Reflect, Imagine, Assess and Set


This is the time that families are looking at their homeschool year.  While you have set your homeschool goals at the beginning of the year, this is also a good time to take a second look.

Here are some steps to help.

Step 1: Reflect

Reflect on the last homeschool year and answer the following questions.

  • How did you see the past homeschool year going?
  • What were your plans or goals for the past homeschool year if you had any?
  • What disappointments/regrets did you experience in your homeschool this past year?
  • What did you feel you should have been acknowledged for in your homeschool but weren’t?
  • What did you accomplish this past year in your homeschool that you were most proud of?
  • What were the major lessons you learned this past year in regard to your homeschool?

Step 2: Imagine

Now let’s take some time to imagine the new homeschool year.  Set your timer (use your cellphone, etc.) for five minutes. For the next fifteen minutes complete this statement: “This homeschool year would be great if….”

Next, think about what you would like to accomplish in your homeschool…

  • in the next 3 months?
  • in the next 6 months?
  • in the next year?
  • in the next 3 years?

Step 3: Assess

Looking at each child individually and your homeschool collectively.  What would you like to accomplish by the end of your child’s homeschool career?

Step 4: Set Goals

Choose three goals that would have the MOST positive impact in your homeschool. What are they? As you plan your new goals, don’t forget to look at your regrets and see if there are hidden opportunities in them.  Make your goals S.M.A.R.T Specific, Measurable, Actionable, Relevant, and Time-Bound.

Click here to download a free annual goal sheet.


10 Ways to Avoid Homeschool Stress

Young Woman Thinking

Are you running around with your head chopped off?  Have you found yourself wondering “What did I get myself into?”  Have you recently asked the question “Am I stressed or blessed?” when it comes to homeschooling?

I was at a GHEA Conference a few years ago when I heard a speaker Sharon Grimes talk about how to avoid being stressed out. As I reviewed my notes I realize that this was something I needed to revisit and share with everyone.

10 Ways to Avoid Homeschool Stress

  1. Don’t neglect your morning manna.
    • No Bible then No Breakfast/Facebook/TV
  2. Keep the right relationship with your family
    • Your Spouse- have a regular date time together and be creative NOT expensive, have a “weekend to remember” once a year.
    • Your Children- remember that children ARE your MOST important work.
  3. Remember WHY you are homeschooling.
    • Deuteronomy 6:4-7- If we don’t teach our children to follow Christ, the world will teach them NOT to.
  4. Choose curriculum that will work for YOU and for EACH child.
    • There is no such thing as the “PERFECT” curriculum.  Pray and ask God to help you
    • Jeremiah 33:3.
    • What are your homeschool goals?
    • What is your child’s learning style?
    • What is your budget?
    • Control your curriculum and don’t let it control you!
  5. Schedule your priorities FIRST; Then just say NO!
  6. Discipline your children.
    • Proverbs 1:7,8
  7. Discipline YOURSELF!  Get Organized!
    • Plan your menus a week in advance
    • Homeschool year round
    • Plan in pencil.
  8. Be Flexible!
    • Don’t be so structure and organized that you don’t put people first.
    • Only Christ was perfect
  9. Don’t let your housework become overwhelming.
  10. Find Support!! Don’t isolate yourself.

As I typed this up I was reminded that I am blessed to homeschool my children.  They are God’s gift to me and I will appreciate it everyday!

How do you avoid being stressed out in homeschooling?

Top 5 Things to Do for Your Homeschool in the New Year


The new year is upon us and now is time for everyone to start evaluating how the school year is going so far.  This can be a tricky time of year because you might feel you have not done what you wanted to and either be motivated to do better or discouraged and give up.  Don’t give up!

Here are the top 5 thing that you can do for your homeschool in the New Year.

1.Throw Out New Year Resolutions

I know, I know, this is crazy talk.  I would’ve been the first to admit it until I read The 12 Week Year: Get More Done in 12 Weeks than others do in 12 Months by Brian P. Moran and Michael Lennington.  This book talks about how New Year Resolutions enable procrastination.  It makes us believe we have an entire year to get it done but then we fail to execute and find ourselves scrambling at the end of the year to be productive or not being productive at all.  This can even be paralleled to your homeschool.  You start of the homeschool year thinking you have all the time in the world, only to find that the year is slipping by and you are homeschooling during the summer (because you didn’t finish- not because you want or chose to).

So do you make no plans at all? Of course not, you just make plans for a shorter time period… a 12 Week Year time period to be exact.  There is so much good stuff in shifting your thinking to the 12 Week Year that I just can’t put it all in here. Go to to start your 12 Week Year plan for free. And if you are looking for a community to support you, join EPIC at .

2. Keep It Simple Silly – K.I.S.S.

As you make your 12 Week Year goals, don’t try to do too much.  Try to keep it simple.  Rome was not built in a day and neither is your kids education.  However, every day counts so make sure you have your basics covered: Math, English, Reading, Science and Social Studies.  All the other extra curricular activities are nice but if it is getting in the way and stressing you out, cut back.  It’s okay! Keep it Simple!  Stick to 2 or 3 goals to execute and focus on that.

3. People Forget, Paper Remembers – Write it Down

This was something my college professor “Shand the Man” use to say.  “People Forget, Paper Remembers.  Write it down!”  Write down your plan for the week or write down what you did that day.  Either way, write it down.  You will be amazed at how much you actually did with your kids  when you write it down.  This is also helpful for reporting or homeschool portfolios.

When you plan, you are more likely to execute. According to Brian P. Moran and Michael Lennington from The 12 Week Year: Get More Done in 12 Weeks than others do in 12 Months “Working from a plan has three distinct benefits: it reduces mistakes, it saves times, and it provides focus” (p. 25).  Write it down, read it and review it daily.

4. Get Plugged In

Don’t be on an island homeschooling by yourself.  Get plugged in!  EPIC Homeschool Network and the South Cobb Regional Library is hosting it’s annual EPIC Homeschool Resource Fair on Wednesday, January 24, 2018 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the South Cobb Regional Library located at 805 Clay Road, Mableton, GA 30122.  This is a great way to get plugged into other homeschoolers and see what local resources are available.  Check out more at  We also offer a variety of online resources like our Online Resource Library and our Podcast Channel.

5. Get an Accountability Buddy

This piggy backs off the last tip but this is more personal.  Get connected with one like minded person (preferably a homeschool parent)  and let them know your goals and plans.  Ask them help you be accountable and schedule weekly check in calls.

Don’t let 2018 come, pass you by and leave you wondering, “What happened!”  Get started today and follow these top 5 Things to Do for Your Homeschool in the New Year.

The Emotional Cycle of Homeschooling


If you are a homeschooling parent, you know that homeschooling can be… well, emotional.  I recently read about “The Emotional Cycle of Change” by psychologists Don Kelly and Daryl Connor and the parallels to the emotional cycle of homeschooling was so amazing I had to share.  So if you are a parent considering homeschooling or a parent already homeschooling, this is for you.

Kelley and Connor’s emotional cycle of change has 5 phases that I will parallel with the emotional cycle of homeschooling.

Emotional Cycle of Change

Phase 1: Uniformed Optimism – “Homeschooling is Going to Be Great”

This is the stage when you decide to homeschool.  You don’t know what homeschooling is all about but you can imagine all of the benefits you’re going to experience.  More freedom, more learning, more field trips, more time with the family…. You can fill in the dots with what you imagined homeschooling to be.  You haven’t done it yet, but you are optimistic!

Phase 2: Informed Pessimism – “So THIS is Homeschooling”

So you started homeschooling… or maybe you started researching about homeschooling and then the reality of it all is finally hitting you.  You start thinking “So THIS is homeschooling!”  Your amazing lesson plan is not going so amazing.  The house is a mess.  It appears the kids are not learning and you start to question if homeschooling is really worth all the effort!  Maybe it would be better to just put them on the next school bus that rolls by, but it’s not so bad… yet.

Phase 3: Valley of Despair – “I Think I Can, I Think I Can’t”

As you continue to experience the throws of homeschooling, your pessimism starts to sink in deeper.  You and your family are experiencing the emotions of change.  It is unfamiliar. It is hard.  Do you give up and send your kids back to school or do you push through?  This is when having a strong vision is crucial.  You might have heard other homeschoolers ask, “What is your vision for your homeschool?”  You might have glossed over that step in the myriad of research that you did on homeschooling  but now, this is when the vision is important.   Having a strong vision keeps you moving through the valley, knowing that there is a mountain on the other side.  

My vision is to “Create 21st century Christian leaders who will stand for right though the heavens fall”.  I want to create children with an “Excellent spirit”. This vision helps me to evaluate the curriculum I choose and on days that I don’t feel like pushing, I think of WHY I need to push.  I push for my kids, I push for their future.  This is also when I reach out for help and encouragement from fellow homeschoolers.  We have all been in the valley of despair.  The key is to not stay there or quit.

Phase 4: Informed Optimism – “I Can Do This”

Refuled with encouragement and the knowledge that it does get better, you press through.  You start seeing your kids learning and all your hard work is finally bearing fruit. You CAN do this!

Phase 5: Success and Fulfillment – “Yes”

Then finally, you feel success and fulfillment.  You’ve got your homeschool routine together and things that were once difficult and uncomfortable are now routine.  Everyday is not perfect, but you learn to celebrate the victories in your homeschool and you stop comparing it to others.

So there you have it!

Now that you know about the emotional cycle of homeschooling, I hope that you feel more prepared to continue and not let your emotions take you off track.  The emotions you feel right now in your homeschool is normal.  Homeschooling is hard, but so rewarding.  So now you know and as GI Joe says “Knowing is half the battle!”  Go forth and Homeschool to Success!


Motivating the Unmotivated Webinar

Motivating the unmotivated

As parents, we want so much for our children. It is exciting when their eagerness matches our enthusiasm, but what happens when that beautiful meeting of the minds doesn’t happen?

You praise, you use pep-talks, you enlist consequences, and some of us go broke investing in the latest “fad” promise. We go through the frustrating cycle of trying to motivate our unmotivated child, seeking help, but finding no real answers. That cycle ends now, during this webinar, Terri Hunt “Terri Teaches” will share reliable and research based strategies for motivating the unmotivated child.

Each attendee will also walk away with a toolkit of information to utilize and keep handy in the home. This online only event is hosted by EPIC Homeschool Network and sponsored by Superior Guidance. It is FREE and open to the public.

Register today by going to 

Free Fun in the Sun

EPIC Summer Bucket List

Are you looking for some free, fun ways to have fun in the sun this summer?

EPIC Homeschool Network has come up with a fun family activity to help you decide what you should do this summer with a game within a game.  Here’s how it works.  Print the EPIC Summer Bucket List game-board and play Tic-Tac-Toe as you normally would.  One person is “X” and the other “O”.  Try to get three in a row horizontally, vertically, or diagonally.  Whichever three activities are in a row at the end of the game are the three activities you will do as a family.

Click HERE to Download the Game-Board

Don’t let the summer pass you by without having some fun!