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Online business better for homeschool moms


And why you should consider starting a business online!

The survey you took last week was very telling!

65% of my regular readers enthusiastically welcome blog content on the topic of creating an online business from home while homeschooling your kids. The remaining 35% were equally split between, “don’t care” and “please don’t.” While I would love to make everyone happy (who doesn’t?), I know that I cannot possibly accomplish that. So, this post marks my official shift in blog content, but that doesn’t mean that I won’t blog about homeschooling and general family life from time to time. :)

If you’re like most of my readers, you’re committed to your family and to creating the best home life possible. But the truth is, if you’ve given up one income to homeschool your kids, you may be struggling to make ends meet. That’s why I’m shifting the focus of my blog to help home school parents just like you.

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Do these results surprise you?

Last week, I asked my readers to take a survey about the direction of my blog. Hundreds of you were super helpful by filling out the 3 minute survey questionnaire here.

The answers were very revealing of this community. But in a good way!


Most of my readers are married (but certainly not all) and are between the ages of 35 and 55. However, we have a good representation of youth and sage among us too.

51% of you have 2 or 3 children, 36% have more than that and 13% have fewer.

While 25% of you have been homeschooling for 3 years or less, 50% have been homeschooling for 8 years or more. That leaves 25% in the middle – homeschooling for 4-7 years. Wow, you all are amazing and dedicated teachers for your kids. Kudos to you! Good job!

Money is super tight for a small percentage of you; moderately tight for most and comfortable for some. It’s a classic bell curve. But if you had more money in the budget, these are the things you would do with it:

Continue reading Here are the Survey Results

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Welcome to the 3rd video in the series… 3 Keys to Cracking the History Code. My name is Terri Johnson and I am your host today as we continue to explore this fun topic.

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But first, let’s do a brief recap…

It’s difficult for a history curriculum to cover every event and angle of History. History is a multi-faceted subject and most curricula find it more manageable to focus on just one of the facets – the WHAT of history.

But history is a story. And a story has several key elements, which are:

Characters, Plot, Setting and Context

In other words, the WHO, WHAT, WHERE and WHEN

Your history program should have the WHAT covered, which is the plot, the sequence of events. That is what it is designed to do. But what about the other 3 elements?

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Welcome to the second video in the series…

3 Keys to Cracking the History Code

My name is Terri Johnson and I am your host for all 3 videos.

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Last week, we discussed the 3 keys to crafting a complete history program that is enjoyable, understandable, and easy, and then I revealed the first one. Let’s do a brief recap…

Most history curricula fall short in painting a complete history picture, but through no fault of their own. History is a multi-faceted subject and most curricula focus on just one of the facets – the WHAT of history.

But history is a story. And a story has several key elements. These are:

Characters – WHO
Plot – WHAT
Setting – WHERE
Context – WHEN

Your history program should have the WHAT covered. That is what it is designed to do. But what about the other 3 elements?

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History is one of those subjects that divides people. Some people love studying history and are fascinated by it and others are either confused or bored by it. Why this dichotomy?

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I’ve been teaching history for 17 years. If I were to ask someone to define history, here is an answer I might receive. “History is a list of events that happened throughout time.”

Dictionary.com defines history this way:

the branch of knowledge dealing with past events. (Sounds boring!)

the aggregate of past events. (Sounds confusing!)

Merriam-Webster’s makes it uber simple with this definition: events of the past.

Okay, so it’s no wonder that some people do not enjoy history. If not taught correctly, it can be vague, overwhelming, confusing or downright boring.

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You’re a parent, so you know…A few hours after posting the 1st video in the FREE series, “3 Keys to Cracking the History Code,” I was in the kitchen with my two youngest kids. We were making lentil soup, which I haven’t made in a few years. But remembering that I like it, I convinced the kids to join me in chopping and dicing veggies for this delicious earthy stew.

My son, who is seven years old, says, “Mom, I am going to try this dinner tonight and I think that I am going to like it.”

I reply, “Okay, that’s good, honey. Why do you think you are going to like it?”

And this is the awesome part!

He says, “Well, lentil stew was one of Napoleon’s favorite meals. He also liked chicken and other ‘non-fussy’ foods. He was more of a soldier than a king in some ways.” He grins, sets down his knife and salutes.

Continue reading Out of the Mouths of Babes

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Have you ever fallen off the wagon? I most certainly have. I have fallen off the healthy eating wagon, the exercise wagon, the daily devotions wagon, the prayer wagon and most recently, the blog wagon. It’s just part of human nature to fall off these wagons, I guess (unless I’m the only one). Or maybe it’s just the nature of rickety wagons… hmmm…

Continue reading She’s back in the saddle!

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Inevitably at some point you will fall off the wagon. The difference between those who succeed and those who fail is having the courage to get back on again.

This is just a quick note to remind you that today is the last day of the World History Sale. If you are studying Ancient History or Medieval History or Renaissance or Modern History and you like saving money (from 25% – 40% off), then be sure to take a look at the items on sale this week.

Sale items include timelines, maps, historical biographies, mobile apps and more. Let this be the year that you round out your history program with some great tools that bring history to life.


On another note…

finish-race2When I talk with people about homeschooling and encourage them to continue and not “throw in the towel,” I often use the analogy of a race. I’ll talk about how exciting it is to be standing at the starting line, how easy it is to get tired and distracted during the middle, but how important it is to finish well.

This weekend, I get to put flesh on my analogy. I will be competing in my first race. But I’m not running; I’m walking. I am race walking in the Portland-to-Coast, a 130 mile walking relay race. I am on a team with 12 other amazingly strong homeschool moms. I am walking the first leg and will set the pace for my team. Eeek.

The race will take us 2 days to complete. We’ll walk during the days and we’ll walk all night long. We’ll catch a wink of sleep when we can, but I doubt it will be much. The moment we all look forward to the most is the moment when we walk with our anchor teammate across the finish line. We are looking forward to celebrating that accomplishment together as a team.

I hope and pray that you will have a great year in homeschooling. Yes, it is like a race. And while a little nerve-wracking, it is not too difficult to get started. But it can be difficult sometimes to continue and especially to finish. May I encourage you to find some teammates who will walk alongside you and encourage you along this journey. We cannot do it alone. We need each other.

God bless! And may the wind be ever at your back.

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