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 ...
We are having fun figuring out the notebooking publisher part of the membership. Our first page turned out really great and my daughter is excited about making her notebooks look really cool this school year! So glad we renewed and looking forward to seeing the future of the notebooking publisher.
I first learned about Notebooking at a homeschool convention last year. After the convention I started Googling Notebooking to find out how to get started. I came across this page (Notebooking Pages) and I’m so glad I found this valuable resource! I became a Lifetime Member and believe it has been a great investment. I began having my 8 year old son do Notebooking pages for History, copywork and some other misc character and missionary studies. Each week I look at what we will be reading in history as part of our Sonlight core, then I search for those topics on NotebookingPages.com and print out pages to go with those subjects (which by the way, we have never searched for a topic and not found it here on this website — this resource has every topic imaginable!). My son also likes to do the 3D pages. When we finish this school year we will have a beautiful keepsake of all that he has learned this year. I am hoping to be able to buy one of those binding tools from Amazon to bind our notebooks together at the end of this year. Thank you so much for providing this great tool.
Great products! Great pages, versatile for most any subject you need to study! We are a homeschooling family of 6, ages 17- 6 yrs. of age. I mostly use the notebooking pages for the three younger boys, 10,8, and 6. But use the biography and copywork pages for book reports and/or history narration for the older ones as well.
I use the basic notebooking set for anything and everything, but also the nature pages with borders, and birds. For history, science, copywork, and nature study, the possibilities are endless. Anytime an opportunity arises for a study project, we just grab the "pack" and give each child the choice of his own liking and away we go! The finished notebooks so far for this year gives them incentive to keep adding more. We have all subjects combined into one three ring binder with dividers for this year since it was our first experience with notebooking. I am really enjoying it with the boys and can't wait to see more pages as they are added to your ever growing list! Keep up the good work!!
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