Hello Doubts! By RSB

    September is already here and I just want to scream “I AM NOT READY!” Some old feelings are coming back for a visit usually around this time of the year.  From feeling inadequate, not prepared, not smart enough, not organized, not this or that the annual doubt fest is here.  My mind wonders if I am going to mess up my kid this year. “Is he going to excel in what I chosen to teach him?” “How many debates will we have about school stuff?”  I have a teenager, so yes it will happens, I am not in denial here. Those are just a few questions among so many in…


    What May Looks Like

    What does the end of the “school year” means for a homeschool group?  I don’t know to be honest if I can generalize but for ARCH there is still a lot going on in May. It is the time to write thank you letters to outside helpers.  Never take for granted the people who do want to help your group succeed, show them that you care.  We don’t have money to spare but a thank you note is a good way to show your appreciation. The yearbook team is finalizing that book.  Last details touch as well as proof reading one more time and one more time again! Kindergarten graduation…


    Big Step

    ARCH celebrated the graduation of its kindergarten class this month.  We had the cap and gown, the diploma, the program, some cupcakes and you know, the whole work! As I was working behind the scene for that event, I had the opportunity to observe those little kids.  They were up on stage and being kids.  Those legs were swinging, they were excited and shy, in short what you would expect from children that age. Now, the real fun or more sweet moments were peeking at the parents while the ceremony was going on.  They were proud of those little guys on stage (which is totally normal) but when there was…


    Language Lessons For A Living Education Quick Review

    I’m kinda late to the game on this book but I wanted to share with any moms that have a struggling student. My daughter has had a very hard time grasping several subjects. We finally got a handle on the reading but still struggling understanding English. I came across an ad for this book and really liked it. It has been great! I just wanted to share so other moms could check it out for themselves. It is published by MasterBooks. *This is not a paid endorsement, just an honest review from a mom who is using that product.


    Not In The Books

    Last week was a long one.  The last day of our homeschool group coop classes, kindergarten graduation and so many arguments with my child about why he needed to know that “stuff” in math (because he won’t need it when he grows up as he says).  I needed to unplug.  I didn’t want to teach school stuff, I didn’t want to stay inside the house (we had so much rain lately) while it was sunny outside, I was seeking a quiet, yet productive, time. Since I seem to be behind on anything and everything, it was time to get started on the garden.  For some, gardening is easy and for…


    The Homeschool Burnout Mama

      I was reading an article that was saying that the homeschool movement is getting bigger.  There are a lot of reasons for parents to choose that road in that article and they were all interesting big time.  But, to be honest, maybe because I am part of a group, I see a lot of parents signing off on homeschool and decide to send their children to school when they are hitting the 7th grades or higher. What you see, what you read is always different it seems.  Nevertheless, I took the time to chat with some old pros, you know the moms who do have 4 or 5 kids…

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    World Culture Class By R.

    This is what homeschool classes are all about….   Yesterday I taught on Israel in World Culture Class at our homeschool co-op. The girls got to help make Falafel and Challah Bread to take to class.          

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    Old Wisdom

    When I was a teenager, in the 1980’s something, I was hooked on those quote that you could find here and there in the Reader’s Digest.  Now, it wasn’t the only place that I found them, but that was there that some got my attention. Anyway, back to the present time, this past weekend I was trying to declutter our massive wall to wall bookshelves.  Just so you know, I just got rid of 3 books and they were duplicates, so not a success story there (books make me happy).  Sorry, I am going off the main story here, anyway, I did stumble into a little book of mine where…

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    Monday With Teenagers By Ruth

    How many times have I been asked if my homeschooled teenager has enough socialization?  Pretty much, each time that someone asked me about homeschooling.  The topic is always a bit touchy I would say.  We can talk socialization as much as you want in the homeschool world but honestly, if we stop and think about it, is it because you are surrounded by others in a regular setting, which is school that you will socialize with them?  The feeling of being lonely seems a very common with high school students who don’t fit in any “clicks”. Anyway, this is how it goes in my house on a regular Monday.  We…

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