The Homemade Housewife.

The Homemade Housewife: The last book you will ever need on homemaking and frugal living by [Singh, Kate]

This is my last homemaking book!  I think…

This is a whopper of a book loaded with all the best from all my books.  It’s got the recipes for scratch cooking, household cleaners, even beauty products.  I cover Urban farming, affording organics, going green and creating a sustainable life.  There are ideas for working from home and earning money, getting out of debt easily, and stretching that dollar.  How about traveling, holidays, parties, having house guest?  Covered.  Raising children and pets?  Homeschooling?  Covered!

The ebook will be free for the next few days and after that, it is a tiny .99 cents.  Of course, it must be frugally priced as it is a book on frugal living.  You will definitely want this for your library.

 

 

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How to thrive on one income and not miss all the good stuff.

 

These are photos of all the fun…well, only a few of all the fun things I do with my sons.  I am so very fortunate to have the luxury of staying home with my boys, to be a housewife and to have the choice to homeschool.  I realize that this life is not for everyone.  It requires huge financial sacrifice, patience, lots of coffee, and the taste for repetition and monotony.  Never boredom, I never get that, however, some days feel like that movie Ground Hogs Day where the character wakes up to the same day over and over and over.

95% of this life is great because it is what I always wanted.  I never was career driven.  Not until I started doing this mom and home thing and then I did start writing and that became my outlet.  I suppose that is a career at this point.  But I was never the corporate gal on her way up the ladder.  I detested the corporate world.  I always loved being home and sweeping the floor while listening to my favorite music and pondering the wonders of life or out in the sun reading a book and watering my plants.  I enjoyed the home life, however, I never knew how truly well matched the life was for me until I started growing my family and I became an official housewife.

One of the biggest things I had to learn was how to budget.  We went through some hard times early on in the marriage and right after the first child was born.  I was so into being home and being with my baby that I wanted to learn every trick I could to live off a tiny single income.  I write about this all this time and I have a stack of books on Amazon all about this subject.  I love this topic.

I first got the idea of living frugally and simply from my aunt and uncle.  They live on a fixed income and they live well.  They rent a nice little home on the coast with a view of the forest and ocean (a million dollar view really) and are the healthiest people.  They have daily routines that are very cozy and they have some of the modern luxuries of internet and Netflix.  They eat delicious meals and entertain guest.  They live off very, very little. They live in paradise and live a perpetual vacation.

I also had a girlfriend that lived off very little and raised two children alone.  She had a nice home and used to put on the best holidays.  She celebrated all birthdays and seasons.  It was her thing.  Her children went to private school.  She lived off way less than a thousand a month.

We, now a family of four, have lived on one income that was minimum wage.  We have always lived well. We dress well, we eat well, we have a cozy home, we do fun things all the time.

So, what does it really take to make a life where you can quit your job and stay home and raise your children?  Or just live on a fixed income and enjoy the quality of life?

I will take it from our life experience and how we do it.  I have gotten advice from all the wisest and most frugal people and sewn together our own little life of simplicity and thriftiness.  Here are just a few ideas.  Only a few as there are hundreds of little and big ways to save and I have written books for that.

First, we chose a small home that was affordable.  We rent and rents are absurd in California right now.  Here in Sacramento, we have the highest rent increases Nationally.  In the past year, the rent has gone up $200 to $500 in a year!  So, I get it.  We live in a nice and safe neighborhood.  It has some ugly parts to it here and there and we deal with graffiti and police helicopters.  We are in rural sprawl and that is how it is.  But if you look hard you can find little paradise’s in the rubble.  Our home is $1120 a month.  It is a cute and tiny place at 860 square feet.  There is a sizeable yard that we have converted to a part playground for the boys, a small garden for me, and room for the dogs.  We have only 2 bedrooms and one bath and there are 4 of us.  We fit just fine.  We take the dogs on walks and runs because they are big and a small yard is not suitable for their energy level.  The boys and I go out all the time.  We can walk everywhere now, the library and parks, the grocery stores and chiropractor.

I have our utilities and bills down to nothing.  When we were really tight with money I used an antenna for TV and we just paid the basic utilities and car insurance.  I allowed $400 to $600 for groceries a month and this included dog and cat food.  I did give us an extra $100 for toiletries with diapers and such.  If you are really intense you get cloth diapers.  I tried it and just couldn’t keep it up.

The groceries is where you can save the most.  Any frugal person will tell you this.  You cut out all the junk food, soda, juice, premade, convenience foods.  That right there will reduce the bill greatly.  You buy the ‘clean’ foods only.  Produce, rice, beans, meat, eggs.  That sort of thing.  I’ve gone into detail in other blogs.  We only drink water (and coffee for the adults).  We don’t even buy beer or wine.  That may be too extreme, however, when you get rid of all the vices you also save a ton of money.  We shop at Winco, FoodMaxx, Grocery Outlet.  I can still get organics and nonGMO’s, even cage free eggs.  I will go to Costco or Sprout’s to get clean meat.  You can find this almost anywhere now.  Maybe it’s harder in other states but you can always request it from your local grocer and start a new movement toward organic in your town!

Some quick ways to save and stretch groceries:  Buy and cook whole chickens and then use it for several dishes.  I made a chicken the other day and I’m still using it for chicken alfredo, chicken in our green salad, chicken burritos.  One chicken lasted all week.  Rice, beans, and potatoes are very filling, load the plate, have plenty of vitamins and fiber.  Frozen vegetables can be less than fresh, just as good and a real time saver.  Stock up on sales!  Create a stockpile pantry.

As for toiletries, I use Ivory soap and coconut butter on sale.  We use this for everything.  Now that I don’t buy 50 kinds of creams and oils for our bodies and face, hands, it saves a bundle.  Ivory soap and coconut are great for kids and you can even make laundry detergent from the Ivory soap.

I make my own cleaners and laundry detergent.  All you need is vinegar and dish soap for cleaning everything.  Laundry soap takes ivory, borax, baking soda, and washing soda.  There are recipes in my books.  I do still love my Ajax for sinks, tubs, and toilette.  I do have a bottle of bleach that I use sparingly for mildew and chopping boards that I cut up meat.

We go everywhere and play for free.  Forest preserves, trails, parks, libraries.  We can play outdoors every day for free.  We also live at the library.  They have computers for the kiddos and we get all our books, movies, even music.

Pandora.  Pandora is this great music station online and it’s free.  I listen to great music all day without commercials and I can create my station with everything from classical to country, Cuban to Christian.

Coffee.  It’s my cheap and legal drug these days.  It brings me much joy and inspiration.  I am having a cup right now as I get this blog out.

Netflix and Pureflix.  These are great for movie time.  Popcorn and a movie on a weekend night.  When I went out to the movies recently it cost me alone $30 for ticket and snacks.  Netflix is $7.99 a month and a bag of popcorn is a couple bucks.  Your movie night will top out at $2 plus with popcorn made in an air popper or pot on the stove (don’t forget butter and salt), movie, and maybe some water with cranberry juice and ice.

Dollar stores and thrift stores for the holidays and birthdays.  You can stock up and store all your decorations for all occasions.  I decorate for everything and then you just add some good home cooking and a homemade cake and you have a party.  And music and people of course.

Most pleasures and good times are really about being with family and friends and cost nothing.  Reading in the afternoon, taking long walks with the kids, going to a forest and having a picnic made up of pb & j’s….these are free and make for the best life.

We have two cars, however, they are paid for and my insurance is limited on them.  The boys and I walk everywhere and I could live without the car.  I would get rid of it but the spouse is not down for that.

I don’t get my hair or nails done and I have gone to two movies recently in the last 4 years…or more.  But I can be home baking and playing with boys all day and that trumps a salon and theater any day.

For tons of great ideas, recipes on food and homemade cleaners, budgets, rural farming, and much more check out my books on amazon.

The Funky and Frugal Housewife: Making a Good Family Life on Very Little by [Singh, Mrs. Kate]The Lazy and Cheap Housewife by [Singh, Kate]

 

https://www.amazon.com/Kate-Singh/e/B018FNFDSM/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0

 

Becoming a Housewife.

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What a great memory it is for me, the day I became a housewife.  I think I’m more fond of those memories than my wedding day.  I was working full time in the offices of Living Light Raw Food Culinary School on the coast and it was getting to me.  I had been working outside the home since I could legally work.  I always held two jobs and classes at whatever local college and then on the holidays I would get an extra job.  Mostly I did this to pay off debt, but also to keep busy and stay out of trouble.  Maybe to not be at home with the loneliness.

I have wanted to be a homemaker and mother since I was five or six years old.  I remember quizzing my first-grade teacher’s assistant on childbirth.  How painful was it really?  How long did it take really?  When I was older I couldn’t find holes in my nipples and ran crying to my mother, “How will a nurse my children?”  I wailed.  Strange child yes.  I was building tents and homes, decorating doll houses, throwing tea parties and practicing the art of child rearing with my cats long before I even had a clue.

I truly love making my home into a cozy, charming, and peaceful nest, entertaining guest, gardening…and I’m deeply in love with my sons.  I think that the reason I am still enjoying myself and even more than ever, 6 years laters, is because I just don’t make it complicated.  I see all these housewife blogs and I’m truly amazed.  These women are so creative and busy.  Then there is Pinterest…oh boy, well it can be fun but trying to compare ourselves to all these Goddess’s and Guru’s of homemaking is exhausting.  There is no way to compete…and who would want to.  Everyone always looks far more productive online than in real life, just as everyone’s lives look so perfect on Facebook and may be in shambles and drenched in the blues in real life.

So, let’s get real and learn about ourselves for a moment.  What is most important?  A clean home, having fun, getting an education, having lot’s of play time with the kids…or making your own soap and baking all your own goods?  But wait!  You CAN do it all and live with sanity and joy.  Part of playing is making the homemade stuff and baking your own bread.

Here’s the thing; don’t try to be like any other of those housewives.  Be you and learn to have a ton of fun doing this job.  It is just like a career out in the business world or like owning your own cottage industry.  You are running this house, this family so do it well, efficiently, and be creative.  You are a manager and the boss.  What do managers and bosses do in a business?  They find ways to streamline, to improve production and service.  They find ways to cut cost and manage time.  If they are good bosses they are organized and take good care of the people under them.  If they are smart they also take care of themselves so they don’t burn out.

This is a job ladies and gentlemen!  I have some great books I wrote for all of you to learn how to run your home from A to Z.  All the books are jam-packed with tips and tricks and it is all meant to make life at home easy, fun, cozy, and affordable.  Yes, I talk a lot about getting the finances in order quite a bit because this will create peace and freedom and make it possible for you to keep that home job.

I will also direct you to some websites, books, and documentaries that have made big changes in our family life.

Just follow this link and you will find it all!  https://www.amazon.com/Kate-Singh/e/B018FNFDSM/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0

Many Blessings and Abundance to you all!!

 

Choosing to stay home and making it work on one income.

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I quit working in the mainstream and started my career as a housewife a couple months before my first son was born.  I was thrilled!  I had been working for other people and companies since I was 15 years old and I had carried two jobs for most of that time.  Mainly to get out of a huge debt I had gotten myself into by the time I was in my early 30’s.

We were prepared for this moment.  I had paid off all my debt and we owned one car that was also paid off.  I refused to get any credit cards or a new car when we married and this saved us in the end.  At the time my husband, Bali, had a great job running the Circle K gas station and mini mart.  He made good money and we took on a roommate/friend.  Money was plentiful.

Then Bali’s boss went into a disastrous partnership and let the partner take over our gas station.  He had a gambling problem or was just an idiot at business, too greedy, too slick of a man…he ran the station into the ground.  Within 8 months the place closed and Bali was out of work.  I knew it was coming, I saw the signs and I had my new baby and was not about to put him in daycare and go to work all day.  What did I do?  I started my own daycare and as the Universe provides, a family of 4 children came to me the very day we closed the store doors.

That daycare paid our bills for a while and then long story short, an old village friend found Bali and ask him to work at his store in another town.  We moved to Walnut Grove and set up our nest.  This time, I was pregnant again and didn’t want to run a daycare.  Bali wound up cashiering and money was tight.  We didn’t have that roommate anymore either.  I found a wonderful book, The Complete Tightwad Gazette by Amy Dacyczyn and I still have it to this day and it is one thing that I will never give away.  I read the whole book and began reading and researching everything I could about being frugal and thrifty.  I even switched to cloth diapers (that didn’t last too long, I’m a wimp).  I think I’ve read every book out there.  Even the ones on gardening and decorating on a dime.  I’ve watched hours of YouTube and articles from homemakers with less money and more kids than I have and making it work.

I will say this to all of you out there either doing it now or debating if you should and if you can.  Do it.  Do it for your family and do it especially for the babies and children.  Having you home to love on them and support them through their crucial years will make all the difference in how they learn and mature and the bond you share with them.  Now, if you hate the idea, best to not do this.  It’s lonely sometimes and the monotony can make you a little coo coo if you don’t love it.  If the man wants to stay home great!  Whoever has the desire let them do it.  But don’t let money get in the way.

Saving money by staying home.

You can actually save more or spend less money by having a spouse stay home.  You will save in daycare cost (which can be so expensive), commuting cost, eating out, clothes for work, coffees out alone can run in the hundreds a month.  You add it all up and you have already saved over a thousand dollars.

If you are clever and creative, you will spend your time at home learning all the tricks to being frugal and thrifty.  Maybe you get into coupon cutting and find other ways to cut cost.

You can still work, but do things from home.  Maybe you are an artist, writer, soap maker!  You can clean houses, babysit, start a daycare.  There are always little ways to make money at home.

You will, hopefully, be cooking from scratch and that save big money.  We are now making our own yogurt and I figured the savings to be about $3 or $4 dollars a jar.  I make our bread and it cost $1 a loaf.  Some people buy the discount bread at the outlets for pennies, but we are very into our organics and quality food.  You can still have the non-GMO and organics, just get smart.

How to make it work.

So, my advice to you in a nutshell:

  • Get rid of all the debt and car payments.
  • Cut cost where ever you can.
  • Downsize the house, get rid of the extra car.  Even move into town so you can walk to the parks and grocery store…that is if it’s not too expensive.
  • Read The Complete Tightwad Gazette.
  • Read Queen of Penny Pinching (it’s my book and has EVERYTHING I ever read condensed in it).  There is also Modern Homemaker and Mama, that is all three of my books that cover being a housewife (or husband), budgeting, living off very little, urban farming, and a million other tips.  The Funky and Frugal Housewife is another.
  • Declutter and simplify your home and life.
  • Start the envelope system.  More on that in my books.
  • Buy in bulk.
  • Cut out the sodas, booze, and bad habits.
  • Cook from scratch.
  • Always use what you have, don’t go out and buy things when you need them.  You probably have something you can use at home to represent what you want.
  • Learn the wonders of your local library.
  • Find ways to have fun for free.  Also in my books.
  • Plant a garden and grow some of your own food.  Depending on where you live, you can grow year round.

There are hundreds of ways to live off a tiny budget.  You have to be willing to make life changes and get penny wise.  I have written several blogs that will help, however, I won’t give it all away.  My books are loaded with advice and tips.  I have lived this way for years and I’m always looking for easier and better ways to save, clean, cook, live, enjoy my homemaking journey and, most of all, not get burned out.

I love this life and want you to love it too.

Many Blessings!

 

Creating a home school for pennies.

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Homeschooling is growing in popularity by leaps and bounds for many reasons.  It could be the best thing that ever happened to your kids and family if done properly.  First, let’s take the fear and stress and money out of it.

You may be homeschooling from the start or deciding to start doing it after years of having your kids in public or private school for years.  It will be a transition either way.  There is lot’s of great news and let me list it for you.  These are the basics and you’ll want to do some research on your own through the library and internet to get tons of advice and support.

  • There are many, many ways to homeschool and you can try any style and combo and you can even switch each year if what you’re doing is no longer working.  You can work through the public school and charter schools to get all your books and supplies paid for and to have more structure if you feel the family needs it.  Then there is Montessori style, Waldorf, Thomas Jefferson and Classic that you would do on your own.  Many families swear by Free Range or Unschooling.  Get some books at the library to really understand these styles.
  • Make your whole home into a school!  You could have one room that you turn into a classroom where you have hours and studies…if that works for you and the kids.  Then there is the idea where you have little educational outlets throughout the house and the children learn all day as they please.  For example,  I have a kitchenette fully loaded in the kitchen off to the side.  They can pretend cook and wash dishes, serve us food and bake as they see me doing this.  Then there are magnifying glasses, art supplies in a basket on the table and homemade playdough in containers, their own bookcase loaded with books and educational puzzles.  Outside they have a sandbox and garden.  All these things teach them science, math, reading, vocabulary, about the earth, agriculture, construction, building, art, creativity and so on.
  • Teach through domestic and life chores.  when a child cooks and bakes with you, they learn science, math, organizational skills and cleaning up.  When they shop with you, they learn math and about organics, business, and nutrition.  When you take them to farms they learn farming and all that goes with it.  That would be agriculture, animal husbandry, horticulture, and also science and math.
  • Reading piles of books from infancy teaches intellect, words, talking, reading, writing and all the wonderful things that the books are about, such as the solar system, dinosaurs, etc.
  • Media used wisely and the computer.  PBS has great cartoons that teach everything from community and friendship to math, history, the solar system, nature, the alphabet, numbers and science.  I use ABCMouse on the computer daily for the 4-year-old.  He learns geography, math, reading, problem solving, science and farming.
  • Dolls and toys are great tools.  Dolls help children learn how to care for and be compassionate to wee ones.  Blocks and wooden railroads help them with building and creating, along with problem solving.
  • Field trips.  The library, forest, and beach are great trips and very educational for children.

You can do all the homeschooling for free or very little.  If you go through the public or charter school, everything is paid for.  If you choose another way, you can use the internet and library to supply you with almost anything and everything.  Netflix is a source for educational documentaries and I know that people do a lot of teaching through movies.

Another few tidbits of advice would be to find a local homeschooling co-op.  This group will support you, educate you on the ways of homeschooling and give the whole family some community that is much needed when we take a nontraditional path.  There are legal groups and homeschooling groups online that will help you figure out the system.  By that, I mean that you will have to register your child or children in a “private” school.  They have to be registered somewhere.

I did not think I would ever homeschool, but with new laws going into effect in California, I had no choice.  I read stacks upon stacks of books on the subject and did days and weeks of research online and by talking to others doing homeschooling.  The more I read about these families and how they felt, how the children felt about being at home, directing their own educational course, the more I felt like there was no better way for us.  I love the idea and I feel that I’ve been homeschooling since Arjan was around 2 years old.

One thing I had to learn from my research and that really changed my mind, was that most of the parents are NOT teachers with credentials, yet they are teaching their children…and successfully!  So, you don’t have to have a Masters in education to homeschool.

As for socialization, if you have friends and family, take your kids to parks and trips and even the grocery store…they will learn to socialize.  You would have to keep a kid in a box to prevent them from learning to be social.  That is also what the homeschool co-ops are for.  Parents take turns teaching classes in math, science, history, English and all kinds of extra stuff like dancing, gardening, wood work and organize sporting events.  Kids have groups they grow up with.  There are planned field trips, science fairs and much more.

For a cost, you can get your children enrolled in martial arts, gymnastics, and sports.  They can get involved in theater and dance, some are free and some not.  There is a world of fun and opportunity out there.

Don’t fret and stress.  It can be almost free, even free.  Think, no school pictures, class rings, uniforms, the gas to drive them to and fro or the stress of field trips.  No packing lunches, they have hot lunch every day at home.  It can be fun and easy.  Just really educate yourself.  I read so much from the library and it really eased my mind and got me very excited.  I read stories from hundreds of parents and families to get ideas and input.  Most people and kids really love being homeschooled and rarely go back.

This will have to be a decision between you, the other parent and your children.  You can always try it and if it just doesn’t work for your family, they can be returned to school.  Nothing has to be permanent.

Good luck!

 

Homeschooling. What a great idea!

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Homeschooling is becoming very popular!  It grows 10% each year as the high school drop out rate has gone up 60%.  In the UK it’s gone up something like 60% in the last 6 years. This is for many reasons.  Some being that the school system hasn’t changed that much in a hundred years or more.  It is still based on the old Prussian-Industrial model.  Our children are being prepared for the factories and corporations of America with all the structure, bells and testing.  Yay!

In public schools a child’s desire to learn is being slowely snuffed out by the time they get out of kindergarten.  They carry huge back packs home and have homework daily from the first grade onward, with it ever-increasing.  School is focused on test, test and more test.  Schools look like prisons now.  They are made up of many modular boxes lined up and surrounded by a chain link fence.  They have asphalt to play on and maybe a tree can be found somewhere on the grounds.  Outside of the school hours parents rush kids to all kinds of after school activities and study groups, then there are sports to train for and play on the weekends.  Kids don’t even get summers anymore.  They are sent off for their vacation with tons of homework and there are all kinds of programs they can do on the computer to keep them sharp and ready for the fall.

Those 60% of kids dropping out are not all high risk.  Many of them are young people who had dreams of college and careers.  They are dropping out because they just can’t take the stress and pressure, along with the boring curriculum.  Being bored and stressed is not a winning combination.  Kids are exhausted before puberty.  They are being driven and driven past go.  When do kids get to be kids?  Where does their childhood fit into all this intense schooling.

Let’s take a look at a school system that is doing great.  Finland!  They used to be right there with us at the bottom of quality.  Then they shook it up big time.  They are now rated one of the top schools in Europe and the students all score high, high, high on science, math and reading in the international standardized testing.  93% of students graduate. Why is their system working so well?  Well, let’s give it a look-see.

Now, I may have this a little off, I had to piece together some articles and a section from Michael Moore’s latest movie.  It seems Finland has got the school thing down!  Finnish students rank #1 in the PISA test and 93% of the students graduate with over 60% going on to college.  Why are they so successful?  Here is what I found. Children don’t start schooling until they are 7 years old.  They may start kindergarten around 6 years, but it’s all play and outdoor time.  They are not taught to read until 7 years, unless they have that desire.  There are around 75 minutes of play time outdoors compaired to our 27 minutes, there is only one standardized test taken when they are 16 years old, the focus is not only on math, science and reading, but also the arts, languages and music.  The children attend school only 4 to 5 hours a day and high schoolers have a college like experience in which they only attend classes they need.  Some may start at 8:00 am while some start at 10:00 am.   Play and creativity are encourage at all levels with a firm belief that play is a great way to learn and every 45 minutes older children are encouraged to take 15 minute breaks. All children are treated and educated equally and get the extra time they need to succeed.  Classes are kept very small.  There is hardly any homework if any and children don’t even receive grades until high school.  Now remember, these children are testing #1 in the PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment).

Teachers are of the highest quality.  They are required to have Masters and only the top 10% are chosen.  The salaries may start small, but increase largely over time.  Teachers are given the same respect and kudos as doctors and lawyers and work only 20 hours a week with the belief that a happy teacher is a good teacher. Hum, happy teachers, happy students, lot’s of free time, play, creativity and a focus on self-reflection and socialization in the early years…

That would not be acceptable here where we are pushing and pushing constantly for higher performance and test scores.  Sad thing is, we are failing something fierce.  We come in at the very low-end, say 16th to 23rd after all the other countries such as Canada, Hong Kong, etc.  Just food for thought.

It would be great if we would revamp our schools to adopt this way of educating our precious young.  Our future.  Many say it just can’t be done here with a population that is 50 times what Finland has.  I say that’s ridiculous.  These are our children and our future society and it’s looking gloomy folks.  We need to do something fast to nurture and care for our young so that the future will become even more hopeful and bright.  Our children are already struggling with stress and depression at ever younger ages.  This is unacceptable.

Until we revamp our school systems, I’ve decided to take my childrens schooling into my own hands and make it magical and fulfilling.  I want my children to love learning and have hours and hours of play and self discovery.  I want them to find their passions and spend all day dreaming up new inventions and blossoming as humans.  I hope to send them out into this world confident, kind and ready to do good works for humanity and Mother Earth.  Is this a dreamy state I’m in?  No, because I’m taking their education into my own control.  I am creating a home and life that is all about learning everyday and all day.  And they don’t even realize it!  We don’t have a “classroom” in this house.  The whole house and yard and world is their classroom.  We don’t set up “study time”.  We learn all day.  Everything is an opportunity for learning.  When we bake bread, plant a garden, learn to crochet (that hasn’t really happened yet), learn another language, read books, play in a forest or on a beach…we are learning science, math, reading, speaking articulately and developing our minds, our ability to solve problems, dream up ideas, build, and just plain think.

I follow my boy’s lead.  I am a firm believer that if you follow your passion, you will build an amazing life for yourself.  I have learned that when things are done with play and fun, you get much more accomplished.  You actually work harder when you enjoy what you are doing.  Homeschooling doesn’t have to be hard.  It can be easy and fun for all of you.  Just don’t try to recreate the very school system you pulled the kids out of, right there in your home with the structured hours and work and seperate room for class time.

There are some great books out there on homeschooling.  Go to the library and check them all out.  I would list them, but I must have read 50 or more and can’t remember any of them now.  There are also many ways and styles to teach.  There is the wonderful Waldorf, Montessori, Classical and Thomas Jefferson.  Then you can also go through the Charter or Public school system and have everything paid for and have the structure if you really feel you need it.  Or you can really get wild and do Unschooling or Free Range (I don’t know if that’s really a name).

I know that here in California we are having a big debate over the SB277 law coming into effect this July, I believe.  Many parents will be turning to homeschooling.  Don’t be afraid.  It can be a wonderful experience for you and your family.  Get the books, do the research and be flexible.  What works for the Jones may not work for you.  What works great one year won’t work the next.  Join a large home school co-op.  There you will get much-needed support and guidance.  You will also learn about the laws, your families rights and how to enroll your children as being in a private school so you can home school legally.

Feel free to contact me at vondola@yahoo.com and I will happily answer any questions or do the research to find the answers with you.  Also, for those of you just going into having one parent stay home and trying to figure out how you will live on one income, you will find the perfect book for that on Amazon,  Modern Homemaker and Mama, by Kate Singh.  I go into homeschooling a little, but mostly it is about setting up your life in every way on a small budget or one income and specific for stay at home parents and homeschooling life.  Good luck and have fun!
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