Until Then, Dad

JMJ122  *I never took the time I had with my dad for granted, and I am so happy I didn’t.  It is not a good idea to assume that there will always be a tomorrow to make amends or to spend time with a loved one. Ring the School Bell 122/180 Days A bientôt j’espère,…

Setting Goals for Part 2 of the School Year

JMJ90  *How are you personally holding up?  If you are overwhelmed, is there anything you can delegate to your kids or get outside help with?  When my children were little, we temporarily included a housecleaner once a month, and a gardener, in our budget.  Now that I have built-in more affordable help (older kids), we…

How to Raise a Lifelong Learner

JMJ  *It’s not really part 2 of the school year, but it certainly feels like it.  We are not quite done with the first semester.  The majority of the states here in the U.S. require at least 180 days of instruction, but here we are, only on day 78!   Ring the School Bell 78/180 days…

How to Spot a Homeschool Mom

JMJ 53 *Her teenagers are still fighting to see who gets to sit next to her at Sunday Mass. She invites entire families to birthday parties.  Thus parties can involve huge numbers of homeschoolers running around in the backyard. She may still be driving a van, to load up with her kids and her friends’…

Count Your Homeschool Blessings Part 2

JMJ 52  *Feeling a negative attitude creeping into my day, I think it is a great time to count some more of my blessings!  When life gets crazy and seems unmanageable, it is time to count my blessings, and realize that the trials of today are temporary.  Some days are just going to be plain difficult….