year myself. I love doing the research, finding and/or making up worksheets and notebooking pages and projects, seeking books to help us along. I enjoy supporting other bloggers by buying what they have to sell and subscribing to them in order to get their freebies. It’s not any harder than searching through several curriculum sites trying to pick something someone else put together. It’s just a different kind of research.
No matter how you homeschool, there are always materials to be kept in order. So much paper. So. many. books. (Well, I mean, if you’re at my house, there are more books than a library.) So many craft supplies. You need to keep all that stuff on hand because you just might need it, but you also have to keep the stuff you absolutely are going to use this year separate from the extra.
Whether you follow a curriculum of your own devising like I do or you purchase someone else’s, you have to be able to just grab that stuff each morning and get busy. And you have to make sure you know where that stuff is all year long.
What, oh what, is a homeschooling mama to do?
If you’ve considered homeschooling at all, or you’ve decided to homeschool, you’re probably now wondering what steps you can take to help you prepare to homeschool. I remember what it was like, looking down that long tunnel at the full school year ahead and wondering how in the heck I was going to even get started with the planning phase, let alone the teaching part.
It’s freaking scary.
I feel ya.
So I thought about what I did to get ready for that very first homeschool year, and I thought I’d share it with you. You know, since we’re staring down that long tunnel again.
Giveaways, Giveaways, Giveaways!
You like giveaways, don’t you? And these are huge. If you haven’t checked out the blog party series, 30 Ways We Homeschool, go do it now. These ladies have shared a ton of useful information and there are still 24 days and 24 homeschooling mamas left to read about! You can read all about how I homeschool, too! It may leave you confused and breathless. That’s okay–you don’t have to do it like I do.
But things just got better, because not only do you get to read all that delicious good stuff, you can enter for a chance to win a HUGE homeschool package (or two) that will make your life so much easier, you’ll want to hug everybody involved. I know I do. You can just scroll to the bottom of this post and Enter The Giveaways Here! I couldn’t make it any easier on you if I tried! And just look at all the good stuff you can win.
Are you pumped?
Homeschooling is a big job, but all my blogging friends have gotten together to make it easier on you. Advice, free stuff, ideas… what more could you ask? I mean, we love you, that’s why we do this thing.
Also, come back by and vist the Lit Mama on Thursday and enter Another Giveaway to win 1 of 5 year-long subscriptions for a Kidloland App.
I’ll tell you all about it then. If you have small littles, you are going to be stoked to win that one!
Happy busy week, my friends. I hope yours is as good as mine is shaping up to be.
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