Busy Mom’s Book Challenge 2013

I don’t know about you, but I am a book lover. I love to read books. But as a stay at home mom and homeschool teacher, it seems like I never have any time to read for myself. Well this year, I have given myself a book challenge. I will read 1 book a month, each month this year. This is my challenge to myself. I am keeping track of the books I read at http://www.goodreads.com. Later I will be sharing which books I have read, along with my review of the book. 

If you are like me, and love to read but can’t seem to find the time, take the challenge. Give yourself 20 or 30 mins, before bed or while the kids are having lunch, to just read a book. It could be a new book or your favorite book. Just give yourself that one on one time with your book. It is the least you could do for yourself after a long day.


Where does time go?

It seems like yesterday I was changing our baby girl’s diapers. She is now four years old. We started her out in preschool classes this year (homeschooling, of course). It is the first time she has ever experienced any kind of schooling program. She completely took off in Math. She is now working on single digit addition, moving into single digit subtraction. She was working on some things on www.AbcMouse.com, but she quickly outgrew those things. As far as reading, we put our first 4 words up on our word wall this week. We are working on word families. She seems to enjoy that. She loves books, so she is very motivated to learn to read on her own.

Today, I wanted to cry. My baby girl has outgrown almost all of her preschool classes, so we had to move her into Kindergarten so she could be challenged. She was becoming bored with the things we were doing. We signed her up for classes through www.time4learning.com. If you are not familiar with it, you should definately check it out. It is something we pay for. It is $19.95 a month, but going to be well worth it. She was so excited to be moving up a level, but I was sad to see her grow up so fast. One thing I have to say, though, is that I have never seen a child love school and learning as much as she does. It absolutely amazes me.

And onto our 6th grader… I haven’t posted much because we have been getting caught up on some things he had fallen behind in when he was in public school. I am so excited to announce that we have progressed back up into our 6th grade Math book!!! And we are gaining a lot of ground on Language class too. We are at about 5th grade level. For those of you who are unfamiliar with our situation, our son was pushed through many years of public school before we finally pulled him out to start homeschooling. When we started homschool in October of this school year, he tested into 1st grade Reading and 3rd grade Math. The amount of hard work he has put in and the amount of things he caught onto quickly was amazing. All he needed was one on one time and encouragement. So what are we doing? Math we are working on fractions and decimals, Language we are working on Prepositions and Prepositional Phrases, Science we are learning about friction, speed, gravity, etc. , and History we are working on the settlement of Jamestown. He seems to really enjoy this lesson. We are also working on our Bible lessons. We are working on a book called “Why…a Bible study for 9-12 year olds   by Heidi Kreider“. We find her books on www.Smashwords.com.

So where does time go? It goes into teaching our kids in any way that works for them. It goes into making sure our kids enjoy learning so they will want to learn more! And it goes into making our homeschool mesh well with our family life so that we can spend as much quality family time as possible.


Is it possible?


I have heard and read a lot of stay at home parents who homeschool and work from home. I have been looking for something to do to bring in a little bit of income while still focusing mainly on homeschooling. Face it, our kids’ education is the best investment we can make. But I would also like to contribute financially to our home. I know there are a lot of scams out there on the internet claiming to help you make money from home. I have a few sites that I have used to make a few dollars here and there. Does anyone else have any luck with any other work from home ideas?

Here is what I have so far:

I sell cosmetics and fashion accessories from a company called mark. This company is an Avon brand company.


I sell jewelry at kitsy lane.


This is a site called mechanical turk by Amazon. You are paid to do tasks. It is pretty good if you have a bit of time to commit.


I also do surveys for cash at inboxdollars.



Does anyone else have a good site that they use to bring in a little extra cash? I am not looking to geg rich or anything, just looking to make money for the savings account.

Homeschooling and Ministry??

I know for me, homeschooling is a full time job, and being a stay at home parent is a full time job. Now I am attempting to work my way into full time ministry work. Is this possible? Does anyone have any experience with it?

The ministry work I am starting tomorrow is helping out at an after school program that a ministry in my neighborhood has started. This type of ministry can be incorporated into homeschool because it involves the kids in an after school program, helping with homework, and getting them involved with other kids of the neighborhood.

I want to hear other parents’ experiences with this type of thing. Please feel free to share what you have done in your life to combine different things like this.

Random Things

Here is a look at a few of the things we have been working on in class.


New World Explorers Lapbook


Number of the Day(advanced)


Map for our Virtual North American road trip


Poster on the wall


Phonics Dry erase board


Learning how to write sentences in cursive


Kindergarten Addition


Our day, date, and weather chart


Learning how to write


Learning how to write all uppercase letters.


These are just a few things we do. When I say that our curriculum is Ecclectic and is a hodge podge of things that work best for us, I am not overexaggerating. There has been a lot of trial and error and we are still working out some things. It is a learning process for all of us.

Separating Home and School

When I started homeschooling, I didn’t think it was even possible to separate home and school. How do you even do that? And what does that even look like?

At first, homeschooling was taking up all of my time. Between the actual schooling, the grading of papers, the schedule and curriculum planning. There was no separation between home and school. I schooled all of the time. I realized that wasn’t really working for me. I needed time outside of school. Now, I am setting a time limit. At 4pm everyday, we stop all things related to school. No grading papers, no schedules being made. It is strictly family time. Whatever doesn’t get done in that time gets done tomorrow. If you don’t set your time limit, you will gradually begin to make school your whole life. And although school is a huge part of our lives, we need our own time to find out who we are when we are not teachers.

So I am leaving you with this challenge. Set your goal and stick to it. Keep your schedule. Take time out for yourself. And never, ever let homeschool become too overwhelming or stressful. It will not work for you or your children.