7 Ways to Respond to Negative Comments About Homeschool II Virtual Homeschool Co-op

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7 Ways to Respond to Negative Comments About Homeschool thefundamentalhome.com

 

Homeschoolers get negative comments from time to time.

It’s just a fact.

But let’s be real.  From the time you have your first child, you are bombarded with opinions from well-meaning family and friends (and sometimes critical strangers) who feel they need to share with you exactly where they stand on whatever it is your are doing with and for that child.

Of course, once you take a step out into the world of homeschooling, it can seem like you stepped in front of a firing squad.  Those negative questions and comments come at you so fast, you hardly know how to respond.

So, how should you respond to negative comments about your homeschool?

Let me tell you how I deal with it…

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Is Your Homeschool Structured or Relaxed? Virtual Homeschool Co-op 2016-2016 Assignment 1

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Is Your Homeschool Structured or Relaxed? Virtual Homeschool Co-op 2016-2017 Assignment 1, The Fundamental Home

It’s a new school year!

I am so excited to, once again, be participating in the fantastic online community: The Virtual Homeschool Co-op.  This is a YouTube channel (and now a blog) where community members are assigned a question every week.  They answer that question about their homeschool and share that information online.  This can be in the form of a YouTube video or in a blog post.  Every Tuesday, we are linking up!  You should totally consider joining, too!  It’s free!  Plus!  If you don’t want to make videos or blog posts, but you are interested in learning about how other families homeschool, the Virtual Homeschool Co-op has all of this information in one place for your convenience.  We hope it will be a help and an encouragement to you.

This is the first assignment for the 2016-2017 school year: “Is Your Homeschool Structured or Relaxed?”  We were supposed to answer this question in terms of our curriculum, our schedule, and our classroom.

Let me share a little bit with you about how I responded…

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7 Things I Wish I Had Done More When Homeschooling

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We’ve talked about things I wish I had done and things I am glad I didn’t do.  Now, I want to share the things I wish I had done more.  These are the real successes- the things that worked well enough that I wished I had been able to pour my whole heart into them.

It wasn’t always possible.  There were limitations, many my own.

It’s the final installment in my reflection series, so here are 7 things I wish I had done more.

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7 Things I Am Glad I Didn’t Do As a Homeschool Mom

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We’ve been enjoying the wonders of nature this weekend as we have had a rather large snowstorm come through. Our family lives in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, to the east, and we don’t get too much precipitation of any kind.  The mountains usually block a good portion of it.  In order to get any significant accumulation, the storm has to come up from the South.  Well, this time, it was a doozy!  We were snowed in for several days.  Thankfully, the power stayed on, and we maintained our heat.  I am also pretty thankful that we had enough food to get by.  Because we almost never get snow, I didn’t take the warnings too seriously.  I didn’t rush out for bread and milk (or coffee or meats or veggies or other foods that would have been helpful to have on hand if I had known we would not be able to leave our house for days).  Like I said, it all worked out.  Yesterday evening, we were able to get our truck down the treacherous hill that is our only way out and park it in a neighbors driveway- which made for a chilly walk at 4 AM when I had to take Rick to work.  With only one vehicle, I am still in charge of taking everyone back and forth.  I tell you, nothing will wake  you up like trudging up a snowy hillside at four in the morning.  I haven’t even had my coffee yet.

It was a fun weekend, though.

Aside from the concerns about power, food, and travel, it was good to have a reason to stay home for once.  I went outside and played with my children everyday.  We cooked tasty things from scratch (did I mention that I got a beautiful Kitchen Aid mixer for Christmas?), played board games, watched movies and football games, and generally lazed around to our hearts content.  It was beautiful.  I told Rick that, if we were more prepared (wood stove and lots of food), I could live like that for a long time.

Needless to say, not much homeschooling took place.

I saw all those homeschool moms post on Facebook about their children rushing to finish school before playing in the snow.  Maybe I am just getting older (I like to think more experienced), but I am not stressed about that stuff anymore.  In fact, I don’t think I ever really was SUPER stressed about homeschooling.

While my homeschooling experience hasn’t been perfect (after all, there are some things I wish I had done), there are some things I am glad I didn’t we didn’t do, like…

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7 Things I Wish I Had Done While Homeschooling

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Homeschooling has been on my mind a lot lately.

I don’t know what it is.

Maybe it’s because I have sent another child to college and I am feeling nostalgic.  Maybe it’s because, with just me and Briana, I have more time to concentrate.  Maybe I just like thinking about it 😉

Whatever the reason, I have been giving it a lot of thought.  My mind is filled with things that I wish I had done, things I am glad I didn’t do, and things I wish I had done more.  Because I can’t get them off my mind, I am going to share them with you.  Hopefully, if you have homeschool children, my experience will be a blessing to you.

We’ll start with the things I wish I had done.

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Homeschooling When Mom is Sick

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As you all know, I have been sick with the flu for a while.  Briana was sick, too, for a few days, but she was mostly sick over the weekend.  Monday came, and she was ready to learn.

Lately, with both of her brothers in college, she is like a machine when it comes to school.  She wants to learn as much as she can as quickly as she can because she wants to graduate before her brothers.  She may or may not.  We have been considering dual enrollment as an option for her.  If we did that, we would hold off on her graduation for a little while.  I don’t think I will mention this to her just yet.  I like the initiative.  Besides, no decisions have been made.  We shall see when the time comes.

Anyway, she is ready for school.  I am still sticking close to the bed.

What’s a sick mom to do?!

Luckily, I have some backup plans.  That doesn’t mean that I literally have a substitute come and teach my children (although it sometimes happens that a grandparent, sibling, or friend is around who can fulfill the teacher’s role).  It means, instead, that I have plans for any event that requires me to be less than hands-on during the homeschool day.

Here are some ideas that we use for homeschooling when mom is sick.

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How We Homeschool During the Holidays (and other busy times)

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I keep getting asked how we homeschool during the holidays.

It’s kind of strange to me because it’s as if there is some unwritten rule that, during the holidays, homeschooling must drastically change.

OK.  Maybe it does sometimes, but that’s not the point.

The point is that homeschool is always flexible.  We handle the holidays like we do any other busy time.

True.  There are  some holiday specific situations.  So, let me share with you just how we homeschool during the holidays and other busy times.  I hope it will help you to see the beautiful elasticity homeschool can have and how it can benefit your family no matter what the circumstances.  I’ll share what we are doing this year and what we have done in years past.

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Homeschooling Your Children: How to teach the Bible

Teach the Bible

Several weeks ago, I attended a meeting of homeschool moms where we discussed ways to teach our children the Bible.  I didn’t even bring any materials because I thought I would listen.  There had to be a lot of great ways to teach our children from this wonderful book.  The ladies had good ideas.  I found that many relied on devotionals or Bible story books.  We started that way, too, when our children were smaller.  One mom supported her church’s programs by using their memory verses and study guides at home.  We did that in the past, too.  As I listened to the ladies, I found myself sharing the techniques we now use.  Our study has changed over the years to make it more simplistic.  It seemed like those ideas were helpful to my local friends, so I have been wanting to share them with you (all the moms in blog world), too.  So, here are a few ways we teach the Bible in our home.

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What if I mess up my child? (and other homeschool worries)

What if I mess up

Last night was the first meeting of our local homeschool organization.  This meeting is the time when we all get together to talk about all the exciting activities we have planned for the year.  We also get to meet and chat with some of the new members.  That’s my favorite part.  I love meeting the new homeschool moms (and dads).  They are usually filled with questions about the state rules, curriculum choices, and day-to-day homeschool life.  I want to encourage them that everything will be OK.  In fact, it will be better than OK.  It will be the best decision you ever made in your life!

Every year I get the same questions.  Moms have the same worries, no matter their circumstances.  The biggest concern…

What if I mess up my child?

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Teaching Children Faithfulness

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We all have those areas that we diligently pursue for our families.  In “The Fundamental Home,” that area is faithfulness.

When most people think of faithfulness, I think they are thinking about it within marriage.  Faithfulness is so much more than that.  Let me define that trait for you quickly. According to dictionary.com, faithfulness is the quality of being faithful. “Faithful” has many definitions:

strict or thorough performance of duty

true to one’s word, promises, vows, etc.

steady in allegiance or affection; loyal; constant

reliable, trusted, or believed

adhering or true to fact, a standard, or an original; accurate

full of faith, believing

You can see why it’s important to teach your children this quality.  It has such a large effect on their overall character.  They need to know how to do their duty, be true to their work, steady, trusted, adhere to the truth, and believe it.

Faithfulness is something that is important to Rick and I.  I have to, once again, give credit to my husband here.  He set the example in his work long before I fully understood this character trait.  Let me share with you when I began to grasp what faithfulness means.

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