How to get the most out of your homeschool convention

How to get the most out of your homeschool convention

Long before I was asked to speak at the Great Homeschool Conventions I was an attendee. In fact, convention time each year made me rather giddy. I almost always went with friends. We would make a road trip and a weekend of it. I would plot my speaker schedule like a general manages an attack, walk every single aisle of the vendor hall just to make sure I didn't miss anything, and I still have my rolling cart which held everything from water bottles to fun purchases. Read more or listen here: And I just learned so much and felt renewed and refreshed every single year. This year I imagine...

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YMB #89 Building the Mini Habits of Reading: A Conversation with Abby Wahl

Fellow Scholé Sister Abby Wahl joins me on today's episode of the podcast with some encouraging help for moms who want to build a reading habit this year. In the show we talk about how to develop our reading taste, what to do if you feel like you have no time to read, and Abby's secret sauce for building a successful reading habit from the very first day.Links and resources from today's show: Connect with Abby Scholé Sisters Scholé Sisters Podcast Join the Your Morning Basket Community Join the Scholé Sistership YMB #3 Reading in Morning Time: A Conversation with Brandy Vencel YMB #25...

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YMB #88 Morning Time with Many Ages: A Conversation with Heather Tully

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It is the question we get asked more than any other. How do I do Morning Time with kids that span a wide range of ages and if I have toddlers in the mix. Well today we have the answer. In this video workshop replay, mom of ten Heather Tully shares with us why and how she perseveres and does Morning Time with her kids from ages 2 to 19. Full of practical advice, realism, and grace this workshop will bless you as you prepare your own Morning Time. You can watch the webinar with Heather's wonderful photos below.   Links and resources from today's show: Your Morning Basket Plus YMB #56 A...

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Tea Time with Boys

I discovered the life-altering power of teatime when I crossed the pond to teach English to the English. On my first day of class, I watched in awe as the entire school—students and faculty—stopped for tea. In an instant, I knew that practice would forever be part of my life. Fast forward a decade, and teatime is now a routine part of our homeschool.  Over the years, I’ve often seen homeschool moms lament that they don’t, won’t, or can’t do teatime because they only have boys. This mindset continually bewilders me, because there is nothing inherently feminine about teatime! Winston...

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It’s Tea Time!

Note: This post was originally published in August 2009. It was our first foray into "tea time" when the kids were only four and two (yep, only two kids at that moment). We have enjoyed so many tea times through the years. I hope you enjoy the look back. Tea time is one of those activities I have read about on homeschooling blogs over the past couple of years anxiously awaiting the time I could implement it in our own home. I first came across the idea in Elizabeth’s book Real Learning: Education in the Heart of the Home but there are tons of examples online. The first order of business...

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YMB 87 Tea and Culture: A Conversation with Jennifer Stowe

On today's podcast I am joined by homeschool mom Jennifer Stowe who has turned a passion for all things tea into a business and educational experience for her entire family. Join us as we talk about the historical, cultural, and literary learning we can derive from tea, fun food ideas for tea time, and how to expand upon passions to enhance learning.Links and resources from today's show: Three Sisters Tearoom Website Three Sisters Tearoom on Facebook Infused: Tea Time in Fine Art Wee Bites and Nibbles: Manners and Menus for the Tiniest Tea Drinkers The Hide and Seek Gallery: A Child's I...

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How to Get Everyone on Board with Change

Homeschool Solutions with Pam Barnhill Family

It’s January. That means you are probably doing a little reset in your homeschool. Maybe you are making some small changes, maybe you are making BIG ones. Or maybe they all just feel big. I know my homeschool changes always do. I get a plan in my head and then come out roaring like a drill sergeant to get things done. It always works. It never works. The biggest mistake homeschoolers make when trying to start new habits is not getting everyone on board with the process. Getting your spouse on board This is a big one right now since so many spouses are still working from home. Maybe they...

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YMB 86 Liberal Arts in the Age of Stem: A Conversation with Martin Cothran

Everyone knows that we should focus our educational efforts on teaching kids skills they can actually use in real life, right? Except maybe that is not the best path to the most practical education after all. Yes, a classical education can build virtue, but it also creates the best employees for the modern world. Need convincing? Then you are going to enjoy this interview with Martin Cothran of Memoria Press. You may learn something new about the term "liberal arts" and might just walk away convinced that STEM is not necessarily where we should focus. Enjoy!Links and resources from...

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Help! If I’m up, the kids are up!

One of the problems moms tell us they have with mornings is getting up before their kids; their kiddos get up when they do no matter what! What can we control about kids getting up when we do? First - look at it as a compliment - they want to be where you are. Embrace the connection. I know it seems distracting and clingy and you'd really like to go to the bathroom by yourself, Your children want to be with you, are there things you can do to strengthen the connection? These bonding times pay dividends in the long run, which brings me to Second - this is a season. You may not get a...

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The Habit That Changed My Life

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My whole life, I've been notoriously bad at mornings. So bad that my online persona jabs at my name, Dawn, by making it "dusk." I even have a standard response when someone mentions an excessively early time, "There's a 5am?!" with shock and awe.  My school days, college, even work days pre-kid began as late as humanly possible so that I could arrive on time. I was thankful for jobs with flexible hours, though. When I had babies and toddlers I maximized the excuse of sleeping when the sleep was good. As our family aged, though; and consistent homeschooling became more important than less;...

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