Is Your Homeschooling Joyful? Here's a Resource to Help

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When I first began homeschooling as a young mother, I was so very excited. I had such happy visions of sweet children sitting neatly and primly at little desks in our house soaking up knowledge like sunshine. Well, maybe that isn’t exactly what I envisioned. But I did have some high expectations. And I was very joyful about the potential and the possibilities and the books and the lesson plans and the manipulatives.

As the years passed, I realized that there were many days that I didn’t feel so joyful. School turned into just another part of the routine. And sometimes I found myself reluctant to just get up and do it all over again.

I will say that there are many times I still feel very joyful about our homeschooling. I genuinely enjoy spending time with my kids. I love the discussions we have. I still really love homeschool curricula. I’m especially loving My Father’s World this year. I still love lesson planning. It’s actually one of my favorite parts of homeschooling. And many days I get up pretty excited to start the day.

But what about the days when I don’t feel so joyful? has a resource to help.

Joyful Homeschooling: The Key to Successful Homeschooling is NOT Curriculum, It’s Mindset by’s Rebecca Kochenderfer is a book study written to help you bring joy back to your homeschool. You can get a free copy of the PDF file of this book here on Or you can purchase a paperback copy from Amazon here:
Joyful Homeschooling: The Secret to Successful Homeschooling is NOT Curriculum, It’s Mindset! (The really nice thing about the print version is that this is a notebooking type study, and there are places for you to record your thoughts and progress.)

Throughout the book, Rebecca focuses on ten mindsets that can help you be joyful in your homeschooling. Each mindset is covered in one week. The topic is briefly discussed, and then there are pages with thinking/writing prompts to help you apply that mindset each day of the week. There is also a page for Saturday/Sunday on which you can record how your week went with applying the mindset.

To go along with the book, there are videos that go along with each week’s study. In these videos, Rebecca shares more of her thoughts about the week’s mindset. I loved the comfy, personal feel of the videos as if Rebecca really is talking to me. It made me feel as if I had support and encouragement to make the application for the week. The introductory video and more information about the book and videos can be found here.

As you read the book and watch the videos each week, you can join in the community of’s Facebook page to discuss what you are learning and to read about what others are learning.

If you’re stuck in a rut, and you need some encouragement to be joyful about your homeschool again, pick up your free copy of Joyful Homeschooling and be inspired.

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