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Reading, Writing, and…Organization?
Volume 91, Program 11
7/27/2009
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What does housecleaning have to do with phonics and multiplication tables? You might be surprised to discover that order in your home can energize your homeschool! Whether you’re a “messy” or an organization queen, Mike Smith and his guest Vicki Bentley have some tips and encouragement for you, this week on Home School Heartbeat.

Mike Smith:
This week I’m joined by Vicki Bentley, the Early Years coordinator at Home School Legal Defense Association. It’s great to have you on the program, Vicki.

Vicki Bentley:
I’m excited to be here, Mike!

Mike:
Vicki, your prescription for struggling homeschoolers includes a healthy dose of organizational help. Why do you consider organization a crucial part of a homeschooling mom’s strategy?

Vicki:
Well, Mike, not only is Mom’s home management model an important part of life skills education for her children, but our experience is that most people who give up on homeschooling don’t quit because they can’t find the right math book or the perfect Latin curriculum. They quit because they despair of educating their children, and feeding the family, and tackling the laundry, and clearing an entry path to the front door. So they think something has to go—and guess what that something usually is? Usually homeschooling.

So, moms, even though household organization and getting dinner on the table the same day you homeschool may not seem like the ultimate homeschool-related topics, if we can help you keep your head above water in your everyday living, you can have hope for another day of science and language arts!

Mike:
Well, thanks so much, Vicki! Your tips this week will be a great help to many moms listening. And until next time, I’m Mike Smith.


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If organizational struggles are hampering your homeschooling, get help for putting your home in order. Vicki Bentley lists a collection of articles, books, and websites to help you conquer your clutter or chaos.

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