Saturday, April 29, 2017

Chorizo & Sweet Potato Hash

Now that we are a little more settled into our dream barn, I have had more time to play in the kitchen.  More time to play in the kitchen means more time to come up with new recipes.  I got the idea for this recipe one night between trying to use up what was in the freezer and needing to go to the grocery store.  We all have those days right?  We know we should go to the grocery store, but we decide we can get by for one more day.  Yep, I came up with this recipe on one of those nights.  I decided that the combination of sweet and spicy would be perfect for dinner and that lead to this recipe.
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Chorizo & Sweet Potato Hash
1 - 12-16.pkg of Chorizo - mild or hot (whatever level of spicy your family prefers)*
5-6 Medium Sweet Potatoes
2 Tbsp. Olive Oil
Salt - to taste
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1.  Peel and chop sweet potatoes into cubes, no bigger than 1" or they will take forever to cook.
2.  Add 2 Tbsp of olive oil to large skillet and heat skillet.
3.  Add chorizo and sweet potatoes to the pan.
4.  Add a sprinkling of salt over whole pan.
5.  Cook, turning occasionally until the sweet potatoes are cooked through, about 20 minutes.  Make sure the chorizo is mixed throughout the sweet potatoes.
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*I had these rolls of Chorizo from Jimmy Dean that I got from a family member who knows we love spicy.  If you can't find rolls of Chorizo like I pictured, you can use Chorizo links that are about 12" long and have a thick casing on them.  Just use both links that come in the package and don't forget to cut open the casing and take it off.
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My family loved this combination of sweet and spicy.  Hubby took one bite and said when are we having this again?  You could definitely add in some onions and green peppers if you wanted to, but I didn't this time because one of my family members it not a huge fan of cooked onions and peppers.  This recipe is a keeper in our house.  Let me know if you try it and what you think.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

A Review of Drive Thru History® – “The Gospels" from Drive Thru History®

One of our goals in our family is to make sure that our children understand that the Bible is a real book that really happened because God is real.  We have been able to do this lately by watching the series Drive Thru History® - "The Gospels" that we received to review from Drive Thru History®.  This DVD set is by far one of our favorite review products that we have ever received.
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The Drive Thru History® - "The Gospels" DVD set we received includes 18 episodes.  Each episode is 30 minutes long.  Altogether this is over 9 hours of content and it came along with a 118 page study guide to accompany the DVDs.  It is recommended for 5th grade and up, but can be watched by younger children (they may not understand the material as well).  This series is hosted by Dave Stotts, who is engaging, entertaining, and extremely knowledgeable.  The purpose of this series is to show evidence for the truth of scripture and get families excited about the Bible.  In order to do this, Dave Stotts takes us to over 50 ancient sites throughout Israel so he can tell the story of Jesus from the locations that were written about in Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.  He quotes Scripture as truth and reference along with siting various secular historical accounts.  The episodes include:
  • The Historical Landscape
  • The Announcements
  • Jesus is Born
  • Jesus Grows Up
  • Jesus Starts His Ministry
  • Jesus Returns to Galilee
  • Jesus Begins His Miracles
  • Jesus Teaches with Authority
  • The Sermon on the Mount
  • Jesus Travels the Sea of Galilee
  • Jesus Travels North
  • A Final Trip to Jerusalem
  • Jesus Arrives in Jerusalem
  • The Last Supper
  • The Trial of Jesus
  • The Crucifixion of Jesus
  • The Resurrection of Jesus
  • Who is Jesus? 
Drive Thru History® - "The Gospels" has been a wonderful time for our family.  We have been using this in the evenings as a wind down instead of a cartoon or kids movie.  Our daughter is 8 and it has not fully grabbed her attention as some of it is over her head, but she has been able to offer up points that have impacted her after we watch an episode.  Our son is 13 and enjoys geography and maps so this is his kind of show.  My hubby and I could have sat down and watched all 18 episodes back-to-back (that's right...binge watch) after seeing the first episode.There is so much to be said for this series, but honestly I wouldn't do it justice.  It really is a must-see-for-yourself type of series.  To give it a quick snapshot our family would like to highlight the following few points from the series:
  1. The Bible is referenced accurately and chronologically, which makes it easier to follow.
  2. The back story is often provided which better explains what the Bible is stating and gives the history of what led up to various key points.  This added detail brings the Gospel alive off of the pages.  It helps us not only see where the event happened, but it has helped us see why it was a tradition or value in that time period.
  3. Dave Stotts is active, funny, engaging and clearly believes what he is talking about.  His zeal for explaining the Gospel makes it enjoyable to watch.
  4. The interesting facts that are given throughout the series help to further build your faith foundation..  
  5. This series adds a new perspective or viewpoint to some of the most common Gospel elements.  My hubby's personal favorite was the Sermon on the Mount because know we can see where Jesus preached from and how his teaching changed the people he preached to.  I enjoyed learning why talking to the Woman at the Well was such a big deal for everyone other than Jesus.  My daughter's favorite part was learning about Peter's house.  My son's favorite thing is being able to actually see where everything happened.
  6. It made us realize just how RADICAL the ministry of Christ really was and how that 3 year ministry literally changed the world.  
  7. The map is regularly shown to illustrate the path that Jesus' life followed and how small the region was that he ministered to and it only proves all the more, how miraculous Jesus really is!
After we watched an episode (or 2 or 3 in a row), we used the questions in the study guide to discuss what we had seen and why it was important.  The study guide was very nice to have for reference and to check for understanding.  To sum it up, we definitely would recommend this series to lifetime Christians, to those newly saved, and to the unsaved alike.  There is something in every episode that answers questions or adds depth to what you already may have known.  It is a series that can be watched over and over again because you will definitely pick up on different ideas each time.
Buddy checking out the pictures in the study guide.
All-in-all Drive Thru History® - "The Gospels" is a fantastic addition to any video library, Sunday school room, or even a Bible study as it leads to deeper conversation and some soul searching thought.  My son has already asked if we can obtain the other series from Drive Thru History® and we will definitely be doing just that.  You can get more information about Drive Thru History® from their website, Facebook, YouTube, or Instagram.  You can learn more about Drive Thru History® - "The Gospels" right here.  You can also read what my friends on the Homeschool Review Crew thought of the series by clicking the banner below.
The Gospels {Drive Thru History® Reviews} 

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

A Review of Daily Bible Jigsaw from Planet 316

We are a family that loves games, puzzles, and challenges.  So as you can imagine we were very excited to receive Daily Bible Jigsaw from Planet 316 to review recently.  This fun and educational puzzle app is available on Google Play, Apple App Store, Facebook, and Facebook Gameroom.
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Planet 316 is a company on a mission to spread the Gospel through the use of technology and the games they have created.  They strive to make the Bible approachable for all ages by developing fun, interactive experiences that can help families connect.  They have developed computer games, apps, and videos that help children of all ages and adults learn and memorize Bible verses in fun ways.
Daily Bible Jigsaw is a fun, inspirational, and free app.  There is a new puzzle released every day for you to play.  Your goal is to solve the jigsaw puzzle in the fastest time.  Once you complete the puzzle, a daily Bible verse along with the reference is revealed.  If you complete the entire month of puzzles, you reveal a bonus picture and verse.  There are several tools available to help you with the puzzles if you need them
  • Rotate - This tool automatically rotates the pieces to the correct position.  
  • Guide - This tool shows you what the completed puzzle will look like.  
  • Sweep - This tool sweeps all the unused pieces to the outside of the screen so they are not in your way.
  • Magnet - This tool will randomly attach 2 pieces together to help you if you get stuck.
  • Edges - This tool shows only the edge pieces so you can put the outside of the puzzle together first.  
All of these tools require puzzle coins so that you can use them.  You can choose to purchase puzzle coins that allow you to play archived puzzles and use the puzzle tools available in the app.  You can also earn puzzle coins by completing various challenges in the app.   Planet 316 was very generous to give us 500 puzzle coins so that we could really explore this app.  The Daily Bible Jigsaw also offers bonus puzzles to play.  Some of the bonus puzzles are free to play and some require puzzle coins to play.  If you choose to play this as a Facebook game, you can challenge friends and enter a weekly tournament.  
Little Miss and I have had a lot of fun with this app on our iPad.  The puzzles are fun, encouraging, and truly inspirational.  Little Miss and I both loved seeing some of our favorite Bible verses added to the most adorable pictures - lambs, bunnies, puppies, and more.  It was a lot of fun for us to work the puzzle each day and then challenge each other to beat the other person's time.  We used the puzzle coins that were given to us to check out all the different tools we could use and to play archived puzzles so that we could earn the reward puzzle coins.  The puzzles were easy enough to complete without the tools so if I didn't have the puzzle coins already I wouldn't feel like I had to buy them for the tools.  The tools are a nice feature of the game though if you do get stuck solving a puzzle.  I chose not to connect this app to my Facebook account because of my personal preference to not spend a large amount of time on Facebook, but I must admit that I did miss challenging my Review Crew friends by not connecting it.  This is a fun app to play to unwind or to use when waiting for your turn on the computer like Little Miss did.  It is great for kids of all ages, especially if you love puzzles.
We will continue playing this app since we both love it and I love encourages Bible verse memorization.  You can find out more on Planet 316 on their website, Facebook, and Twitter.  You can find out more about Daily Bible Jigsaw here or find it on Google Play, Apple App Store, Facebook, and Facebook Gameroom.  You can also find out more about what the Homeschool Review Crew thought about this app by clicking the link below, but before you read the reviews, I must confess that the adults of the Crew might have just as much if not more fun than our kids did.  Read on...
Daily Bible Jigsaw {Planet 316 Reviews}

Friday, April 21, 2017

5 Days of Knowing You Need Change in Your Homeschool: Day 5

Changes in our homeschool can seem like such a big deal, but they don't have to be when you know what to look for regarding changes in your school.  This week I am sharing our personal story of the changes we have made in our homeschool over the past year or so to make it much more successful.  I hope sharing our story helps you as we walk through piece by piece knowing when and what to change in your school.   

Monday I shared about knowing when things need to change in your homeschool and some signs that I saw that led me to change things in our school.  You can read that post here.  Tuesday I shared about deciding what to change in your homeschool and you can read about that here.  Wednesday I shared about planning the changes in your homeschool and you can read about that here.  Yesterday I shared about how to implement the changes and you can read it here.  Today I am going to end this series with:
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The last step of changing anything should always be evaluation.  There is a lot to think about when you make changes to anything.  Is it working?  Is it working like I thought it would?  Do I need to make other changes?  Is our school getting better?  You get the idea.  We have to reflect back on the changes we made otherwise you could end up in the same situation you were in when you realized you needed change to begin with.  Stop the vicious cycle by evaluating the changes you have made.

I wish I could tell you that I started the habit of evaluating our school years ago.  If I had maybe it would have saved us from having a rough year.  The truth is that in the past I didn't evaluate our school enough and we did have a rough and rocky year one year, but I learned from it.   So now I personally have started evaluating how our school is going every 6-8 weeks.  This gives me a chance to make small adjustments along the way before I have to make huge changes.  It has really helped me so that I don't feel like our school is spinning out of control anymore and I catch things before they become a big issue.  I don't have a formula or formal system of evaluation, I really just ask myself the following questions:
  • How is school going for each child?
  • Is there a subject that either child is struggling in?
  • If they are struggling, it is because it is a hard concept or is it because of the materials we are using?
  • Is there anything I can change that would make our school run smoother?
  • Am I giving out too much work?
  • If I need to make changes, do they need to be temporary or long term?  (Temporary changes would be adjusting school load due to sickness or field trips.)
I really just try to step back and look at our school from the outside.  I want it to be a nice balance between learning while being challenged and learning while having fun.  Homeschooling gives us the unique opportunity to customize our school to what works for our children and what works for us.  Don't be afraid to make the changes that truly make your school work for your family.  

I hope that I have been an encouragement to you this week.  I hope that if you feel stuck in your homeschool, you will use my topic of change this week to break out of being stuck.  Take it one step at a time and start small.  You can do it!  You aren't in this alone and I don't want you to feel like you are.  I would love to encourage you in your journey so feel free to contact me by email, leave me a comment, or reach out to me on one of my social media pages.  

This week I am participating in an Annual Blog Hop with my friends on the Homeschool Review Crew.  It is our goal this week to fill you with encouragement and we are all chatting about homeschooling.  We each got to pick our own topic so I can't tell you how excited I am to read what everyone is blogging about this week.  Click the link below the button to Hop on over to the next blog and read more encouragement.
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Thursday, April 20, 2017

5 Days of Knowing You Need Change in Your Homeschool: Day 4

Changes in our homeschool can seem like such a big deal, but they don't have to be when you know what to look for regarding changes in your school.  This week I am sharing our personal story of the changes we have made in our homeschool over the past year or so to make it much more successful.  I hope sharing our story helps you as we walk through piece by piece knowing when and what to change in your school.   Monday I shared about knowing when things need to change in your homeschool and some signs that I saw that led me to change things in our school.  You can read that post here.  Tuesday I shared about deciding what to change in your homeschool and you can read about that here.  Wednesday I shared about planning the changes in your homeschool and you can read about that here.  Today I am going to follow that up with:
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All week long we have been talking about making changes in your homeschool and now it is finally time to implement those changes.  Let's put them to use and get headed towards a school that works for you and your family.  Here is how we implemented the changes we made in our school so that it started working for us again.
  • Develop a Plan - Yes, I do know we did this yesterday's post, but just in case you missed it, get a plan together before you try to make changes.  I am truly a "plan on the fly" type of girl and I get it, but this style and method doesn't usually work well long term for homeschooling.
  • Pick a Start Date for Your Changes - Like I mentioned yesterday, in my opinion it is best to start the subjects you made changes to after a break of some sort.  This break can be the weekend, a Holiday break, or after summer break.  Just be sure to pick a date and stick to it.
  • Get You Materials Ready - Since you have done all this planning, don't forget to get the materials you intend to use ready and have them available on your start date.
  • Introduce the Changes You Made - Let your student know what changes you made, what you expect from them with the changes, and be excited to try something different.  This will get your student(s) excited too.
  • Get Going on The Changes - Whatever changes you made, get them going.  Dive in and see what happens.  
  • Be Patient - The changes may not seem to be working at first, but give it a little time.  You know the saying, "Rome wasn't built in a day,"  this applies to your school too.  You can't just try the changes one day and determine they aren't working.  Give your students time to adjust while you adjust too.  
  • Don't Give Up - Sometimes change overwhelms everyone involved and that doesn't mean the change you made is bad, it just means you need more time to adjust and that is okay.  Buddy is way better at adjusting to change now than he was just a few years ago.  So even if what you have planned doesn't seem to be working, don't throw it out the window, just make what ever tweaks you need and keep trying.  
  • Adjust as You Go - I had the first few weeks of our unit study for History ready to go with our new school year last fall.  Buddy was excited to be studying the Civil War and learning about a topic that interested him, so he worked faster than I had thought he would for the first couple of weeks.  I had to quickly plan out the next steps we would take on our studies to adjust for him working faster.  Later on we were studying Gettysburg and for that I had him put together a newspaper as his project about it.  This ended up taking him longer than I planned because he was really planning it all out and perfecting his newspaper.  Again I had to adjust and move back the next subject I planned to give him more time to work.  I was okay with it because he wanted to do a really nice job and I could tell he was taking it step by step and not just dragging his feet.
  • Repeat - Keep planning out a few weeks at a time so that you are working ahead, but still able to monitor progress as you go.  In the past I totally would have told you to plan out the whole year and have it ready, but that can be completely overwhelming for you the teacher when you need to make changes.  So I suggest planning just a few weeks ahead at a time.
This is the process I used when I implemented changes in Buddy's school.  It is the same process I will use as I make changes for Little Miss for school too.  Taking school step by step and adjusting as necessary helps when it comes to making changes.  Don't let it overwhelm you because I know that if I can do it, you can too.  I have faith in you!

This week I am participating in an Annual Blog Hop with my friends on the Homeschool Review Crew.  It is our goal this week to fill you with encouragement and we are all chatting about homeschooling.  We each got to pick our own topic so I can't tell you how excited I am to read what everyone is blogging about this week.  Click the link below the button to Hop on over to the next blog and read more encouragement.  Don't forget to come right back here tomorrow for more.
5 Days of Homeschool Annual Blog Hop - 2017

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

5 Days of Knowing You Need Change in Your Homeschool: Day 3

Changes in our homeschool can seem like such a big deal, but they don't have to be when you know what to look for regarding changes in your school.  This week I am sharing our personal story of the changes we have made in our homeschool over the past year or so to make it much more successful.  I hope sharing our story helps you as we walk through piece by piece knowing when and what to change in your school.   Monday I shared about knowing when things need to change in your homeschool and some signs that I saw that led me to change things in our school.  You can read that post here.  Yesterday I shared about deciding what to change in your homeschool and you can read about that here.  Today I am going to follow that up with:
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You've already recognized that you need changes in your school.  You went through the steps of deciding what needs to change.  How do you plan the changes for your homeschool?  That is exactly what we will be discussing today.  I would never want to encourage you to make changes to your school and then leave you on your own.  So today I want to walk through how I planned out the changes in our school so you can get some ideas.
  • Make Minor Adjustments Where Necessary - When we were super unhappy with the curriculum we were using, the attitudes we were getting, and every day seemed to be a battle, I looked at what minor adjustment(s) I could make to help.  I didn't want to do a major change mid-year and it wouldn't have worked because it would have been overwhelming.
  • Do the Research - When the idea of Unit Studies was given to me, I had an idea of how they worked, but I wanted to be more knowledgeable before I jumped in.  So I started researching what they looked like, what they required students to do, and how you went about finding materials for them.  It doesn't matter what curriculum you choose to use, just make sure you do the research to see if it will be a good fit for your family.  
  • Research Specific Companies - If you have a favorite company that you get your math books from (for example), research them.  They may offer curriculum in other subjects that are also a good fit for your family.  If they don't offer other curriculum, they may lead you to partner sites that do.
  • Pick a Start Date For Your Changes - We chose to start our new changes with the beginning of school last fall.  It seemed like a natural fit and we had already made minor adjustments the previous year and felt with these little tweaks we could make it until the next school year.  If you can't wait until the next school year, I suggest implementing the changes after a break or at the beginning of a new week unless you desperately need immediate change.
  • Talk Over the Changes With Your Students - We didn't always do this.  When the kids were little we just picked what we thought would work best.  Now that they are getting older and can really understand when and why we need to make changes, we do want their input.  It would be easy to be a school dictator, but that would just make my kids hate school and I don't want that.  We take their suggestions into account and weigh all the options to make sure the things we are choosing are a good fit for all of us. 
  • Plan Out Several Weeks of the Subject You are Changing - This will help you be prepared, but also give you a chance to make adjustments as you get going with the changes.  Think of it as baby steps and you just take a couple at a time.  If it is working, plan out more weeks.  If it isn't working, tweak the changes as you need to.
  • Gather Your Supplies - Get what you need to use for the changes you made.  This might require trips to the library, craft supplies, borrowing books from friends, and other ideas.  If you can get them in advance do so because it will make everything easier when you need to use those supplies.
  • Give the Changes Time and Grace - Try out the changes for a few weeks and then access if they were the right ones.  If they are not, don't beat yourself up or give up.  It doesn't mean you are a bad parent or a horrible teacher, it just means that specific plan didn't work.  Remember that each child learns differently and sometimes what we think will work, we end up having to throw out the door.  Other times the exact thing we don't think will work, is what works beautifully.  I think it keeps us on our toes.
  • Don't Forget to Pray - I prayed over our school before I made changes, when I was deciding what to change, and after we made changes.  God is an important part of our school and I do my best to put Him first in it. 
This is the exact process we went through when I switched Buddy to Unit Studies.  It is the process I plan to use this coming school year when I switch Little Miss to Unit Studies too.  Unit Studies just seem to be what works for our family.  It gives the kids some freedom to research topics they are interested in and it allows me to fit in the curriculum that works for us.  I make necessary changes as we go, but overall it works.  Little Miss is looking forward to changing up her curriculum and being able to do more hands-on activities.

Do the changes you want to make still seem overwhelming?  Walk through each of these steps and just take them one at a time.  You are not alone and you CAN keep homeschooling.  I had those days where it felt like it was all falling apart, but after I started making changes they are almost non-existent.  Don't give up on your dreams of homeschooling, take a breath, and pray.  Seek what you need to change and go for it.  As always I would love to encourage you on your journey.  Leave me a comment, reach out to me on my blog social media pages, or pop me an email.  You CAN do this!!!

This week I am participating in an Annual Blog Hop with my friends on the Homeschool Review Crew.  It is our goal this week to fill you with encouragement and we are all chatting about homeschooling.  We each got to pick our own topic so I can't tell you how excited I am to read what everyone is blogging about this week.  Click the link below the button to Hop on over to the next blog and read more encouragement.  Don't forget to come right back here tomorrow for more.
5 Days of Homeschool Annual Blog Hop - 2017

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

5 Days of Knowing You Need Change in Your Homeschool: Day 2

Changes in our homeschool can seem like such a big deal, but they don't have to be when you know what to look for regarding changes in your school.  This week I am sharing our personal story of the changes we have made in our homeschool over the past year or so to make it much more successful.  I hope sharing our story helps you as we walk through piece by piece knowing when and what to change in your school.  Yesterday I shared about knowing when things need to change in your homeschool and some signs that I saw that led me to change things in our school.  You can read that post here.  Today I am going to follow that up with:
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Homeschooling shouldn't be a struggle, but sometimes in your heart you know that if something doesn't give, it just isn't going to work.  You see the signs and you know it is time for a change, but that thought just stops you dead in your tracks.  I know, I have been there.  

I saw all the signs that we had to change Buddy's school or he was going to hate school forever, but I was frozen.  If I changed what we were doing then I had to take on planning again and did I really have time for that?  Then God really pricked my heart and kept asking "Do you want your child to hate his school experience?" and the answer to that is NO!  So I really started praying about what I should change and how to change it.  I also had many, many conversations with my hubby because he totally supports our school and wants the best for our kids.  He also has great ideas because he can see our school from a different perspective since he isn't the one teaching every day.  I also started consulting friends, especially ones that had older students, to see what suggestions they might have.  The answer I kept getting over and over was that I had to do what worked for us.  So what did that mean?  I had to look at the following areas to find out what we needed to change.
  1. What was the biggest struggle in our school? - I had to really access what our biggest challenge in school was.  When it came right down to it the main issue Buddy had was the amount of time he spent reading each day.  When he was spending 4+ hours reading, he wasn't getting anything from it.  He had started to read to "just get it done" rather than reading to understand.  Once we narrowed down the problem(s), we could figure out a solution to the problem.2
  2. What part of our school was working? - Buddy didn't hate everything we did for school, he was just burnt out on the reading portion.  We read for 4-5 classes of our day and that was just too much.  Some of our classes were working fine the way they were and didn't need to be changed.  You know how the saying goes "If it ain't broke, don't fix it."  There is no reason to change what does work, focus your time and energy on changing what is broke.
  3. Can your curriculum be modified? - I did modify our curriculum to finish out the difficult year, but modifying it every year would not make the curriculum we were using beneficial.  It is a curriculum that I felt could be modified temporarily, but to adjust it every year would mean that a quarter to half of the curriculum would not be used and that was not cost effective.  Since it didn't make financial sense to only use half of the curriculum each year, but have to pay for an entire curriculum, it didn't make sense to continue in that direction.
  4. Start Small - I knew I didn't need to change everything.  There was really only a couple of subjects I needed to change up.  I had already switched out our Language Arts thanks to a great product I found from the reviews I do.  The only other change I needed to make was to History.  I needed this to be more hands-on and more interactive since this is how he learns best.
  5. Commit to Making One Change - When I first decided to change up our History, I didn't know exactly what it would look like, but I was committed to finding what would work best for Buddy.
  6. Give Yourself Time to Change - If you can plan to make your change after a break, do it.  This gives you prep time and time to figure out how it will work.  If you need to make the changes immediately, that is okay, but give yourself and your student grace as you figure out the changes.  
  7. Adjust and Tweak as Needed - Not every change you make will work perfectly, keep that in mind.  Sometimes I have a plan in my head for our changes and it blows up when I implement it.  It happens and then I go back to the drawing board.  I adjust our plan as needed so that it keeps working. 
Are you stuck in that spot where you know the changes need to be made?  Ask yourself what is working, what isn't working, and what can be modified.  Start small, commit to making one change, and then adjust from there.  Don't let changes scare you.  Find someone that you can bounce your ideas off of and just take it one step at a time.  If you need someone to bounce ideas off of or someone to encourage you, email me or leave me a comment, send me a message on one of my social media pages, I would be happy to chat with you.

This week I am participating in an Annual Blog Hop with my friends on the Homeschool Review Crew.  It is our goal this week to fill you with encouragement and we are all chatting about homeschooling.  We each got to pick our own topic so I can't tell you how excited I am to read what everyone is blogging about this week.  Click the link below the button to Hop on over to the next blog and read more encouragement.  Don't forget to come right back here tomorrow for more.
5 Days of Homeschool Annual Blog Hop - 2017