This homeschool mom gig is not what I thought it was going to be.
You probably dreamed that your days were going to be cuddles on the couch, drinking hot cocoa, while your children gathered around with rapt attention to the classic book you were reading for the second hour in a row. Every single child would be a self-motivated lover of learning because you were going to do things exactly right.
And then you actually got started.
Homeschooling is hard. Sure, there are moments of joy and accomplishment, but the every day is less glamor and more grind than you care to admit.
The five-year-old is sounding out r-a-t for the fourth time on one page.
The nine-year-old scrawls out three pathetic sentences for his “paragraph” and disappears into the backyard once again.
The eleven-year-old forgets how to do multiple digit multiplication for the third time this week.
And in the midst of this, you are emptying the toilet of all the treasures placed there by the toddler, while the laundry looms over you from the nearby hamper.
It’s not what you imagined at all.
If you’ve ever found yourself thinking:
“I know there has to be a way to homeschool that combines loving relationships with high expectations.”
“Every other homeschool mom seems to have it together better than I do.”
“I’ve never been a teacher — how can I know how to educate my kids effectively.”
Then you are in the right place.
Homeschool moms are more alike than they are different, and I bet you will fit right in with all of us who want encouragement and accountability, workable solutions minus glue and glitter, and teaching techniques that will make a difference in your day.
If you want to homeschool strong to the finish and look back on your school days with joy, connect with me here for weekly inspiration, practical tips, and encouragement.
I believe that preserving relationships doesn’t have to mean sacrificing a quality education.
I believe that all homeschool moms can be their child’s best teacher.
I believe that homeschool moms need mentors and community to thrive.
Join that community and let me connect you with moms who can support, encourage, and inspire as we work towards successful homeschooling together.
About Pam Barnhill
I’m an award-winning educator and homeschool mom of three (mostly) awesome kids. An English major and former journalist, I have a knack for breaking down big tasks into small, manageable steps and getting to the heart of the stories my listeners want to hear.
Welcome. If you are searching for resources to help you thrive in your homeschool, check out the shop where you will find exactly what you are looking for. If you are new to this gig or need to refocus your efforts, then check out my free webinar on creating a guiding vision and goals for your homeschool.
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Dawn Garrett lives in Ohio with her husband Jason and their three always-homeschooled children. In her homeschool, they learn about God and His cosmos by studying the seven liberal arts in order to know Him better, imitate Him and His ways, and share about Him with others. Her home blog – about books school and life – has been at ladydusk for 20 years.
She is the author of the free ebook: I Am, I Can, I Ought, I Will: Charlotte Mason’s Motto Explained for Upper Elementary Students.
Katy Wallace lives in Alabama with her husband Derek and is a homeschool mom to two delightful children. Though homeschool was not in her original plan of education for her kids, she is very thankful for the path God has led them on to be able to learn more about His creation and enjoy more time together as a family.
She has been a graphic designer for 17 years and loves using her skills to create homeschool resources that encourage and inspire families.
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Ali Madej has four children that she has homeschooled from the start (inspired by her husband’s idea). Her family lives and learns together in Alabama. Ali has a master’s degree in nutrition, and a love of life-long learning. She is thankful to God for the path he has carved to allow her to homeschool her children and connect with other homeschool families.
Ali is active in our social media inboxes and as Morning Time plans author.
•Author, Catholic Morning Time Plans•
Genie (“Jenny”) is a Catholic homeschooling mom to a rascal of 5 rowdy boys and 2 equally energetic girls deep in the heart of Texas. After school, when not working around their little farm, you can find her busy inside listening to the works of Flannery O’Connor and G. K. Chesterton, or Brideshead Revisited for the 15th time.
When life permits she muses about liturgical living and homeschooling with littles at BarefootAbbey.com
Meg Angelino, her husband, and their two children homeschool in Southern Connecticut. She enjoys being a perennial learner alongside her children, turning anything into a field trip or art project, and baking with too much butter. Soli Deo gloria!
•Wonder World Writer and Editor•
Betsy Cypress and her husband have homeschooled their five children (ages 7-18) since the beginning. They live in the Midwest and love learning and serving together.
Betsy is responsible for the content of the Wonder World Podcast and Wonder Kids Club.
Jeanette Pascua is a first-generation Catholic homeschooling mom living in sunny Southern California with her husband Eric. Inspired by Charlotte Mason, she tries to make education a life for her four nature-loving adventurers. In her free time, she enjoys birdwatching, learning to work with new craft/art mediums, and memory keeping.
Jeanette researches and writes interview questions for The Your Morning Basket podcast.
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Laney Homan, her husband, and her 8 children live in the Midwest. She is entering her 19th year of homeschooling, with only the youngest 4 children still in school. She loves learning alongside her children and connecting with and encouraging other homeschool mommas. In her free time, you will find her curled up with a book.
Laney provides help and guidance to members, authors Morning Time plans, and co-teaches courses for our community.