What's the big deal about Young Living

This One’s For Cheryl

Once a couple of years ago, I got into a semi-heated discussion on Facebook with a friend of a friend.

Cheryl, a college professor, was bemoaning the fact that homeschooled kids are just not properly educated and prepared for college.

I didn’t know Cheryl personally, but since she was stating this opinion on my friend’s page, I was able to join in on the discussion. I pointed out to Cheryl that not all homeschoolers are alike, and just like a random sampling of any group of people would be varied, there would be some studious, some serious, some awkward, some dullards, some intelligent, and so on.

Cheryl disagreed. She maintained that every homeschooled kid she had ever come across in her college classroom was ill-prepared and socially inept. (She never said whether that was one or one hundred.) She insisted this experience must represent the entire population of homeschoolers.

She claimed that homeschoolers who somehow manage to bumble through high school and actually make it to college do not know how to understand assignments, don’t have the time management skills to complete assignments or turn them in on time, and don’t have the competency to get them done in a manner worthy to be graded.

She said that homeschoolers simply could not cope with the demands of life away from their previous sheltered existence, and she predicted that homeschoolers could not do well in the “real world.”

This one’s for you, Cheryl.

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What About Homeschooling Preschoolers?

What About Homeschooling Preschoolers

I have been formally homeschooling my 8 children for 13+ years, so I’ve seen my share of homeschool curriculum designed for preschoolers.

I frequently see curriculum for sale with sensory bins and water play and balancing activities, worksheets for cutting practice with special safety scissors, special manipulatives for fine motor skills and gross motor skills. The list goes on.

I get emails and messages asking for my recommendations for curriculum for preschoolers, so I am going to address that today.

I don’t use any preschool curriculum. 

Or checklists for that matter.

Homeschooling Preschoolers

I let my preschoolers play.

Homeschooling Preschoolers

And climb. And dig.

Homeschooling Preschoolers

I read books to them. We have conversations.

Homeschooling Preschoolers

They help in the kitchen.

Homeschooling Preschoolers

We have tea parties.

That’s it.

I don’t buy any curriculum at all. I don’t buy little colorful plastic teddy bears for counting. We count the apples in the fruit basket or coins in my purse.

I don’t have worksheets for cutting practice. I leave scissors around and let them cut things.

Preschool cutting practice

Just today my 3 year old asked me if she could cut up an empty egg carton. “Sure,” I said. “Go for it.”

It wasn’t on the schedule. It wasn’t part of a curriculum or checklist. I didn’t have a lesson with her. She initiated the activity herself, gathered the materials she needed, and got busy.

Yes, the scissors were sharp. Yes, she made a mess. But she learned.

  • She learned that she is imaginative enough to create “baby doll tea cups” from an egg carton.
  • She learned that she can come up with a good idea and present it to an adult in a way that is persuasive.
  • She learned about manipulating scissors.

All without a lesson plan or curriculum.

Now, if you have the money and the inclination to spend hundreds of dollars on a preschool curriculum, I would say “more power to you” and “whatever floats your boat.”

But if you don’t have the money or the inclination to buy a preschool curriculum, I would say it isn’t necessary. Optional, yes. Necessary, no.

It might give you peace to know that someone has come up with ideas to keep your preschooler busy, but here’s a little secret. (Looks around and lowers voice to a whisper) Your preschooler will come up with those ideas herself if you let her. 

If you enjoy using a curriculum, fine. If you feel burdened by it, set yourself free, Mama.

Preschoolers don’t need homeschooling.

They just need home.

*Note: Each of my children is creative, imaginative, witty, and on or above grade level having used this “no preschool curriculum” approach.

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The Texas Homeschool Moms’ Winter Summit

Homeschool Moms' Winter Summit

I’m back from a PHENOMENAL weekend of encouragement, laughter, and praise.

I joined in with over 120 other homeschool moms who were thirsting to know that God is guiding our steps, even when it feels like we are messing this whole thing up.

Texas Summit Prayer Room sign

We laughed and cried and laughed until we cried and prayed and sang songs of praise to God. We found new friends and hugged old friends.

Texas Summit Pajama Party

We even got a li’l crazy and danced late into the night at a pajama party! Homeschool mamas know how to par-TAY!

Texas Summit door prizes

The door prizes were off da HOOK. In fact, it just so happens that we had enough door prizes this year to allow every single attendee to choose one! How about that for pampering homeschool moms?!

Staples laptop case

Staples even donated this laptop case

Staples door prize

with this brand new Chromebook inside as a grand prize to bless one happy mom! Staples loves homeschool moms, and all I had to do was mention our event and they jumped at the chance to knock our socks off with this door prize!

I’m telling you, if you are a homeschool mom and are thirsting for encouragement to finish well the race that God has set before you, you need to find a way to get yourself to The Homeschool Moms’ Winter Summit! There are 2 locations, so be sure to check it out, and register!

Then grab your girlfriends and get ready for the most refreshing weekend of the year!

See more recaps of the weekend here:

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I Hate to be an Alarmist, But…

Homeschool Moms' Winter Summit

If you are going to The Homeschool Moms’ Winter Summit in San Marcos, TX with me, you had better turn on the Get Go and register TODAY or you will end up paying full price!

Now, listen, everyone likes a great bargain, right?

Well, The Homeschool Moms’ Winter Summit registration price is only $89 FOR ONE MORE DAY! You know you want to go, so what are you waiting for???

Homeschool Moms' Winter Summit

I’ll be waiting to meet you there, along with The Marathon Mom (mom to 8 sons) and The Pennington Point (homeschool mom of 9).

We have a FABULOUS line up of speakers, and a TON of awesome door prizes!

Staples Door Prize

Here’s a sneak peek at a li’l sump’n-sump’n Staples sent me to give away to one of the Summit attendees! You’ll never guess what’s inside?! (It’s not a note pad…)

I guarantee The Summit will bless your socks off! So, click the link and register before the price goes up!

See you at The Summit!

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Who’s Going to The Homeschool Moms’ Winter Summit?

Homeschool Moms' Winter Summit

Are you going to The Homeschool Moms’ Winter Summit? It is right around the corner, and I would LOVE to meet you there!

Here’s a little video I made about my favorite part of The Summit. Please, do excuse my lazy eye. This was the end of a very long day!

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7 Shocking Truths About Homeschoolers

7 Shocking Truths About Homeschoolers

1. We really don’t know how to line up.

You’ve heard the rumors and it’s true. You can always identify a group of homeschoolers at the zoo or a museum because we don’t line up. We “gob” up.

2. We don’t “go to” p.e.

Yep. You heard it here first. Homeschoolers climb and run and bike and cartwheel and join soccer and gymnastics and swim teams. But if you ask them about p.e. they might ask you what those letters stand for.

3. We don’t line up for lunch. (See #1 above.)

In fact, sometimes homeschoolers realize they feel hungry, and they wander into the kitchen, grab an apple, and start eating it without forming any line whatsoever

Homeschoolers eat lunch in the kitchen, whenever their mom gets it ready, or in some cases whenever they get it out of the fridge and slap it together for themselves. They eat around the table, talking, and laughing, and enjoying the break in the day with the rest of their family.

Or on a blanket under a tree in the yard. Whichever.

4. We’re mavericks.

We’re accustomed to blazing our own trails. Marching to our own beat. If there isn’t a class, program, or group we need, we start our own.

5. We check out as many books as we want at the library.

And we read them all. (This only applies if you have an awesome library or a really stubborn mom [see #4 above] who challenges the library board on check out limits.)

6. We forget what grade we’re in.

Occasionally, okay… often, we pause and look up and to the left at an imaginary calendar of years whenever anyone asks us what grade one of the kids is in.

7. We’re actually quite well socialized. Thanks for asking.

Homeschooled teens aren’t afraid to pick up the phone and call around to find where they can buy a couple of alpacas to give for a birthday gift, or stop in the middle of an algebra lesson and head out the door when a neighbor needs help, or single-handedly organize a fund raiser to build a water well in Africa.

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