The Encouraged Mom

Helping moms find joy in the journey of homemaking, home schooling and home business.

5 Ways to Save Big on Online Purchases

    I do most of my shopping online. Toilet paper, pet food, laundry supplies, you name it. I even like to order my groceries online if I can. If I can find it online and have it delivered to my door it’s a win. I don’t know about you, but keeping me out of […]

The Rag Coat Unit Study

I’ve been working on our plans for our unit study based on The Rag Coat by Lauren Mills. This is a wonderful book about a little girl whose daddy was a coal miner but has passed away. Her mother cannot afford to buy a new coat, so the ladies who quilt together in the town […]

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Summer Activities Series – Outer Space Unit Study

Here’s week 2 of our Summer Activities Series, Outer Space. Although this is created as a week of summer activites, of course it’s a perfectly wonderful unit study theme that could be used any time of the year. There are so many great ideas for space themed activities out there, but I’ve gathered my favorites […]

Summer Activities Series – Dinosaur Unit Study

What do you do to fight the summer slide? How do you combat the inevitable summer boredom syndrome? With planned activities, of course. I’ve planned a series of themed weeks filled with fun and educational activities to ward off the summer chaos so I decided to share them with you. Visit our Outer Space week […]

Mom’s Summer Reading List

I have a big list of books swirling around in my head that I want to read. There are so many areas of my life that I really need encouragement in and I love learning new perspectives and ideas from good books. I have copies of most of them, but either forget I have them or don’t […]

Awesome Tools to Make Meal Planning Easy

One of the best ways to ensure you are preparing healthy meals that stay within budget on a regular basis for your family is to plan your meals ahead of time. As the old saying goes, if you fail to plan then you plan to fail. This holds true with menu planning, too. Planning your […]

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How to Deal with Difficult People

You ever have to deal with difficult people? Sure you do. We all do. And I don’t care who you are. It’s hard. Hard to keep my mouth shut when I want to say something rude. Hard to smile when I want to smack somebody. Hard to be cordial when I just want to leave. I’m […]

$1.99 Homeschool Help Books

I love a bargain. Especially when I know it will help me improve my life. Right now, iHomeschool Network has some great books for only $1.99. They are downloadable files, not physical books, but I like that better because there’s no clutter and I can read it on my tablet, kindle or computer, and of […]

Unit Study: Louisiana Purchase and Lewis and Clark

  I like planning unit studies. It’s fun and it allows me to tailor our studies to fit our needs. Rather than just reading from a textbook, we incorporate hands-on activities, videos, living books, notebook pages and other stuff to really make it a full learning experience. Now, lest you think that I might be some […]

When Mom’s Attitude Needs Adjusting

Sometimes, in our home, we have attitude problems. I’m sure you can relate. I’d like to say that this is everyone else’s problem; I always have my attitude in check and I am the perfect example of grace and humility to my children. Maybe the children and my husband are the problem, because that would […]