Google The Unplanned Homeschooler: August 2015

Monday, August 17, 2015

Celebrate 1000+ likes with a free copy of my e-book, for a limited time

I'm so excited to announce that the Facebook page for The Unplanned Homeschooler now has more than 1000 likes! Thank you, all of you, for helping me to reach that goal.



The Unplanned Homeschooler blog began just over a year ago, in July 2015, and in that time I have had so much fun. I have been able to talk with many of you, both online and in person. I published my first book, followed by "The Unplanner," a unique and affordable organizer for homeschoolers who don't like planning. And I even had the opportunity to speak at a homeschool convention, which was both exciting and a bit scary.

Celebrating a fantastic first year of blogging and my first 1000 Facebook likes, I thought it was the perfect time to give back to the homeschooling community. So, for a limited time, I am giving away free copies of the Kindle version of my book, "The Unplanned Homeschooler: My Disorganized Path to Homeschooling Success" on Amazon.

This free book promotion will begin on Tuesday, August 18 and run through Thursday, August 20.

Please feel free to share this promotion with homeschooling friends, and encourage them to follow the blog and like The Unplanned Homeschooler on Facebook. Also, please consider leaving a review on Amazon if you enjoy the book. Thank you!

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Road trip tips for homeschoolers

One of the best ways for children to learn anything is to get out there and experience it for themselves. Whether you're learning about art, science, math, history or any subject at all, a first hand experience can make all the difference. But depending on where you live, you may find that the things you want your kids to see and do are not in your own back yard. That's when it's time to consider a road trip!

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Road trips can be a fantastic learning experience for all kinds of families, but for homeschoolers, especially. That's because most homeschoolers have greater freedom to explore, and at different times of the year than their peers, and they have the ability to work learning adventures into their curriculum at any point in the course of their studies. 

Here are a few tips to keep in mind to make the most of your homeschooling road trips.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

I'm not gloating over back to school this year

Tomorrow marks the first day of school in my home town. Some other schools in the area have been in session a week already. It's hard to believe the summer is over for so many kids. 

Back to school can be a very happy time for homeschoolers. Although we have to deal with some of our favorite attractions, like amusement parks and swimming pools, closing much earlier in the summer than we wish, we do get to enjoy weeks of pleasant weather at the parks, beaches, zoos and museums with practically no crowds after the other families in our towns plunge back into the school year grind.

I'll admit, I have been guilty of gloating a bit over back to school in the past, posting pictures of my kids in the pool having fun in response to the many first day of school pics dotting my Facebook wall and cheerfully announcing how much fun we'd be having at a Not-Back-to-School bash with our homeschooling friends.



But this year, I don't feel like gloating, for several reasons. I wanted to share them with you, and encourage you to join me in praying for the kids who are returning to public school, that they will be safe, that they will be able to learn, and that their spirits will not be broken. And pray for their parents, that if they desire an alternative to their local school, for whatever reason, they will be able to find it. With that said, here are the reasons I am not gloating over back to school this year.