Stay at Home Christian Mom is a blog created by Kari, a home-schooling mom of two. Her goal is to provide encouragement, ideas, and resources to other stay at home moms who are trying to figure out how to create a rich academic experience for their children. She also writes about homeschooling advice and resources as well as minimalism (she and her family live in less than 500 square feet).
Stay At Home Christian Mom
Stay at Home Christian Mom
Being a stay at home mom is a great job. It is also one of the hardest jobs you will ever have. It is lonely, rewarding and a job you can’t quit.
You are responsible for your family’s well-being, finances and spiritual growth. You will be responsible for the food that goes into their bodies, the clothes on their backs and making sure they have clean underwear when they go to school or church each day (or night).
Many times women who choose this path find themselves isolated from other moms as well as from friends who don’t have children or who work outside of the home. There are days when it seems like no one understands what it means to stay at home with children all day long (and into the evening). Please remember that even though you may feel alone sometimes – there are many other women out there who experience the same thing! Don’t be afraid to reach out if needed!
Being a homeschooling mom is no doubt an adjustment from the traditional classroom learning experience. However, there are many benefits to this type of education. Here are some tips for homeschooling moms:
- Find out about the curriculum your child will be using. Your local public library probably has all kinds of books on homeschooling and online resources that can give you information about different curricula. You may find it helpful to try out different programs before deciding which one(s) you want to use with your children.
- Decide how much time each week will be set aside for schoolwork and what subjects will be covered during that time period.* Organize your home study area in such a way so that it makes sense and is easy for the kids to navigate around.* Make sure there’s plenty of space around their desks so they can spread out their work comfortably when needed.* Consider having more than one computer available if possible – this will help keep things organized by allowing multiple children (or siblings) access at once instead of having everyone crowd around one machine! Data management issues like these tend not only increase efficiency but also reduce frustration levels overall as well!
To be a minimalist, you should:
- Be intentional with your purchases. The key to minimalism is being intentional about what you bring into your life and how you spend your time and money. You must decide what matters most to you, then cut out everything that doesn’t serve that purpose or cause.
- Be intentional with your time. To be a minimalist, you should have priorities and stick to them—even when it’s hard. You may not always feel like doing the things that matter most in life; however, if those things are important enough for you to want them in life, then they’re worth working toward!
- Be intentional with your space. If something doesn’t serve its purpose or bring joy into your life (and there’s no room for it), get rid of it! That includes physical items as well as mental clutter—both can weigh us down considerably if allowed their freedom too often so don’t let them take over!
Freezer Cooking Meals
Freezer cooking meals is a great way to save time and money. This method allows you to prepare meals in bulk, freeze them for future use, and then pull out the needed number of servings when you’re ready for dinner. The following are some tips for freezer cooking:
- Freeze individual portions at first so that you can determine how much food will be needed before making large batches.
- Prepare multiple batches at once; buying ingredients in bulk is cheaper than purchasing small amounts over time!
- Freeze foods in disposable containers or bags if possible so that they’re easy to store and don’t take up too much space in your freezer (you may need more room depending on what else is already stored there).
Curriculum (Sonlight, Heart of Dakota, First Language Lessons, Writing with Ease, All About Reading, Math-U-See, Singapore Math)
As a curriculum-loving Christian mom, you will find my choices to be a bit unusual. This is because I used a lot of different curricula for various subjects. There are six main categories of curriculum that I used with my children during their childhood years:
- Sonlight Curriculum
- Heart of Dakota Curriculum
- First Language Lessons Curriculum
- Writing With Ease Curriculum (we read this every week)
- All About Reading Curriculum (we did this every week)
- Singapore Math (I homeschooled my kids from 2nd grade through high school using Singapore Math)
Homeschooling advice and encouragement.
Homeschooling is a wonderful way to spend more time with your children, but it will take some adjustment on your part. Here are some tips for making the most of homeschooling:
- Be prepared. Make sure you know what you’re doing before you begin. If you don’t, enroll in a class or two at the local community college before starting out on your own.
- Stay organized. Homeschooling can become overwhelming if you don’t have systems in place so make sure that there’s an area in your home where all materials and supplies can be stored and tracked so they don’t get lost or misplaced (I put mine in plastic bins). Also, establish schedules for studying time as well as playtime so that everyone knows when they should be doing what – this will help keep things running smoothly!
I hope you enjoyed this post and found it helpful. Please feel free to share any of your own ideas or experiences with homesteading, homeschooling, and other topics! I know there are many other great bloggers out there who would love to hear from you too!