Encouragement, Passion, Variety, and Beauty
The lovely Alisha Miller is here with us today. She is so encouraging. This conversation feels like sitting down with a super sweet friend to talk about all things homeschool. By the end, you’ll feel comforted, inspired, and motivated to move forward with homeschooling knowing you can implement her encouraging ideas. Alisha gives us specific examples of how she homeschools with multiples, how she meets her children where they are, and how she overcomes homeschool fears (fear rises up in all of us from time to time). We also talk about community, flexibility, and so much more! This is an episode for the heart…that also happens to contain practical tips. That’s so Alisha.
Alisha’s Bio: Alisha Miller is raising and homeschooling four daughters in northern Indiana. She has a passion for curating a curriculum that covers a wide feast and is inclusive of all people. She loves learning alongside her daughters on this journey. As an editor and writer for the Wild + Free magazine, she gets to combine her love for both English and homeschooling. She also enjoys sewing, gardening, reading, and learning new things.
In This Episode Alisha & I Talk About:
- The pace of learning to read (including late readers)
- Her examples of navigating reading and readiness
- What Wild + Free is & the support they offer
- The beautiful, eclectic mix of mamas who are part of W+F
- How we are always growing & thinking as moms and home educators
- Lessons & challenges we’ve learned along the way
- Fears that creep in and what we can do when that happens (including fear of falling behind)
- Being grounded in our beliefs and methods
- The importance of meeting your child where they are
- Raising whole children
- Laying a wide feast for our favorite people
- Aligning our values and actions in our home
- Homeschooling multiples
- Combining ages/grades/subjects
- Homeschooling with a 3-year-old in the house
- Gracefully maneuvering transitions
- Acknowledging the idea that we are going to be interrupted
- Scheduling flexibility
- How to keep moving forward and organizing
- Transitions (big & small)
- Balancing a full life & schedule
- Arranging priorities
- Life long learning – in us and our children
- Creating her own curriculum using the Charlotte Mason method
- Mother culture nights
- And more!
Interesting Resources Mentioned During the Show:
Book: For the Children’s Sake
Curriculum: Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons
Julie Bogart (of Brave Writer & The Brave Learner…from Episode 051!)
Cosmic Kids Yoga
Tales of Troy in Greece (trojan horse kit)
Charlotte Mason (homeschool philosophy)
Blog Post about writing her own curriculum
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Blossom & Root: Thanks to Blossom & Root for supporting today’s episode of Elevating Motherhood! Blossom & Root is the homeschool curriculum my family uses and loves. We’re all very excited to dive into first grade, kindergarten, and pre-k this year using Blossom & Root’s secular, nature-based, Charlotte Mason inspired lessons as a guide.
Blossom & Root has been supporting homeschool families for years. Their current line up of awesome options includes curricula for the Early Years (starting at age 2) all the way to 4th grade with more grade levels and resources being released each year. They also have awesome add ons like Book Seed literature deep dives and A River of Voices: The History of the United States. These are incredible (& affordable) additions to any homeschool curriculum or for parents who want to learn alongside their kids whatever their education path.
Blossom & Root has generously offered a discount code for Elevating Motherhood listeners: Use the code LORIBETH10 for 10% off your online purchase. Visit www.elevatingmotherhood.com/homeschool for more information about Blossom & Root.
Homeschool Explained: I used to teach in-person workshops here on Maui that helped families get started on their homeschool journey feeling resourced and confident. To meet requests from parents on other islands and on the mainland, I turned that workshop into an online resource for you!
If you’re thinking of homeschooling and aren’t sure where to begin or you just got started and still have a ton of questions, I’ve got you. I put over 10 years of homeschool experience into a 3 hour video that you can start and stop at your own convenience. I go over all of the most common questions I’ve gotten from parents and workshop attendees over the years…I share with you about curriculum, homeschool styles, when to start, subjects to teach, planning, schedules, cost, state laws, umbrella schools, testing, record keeping, community, socialization, and more. My goal was to over share so that when you finish the course, you’ll feel resourced and ready to go.
Discount Code: Use the code LORIBETH50 for 50% OFF of my how to homeschool course Homeschool Explained! This offer will remain open as a thank you to my amazing Elevating Motherhood listeners.
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