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less busywork & more learning
Engaging, effective, and enjoyable homeschooling doesn't have to be complicated.
Homeschool mom ... does any of this sound familiar?
Our curriculum isn't working.
How to homeschool multiple children and NOT lose my mind?
I want to give my children a more personalized education.
I need an easier way to keep track of what we are learning.
We're not getting enough done.
There are so many homeschooling option... curricula, philosophies, methods. How do I choose the right one(s) for my family?
My children aren't motivated...
and neither am I.
My child hates writing.
How do I make learning more enjoyable without having to prod them along all the time?
How do I help my older kids be more independent?
I need to simplify our day.
There has to a better way than all of these dreaded worksheets.
We need more variety. We are all SO bored and can't wait for the "school day" to be over.
Nothing seems to stick!
I would love to add more fun to our day, but how and WHEN?
I need to get organized!
I'm tired of wasting money on resources we never use.
I want my children to LEARN, not just pass a test and forget it.
Yes? You too?
Then I'd love to share my story with you.
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proschooler vs. BUSY HOMEschooler
WHO ARE YOU? who do you want to be?
I was the worn-out, stressed and busy homeschooler.
Homeschooling wasn't working out like I envisioned. I felt like a slave to the curriculum I purchased (not just one, but many). Each day I pushed myself and the kids through the lessons, but ended up feeling like a failure whether we finished the lessons or not.
If we didn't finish the lessons, that equaled failure. If we DID finish our lessons, it came at the cost of spending a WHOLE DAY being busy with school, not finishing until the late afternoon or early evening. This meant no time for spontaneous play or fun or learning. Instead, it meant pure exhaustion for everyone. So, yes, that was failure too.
After about 6 years of
schooling this way, I stumbled across some new tools for learning. Let me be clear. This was not about adopting a new homeschool method or a new homeschool curriculum or even a new homeschool schedule. I did all of those things MANY times over in those first six years.
I was introduced to 3 tools that helped me:
- shift my mindset, from that day until now.
- cut the busywork from our day, ruthlessly.
- take the reigns of our homeschool, with confidence.
In a very short time, things turned completely around for us.
Learning became more engaging, more effective, more enjoyable and easier.
Instead of feeling like a failing, stressed and busy homeschooler,
I became a confident, relaxed and productive homeschooler.
Or as I like to refer to myself and those who join us on this journey:
... a ProSchooler
mom of 10
founder & creator
My name is Debra Reed. I began homeschooling in the year 2000 and will continue, Lord-willing, until 2028 (with my own kids anyway). I am the mom of 10 children. What I share with you on this site comes from a place of wide and varied experience in the aspects of homeschooling, parenting, and marriage within a blended family. I am not by any means a perfect homeschooler, nor a perfect mom, wife, or friend, but I promise to be a real one and share the truth of my experiences.
After 13 years of running my previous site homeschool site NotebookingPages.com, it was time for a small shift and so here we are at Productive Homeschooling. I've brought along most of my notebooking pages collections and will continue to share the tools we use and create. However, I will also share more of my developing story as a homeschool (and for some seasons, public school) mom, a remarried mom and veteran's wife, an adoptive-biological-step mom, and a woman, who only by the grace of God, can share encouragement with you for your own wide and varied homeschool journey.
I am not an expert, but instead an experienced friend, a pro at knowing my own kids and what has and has not worked for our journey (thus far). I will come alongside you with our story and the tools and apps I use and have created to become a confident, relaxed and productive ProSchooler. I pray it's a blessing to you.
free HOMESCHOOL resource hub
The Free Homeschool Resource Hub is the place to get acquainted with the type of resources available in our ProSchool Membership program.
Inside the Free Homeschool Resource Hub, you will find free homeschooling printables, free notebooking pages, and content from our homeschool help guides.