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One question I get a lot from moms is how to deal with homeschool criticism. This is particularly hard when their family is against homeschooling. I have some experience with this and am sharing my heart today about how to deal when your family is against homeschooling. And, how sometimes, even though we want things to change, the family never comes on board with homeschooling. This was a difficult episode to record, but one that needs to be discussed. I hope it leaves you encouraged and ready to joyfully homeschool. Even if your family is against homeschooling. 

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One of biggest struggles homeschool parents have is over curriculum. Think about it, every spring you see catalogs upon catalogs of curriculum come through your mailbox. There are homeschool conventions and curriculum fairs every weekend across the United States. Through the years, I have used a variety of different curriculum. Today, I am sharing the different curriculum we have used over the years, what we thought of each of them, and what we plan to continue using in our homeschool. 

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Today's episode is our first fess up Friday interview! I am chatting with my friend Dachelle about homeschooling, tea time, poetry, and confessing some homeschool secrets. Like the fact that  I sometimes lack fun in our homeschool. I’m kind of a Type A gal, and like things in order. So, when things get busy, I become a rigid taskmaster. This quickly zaps the joy right out of our homeschool.

Another confession? I’ve never considered poetry or tea fun. BUT, as I was chatting with Dachelle she shared how these two things have brought joy into her homeschool.

I hope our discussion encourages you!

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Today is Apraxia Awareness day and I am so excited to share with you our story with Apraxia, what it means to me, the struggles that Apraxia has brought to our family, and how we have learned to look past the diagnosis into the beautiful gift that is our son. 

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Hey guys! Popping in here for a quick update on the podcast and sharing an event that I think you will ALL want to attend.

The Joyfully Homeschooling podcast is turning 1 year old on April 11th and I am so grateful and excited about this milestone. I can’t believe I have been podcasting for a whole year. It has been an amazing journey and I am so thankful that to each and every one of you who have made this podcast such a success.

Through real stories, real struggles, and real life, my guests and I are sharing with thousands of moms each and every month how to embrace imperfection and strive for a more joyful homeschool.

But, this would not be possible without listeners like you sharing the podcast, listening to the podcast, and supporting this ministry by purchasing items from my store AND our podcast sponsors.

So, in celebration of this achievement, I am going to be having a Facebook party here on my blog page, on April 11th at 8:30 PM EST.

AND... I won't be alone!  I have brought back our podcast sponsors and they are gifting some amazing prizes to some lucky podcast listeners.

 

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After spending years teaching in a traditional classroom, Jamie Erickson returned home to not only teach her own live-in circus of five but also to encourage and equip a growing tribe of homeschooling moms on her blog, The Unlikely Homeschool. Her first book, Homeschool Bravely, releases with Moody Publishers this year.

Jamie shares with us how she overcame mommy guilt and embraced the birth order of her kids as God ordained.  We also chatted about how little we truly knew before we began homeschooling. One big thing Jamie advocates for in this episode is self-care for the homeschool mom, and how too often times we allow ourselves to get too busy because we consider it a badge of honor. Maintaining our sanity as we homeschool is so important. 

I also love the reminder Jamie gives us to embrace the differences each of our kids and the difference in education they get from their mom through the years. We can pick and choose what we can do with our kids, and remember that education is not a lather, rinse and repeat.  What a great reminder when we are homeschooling multiple kids!

Be sure to check out Jamie’s new book through the link in the show notes and thank her for her wisdom by heading over to her blog and social media.

If you liked this episode be sure to leave a rating or review. These serve as a notice to iTunes that I'm not speaking to myself. It will also give you a chance to have your review read online and win a gift from me :) Not sure how to leave a review? Here are instructions for iTunes and Stitcher users.

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Today's episode is with Julie Bogart from Brave Writer. I have been SO excited about this episode and have been blown away by her new book, the Brave Learner. In this episode, we chat about more than just our normal Fess Up Friday questions. I dive in deep and ask Julie questions about getting past the craft mess, and following a more relaxed approach in high school. 

If you listen to no other episode EVER on the Joyfully Homeschooling episode this is the one you do NOT want to miss :)

If you liked this episode be sure to leave a rating or review. These serve as a notice to iTunes that I'm not speaking to myself. It will also give you a chance to have your review read online and win a gift from me :) Not sure how to leave a review? Here are instructions for iTunes and Stitcher users.

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Homeschool regrets, we all have them right? Things we wished we would have done differently. Things we wish we hadn’t done at all.

Regret.

It’s one thing that I believe heavily weighs us down as homeschool moms. And that is why I believe it is SO important to share our regrets. By sharing them we are acknowledging things we’d change. We are recognizing our imperfections. We are sharing our lessons with other moms.  And in doing this we can learn from one another.

So, what is my biggest homeschool regret?

I am sharing that as well as what I would do differently if I had the chance in this episode. 

Moms, if you are having regrets in your homeschool journey can I encourage you today? You can STOP the path you’re on. You can turn around and restart. There is no time like the present.  And guess what? The world will NOT end. It will keep going, and with it may come a more joyful homeschool journey.

If you liked this episode be sure to leave a rating or review. These serve as a notice to iTunes that I'm not speaking to myself. It will also give you a chance to have your review read online and win a gift from me :) Not sure how to leave a review? Here are instructions for iTunes and Stitcher users.

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One of my very first guest blog posts was on Karyn Tripp's blog, Teach Beside Me.  She was always one of those “big” bloggers that I never thought would talk to me. Then… I got to know her and I have to say she is one of the sweetest persons I’ve ever met.

Karyn has a heart for homeschooling, a heart for moms, and a desire to encourage us all to have more fun and hands-on experiences in our homeschool. I am so excited to share her wisdom and insight with you all today.

For me, the biggest take away I got from this interview was the reminder to just enjoy our children. Anyone can be creative, and it is such a joy just to watch our kids grow up. Also, I loved that she shared about her fear with curriculum, even now, many of us regardless of the season we are in worry TOO much about curriculum.  

I hope this episode helps you come to that realization as well.

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Today I am talking with Heather from Heather Gerwing. We chat about the ups and downs in our homeschool days, and one of the big takeaways I got from Heather is the reminder that there is no right or wrong way to homeschool.

Our journey is always changing, and oh what a journey it is.  This episode will encourage you to enjoy your kids and to find those eye-opening moments in your own homeschool.

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