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My Biggest Homeschool Regret & How I am Changing It

Uncategorized Mar 21, 2022

Homeschooled children who grew up to be famous include Thomas Edison, Teddy Roosevelt, Agatha Christie, Andrew Carnegie, and Alexander Graham Bell.

I wonder if their parents had any regrets, but I think the majority of parents today with an overwhelming amount of choices, can experience FOMO or some little regrets.
bumper- me talking over it (alternate)-This video is about mine but what I am doing now to change it and how you can do it too.

Years ago I learned about the importance of parents reading aloud to their kids, aside from building comprehension, vocabulary, a love of books, the most important being a bonding activity. 
I started the tradition and bought a simple low content book called Read Aloud Family Journal.

The challenge was to read aloud 100 books together and write down our thoughts about it after each book. I loved the concept! I wanted everyone to write in it though so with 6-7 entries per book it wouldn’t last us the way the book was intended. Still, I will let you know…if there was a fire in my home and I could only go back in and save ONE academic keepsake between 6 kids, I would without hesitation, rescue this 

Why? You may ask? Because this is one of the most special keepsakes, one that floods back memories with each page, that documents our literary travels, and shows me what resonated with each kid during which season.

You as an adult know that you pick up on different things in books each time you re-read them. It’s like that with the Bible and I find it’s like that with fiction and non fiction books. Even the RC course of study upon reading it I pick up different gems I missed earlier. Not to get all technical, but I believe this is due to our RAS- Reticular activating system. The Reticular Activating System (RAS) is a bundle of nerves at our brainstem that filters out unnecessary information so the important stuff gets through. The RAS is the reason you learn a new word and then start hearing it everywhere. the RAS seeks information that validates your beliefs. It filters the world through the parameters you give it, and your beliefs shape those parameters. If you think you are bad at giving speeches, you probably will be.

If you believe you work efficiently, you most likely do. The RAS helps you see what you want to see and in doing so, influences your actions.

What does all that have to do with a book journal? It’s a gift that feeds into it. I am able to, in real time, see where their RAS is at, what’s on their radar, what’s on their mind, how they interpret things and what kind of road map they are creating for their own life. In addition to that powerful parenting tool, I have the sweetest memories that can be instantly recalled looking at these pages.

Let me show you what I mean:

Recently we finished the”Long Winter” and it was so interesting to see what each child picked out from it. For example my 15 year old girl wrote about how brave Almanzo was in getting that wheat and saving the town from starvation.

Both my boys ages 11 and 7 wrote about how they thought Pa was a bad dad for secretly eating pancakes and bacon with the Wilder boys while his wife and kids only had brown bread every day. In fact my 7 yo drew a picture about it.

Now this gives me a lot of feedback. I know that my 15 yo is thinking about qualities that make a young man great such as bravery and that's on her radar.
My boys are showing me that they understand the responsibility of fathers to their families. It reassures me that they are getting the right idea about being a good dad because they thought it was wrong to enjoy something the whole family couldn’t. Of course he did a lot of good in that book too but this is what sticks out to them.
It’s very telling to me.

I do have a homeschool regret, a big one and that is that I didn’t start this practice from the very beginning and I didn’t have a journal for each one. The RC books are wonderful and I am afraid we weren’t intentional about documenting their thoughts after they finished them or any written down have been lost amid notebooks full of fan fiction and copy-work. So I put together something to solve that issue.

This is my biggest homeschool regret, that I didn’t start something like this from the beginning with all of my kids. My 15 year old has already read so many wonderful RC books that I know truly shaped their character, personality, habits such as Up from Slavery. 5 Little Peppers, Little women..but we missed the opportunity to create a sort of time capsule for it and how it impacted her.

So I wanted to create a book that could be one for each child that documents 100 books each with space to write the book title, write an entry about it and I created two perfect for younger kids with a smaller size and space for drawings and a larger 8 X 10 size with more writing space without the sketch bubble for older kids, although really either could work for any age. I am sure older kids would like space to draw as well so it’s up to you what is your preference. 

Here are just some of the benefits of a journal like this:
-Academic record-keeping of reading and writing
-It keeps track of what they've read and when they've read it
-It ensures they capture the ideas and inspirations they've learned with each book
-It helps them record thoughts and feelings and enables them to process the content more thoroughly and accurately.
-When they go back to read old reading journals, it often brings to mind what was going on in their life at the time and perhaps why—or why not—a book resonated with them
-Allows favorite quotes to be recorded and internalized
- They will get a sense of satisfaction from knowing how much they've read and how much you've benefited from it
-It keeps old friends alive, as their favorite book characters will never be forgotten
-This is the 6 x 9 size with space for drawings or larger 8 x10 without the drawing buble and more writing space.
The Homeschooling Book Journal also can be a great gift for the homeschoolers in your life.

So that’s my biggest homeschool regret, that I didn’t start this from the beginning but the second best time to start something like this is RIGHT NOW. I wanted this to be really accessible to everyone so both versions are available on Amazon, this one for only $6, the larger one only $7 and you can also buy digital files of each on Amazon too. The digital files are perfect if you are homeschooling while traveling, you can upload them to a note-taking app and keep duplicating pages so one file purchase last you a lifetime. You can save all of it to the cloud without taking up any space on your shelves. I personally like books like this, but I could see how a digital version might be a better fit for some families so I have all versions covered. I will leave all the links below in the description and comments.

As a small business if you do purchase one, I would love for you to leave a review and please let me know if you do so I can personally thank you and send you a little digital freebie.

So if you made it to the end of this video, you are the real MVP and I have a special giveaway for you. Our channel angel has sponsored another giveaway this month for lifetime access to any one of my courses. All you have to do to enter is comment below one of your favorite books that impacted you. I can’t wait to hear all your responses. I will pick a winner from the comments next Monday.

Now in the meantime while you wait for next week’s video on a special writing resource I have created for you, I think you would like to watch this video next but youtube thinks you would like this one better. Let me know which one you picked and I’ll see you there!


The Homeschooling Book Journal: Book Record-Keeping and Journaling: 8 x 10 size Paperback $7


The Homeschooling Book Journal: Book Record-Keeping and Journaling Paperback

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