Sometimes we need to remember that we are doing enough, we are doing our best. Adding a million things to our to do list so that we look busy and to show others that we have it all together will only result in a mental breakdown. As homeschool mums, we tend to second guess our decisions and doubt our ability to educate our children, but guess what? You are their mum, you know them better than any public school system can ever know them, and more importantly you love them more than any school teacher ever could. Cut yourself some slack and relax. You’re doing a great job, mum. Pour yourself a cuppa and take a deep breath. You’ve got this. And more importantly, God’s got you (bad grammar, but you know what I mean).
How do you create a relaxing learning environment for your children? When building our homeschool room, I did a lot of research on paint colours. I wanted a colour that inspired creativity and encouraged learning. I picked a bright blue that I love, but my husband hates. Since he loves me, I have beautiful blue walls in our schoolroom.
Along with paint colours, I wanted inviting smells that also inspired creativity and encouraged learning. I’m sure you have certain smells that evoke certain memories. When I smell vanilla I immediately think of my mother. She always wore vanilla perfume. My kids will probably always associate learning with Elevation, a joyful blend that promotes a revitalising environment. I have this in the diffuser nearly every day.
The main method in which we use essential oils in our homeschool room is with a diffuser, but we also have a few roller bottles for specific needs.
Here are some essential oils that I recommend for your homeschool space…
- Lavender – calming and relaxing (we also put this in the diffuser in the evenings after dinner to prepare for bedtime)
- Peppermint – boosts mental focus
- Wild Orange – brings an uplifting atmosphere and helps with concentration
- Rosemary – helps with memory and concentration (I use this everyday, I’m getting old, what can I say?!)
- Elevation – elevates mood and helps lesson feelings of stress
I hope to share more info on essential oils in future blog posts, if you have any specific questions let me know. If you would like more information on essential oils, please leave a comment or send me an email (email@example.com) and I’d be more than happy to help. You can also check out my doTERRA website here.
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Books are such fun ways to learn about things and places you’ll never get to see or do. Or maybe inspire you to go, see, and do! Lonely Planet Kids sent me 3 awesome books to review, and I’m here to share them with you.
The Daredevil’s Guide to Dangerous Places is a fun book that has you joining “hazard hunters” Eddie and Junko as the explore the most dangerous places on earth. What we personally loved about this book is that they explored the Northern Territory of Australia and found the “biggest, fiercest reptiles around.” This is right in our own back yard!
Along with the Northern Territory, you’ll places like Tornado Alley, Atacama Desert, Poison Garden, the Cave of Death, the Forest of Knives, and much more!
Have you ever wondered how airports work? Where does your luggage go after you check-in? What does the inside of the control tower look like? I found this books to be so fascinating! This is an interactive book with heaps of flaps to lift and learn more.
This book came as we were studying ancient history – perfect timing! In Ancient Wonders – Then & Now you’ll learn about the Great Pyramid of Giza, Stonehenge, the Colosseum, Easter Island, Angkor Wat, and many more ancient wonders.
You open the pages to see what they looked like when they were built and what they look like now. This books also has flaps you can open to learn more. You can see in this photo my son is reading about the Colosseum. It’s so cool!
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I hope you had a wonderful Christmas. For many, Christmas is a busy time of year. It’s easy to get behind in normal day to day tasks and the clutter tends to pile up. I don’t know about you, but when there is clutter and the house is disorganised, I just can’t function. So for the month of January, I’m planning a big declutter of my home.
Would you like to join me? I created a 31 day calendar to help me focus on a certain area each day. Feel free to print out the calendar and join me on this fun challenge! Don’t feel that you have to do it in order, just pick one thing each day. Let’s get organised together!
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Do homeschoolers really need to plan family time? Don’t we already spend all day, every day together?
I believe it is important for families to make a special effort to have family time. Whether you homeschool or not.
A few months ago, we needed a break. We didn’t have extra cash to go bowling or to the cinemas, so we decided to go camping. We left around 5pm and was back by 11am, but it was amazing and exactly what we needed.
We found a place not too far from where we live, but just far enough that we didn’t have mobile reception. We set up camp (our 4 man tent), and then went fishing for a bit. Actually, my husband and kids went fishing. I stood far enough back, but close enough that I could keep an eye out for crocs. Later the kids collected firewood and we enjoyed a meal of hot dogs cooked over the fire. We later roasted marshmallows.
We were in the tent by about 8pm. The kids and I played a few games of Skipbo and we enjoyed chatting about our week. We were all up early, as you do when you’re all asleep by 9pm. My husband and son fished a bit more while my daughter and I collected more wood for the fire and attempted to make pancakes. (It didn’t go too well as we forgot the butter and a spatula.)
This camping trip was a few months ago, but my kids still talk about it. Why? Because we stepped away from our home and our normal routine, and just spent quality time with each other. We have had a few more family trips since then and have a few more already planned. How about you? When was the last time you scheduled family time? If it hasn’t been in the last month, why not plan something for the weekend?
Hello. Long time no see, or uh, read?
Sorry about that. I had/have big plans for this blog and then…well, life got busy.
I can’t make promises, but I’m hoping to be back here posting once a week. I can manage that, right? For now I’ll leave you with a funny homeschool meme.
Be back soon!