My Favorite Homeschool Planner

If you’re like me you like to plan. Having a plan makes you feel organized like you have a grip on what you and your child are doing and that you have a day to day idea of what to do. I have tried many planners over the years and while a lot of them are great they didn’t suit my needs. I love to have the option to have a daily, weekly or monthly schedule. I also wanted something to keep notes. I stumbled upon the Apologia Ultimate Homeschool Planner. Not only was I apple to plan by the day, week, or month I could keep notes and it had scripture to encourage my son and me, but there was also family priorities, field trip records, resource list, reading lists, records and so much more! It was also really pretty! I was so happy! I had a ton of space to write in, I had an area where I could write what my family and I wanted to accomplish. This was the perfect planner for someone who liked to keep as much organized as she could!

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There is a purple and a yellow one but the inside is the same so it is just a color preference really. they are both very pretty to look at! This planner is perfect if you love to keep as many records of your homeschool journey as you can. They also have planners for kids and teens!  You can buy it at Amazon for $29

https://www.amazon.com/Ultimate-Homeschool-Planner-Yellow/dp/1935495658/ref=asc_df_1935495658/?tag=hyprod-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=312543040920&hvpos=1o1&hvnetw=g&hvrand=15904268827777440805&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9029017&hvtargid=pla-569933581666&psc=1

or you can buy a bundle with the planner and the kids/teens planner on the Apologia website. Prices vary for those bundles.

https://www.apologia.com/search?controller=search&orderby=position&orderway=desc&search_query=Planners&submit_search=

Just a note I am in no way associated with Apologia and will not make money if you buy the planners from either link I provided!

 

Best Christmas Gifts for Homeschooling Parents

Homeschooling is right around the corner and I know my family is wondering what to get me. As a homeschooling mom, my mind went right to what will make my life easier. Yes, I’m kind of boring that way haha! I have made a list of things that you can buy the homeschooling parents on your Christmas list!

Gift Cards

Yes, gift cards! I know for a lot of people these things are so cliche but for a busy mom that is running around with her kids, these can be a godsend! Starbucks, Target, Walmart, Barnes & Noble. If you think they will use it, give it! It doesn’t need to be an insane amount either, even $20 will help a homeschooling parent through their day.

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A Membership

Yes, memberships can be pricey but I can guarantee you that a homeschooling parent will use that membership over and over again.  The zoo, museums, the local YMCA, state parks. Any and everyone will be loved and utilized! I promise you that your money will be put to good use and you will be enhancing the education of one family.  I cannot think of a homeschooling family that will turn down a membership!

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Book Bag

A nice sturdy book bag will go a long way! We are constantly carrying books and a nice bag to put them in is a great gift! I would love to have something with my initial on it but even if it’s just a plain bag it will be loved! If it can carry a lot of books, make it over a ton of library tips and not rip, you will hear about how much it’s used!

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Amazon Prime Membership

I can’t think of any of my homeschooling friends that don’t use Amazin Prime. This is a great gift because you will be giving a homeschooling family free shipping for the year. Many of us get books and school supplies through Amazon and shipping fees can be killer. Tell a homeschooling parent they won’t have to pay shipping for a while and you’ll have struck gold.  This is one of the better gifts on this list in my opinion!

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Planner

A planner is a homeschooling parents best friend! It doesn’t need to be just a lesson planner either! You can get a daily, monthly, or yearly planner! We love having a place to keep all of our field trips, sports events, and other outings! I can attest that homeschooling families get out a lot and having somewhere to keep everything organized and scheduled would be awesome! If you do want to get a lesson planner we won’t argue with that either though!

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Laminator

Yup, you heard that right! A laminator would be a great gift for a homeschooling parent! Homeschool moms laminate as much as they can to save the sheets for other children! It also saves money and I don’t know anyone who doesn’t like to save money! This may very well be the most used gift you can ever buy a homeschooling parent.

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This is just a small list of what you could buy.  I would love anything that would help me teach my kids or even keep them entertained for a few minutes but these are what is on top of my list and I have seen other homeschooling parents tell me they love!

 

How to Make Money While Homeschooling

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Many homeschooling moms (and dads) stay home and many would like to make money. I am here to share with you the ways I make money from home, plus other options for you to bring in a little cash.

Blogging

Many stay at home parents make money blogging. They do this by using affiliate marketing, Google Adsense or selling their own courses or products on their blog. You can only use some of these options if you have paid hosting and a domain. For instance, you can’t use Google Adsense on a free blog, they won’t approve you. The best way to make money is to choose your niche and build a following first. Hosting doesn’t have to be expensive, there are many options out there for affordable hosting. I am with Mom Webs and I pay $15 every three months. My domain is only $14 for a year. They are great with answering questions and I have never had a problem with their services. Another great option is to buy one of WordPress’s plans. They have many and most are pretty affordable.

There are of course many other options out there and I would suggest doing your research to see which would be best for you. Once you have your domain and hosting setting up your blog is pretty easy. Get some topics, some graphics (these can be purchased or made for free), start posting and letting people know about your blog. You can make good money blogging but you will need to give it time.

 

Teachers Pay Teachers

Teachers Pay Teachers is a website that has a ton of worksheets. Some are free but others you will need to pay for.  You can make money by being a tpt author making worksheets. There is a free and paid version. You can set up your profile, choosing what language your worksheets will be written in, the grade(s) you will teach, and what subjects. They even have a tpt university to teach you how to get started. Once you begin making your worksheets you get to set the price and can even decide how to list them. Example, by price, relevance etc. Like blogging, you can make a good amount but you will need to work up to it.  Knowledge of Powerpoint and how to work with clipart will help you get ahead faster. They will both be used to make your lessons. I am going to drop the link so you can explore the website and see if this is something you may want to do. https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/ If you want more info on how it works there are a lot of YouTube videos showing you how to be a tpt author. I have just joined tpt as an author and I will update you all on how I like it later.

 

Writing

This one one of the ways I make money. I’m not only a published author but I do some freelance writing as well. If you like to write it is possible to work from home as a freelance writer. There are many sites that list jobs and you can put in a proposal doe the job. The pay will depend on the person offering the writing gig. The following sites are all legitimate and offer freelance writing jobs.

iWriter

Upwork

BloggingPro

Flexjobs

Freelancer.com

Problogger

Textbroker

ifreelance

Each of these have their own requirements so doing your own research to see which one may fit you is a must. There are other sites but these are just some of my favorite ones out there.

 

Virtual Assistant

There are companies that will hire you as a virtual assistant. If you like making phone calls,  filing, setting up appointments or booking flights for clients this may be a great option for you. The following companies are all legitimate and you can check them out to see if there is one you like.

99$ Social

Zurtual

Clara 

Fancy Hands 

Belay

Virtual Office VA

24/7 Virtual Assistant

OkayRelax

As with the writing sites how much you are paid, the work you will do and the requirements needed are all up to each individual company. ALway check to make sure they are taking on assistants at the time you apply.

 

Transcription

Do you like transcription work and have experience? You can find some online working doing transcription jobs. I have looked over the following companies and as with some of the others, each have their own requirements. They don’t pay much usually but it is an easy way to make some extra cash from home.

Quicktate

Scribie 

TranscribeMe

Accutran Global 

Rev

Tigerfish

Daily Transcription 

 

There are many other legitimate work from home jobs out there but these are the ones I have researched and checked out myself. There are legitimate tutor jobs, online teaching jobs, search engine evaluator jobs companies looking for moderators. Just do your research and check all companies out before joining them. You won’t get rich quick doing any of these but you may be able to buy some groceries or get some gas in your car.