Real Talk: The Most Important Conversations Happen Mom to Mom

homeschool mom

The day you became a mother, your purpose on this earth changed forever. From that moment forward, every decision you make is linked back to your children in one way or another. Think about it. When these questions roll through your mind, do you consider how the outcome will affect your child?

What’s for dinner?

You wonder, “Have the week’s meals been healthy enough so far? Tonight, we need more vegetables and less mac n’ cheese. Eh, maybe next week…”

Should I buy this dress?

“Hm,” you think. “Do I really need it? We still need to buy school supplies and put more money towards the kids’ college fund.”

Where should we go on vacation this year?

What’s going to be the most entertaining for the kids but not break the budget…”

Moms Inspire Each Other

You ask yourself these questions because you are a great mom, and you’re always trying to do what’s best for your children. But sometimes, you need support. We hear from moms all the time who find themselves looking for a better way to balance everything on their plates.

While we feel confident in our ability to write a thorough, effective, Christian homeschool curriculum and provide you with every support material you can think of, it’s your fellow homeschool moms who can truly empathize with your day-to-day challenges and provide first-hand support, advice, and answers to tough questions. Because they’ve been through it before. Whether they’re the next-door neighbors you see every day or long-distance friends developed through a private Facebook group, you have one hugely important common thread—you’re all moms! And you want to help each other. We love that about homeschool moms. It’s inspiring to watch.

Sharing All Your Motherly Wisdom

There’s no handbook for being a mom. You rely on each other for support, and you put your faith in God’s Word to guide you and guard your hearts. But it’s not always easy. We want to help build a support system for you.

Over the coming months, we will be releasing a new series across social media (Facebook, Instagram, & YouTube) and our At Home blog, entitled, “Real Talk: #AbekaMomtoMom.” You can expect to see real moms–you might even know them personally–expressing some of the same questions, concerns, and hurdles you have. They’ll be sharing their advice, their experiences, and their encouragement with you along the way. And we want to hear what you have to say in response!

But We Need Your Help

To make this exciting “Real Talk: #AbekaMomtoMom” series a reality, we need you. We want to hear what your homeschool family struggles with. Or, what’s working for you? What tips do you have for other homeschool moms? We want to hear it all—the real talk. Leave a comment below with topics you want us to cover.

In the meantime, start using the hashtag #AbekaMomtoMom when you post anything on social media that you think other homeschool moms in this amazing Abeka community can relate to!

Comments for Real Talk: The Most Important Conversations Happen Mom to Mom

Donna Schultz:
August 21, 2019

Love this idea! I’ve been homeschooling 24 yrs. I have 10 children and I’ve graduated 6 from Homeschooling. My youngest is 7 so still some years to go. I have a few things I could share. Lol

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Ericka Hasbun:
August 21, 2019

Topics I would love to discuss: Using electronics in teenagers, Browsing online or receiving streaming video can lead your child to access online games or social networks while receiving his class, etc.

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Marinda:
August 22, 2019

How do you best keep a busy 13 month old entertained while staying focused on the K4 child that’s trying to learn/focus and need directions and help? My baby is definitely a mommy's girl and wants a lot of attention. Thanks for your help and tips with this. I’m a little nervous about this....but very excited!!

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Alice Givens:
August 22, 2019

I am a grandma that would like to offer some type of electronic device to my grandson when he visits that would help him with his spelling. He is in the 4th grade using the Abeka Curriculum at his school. He is really struggling with the spelling! Do any of you know of such a device that has most of the Abeka spelling words? Thanks so much and may God bless you all with a great school year!!

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Delina:
August 22, 2019

I have a very bright first grader and he's a great listener and retains information very well. Teaching him is not a problem at all. But his brother is a very distracting, teething, crying to be picked up, crying to have his way, chair climbing, crayon stealing, "let's spill my spillproof sippy cup all over the books", 16 month old. I need help! I've started waiting to do school at toddlers nap time, then I'm trying to jam it all together before he wakes up, and frankly my older boy is not enjoying his lessons. It's too much, too rushed, and not fun. I've tried giving my toddler blocks, magnets, his own markers and coloring book, it not working at all. Advice please?

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Bethany Holmes:
August 28, 2019

Spelling: how/when do homeschool families do spelling homework/practice?

When do mom's check homework, quizzes, tests? Daily, as the kids do each subject? At the end of each day, calling kids back to go over errors? I have 4 kids, grades 4-10, and I'm trying to find the rhythm for the checking in my day.

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Sarah Eldridge:
September 3, 2019

I am so excited to hear how real moms are successfully using Abeka curriculum! One of my biggest concerns is length of school days. Especially children who have not used Abeka from the start. How to grow perseverance and when to make requirements less daunting and still achieve results

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Bethany Holmes:
September 17, 2019

Spelling help, please!
High school essays.
When do you go over daily work?

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Wendy Ellison:
September 17, 2019

I would love to hear other moms input on how they get their children to stay focused. I have an especially hard time with this one.

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Brianna Allen:
September 17, 2019

I think this would be great

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Yulia:
September 17, 2019

Thank you for creating this new content. I would like to hear from other moms how they Schedule their home school. It seems to me that yours too much work to be done and not enough time to get it done with two kids. Plus I have a curious 3 year old toddler who also needs my attention. I'm always struggling to try to get through everything in a day. And that's only covering English and math and maybe a little bit of something else. It seems like we can never fit in a spelling or writing because just doing reading and phonics and our math work takes so much time. My kids are 7 and 8 and 1/2, I'm not sure if it's just because of their age but they are not able to work independently. We don't Buy abeka video lessons because it's too much out-of-pocket for us. So I want to hear how their mom is deal with this age group how they get through the day. It seems like my kids get tired by the time it's lunch and we've only done our basic English and math work. Then we get classes to go to like gymnastics or piano, sometimes we have other things like acting auditions because we're here in Los Angeles and I got my kids act. I basically don't have the second half of the day guaranteed for extra schooling. I usually have to take a break to make lunch and then put my toddler for a nap. So it always seems like we can get through all of this. I tried to split Science and History one day a week. Even though we have books for those things, it seems like it's better if I teach those subjects to my kids like a regular teacher would in school. All this teaching takes up time to teach and listen and discuss. We don't have time for worksheets in those subjects as well. Are we doing something wrong? It seems like 5 years into homeschooling now and we're still in the same struggle. When I test my kids with different tests they passed with flying colors. But we had a whole year last year where we didn't even touch spelling. And that now shows in their writing. I tried to take classes online with them when I can and we covered riding with one kiddo for just a couple of months at the end of last year. I know it's not consistent and probably Public Schools teach a lot more of it every week. I'm just always wondering how people squeeze in abeka video schooling, there's so many hours of it to watch! We have tried it for 15 days and I felt like we would waste even more time on instruction and there wouldn't be any time to practice and do worksheets. So yeah, it's a puzzle for me how to fit in all of the subjects that are required in a day's time. If I ever have a good day when I can fit everything in, that means it's a 6 hour school day for us with two kids and a toddler.

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Stacey Lee:
September 17, 2019

Motivation and organization!
I have 2 kids in kinder and 5th. Being in two different rooms at the same time is something only God can do! 🤯

How do I give them equal attention without spending 9 hours a day homeschooling?

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Debbie:
September 17, 2019

How do you manage schedules for multiple children in different grades?
What do you do with a student struggling in arithmetic?

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Lynndessa:
September 17, 2019

How do I recommend a Mom to share her Abeka Wisdom????

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Darla J McBride:
September 17, 2019

The biggest question I had when I was a younger homeschool mom was:

What do I do when things aren't going well?

My son struggled with math and we had days when we were both in tears. My experienced homeschool mom friends were a great sounding board and helped me figure out a solution to our problem.

(Spoiler alert: The solution was using ABeka Video on Demand. Thanks for making this available!!!)

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Autumn Cogdill:
September 17, 2019

House work routines: where do you consistently find time for it, when schooling 7 kids in multiple age groups (2 kids high school age & 5 kids ages 7 down to 18mo.) Some days, I feel stretched too thin with all of the things going on at once. I don't feel like my husband understands all that it takes for a wife to run a homeschool & a home. It's a short, busy season that feels incredibly long!

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Amber Amburgy:
September 17, 2019

I was really excited to see this email. Then I wasn’t. We are not involved in any kind of social media, so I am excluded from this. Is there not a way to have the discussions through another platform that would include others like me? I’m sure we are few and far between, but I know there are others.

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Renee Smith:
September 17, 2019

I am struggling to create a calm learning environment for my kindergartener with 2 high energy toddlers in the house. I don’t want to use screens or confine them, but they are so disruptive. We have some of the preschool curriculum for the 3 year old she enjoys for part of the time we are working but the 17 month old wants to be involved too. She is constantly climbing on the table trying to get to things. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

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Karyn McDermott:
September 17, 2019

I have a child with physical disabilities and it is hard for him to participate in co-op activities and also some of the church outings. So we opt to not get involved in these groups. How can other families help support us without interrupting abled-body children and their needs. Would definitely love some advice on how other families cope with this.

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Casey:
September 17, 2019

We struggle with getting done at a reasonable time. My kids will go in and start at like 6:30 or 7:00 but at 5:00 we’re still doing seat work or finishing up whatever they started in class or homework. I don’t understand why it is taking us so long or is there a better routine I could do to help with that, it’s driving me crazy. And the kids. Help anyone with advice.

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Leon Wilson:
September 17, 2019

After reading a little about the blog launch for #MomtoMom I thought..........hey, the whole neighborhood refers to me as “DadMom” I’m listed as the emergency contact and child pickup person for almost every child in our neighborhood that attends a public school. I’m actually listed ahead on the list of a few parents simply due to proximity of our home, the school, and where parents employment is located.... so I think I’m in with the moms. I read about “what’s for dinner?” Yep me! Out of stamps again, it’s got to mail today? need to run to post office? Yep me! Grocery lists followed by grocery shopping? Yep me! Dishes in sink although I can’t recall eating? Wash them because they bother me? Yep me! Can’t make a phone call without at least one child that turns into what I refer to as the “mad repeater” that comes from out of nowhere and is now repeating “ dad,dad,dad, “ while on an important call? Yep me! If I don’t see my children I grab my phone and pretend to call anyone to see if they come running. That never works. I read something on blog launch page about whether to buy the dress or not..... ok that parts not me, but change dress to new fishing rod? Yep me! As a homeschooling “DadMom” I am looking forward to reading all about MomtoMom.

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Christina Otto:
September 17, 2019

My husband and I have been married 13 years 🙂 and are happy 😆!!! We have had 9 children in that time and have been homeschooling (Abeka) all the while . Our oldest is 12 and our youngest is 7 months! This is the first year we will have all on videos 7th, 6th, 4th, 2nd, & 1st grade all the while a 4 year old,2 year old, and 7month running around 🤪!!! Should be another learning experience 😆.

I look forward to hearing all the mommas telling there testimonies!

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Jane Ann Dickson:
September 17, 2019

I’m using Abeka exclusively for my 7 year old son and 3 year old son.
I really seem to be struggling with balancing the curriculum for both. I LOVE Abeka.
I used Abeka when I was in school from 1st grade until I graduated high school.
It does require a lot of prep. So how do you balance prep work and then executing proper teaching with a 2nd grader and toddler?
#abekamomtomom

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Heather Gunn:
September 17, 2019

I’d like to hear more about homeschooling in middle school and high school.

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Amy Rohr:
September 17, 2019

This is beautiful. I'm excited. It will really be helpful for new moms to Abkea.l Thank you!

Easy two to 5ish ingredient crockpot meals that are healthy that kids would love. I don't have an instant yet, but probably those too.

Acceptable tips on how to shorten your Abeka school day. What is repetition, or can be cut down without losing the concept? Does accreditation even allow for that, and if so what? How long should it be taking. How do real teachers do it? After schooling from 8 to 6 every day, the rest of my day seems daunting to be able to tackle.

Different philosophies of setting up your curriculum when you first get your books.

My biggest issue right now, is grading. I figured out when to get it done. But HOW to keep all grading together. Anyone have a grading template they use? Sometimes I can't figure out where to record the grade. Sounds simple enough but I'm struggling. Trying to get it all figured out now, so we can do accredited next year.

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Vanessa walters:
September 17, 2019

I have 4 children and my oldest is in 9th grade. So I guess my question is how do you prepare for college with transcripts etc.? How many credit hours does your child need to graduate?

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Jenna Piazza:
September 17, 2019

Homeschooling with a toddler
Teaching multiple grades

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Chrissy:
September 17, 2019

Practical ideas to entertain and include a 2 year old in our school day.

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Donald Jewell:
September 17, 2019

I am having trouble getting my daughter to study. I have to argue with her to do her school work she keeps telling me can I do it later or she will say ok but disappear into her bed room and not do her studies any suggestions thanks

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John Novak:
September 17, 2019

In the online homeschool communities, there's always a push to do less. Or cut things out. Or A Beka is really just school at home, not "home school". But there's some of us out here that are underserved and unheard, those who think schools now are less than they used to be. We don't think the answer is less, or to skip it, or to use lots of minimalist curriculums. Or there's complaints that accredited is too hard or demanding (it's really not).

So those of us who want more, who want school at home, who want to challenge our kids, would love some support. things like:

- Schools in our area run from 9am-4pm, not counting bus rides. My kids videos are 4-5 hours for grades 3 and 5, so I feel like we already have a shorter day. Is this true overall? Are there other ways we get more bang for the buck with time?
- We do standardized tests with Accredited, but don't really see overall how A Beka kids stack up vs. public or private school averages in any state. I bet we come out ahead but have never seen data
- I work in IT. I've seen A Beka streaming go down maybe once a year, but the online community trashes streaming (at least the noisy commentators). I bet these same people use youtube, netflix, smile of a child, etc. Can someone set up a bandwidth comparison of streaming vs. other common services?
- I love accredited, but there's alot of online community bashing of accredited as a ton of work. Basic stats on accredited might help (i.e. a typical 3rd grader sends in 5 spelling tests, 5 math tests, 3 writing assignments, etc. 6 times a year, which might sound busy but is only every 30 classes or month and a half, on average)

Really, I guess most of these are to help assure people committed to A Beka already get occasional re-assurance on their decision and don't have to count on their own resiliency or perseverance in the face of so much anti-structure pressure.

John Novak

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Patricia Fiedler:
September 17, 2019

I live in a small town and I'm not technically savvy. I do not do Facebook or Instagram because it is hard to control what my 6 year old son is exposed to. Because of that I find it hard to connect to other moms that do what I do. I've looked into homeschooling groups in the area. One requires an invite by someone already in the group, (which I understand) and the other one is set up like a micro school. To go you have to use their curriculum and it's a school year commitment. I've tried to start my own group with some success. I have 4 regular kids that meet once a week. But both moms will be putting their kids in a more traditional school after this year. I want to connect without having to start my sentence off with a hash tag.

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Teresa:
September 17, 2019

Sibling time vs. School time
This can sometimes be a struggle for me, but sibling/family time always trumps academics. Math facts and grammar quizzes will always be there, but this time of us all being together, under one roof, will not. So yes, I am that mom that will take half-days or free days in the name of family bonding and sibling friendships. Because that's what really matters. Their love for Jesus and letting that flow on to one another. Sometimes I struggle with setting the school work aside, but I will tell you, as my children get older, I struggle less, because the reality of fleeting time is more apparent. Take a breath, mamas, and enjoy today.

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Judy:
September 17, 2019

this is my first year using abeka, so I would love to hear any tips on it from other experienced moms!

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Sabrina Sherman:
September 17, 2019

Juggling schooling more than one kid. Schooling a kid that’s struggles with learning.

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Paul Klink:
September 17, 2019

How about Dad’s who are homeschooling?

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Texas Mom:
September 18, 2019

Love this idea of #Abekamomtomom. What took you guys so long. 😊

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Janna:
September 18, 2019

Topics I would like to see covered:
How to keep from getting burned out with homeschooling and the busyness of life.
How to keep from getting depressed when money is low and your house is too small.
How to remain grateful when times are tough.
How to trust the Lord when things are tough.
How to make homeschooling high school easier.

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Angela:
September 18, 2019

If you’re not wanting so much repetition, do you skip every other dvd? Or do you miss out? Do you skip around without getting left behind?

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Elizabeth R Bixman:
September 18, 2019

Knowing that each child and adult is unique, that sets the parameters for each home being unique. What unites them in similarities is that each person is unique, yet there are family needs that are the same. What are these needs? Weighing out the "-al" needs with balance requires God's direction and discretion(ex: emotion"al", spiritu"al", finance"al", ment"al", physic"al", etc. needs). How does a Christ-centered home with the distinct differences of unique parents and unique pasts intentionally live out faith with home-schooling? It all comes down to the personal choices lived out--but what ways do we implement it?

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Gemsy Lydia:
September 18, 2019

I'm homeschooling my grade 1 son. I'm not sure if I'm doing it in the right manner. We have struggles. I would like help with knowing how to do homeschooling without getting angry at the child when they do not listen.

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Christine Ann:
September 18, 2019

As a first year homeschooler am I doing enough work each day or even doing to much work.How do you know?

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Desi Smith:
September 18, 2019

Handling days when your child does not want to put in the work and has a terrible mood during the lessons.

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Jacquetta McCoy:
September 19, 2019

I homeschool my 10th grader, and this is his second semester as a homeschooler. He has a difficult time focusing and staying on task, which was a problem for him in public school. I am experiencing challenges with following the daily lesson plans because he requires a lot of remediation on course material. I believe it is essential for him to develop a level of mastery before moving to another lesson or unit. I would like to know if other parents are experiencing similar challenges; if so, I much appreciate the insight. Thanks in advance.

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Shannon Yankie:
September 19, 2019

I need to hear about time management, how to help my kids memorize scripture, how to keep cool under pressure. I want to learn to transfer more responsibility to my 10 year old. How to motivate my child to complete the work and share the importance of obedience.

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Chantel Ivy:
September 19, 2019

My struggles are many, but mostly how to manage homeschool when I also have five younger children who are not in school yet.

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Ilze:
September 19, 2019

I love the idea of Abeka moms encouraging each other.
I really struggle to balance everything. I have 4 kids, grade 5 and 3, a 4 and a 2year old. I often feel quilty for not giving enough attention to the little ones and when I do give attention I feel guilty for not enjoying the big ones and just giving them school and cleaning the house. (run together sentence!) But I still love my job as a full time Mom and I really appreciate God's gifts to me

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Christy:
September 19, 2019

I hae 3 kids I am trying to homeschool using Abeka. Two of them are very close in age and very young (4 and 5). I have to sit with them both to make sure they actually listen to the classes. The youngest is very far behind because I spend so much time with my 5 year old. I need help on what to do to make sure they both get the most out of their lessons and are not bored. Thank you for your time!

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Bethany Carey:
September 20, 2019

I feel like I'm not doing enough. How do I know if I am?

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Anna Gibson:
September 20, 2019

I'm excited for this!
I would like to join.
I would like to learn how mom's teach their older kids with younger ones that need attention.

How do I help my toddler feel the same love and attention as it looks (in his eyes) like I am giving to the older kids who I am teaching one-on-one?

Maybe a hint on how to keep a consistent routine when each day of the week has something different. The week is scheduled out, but the days don't flow as well.

Thanks

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Rebekah:
September 20, 2019

I would love to talk about:
-teaching multiple grade levels
-balancing school time with play time
-keeping the house clean
-budgeting

Thanks!!

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Vicky Schaeffer:
September 20, 2019

It helped me tremendously to pull out my child's grade sheet his sheets to put down his speed drill and his reading tests and with a pen stick them all in the yellow envelope that will be sent to the school when all his papers are done. This is helped me to not have to look through the video manual everytime I'm trying to add a grade.

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Jen:
September 20, 2019

I need suggestions motivating my 9 year old son to work more independently and diligently. We have done Abeka with him since K4 and he has never had any struggles with learning. So many days I spend almost my entire time with him "doing school" and virtually ignoring our 4 year old son (who has apraxia of speech and needs extra attention because of it); I feel terrible on those days! Any ideas on how to motivate this age are greatly welcome.

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Galvanmom:
September 21, 2019

My husband and I realized that the most important thing was deciding to be unified in prayer, no matter what. It got us through times of struggle; from our kids from those that did not share our enthusiasm for homeschooling, and any problem that we faced.
There will come a time when you will wonder if it's worth it especially when you see other people's kids getting on the bus and their moms are free the rest of the day. It is in those times that trusting in the Lord with all your heart and leaning not on your own understanding but in all your ways acknowledge Him, that He will direct your path. God bless you and know that he has given you the strength and the wisdom that you need to do the task that he has called you to.

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Denyse procope-gregoire:
September 23, 2019

I would love to know if there are either Abeka Moms in my neighborhood. I live in Jamaica, NY.

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susan martin:
September 24, 2019

It would be great to talk to other moms in my area that can relate to this school program.
Some of the things in the book is really confusing and I can't figure it out. I know I can call but in lew of looking stupid I know I can call abeka but I think it would be good for the kids to socialize.

thank you
susan martin

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Amy Sellers:
September 25, 2019

How to get everything around the house done.

How to handle a child that gets so upset when he gets something wrong or he does not understand.

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Kaylia Vandermillion:
September 28, 2019

How do other parents do a two day a week enrichment program while also completing all of their child's assigned school work?

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Rachel:
October 2, 2019

Great idea. I would be happy to be part of this. Please feel free to contact me if there is any way I can contribute. I have been homeschooling for 15+ years with five children, some with extra needs/challenges.

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Lee Ann:
October 5, 2019

Homeschooling can be an opportunity, a necessity, a choice, or even a calling. No matter the reason, homeschooling is very beneficial to all family members, especially the students. Our children are able to learn in a safe, loving environment. And as parents, we are able to see our children more, get to know them more, and spend quality time with them that we wouldn't otherwise have. Though Abeka's curriculum is well-thought out and ready to go when you receive it, there are still a few things you need to have to make the year a success. Those are: organization/planning, responsibility/accountability, and structure. These are the three most important things needed for a successful year for both mom and student. As much as we don't want to bog down our children with schedules, they thrive best in a structured environment: starting school the same time each day, lunch at the same time each day, etc. This provides a normalcy for your child and enables them to know what to expect. We as adults always do better in situations when we know what to expect. The same is true with children. My kids started with K4 Abeka Academy, and we've been accredited since K5. We are in our sixth year and counting.

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Janine:
October 8, 2019

Meal planning

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Rebecca Devers:
October 11, 2019

I would very much like to participate in this! Being a retired school teacher has made me realize just how important it is to homeschool my adopted great granddaughter. We have had her since birth and are the only parents she has known. So I was curious as to how many other Grandparents are out there raising and homeschooling their grandchildren as well. I would also be interested in homeschool groups in my area that would love to get together for things like field trips, science fairs, etc. Reading through all of the comments I realize many others have some of the same questions that I have, such as easy meals, cleaning, organizing, etc. I have been using Abeka since K4 and love it.
Just a few things I have learned about homeschooling:
My daughter has been sick a lot with allergies and strep throat, ear aches, so some days was hard to have school, so for those days I combined the lessons that pretty well covered the same material so that she wouldn't get too far behind schedule.
As for housework, I tackle one job a day for the entire house, such as on Mondays I vacuum, Tues. I dust furniture, etc. And for meals I have found it easier to make a big meal the night before and have left overs for lunch the next day. But I sure could use some new recipes!

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