Oxford Hills Homeschooling Moms Connect—TOP LEFT & RIGHT: A few moms laughing and relaxing at the meeting monthly meeting,
BOTTOM LEFT: Playing an icebreaker game, BOT TOM RIGHT: Kaylynn Johnson sharing the Apparent Project
The ability to laugh and release both the tension and worries
from the homeschooling life has been uplifting.
and feeling more relaxed. An agenda is
posted on the white board. Homeschoolers are free to add to the agenda, making
suggestions for upcoming meetings. The
majority of these meetings have started
off with mothers sharing about upcoming field trips and community service
opportunities; personally, I have been
amazed by the abundance of opportunities that are available to homeschooling
children. Everything that is mentioned at
the meetings (i.e., new websites, curriculum sales, important dates) is later posted
on the Facebook page.
In February, this group gathered together
to create Valentine crafts with which to
bless residents at local nursing homes.
We had four stations: a cookie decorating
station, heart-shaped sun catchers, valen-
tine pop-ups, and heart people. The kids
moved from station to station; the goal
was to have each child make three crafts
for the elderly. Later on, shortly before
Valentine’s Day, children and moms went
to local nursing homes to distribute these
At one of our meetings, mothers shared
different ways of organizing both their
homeschooling materials and daily lessons. Using a lesson template, home-
schooltracker.com, and donnayoung.org
were some of the organizing tools that
For those who are homeschooling in
their kitchen, one mother had each child
keep all books and supplies in a backpack; this bag was hung up on the back of
the kitchen chair. This same mother also
kept all of her instruction manuals and
supplies in her own bag. When school is
over, cleanup is simple: Put the backpack
For those who have the luxury of hav-
ing a designated schoolroom, one mother
shared that at 4 o’ clock every Friday af-
ternoon, her children filed, organized, and
set things up for the following Monday.
What a simple, yet helpful, suggestion!
For three consecutive months, we had
curriculum review meetings about a variety of subjects. Everyone was encouraged to bring resources that they were using or had used. Honestly, I believe every
curriculum that was in the homeschooling world showed up at these meetings!
The opportunity to flip through curricula
and hear about the strengths and weaknesses of each resource from others was
One homeschooling mother invited
us to visit her personal homeschooling
library. Fortunately for me, I was able to
borrow, from this library, the Math-U-See student book and other necessary
components for my son—a huge savings
for this stay-at-home mom! Many of us
walked away from these meetings knowing what we were going to use for the upcoming year.