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The Way-Back Homeschool Machine | Fall 2018

It’s fall…well, it will almost be fall by the time subscribers receive the fall issue next month (don’t forget to renew or subscribe if you haven’t yet) – but that doesn’t mean temperatures will be any cooler around here.

We thought it would be helpful, inspiring and a little bit fun to reminisce about those things we learned soon after beginning our homeschool journey. Whether our journey got off to a great start, or a less than optimal start, we humans grow and change with the years. Sometimes we find that what we thought was a fantastic idea turned out to be a frightening flop. It takes a big person to admit she (or he) was wrong, but where our kids are concerned, we can’t afford to hide from our mistakes.

I think that’s what makes reading about what other people have done so inspiring. It reminds me that no one is perfect, and that I’m probably not the only one who’s made mistakes of the greater and lesser varieties – learning about the path others have taken also helps me avoid mistakes that I may have thus far avoided.

In the Way-Back Homeschool Machine:

  • Out On A Limb: As Homeschooling Grows In Numbers…So Must Our Temerity from Amy Azevedo.
  • My Biggest Mistake as Homeschool Mom by Tina Hollenbeck of the Homeschool Resource Roadmap. Sometimes that mistake we made in the very beginning was pretty big…so big that we wonder how our kids actually survived.
  • Fall Health Reboot by Ann Musico
  • The Working Homeschooler – The Trusty Old… Timer – remember that kitchen timer? It might just save your homeschool sanity.
  • Don’t Go Breakin’ Their Hearts by Tavia Fuller-Armstrong. It’s easy to get caught up in the idea that you want to “do homeschool right,” but in your pursuit of perfection, it’s important to not break their spirit.
  • What if this is Normal? By Gail Nelson. I have a theory, and it goes like this: When we send our kids to someone else to teach from an early age until they’re a young adult, we’ve tacitly said that we’re not good enough. Is it any surprise, then, that they eventually stop listening to us?
  • Winds of Change by Cristi Taijeron. Going from public school to homeschool, and from the city to the desert all in a couple of years is crazy – but that’s what they did.
  • Teen Marvelous by Dr. Kat Patrick. From toddler to teen, we sometimes forget why we do what we do – here’s a great way to remember.
  • Freedom: A homeschool superpower by Gail Nelson. Did you know that you’re a superhero? Yep. You are. You have something that others don’t: freedom.
  • Book Review:  Mansion on the Hill
  • Burnout! Learn the signs and how to come back from homeschool burnout.
  • Sudoku puzzles
  • Fall activities
  • Free printable binder slip sheet
  • More to come! We’re not finished collecting all the awesome articles and stories just yet.

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