About Us… Homeschool Before & After
Homeschooling my first 6 years … the before
I quickly became worn out, discouraged, and frustrated with homeschooling. I felt like a constant slave to my curriculum and lesson plans. Some days, I pushed my kids through the lessons not knowing how I would do it again the next day. And on the days when we didn’t make it through all of the lessons, I wound up feeling like a complete failure, worried that I was causing my kids to fall behind.
- I wanted time for fun learning.
- I wanted the flexibility to follow my kids’ interests.
- I wanted to dig deeper into topics that really interested us.
- I wanted time to take a day off for a field trip or other projects.
In my meltdown moments (cycles is probably a better word),
- I researched new curricula and new methods.
- I abandoned curricula mid-year.
- I redid our schedule.
- Bought new resources.
- Tried a new method.
- And started the cycle again when things didn’t work out.
Homeschooling since those first 6 years … the after
In 2006, I found a way to end this cycle and everything changed.
Now I have these freedoms...
- I am no longer tied down by curricula, methods, schedules, or lesson plans.
- I freely plan my year around my family’s needs and desires.
- We have time for fun learning.
- We have complete flexibility.
- We dig deeper when we want.
- We can follow kids’ interests.
I have found my joy in homeschooling!
Finding joy and freedom in your homeschool does not need to take years of experience, struggles, trial-and-error like it did for me.
About Our Family
We have a blended family of ten children. I have four adopted, four biological, and two step children (some adults, some in public school, and the rest homeschooling somewhere K-12). My husband and I both work full-time from home.
What we do each year is different according to what the season holds for each child, our marriage, and our jobs. We face unique challenges and logistics with such a diversely blended family, but there are also tremendous blessings. :) The opportunity to homeschool is just one of those blessings. We homeschool using a blend of methods that lend themselves well to notebooking. Notebooking isn't ALL we do, but notebooking is what gives us the freedom we enjoy in our homeschooling.
We have learned valuable lessons through trial-and-error and many struggles. It is our sincere PLEASURE to share these experiences and lessons with you. We pray our homeschooling stories, free resources, products, and memberships bless you and your family!
& Brian Reed
What others have said about us ...
I just had to stop by and say that I recently purchased the Ancient Egypt notebooking pages and we love them! We use My Father's World curriculum and we are studying "creation to the Greeks" and these pages have been a wonderful asset to MFW. My kids range in ages: 10, 8, 6, and 4 and there is a page that fits each child's age. Thank you so much for making quality pages at affordable prices.
I just happened upon your site. We are in our first year of homeschooling our (now) 7-yr-old son, and I've used notebook-type studies with him throughout. What a delight to find ready-made notebook pages for all his studies! This save me SOOOO much time that I previously spent with clip-art and drawing electronic lines... And your pages are beautiful, too.
This has been a membership all of us have enjoyed. It is useful for all ages, and each student has everyday favorites not to mention the specialized pages for particular projects.. The pages are attractive to use and provide simplicity of design that doesn’t distract, but also there is variety and options to provide a springboard for creativity. I so appreciate that the number of pages keeps growing; I look forward to reading about the new updates. Also customer service is great.
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