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HOMEMADE ORGANIC COUGH REMEDIES FOR COLDS AND FLU

HOW TO MAKE A HOMEMADE ORGANIC COUGH SYRUP FOR COLDS AND FLU

I wanted to give you a cough syrup remedy to grab when you need help with a cough, especially during this crazy flu and allergy season. This recipe is one I have tried personally with my family. We make it different ways at times depends on preferences. It’s made with all-natural ingredients that provides cough relief and have antiviral and anti inflammatory benefits!

Nutrients in pineapple juice help thanks to its ability to soothe the throat and dissolve mucus.

🍍Pineapples contain bromelain, an enzyme with anti-inflammatory properties. It fights infections and kills bacteria. – Drinking pineapple juice helps soothe a sore throat and aids the body to expel mucous easily. -The bromelain present in pineapple also helps to calm cough arising due to the cold.


HOMEMADE COUGH SYRUP

Great ingredients you can add with this cough syrup to turn it into a stronger boost drink are garlic, arugula, basil, with organic orange juice. While these ingredients are an ultra boost for the immune system the little ones might not like the taste so I advise to just give a teaspoon if needed for a cough and add honey as needed. Store in a glass bottle or mason jar.

♡ Pineapple juice or blend slices

♡ Honey

♡ Squeezed limes

♡ Ground ginger

Blend ingredients together

Take 1-3 tablespoons as needed to soothe a cough, cold or sore throat.

Simple Homemade Lemon Ginger balm & Honey Syrup Recipe

Perfect for the cold seasons & your natural medicine cabinet, with dedication, herbal remedies and syrups are one of the simplest, healthiest recipes you can make! This recipe is one of our favorites that we make at my home and reach for all the time especially in the winter!

Syrups are basically composed of a strong herbal tea, and can be made in different ways, mixed with honey which helps preserve it longer than a normal herbal tea would last. They are a delicious natural remedy used for centuries and a great way to help treat colds for kids and loved ones!

Ingredients and Benefits

Benefits of ginger include:

  • fights nausea and queasiness
  • helps with indigestion
  • is warming, so especially useful in winter or when you have chills

Studies & traditional herbalism have shown that lemon balm:

  • Is especially effective against viruses, especially the ones that cause cold sores
  • calms nerves & improves mood
  • soothes an upset stomach
  • may help promote sleep

Fresh lemon juice was added to the recipe for its vitamins and bioflavonoids, but also because it makes the syrup extra good.

Raw honey is a germ fighting powerhouse and also soothes and coats inflamed throats and tummies.

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup chopped, fresh lemon balm leaves (or 1/8 cup dried lemon balm)
  • 2 inch section of fresh ginger root, or chop about a square, peeled & chopped,
  • If you don’t have ginger root, you can use powdered ginger! I would try around 1/4 tsp powdered ginger for a recipe this size.
  • 1/3 cup (80 ml) simmering hot water
  • 1 tbsp (15 ml) freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) raw honey, or more to taste

Directions to Make:

Step 1:

Place the chopped lemon balm leaves and ginger root into a heatproof 8 oz (half-pint) canning jar. Pour the simmering hot water over the herbs, cover with a saucer and let steep for around an hour. Strain the resulting tea.

Step 2:

Pour the 1 tablespoon of fresh lemon juice into a 1/4 measuring cup and then fill it the rest of the way with straines lemon balm/ginger tea. (If you’re allergic or can’t use lemon juice, just omit it and use more tea in its place.)

Step 3:

Combine the tea & lemon juice combination with 1/4 cup of raw honey and stir well. Don’t heat the honey or it will lose some of its beneficial properties, so just keep stirring until it all combines.

Step 4:

The tea itself steeps in less than one hour. Cap, label and store the finished honey in your refrigerator for around 2 weeks. Stir before each use. 2 weeks is the shelf life. Remake for each season as needed.

Notes–

Take by the spoonful. as needed, for relief of minor symptoms of cold or flu.

This recipe can also be made without the lemon balm leaves as well!

To do so just place about 5 sliced lemons in a jar, pour in some raw honey & help move the lemon slices a bit so the honey can mix in well, try not to squeeze the lemon down to much, If you happen to have honey that has hardened or crystallized, just simply fill a pot with warm water and place your honey jar in for just a few minutes, then proceed to pour your honey into the jar with your sliced ginger root and lemon slices, feel free to add just a few cut pieces of garlic to add a boost to this herbal remedy.. Place top and close your jar and flip it upside down for about 30 mins to get that honey nice & mixed. Place in your fridge. Your Natural Remedy cough syrup will be ready in about 24 hours! I like to wait overnight for the morning. 🌿🌺

Also try putting into little spray bottles to use as a sore throat spray!

*Here is a extra Cough Syrup to try!- Fresh squeezed lemon juice, grated fresh ginger, garlic, apple cider vinegar w/mother, fresh ground black pepper, cayenne pepper & honey. It is amazing and so helpful for colds as well!

*Remember you don’t have to have a cold or flu to enjoy this you can use it as a syrup or in your tea!

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The Amazing Nourishing Benefits Of Turmeric-Easy Recipe Included

The Amazing Nourishing Benefits Of Turmeric-Easy Recipe Included

This drink is easy to make and has great nutrition! To make just warm the organic oat milk on stovetop, add just a few sprinkles of turmeric powder, add a spoon or two of honey & stir. When it’s done add some cinnamon on top and enjoy! 🍵

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LIST OF THE NATURAL WAYS TO BOOST IMMUNITY HEALTH

One of the most important things we should be focused on when it comes to our overall health is building up a strong immune system! which aides in helping our bodies to fight off illness. Especially during Cold & Flu Season.

The Immune system is an interactive environment that protect the body from viruses and bacteria or any unwanted substances. Addressing a nutritional deficiency is how to boost your immune system.

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Importantly should be the removing of foods and ingredients that harm our bodies, healthier eating and drinking water for hydration. Including powerful herbs and natural super foods into our lives that will help to boost the Immune System for ourselves and our families.

Boosting The Immune System Naturally

LIST OF THE NATURAL WAYS TO BOOST IMMUNITY HEALTH
  • Vitamin C– One of the biggest immune system boosters of all.  Naturally powerful antioxidant that supports immune function, collagen and protein production, and a healthy response to inflammation. Daily intake of foods rich in vitamin C is essential for good health.
  • Vitamin D– Works to maintain tolerance and promote overall protective immunity. Another perhaps surprising benefit of vitamin D is that it can support your lung function. vitamin D can help to boost testosterone levels. This alone can be enough to increase strength both in the long term and in the short term. At the same time though, it can also increase strength in another way – by increasing the absorption of calcium and magnesium.
  • Vitamin B6– Vital to supporting biochemical reactions in the immune system. Vitamin B6 rich foods include chicken and cold-water fish such as salmon and tuna, green vegetables, chickpeas, which is the main ingredient in hummus. Important for maintaining healthy brain function, the formation of red blood cells, the conversion of protein and the synthesis of antibodies in support of the immune system.
  • Vitamin E– Powerful antioxidant that helps the body fight off infection. Foods rich in vitamin E include nuts, seeds and spinach. Vitamin E helps maintain the strength and vitality of T cell membranes, helps these cells multiply correctly, and communicate to other immune processes. T cells decrease with age, so maintaining optimal intake of this vitamin is important in maintaining a well-functioning immune system.
  • Oregano Oil– Make sure to look for one that can be consumed. Extraordinarily powerful natural Antibiotic, strong phenol antioxidants destroy pathogenic bacteria, viruses and yeasts. oregano’s antioxidant capacity anywhere from 3 to 20 times higher than any other herb. That is a great reason to use oregano as a seasoning herb on your foods!
  • Probiotics– Probiotics are good bacteria that help you digest nutrients that boost the detoxification of your colon and support your immune system. Look for an all organic one.
  • Ginger– Helps to break down the accumulation of toxins in our organs due to its warming effects. It has also been known to cleanse the lymphatic system that help aide in the elimination of the toxins in the body.
  • Ginseng– Improves the performance of the immune system by regulating each type of immune cell, it also has antimicrobial compounds that work as a defense mechanism against bacterial and viral infections.
  • Garlic– One clove contains 5 mg of calcium, 12 mg of potassium, and more than 100 sulfuric compounds — powerful enough to wipe out bacteria and infection. Raw garlic, not cooked or dried, is most beneficial for health, since heat and water inactivate sulfur enzymes, which can diminish garlic’s antibiotic effects. but you can still add unto warm water for tea.
  • Zinc– Zinc, being an important mineral plays a vital role in health benefits which include proper functioning of the immune and digestive systems, reduction in stress levels, improved metabolism, and an increased rate of healing.
  • Black seed Oil– Nigella Sativa is an excellent source of Omega 3, combats inflammation, which is crucial for viruses. can boost the body’s energy levels and enables a faster recovery from fatigue. Take in very small teaspoon to avoid nausea. Using black seed oil for massaging is a great way to help reduce inflammation of aches and pains.
  • Echinacea– Immune system stimulant that can provide significant therapeutic value and one significant benefit is its effect when used on recurrent infections.
  • Elderberry– Has a wide amounts of health benefits including its ability to fight colds, the flu allergies and inflammation. Has the power to boost the immune system.
  • Spirulina– Has a high protein and vitamin content, which makes it an excellent dietary supplement
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Trying not to add much stress to your heart can dramatically help your overall health. Physical activity into your daily and weekly regimen. Getting out to nature, taking time to rest is self-care. Hobbies that relaxes you and bring you peace.

Buying Organic, Non-Gmo is always the best way to ensure that you’re getting as many health-boosting vitamins and nutrients as possible with no sneaky ingredients!

Note: When using any immune-boosting herbs, oils, remedies, remember to use wisely and by attention to how your body feels, always take the time needed to heal.

This blog serves as a free informational and educational research resource only, and you can feel free to research everything you read to confirm. If needed consult with your holistic MD for more information for your unique situation.

If you are pregnant, be cautious when using any essential oils or any supplements and reach out to your health care provider before doing so.

I hope this article has helped you to find some natural ways to boost your Immunity. I know there are so many other great ways that I did not mention here, so feel free to comment down below of any you would like me to know about, Thanks for reading! 🙂

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BEST & NATURAL ALTERNATIVES TO FLUORIDE

BEST & NATURAL ALTERNATIVES TO FLUORIDE

Natural Alternatives to Fluoride

Protecting your teeth and gums requires time, commitment, and the right tools. Brushing your teeth, flossing, and limiting sugar intake are all key. Although fluoride is often touted as a must, it doesn’t hold a candle to natural alternatives for dental health. Here are some supplements to consider adding to your oral health regimen.

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Neem

Neem is amazing. One study showed that using a mouthwash containing neem oil outperformed most fluoride dental products when it came to reducing plaque in the mouth.! Other studies suggest it has almost miraculous properties when it comes to approaching gingivitis.

Coconut Oil

With its antibacterial compounds, coconut oil is a much better choice than the endocrine-disrupting triclosan found in many traditional types of toothpaste. You can use coconut oil as toothpaste or simply use it as a means of oil pulling. It is found that it slows the increase of many types of bacteria that lead to cavities.

Oregano Oil

Oregano oil is one of those items with a million uses, and promoting oral health is one of them. Oregano oil can be highly beneficial for dental issues and can be used to soothe toothaches, abscesses, and mouth sores. Because of its potency, though, always be sure that you dilute it with something like olive oil. You can even use it like a mouthwash, spitting it out after you’ve swished it around your mouth.

Herbal Tooth Powders

Herbal tooth powders can be used in place of toothpaste. They do a good job of cleaning, and the herbal ingredients can also help ease inflammation, pain and infection throughout the mouth.

Sea Salt

Sea salt is a terrific way to kill germs and is abrasive enough to remove plaque easily. In fact, sea salt can be too abrasive. You want to remove plaque, but you don’t want to scrub away your enamel. Put some sea salt in a bit of water first, then dip your toothbrush in the solution and scrub with confidence!

Myrrh

This herb is mostly used to combat bad breath and is a common ingredient in some fluoride-free toothpastes. The compounds present in myrrh are toxic to the bad-breath-causing bacteria. It can also help strengthen your gums. A study has demonstrated its effectiveness in fighting periodontal disease.

Simple Tips to Improve Your Oral Health

-If you can Avoid fluoridated toothpaste completely.
-Drink plenty of water to remove residual food particles, if any.
-Avoid or reduce high-carbohydrate beverages such as soda and sports drinks.
-Brush and floss your teeth regularly.
-Limit the use of sugar and sugar-based products.

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Yummy and healthy Turmeric smoothie recipe (Anti-inflammatory smoothie)

Yummy and healthy Turmeric smoothie recipe (Anti-inflammatory smoothie)

You may have heard about all of the health benefits of turmeric, but if you’re like me you’re probably wondering how to incorporate it into your diet some more. After a little bit of research, I’ve come up with a few easy ways to add it in, along with a very yummy smoothie that’s a powerhouse of vitamins and nutrients!

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First, let’s talk about why it’s so important to add this into your diet. Turmeric has been used for centuries, around the world for it’s medicinal properties and modern science is now supporting the effectiveness of it. Some of the proven benefits include: Increased brain function, anti-inflammatory properties, increased antioxidant capacity of your body. Some studies have shown the curcumin in turmeric can target and inhibit the growth of cancerous cells. It’s also been shown to reduce your risk of heart disease and even help with Alzheimer’s, inflammation and many other health concerns. This is THE original superfood! You can take a concentrated curcumin pill as well, but I think it’s a good idea to incorporate turmeric into your diet wherever you can. I sprinkle it on eggs along with black pepper and use it in soups and any food that has complex flavors. It’s mild ginger-type taste blends in easily to most savory dishes. However, my favorite way to use it is in this delicious smoothie recipes.

Turmeric Green Smoothie:

1 cup coconut milk (almond milk works too)
1 cup pineapple (frozen or fresh)
1 cup kale
1/2 cup mango
Juice of 1/2 a lemon
1/2 Tablespoon ground ginger or 1/4 inch slice of fresh ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric, sprinkle a little black pepper.

This turmeric smoothie is tropical and sweet but not too sweet. You totally can’t taste the kale, the turmeric or the pepper. You’re going to love it!

Recipe 2

One peeled orange
One ready banana
One glass solidified mango
Two set dates
One peeled thumb measure turmeric root

(you can likewise utilize turmeric powder rather than the root)
Water for mixing

Blend until fully combined. Pour and enjoy!

Reasons You Will ♡ This Turmeric Smoothie

  • it’s a powerhouse of inflammation-suppressing ingredients like pineapple, kale and turmeric
  • it is vegan, gluten-free and not too sweet
  • you can prep it ahead and freeze

Let’s Talk Ingredients!

For this anti-inflammatory turmeric smoothie you’ll need:

  • pineapple– start with frozen pineapple chunks
  • kale or spinach– use spinach if you are newer to green smoothies as it has less flavor
  • blending liquid– almond milk, oat milk, dairy milk, coconut water, or water
  • turmeric – studies have shown that the active ingredient in turmeric, curcumin, is negatively impacted by light and storage temperature. For best results, store in the dark and at 5°C or lower.
  • black pepper- the black pepper enhances absorption of the active anti-inflammatory compound in the turmeric. Don’t worry, you can’t taste it!
  • optional add-ins– chia seeds, and ground flax

Meal Prep Tips


This turmeric smoothie works perfectly for meal prep! Here are some tips to get the most out of your prep:

prep this smoothie fresh or make freezer smoothie packs to save time!
if you do not have a good quality blender, blend the kale with the blending liquid first to get it completely smooth. Then, add in the frozen pineapple and other ingredients.


I hope you will love this smoothie! It’s one of my favorites. Do you use Turmeric on a regular basis? What are your favorite ways to use it? 

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SUCCESSFUL HOMESCHOOLING TIPS

Successful Homeschooling Tips

Are you looking for successful homeschooling tips? Tips to help you successfully homeschool your children. I know homeschooling is a huge responsibility, and you want to do everything correctly. There is a lot of pressure that can build up when you choose to homeschool, and doing everything can feel overwhelming at first. When we started to homeschool, I scoured the internet for information because I needed some resources. I wasn’t sure how to fill out the paperwork correctly. I needed a helping hand to understand those regulations and requirements, and don’t get me started choosing the right curriculum. In the past few years, I have been trying to gather, create and share information that I have found helpful from my experience homeschooling here in New York.

Let me share some successful homeschooling tips, but before I begin, please take a moment to pin this post to your homeschool board.

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Know the law in your state

Every state is different. New York’s homeschooling laws and regulations require reporting to the Department of Education or DoE. This paperwork may seem overwhelming and terrifying at first, but it gives us each power when we learn the law well, and the resulting paperwork helps to keep us organized and well documented. Don’t rely on others, like the DoE, to inform you. Take the time to learn what is actually required by the law. You can learn about everything you need to file and when on the DoE’s calendar for homeschooling. If you live in another state, you may want to check out your state’s laws.

Find Support

Finding support is essential. Whether that support is in person or online is up to you. Maybe you want the best of both worlds. Finding the right groups and communities is an important part of homeschooling. It would be best if you had support during this journey because it can be different than everyone else in your immediate circle. It can be difficult and stress-inducing. It can even be isolating. It is also a bonus if these groups extend to group field trips, co-ops, and more. Do some research, try things out, don’t be afraid to leave, and not return if the group isn’t working for you. There are all kinds of homeschoolers in all walks of life. There is a group out there for you and if you can’t find it, start one! JOIN OUR HOMESCHOOL SUPPORT GROUP BY SIGNING UP TO MY NEWSLETTER.

We have a whole line of resources and tools available on Amazon, or free printables including our Homeschool PlannerDaily Calendar JournalsGratitude Journals and so much more.

Group Activities for Homeschoolers

Socialization is always a hot topic. That’s why I said finding support, finding other homeschoolers or group programs open to homeschoolers can help you and your kids in amazing ways. Whether you join groups or create your own group activities, they are an important part of successful homeschooling.

Your Child’s Interests and Learning Style

Homeschooling gives you and your child the ability to dive deep into their interests. Ask your child if they can learn absolutely anything, what would it be? Give your child room to explore. If they can learn:

  • Any language
  • Engineer / Build anything they wanted
  • Science
  • any musical instrument
  • art style or art history
  • any culture or part of the world.
  • any time period
  • write or perform plays, songs, poetry
  • sports
  • animals
  • nature studies
  • video games
  • graphic design
  • computers
  • coding
  • cooking

The list is endless. These are just a few broad topics to choose from, but if you gave your child the opportunity to learn whatever they like or even yourself, for that matter, what would they choose? What would you?

Three days is all you need to give your child to really think and answer the question, giving them the freedom to change their mind at any point in time. Take their answers seriously. What may seem silly to you may be the world to them. Give them each thoughtful consideration, including your own interests.

If your child is having difficulty choosing and you really don’t know your child’s interests have them do little deep dives into different areas during your deschooling period which means letting them learn on their own pace and creativity, visit the library and choose something that grabs them at that moment and dive into it, grab the laptop or tablet, watch videos, visit museums or events and go for it. Spend the time with your child, go out for walks in nature and talk, notice what they get excited about what attracts their gaze. Do they notice a flyer for soccer or a new pet store in the neighborhood? Please take it as an invitation to dive into those areas.

Learning Style

Every one of us has our own learning style. Some of us learn best from reading, while others learn best from watching or listening. Still, others learn best by having the experience and doing it. Some of us need absolute quiet for concentration, while others need the radio or some background noise. Many of us getting started don’t know our child’s learning style. Be vigilant of what works best for your child, try things out, and don’t feel guilty to let things go. You can also check out many amazing books and resources that includes a series of simple checklists that can help you identify your child’s learning style.

Finding your child’s learning style will help lessen the frustration for both you and your child. It will also improve learning efficiency. Sometimes all you need is some simple modifications to your day or school structure to make a big difference. There is no one size fits all method or structure. What works for you may not work for your child, and one child may be very different from your second child. It is important to be flexible and follow your child’s lead and needs. It may seem overwhelming, but sticking to one step at a time and taking your time to get each thing in place will help overall. Learning styles can also change, so it may be beneficial to reassess their learning styles and your teaching methods at the beginning of each homeschool year.

Interest Led Homeschool Teacher

We have explored how important it is to know your child’s learning style, but if you are a homeschool teacher, you are critical. It is easy to feel overwhelmed and overworked as a parent. Sometimes, it’s easy to forget what interests us, what excited us as children, what we loved to do, and things we weren’t being requested to do. Did you enjoy playing games, playing baseball or soccer, dancing, drawing or painting, reading, acting or singing. Dive into those interests, or something that interests you now. It will help you homeschool, diving into your own interests. Maybe that looks like a book club, or a pottery class, or writing class, or learning photography. It will breathe life into you, and you can breathe life into your homeschool. You can take that photography interest and then teach it to your children, or teach science, art, math, history and reading all through photography. Thinking outside the box is another important aspect of homeschooling, we all have these ideas of what school should look like, throw them away and realize learning doesn’t only happen at a desk.

Research, Research, Research

Research is key to a successful homeschool. No one has all the answers, but there are a lot of answers out there. A little research goes a long way. Research is essential for getting information, recommendations, teaching ideas, lesson plans, textbooks, resources, and inspiration.

Where can you research? You can turn to your support groups; you can search online like this website and countless others, you can check out the library, Youtube, podcasts, and even social media.

There is plenty of information and inspiration out there. Remember to keep your and your child’s best interest at heart. Don’t try to make every moment “Instagram perfect.” It isn’t the case for any homeschooler. Focus on one thing at a time, don’t overwhelm yourself, make sure you don’t over plan your homeschool, and leave plenty of room to keep things flexible.

Use Your Environment

What is going on in your neck of the woods? It is a good idea to learn more about what is happening in your local area. Before this pandemic restrictions I would call or visit the websites of the museums, zoos, libraries, theaters, and schools (especially colleges) and ask about classes and internships for homeschoolers. If you are looking for a specific internship, google search for your area, speak to your neighbors, visit local shops and services, and learn about what’s in your area. Don’t be afraid to ask for internship opportunities or “after-school” jobs at your local vet or pet store. Now because of the current restrictions in New York we are having to be more creative in our plans but Homeschoolers have the advantage of a flexible schedule where your child can explore their interests, unlike most times in traditional school.

Paperwork- Keeping Records

Now that you know the law, the requirements, and regulations of the state, it’s time to fill out the paperwork and put them together yourself, This would be the (ihip) Individualized Home Instruction Plan and Quarterly Reports if you are in the New York area.

Storing your records is also important. You are responsible to keep a record for yourself. Therefore, everything you report to the DoE should have a full copy that you keep, permanently. I recently began keeping all my files in a binder, I have page protectors and each year of paperwork for each child is in their individual page protectors, this makes things easier to find when or if needed.

Creating A Love For Learning

Learning never ends. We are constantly learning and growing. This should be more enjoyable than not. Does that mean it’s easy? No. There will always be challenges and things to overcome.

Check out local colleges for offerings listed under continued education or pre-college courses. They may waive any prerequisite, age, and diploma requirements. It doesn’t hurt to ask. Internships and apprenticeships can sometimes offer a superior education than college, depending on the individual and their goals.

Teaching our kids how to learn and how to love it will help them become life long learners. Remember to keep alive their interests and spark joy by digging deep, even if it’s Minecraft. Always be on a journey that is filled with learning new things along the way.

Successful Homeschooling Tips

My goal with my homeschooling posts and resources is to inspire and offer creative approaches to teaching and positive parenting.

I hope these successful homeschooling tips lead you and your children to a happy and healthy homeschool. I hope they have filled you with excitement to get started, to jump in headfirst, and to breathe away any overwhelm. Homeschooling isn’t always easy, but it is worth it. You can do this.

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SUCCESSFUL HOMESCHOOLING TIPS

Successful Homeschooling Tips

Are you looking for successful homeschooling tips? Tips to help you successfully homeschool your children. I know homeschooling is a huge responsibility, and you want to do everything correctly. There is a lot of pressure that can build up when you choose to homeschool, and doing everything can feel overwhelming at first. When we started to homeschool, I scoured the internet for information because I needed some resources. I wasn’t sure how to fill out the paperwork correctly. I needed a helping hand to understand those regulations and requirements, and don’t get me started choosing the right curriculum. In the past few years, I have been trying to gather, create and share information that I have found helpful from my experience homeschooling here in New York.

Let me share some successful homeschooling tips, but before I begin, please take a moment to pin this post to your homeschool board.

Know the law in your state

Every state is different. New York’s homeschooling laws and regulations require reporting to the Department of Education or DoE. This paperwork may seem overwhelming and terrifying at first, but it gives us each power when we learn the law well, and the resulting paperwork helps to keep us organized and well documented. Don’t rely on others, like the DoE, to inform you. Take the time to learn what is actually required by the law. You can learn about everything you need to file and when on the DoE’s calendar for homeschooling. If you live in another state, you may want to check out your state’s laws.

Find Support

Finding support is essential. Whether that support is in person or online is up to you. Maybe you want the best of both worlds. Finding the right groups and communities is an important part of homeschooling. It would be best if you had support during this journey because it can be different than everyone else in your immediate circle. It can be difficult and stress-inducing. It can even be isolating. It is also a bonus if these groups extend to group field trips, co-ops, and more. Do some research, try things out, don’t be afraid to leave, and not return if the group isn’t working for you. There are all kinds of homeschoolers in all walks of life. There is a group out there for you and if you can’t find it, start one! JOIN OUR HOMESCHOOL SUPPORT GROUP BY SIGNING UP TO MY NEWSLETTER.

We have a whole line of resources and tools available on Amazon, or free printables including our Homeschool PlannerDaily Calendar JournalsGratitude Journals and so much more.

Group Activities for Homeschoolers

Socialization is always a hot topic. That’s why I said finding support, finding other homeschoolers or group programs open to homeschoolers can help you and your kids in amazing ways. Whether you join groups or create your own group activities, they are an important part of successful homeschooling.

Your Child’s Interests and Learning Style

Homeschooling gives you and your child the ability to dive deep into their interests. Ask your child if they can learn absolutely anything, what would it be? Give your child room to explore. If they can learn:

  • Any language
  • Engineer / Build anything they wanted
  • Science
  • any musical instrument
  • art style or art history
  • any culture or part of the world.
  • any time period
  • write or perform plays, songs, poetry
  • sports
  • animals
  • nature studies
  • video games
  • graphic design
  • computers
  • coding
  • cooking

The list is endless. These are just a few broad topics to choose from, but if you gave your child the opportunity to learn whatever they like or even yourself, for that matter, what would they choose? What would you?

Three days is all you need to give your child to really think and answer the question, giving them the freedom to change their mind at any point in time. Take their answers seriously. What may seem silly to you may be the world to them. Give them each thoughtful consideration, including your own interests.

If your child is having difficulty choosing and you really don’t know your child’s interests have them do little deep dives into different areas during your deschooling period which means letting them learn on their own pace and creativity, visit the library and choose something that grabs them at that moment and dive into it, grab the laptop or tablet, watch videos, visit museums or events and go for it. Spend the time with your child, go out for walks in nature and talk, notice what they get excited about what attracts their gaze. Do they notice a flyer for soccer or a new pet store in the neighborhood? Please take it as an invitation to dive into those areas.

Learning Style

Every one of us has our own learning style. Some of us learn best from reading, while others learn best from watching or listening. Still, others learn best by having the experience and doing it. Some of us need absolute quiet for concentration, while others need the radio or some background noise. Many of us getting started don’t know our child’s learning style. Be vigilant of what works best for your child, try things out, and don’t feel guilty to let things go. You can also check out many amazing books and resources that includes a series of simple checklists that can help you identify your child’s learning style.

Finding your child’s learning style will help lessen the frustration for both you and your child. It will also improve learning efficiency. Sometimes all you need is some simple modifications to your day or school structure to make a big difference. There is no one size fits all method or structure. What works for you may not work for your child, and one child may be very different from your second child. It is important to be flexible and follow your child’s lead and needs. It may seem overwhelming, but sticking to one step at a time and taking your time to get each thing in place will help overall. Learning styles can also change, so it may be beneficial to reassess their learning styles and your teaching methods at the beginning of each homeschool year.

Interest Led Homeschool Teacher

We have explored how important it is to know your child’s learning style, but if you are a homeschool teacher, you are critical. It is easy to feel overwhelmed and overworked as a parent. Sometimes, it’s easy to forget what interests us, what excited us as children, what we loved to do, and things we weren’t being requested to do. Did you enjoy playing games, playing baseball or soccer, dancing, drawing or painting, reading, acting or singing. Dive into those interests, or something that interests you now. It will help you homeschool, diving into your own interests. Maybe that looks like a book club, or a pottery class, or writing class, or learning photography. It will breathe life into you, and you can breathe life into your homeschool. You can take that photography interest and then teach it to your children, or teach science, art, math, history and reading all through photography. Thinking outside the box is another important aspect of homeschooling, we all have these ideas of what school should look like, throw them away and realize learning doesn’t only happen at a desk.

Research, Research, Research

Research is key to a successful homeschool. No one has all the answers, but there are a lot of answers out there. A little research goes a long way. Research is essential for getting information, recommendations, teaching ideas, lesson plans, textbooks, resources, and inspiration.

Where can you research? You can turn to your support groups; you can search online like this website and countless others, you can check out the library, Youtube, podcasts, and even social media.

There is plenty of information and inspiration out there. Remember to keep your and your child’s best interest at heart. Don’t try to make every moment “Instagram perfect.” It isn’t the case for any homeschooler. Focus on one thing at a time, don’t overwhelm yourself, make sure you don’t over plan your homeschool, and leave plenty of room to keep things flexible.

Use Your Environment

What is going on in your neck of the woods? It is a good idea to learn more about what is happening in your local area. Before this pandemic restrictions I would call or visit the websites of the museums, zoos, libraries, theaters, and schools (especially colleges) and ask about classes and internships for homeschoolers. If you are looking for a specific internship, google search for your area, speak to your neighbors, visit local shops and services, and learn about what’s in your area. Don’t be afraid to ask for internship opportunities or “after-school” jobs at your local vet or pet store. Now because of the current restrictions in New York we are having to be more creative in our plans but Homeschoolers have the advantage of a flexible schedule where your child can explore their interests, unlike most times in traditional school.

Paperwork- Keeping Records

Now that you know the law, the requirements, and regulations of the state, it’s time to fill out the paperwork and put them together yourself, This would be the (ihip) Individualized Home Instruction Plan and Quarterly Reports if you are in the New York area.

Storing your records is also important. You are responsible to keep a record for yourself. Therefore, everything you report to the DoE should have a full copy that you keep, permanently. I recently began keeping all my files in a binder, I have page protectors and each year of paperwork for each child is in their individual page protectors, this makes things easier to find when or if needed.

Creating A Love For Learning

Learning never ends. We are constantly learning and growing. This should be more enjoyable than not. Does that mean it’s easy? No. There will always be challenges and things to overcome.

Check out local colleges for offerings listed under continued education or pre-college courses. They may waive any prerequisite, age, and diploma requirements. It doesn’t hurt to ask. Internships and apprenticeships can sometimes offer a superior education than college, depending on the individual and their goals.

Teaching our kids how to learn and how to love it will help them become life long learners. Remember to keep alive their interests and spark joy by digging deep, even if it’s Minecraft. Always be on a journey that is filled with learning new things along the way.

Successful Homeschooling Tips

My goal with my homeschooling posts and resources is to inspire and offer creative approaches to teaching and positive parenting.

I hope these successful homeschooling tips lead you and your children to a happy and healthy homeschool. I hope they have filled you with excitement to get started, to jump in headfirst, and to breathe away any overwhelm. Homeschooling isn’t always easy but it is worth it. You can do this.

TWO PLANT-BASED SOUPS TO WARM UP YOUR WINTER

Miso Ginger Vegetable Soup

Time: 20 minutes

Makes: 6 cups

This miso soup makes a simple starter (or a light main dish, if you add tofu to it). Prefer a milder ginger taste? Add the ginger with the carrots and bok choy in step 2.

Ingredients

  1. 3 Tbs. miso paste
  2. 1 carrot, thinly sliced
  3. ½ lb. baby bok choy, halved or quartered lengthwise
  4. 4 mushrooms, sliced
  5. 2 scallions, sliced
  6. 1 Tbs. minced ginger
  7. 1 sheet toasted nori, cut into squares (optional)

Instructions

  1. In a medium pot over high heat, bring 4 cups water to a boil. Whisk in the miso.
  2. Add the carrots and bok choy. Cover and simmer until the vegetables are tender-crisp, 1–2 minutes.
  3. Turn off the heat, then add the mushrooms, scallions, and ginger. Serve with the nori, if using. Enjoy!!!

Per serving (1 cup):

  • Calories: 30
  • Total fat: 0 g
  • Sat fat: 0 g
  • Carbs: 6 g
  • Fiber: 3 g
  • Total sugar: 3 g
  • Added sugar: 0 g
  • Protein: 3 g
  • Sodium: 310 mg
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Black Bean Soup

Time: 30 minutes

Makes: 8 cups

This lightly smoky black bean soup is on rotation in my kitchen all winter long. I hope it becomes a favorite for you, too.

To vary its flavor, try hot or sweet paprika instead of smoked paprika. Or spice it up with 1 Tbs. of chipotle powder instead of the smoked paprika. Want a thicker, creamy soup? Carefully purée 2 cups of the soup in a blender, then stir back into the pot. change up ingredients to your liking and add avocados if you’d like too!

Ingredients

  1. 2 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
  2. 1 large onion, chopped
  3. 2 large carrots, chopped
  4. 1 large bell pepper, chopped
  5. 3 cloves garlic, minced
  6. 2 Tbs. tomato paste
  7. 1 Tbs. smoked paprika
  8. 1 Tbs. ground coriander or cumin
  9. 1 bay leaf
  10. 2 15 oz. cans no-salt-added black beans with their liquid
  11. 1ÂĽ tsp. kosher salt
  12. freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  13. 1 Tbs. red wine vinegar

Instructions

  1. In a large heavy pot over medium heat, heat the oil until shimmering. Sauté the onion, carrots, and bell pepper until they start to brown, 7–10 minutes.
  2. Stir in the garlic, tomato paste, paprika, coriander, and bay leaf. Cook, stirring constantly, for 2 minutes.
  3. Stir in the beans with their liquid and 2 cups water. Simmer until the vegetables are tender to taste, 5–7 minutes. Remove the bay leaf.
  4. Season with the salt, pepper, and vinegar. Serve & enjoy!

Per serving (1 cup):

  • Calories: 140
  • Total fat: 4 g
  • Sat fat: 0.5 g
  • Carbs: 21 g
  • Fiber: 7 g
  • Total sugar: 4 g
  • Added sugar: 0 g
  • Protein: 6 g
  • Sodium: 330 mg

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