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 ...
My children and I LOVE Notebooking Pages Treasury Membership as it gives us access to not only our purchased items but also member only pages, freebies, and more. We are having a great time using the pages in our homeschool life!
I have 2 very intelligent young grandchildren ages 7 and 10. I help my daughter with their homeschooling on Saturdays when they come to our home for work in lapbooks and notebooks of special subjects.
They have asked that we work on notebooks because of all the great pages I give them to take home and work on during the week.
I have the dubious (according to my daughter) title of teaching the fun stuff while their mom has to teach them the boring stuff.
I have started giving my daughter pages for the children so that they can say Mom gives them fun stuff also.
I am so thankful for my membership. I have found so many great items to download and print out for the kids. My older children are a bit jealous. I taught in the dark ages of homeschooling (according to them). We did not have computers, the internet, homeschool groups, curriculum fairs or all the curriculum that is out there now.
Thank you so much for all you do for the homeschooling community.
I have been using the “freebees” for some time. I have gotten a whole lot of mileage out of the lined papers and the science experiment papers. I have used several others as well. This is my 3rd year homeschooling, and although I use a curriculum, I use the pages to supplement what we are doing. In science, we use the experiment pages to take notes and create easy study pages. I use the history pages for the same purpose. However, I keep coming back to the site to find more pages as we advance in our studies. I am seeing so many exciting pages, for geography, anatomy, history that I kept longing for that weren’t freebees. I just jumped in today and purchased the lifetime membership, and my creative ideas are flowing. I can’t wait to use the pages in conjunction with our curriculum to enhance what we are learning, instead of just flying over the materials. My child gets excited about history, so now we can create a notebook of her favorite topics. The possibilities are endless! My only regret is waiting so long to become a lifetime member.
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