Why is it “A Better Way to Homeschool”? Yes, our site is called “A Better Way to Homeschool”. But why? Homeschooling was frustrating for me the first few years. I was fumbling around trying to figure out how to teach my two oldest sons while nursing and training 1-3 babies. I had no idea what I was doing! Eventually, I was invited into a homeschooling group that happened to be comprised of 4 fabulous homeschool moms; 3 of them even being certified teachers. To me, this made them worth of study:). I watched them closely. What were they teaching their kids? How were they teaching? What can I glean from them? You know what I learned? If you ask 100 homeschoolers what is the best way to homeschool children, you will likely get 100 different answers! That’s right! My husband and I discovered that the best way to homeschool our boys was our way. A Better Way to Homeschool was born to inspire you to homeschool your children YOUR WAY. What makes your way A Better Way? You take your children’s strengths and weaknesses into consideration when choosing the kind of work you will require. You enjoy learning right along with your kids. No one knows your child like you do. Your child’s passions can be knit intricately into their school day. You can share your passions with your children and call it “school”. You get to decide what your school day looks like. You get to choose whether to use a shrink-wrapped curriculum or books form your local library to teach your children. You are free from the trap of measuring your 11 year old against the next 11 year old you meet. They are each unique. It is A Better Way, because it is your way. It is a journey, a process. If you are anything like me, your homeschooling will morph as your children and you settle into your routine. Homeschool is a living breathing thing. As your child grows and develops strong interests, your schooling bends toward them. Do not let yourself get trapped into a pre-packaged idea of what your child’s education should be. Sure, you need basic goals for them to achieve, but so much of their education will be captured alone the way. Relax. Enjoy your kids. Embrace the unexpected and capitalize on moments of intrigue and excitement. Did your boys bring home tadpoles from a friends house, like mine just did? Search YouTube and Discovery Channel to find videos that teach about the life cycle of Frogs and Toads Look for journaling pages that have lily pads on them for them to write down their observations. Teach them how to do research online to discover what those tadpoles need to eat to survive. Visit your local pet store and talk with the people working there to find out more about frogs. Go to the library and check out a few books about life cycles (butterflies, frogs, people, etc…). Teach Venn Diagrams and compare and contrast frogs to any other living creature. How are they the same, how are they different? Make a lapbook. Get a frog kit and observe how those frogs do compared to the wild variety. Let the kids make their own documentary. Ride tides of excitement like a surfer who caught the perfect wave! Embrace your better way to homeschool! I love hearing from my readers! How do you embrace homeschooling? Looking for amazing homeschooling resources? PRINT THIS FREE HOMESCHOOL MOM REMINDER. This post comes with a free printable reminder list to help keep your heart focused on the heart of homeschooling. I always have the hardest staying focused. This printable simplifies it! Here is a sneak preview… DOWNLOAD YOUR FREE PRINTABLE Download the checklist. You’ll get the printable, plus join 9,000+ homeschool moms who receive my weekly parenting tips and ideas! Print. Any paper will do the trick, but card stock would be ideal. Place it on your refrigerator as a helpful reminder.