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One Way I Refresh During the Summer as a Homeschool Mom

As our homeschool takes some time off this summer, my mind almost never stops thinking of and planning ahead for the upcoming school year.  This is probably because I'm Type A and an obsessive

Whatever the reason, I do enjoy this season of planning.  

But I also need to be refreshed as a homeschool mom.  Homeschooling can be incredibly exhausting and all-consuming.  It's not easy and it's a lot of responsibility.  And I take that very seriously when I am researching curriculum and planning toward the next school year.  So also taking some time to rejuvenate and refocus myself is very important.  

How do I do this?  

Each summer I take some time to read something inspiring and motivating that speaks to me as a homeschool mom.  Some of my fave reads from past years--that I have nearby on my shelf and refer to often--are Educating the Wholehearted Child, The Well-Trained Mind, The Charlotte Mason Companion, A Thomas Jefferson Education, and Dumbing Us Down.  

This summer I am reading Teaching from Rest by Sarah Mackenzie ...and I am LOVING it.  It is just what I need right now.  I also downloaded the companion journal guide (and had it spiral bound at OfficeMax very cheaply).  It might not be completely necessary but I am appreciating it very much and it definitely helps you 'flesh-out' the key thoughts from the sections of the book.  

Also available to go along with the reading of this book are three Periscope recordings--one for each section of the book--that are really good!  Sarah is great on-camera, very relate-able and adorable, too.  

I am not finished with the book yet because I am not rushing through but trying to take time for notes and journaling ...and because we are in the midst of VBS here-ha!  It's also sometimes hard to find a quiet place and time to read (note: the above photo was taken one day when I was able to escape to my kiddos' treehouse).  But I am thoroughly enjoying my time in this book.

Taking some time in between--or even during--your schooling time to do a little personal study, reflection, and re-focusing can be a huge blessing to you as a homeschool mom and I highly recommend it.  

I'd love to hear what is refreshing to you!


It is so very important to refresh ourselves as homeschool moms. I l also love planning for a new year. I love the book you are currently reading. I did not realize there was a companion journal for it, so now I am off to download it, print it and then maybe sometime over the weekend, I will get it spiral bound. Thanks for sharing. I am visiting from Blogging Homeschoolers fyi.
Alison said…
I love those books too <3
Thank you for dropping by and sharing, ladies!

I hope you enjoy the journaling companion guide!
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It is so imperative to invigorate ourselves as self-teach mothers. I l likewise cherish getting ready for another year. I adore the book you are as of now perusing. I didn't understand there was a buddy diary for it, so now I am set for download it, print it and afterward perhaps at some point throughout the end of the week

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