My Spring Reading List!

After the heavier reading of Lent, I thought I'd like to continue some inspirational spiritual reading through the Easter season as well. 

Here's my book list!

Private and Pithy lessons from Scripture - Mother Angelica
Little Book of Life Lessons - Mother Angelica
Three to Get Married - Fulton Sheen
The Little Oratory
Diary Sister Faustina
Getting Past Perfect - Kate Wicker
The Words We Pray - Amy Welborn
Perfectly Yourself - Matthew Kelly 
Crossing the Threshold of Hope - Pope John Paul II

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5 Ways to Kill Your Homeschool Group

In my 13 years of homeschooling my local group has gone from a group of moms holding babies on our laps and chatting happily in one of our living rooms, to having over 100 families and meeting in a church, to not having any meetings at all! The group has gone up and down and is now heading for a slow demise. Some of it has to do with a lot of us having older kids and not being as needy as we were when we first started homeschooling. Part of it is that we had a big disagreement about four years ago and the group never fully recovered. Part of it might just be the normal lifespan for a homeschool group I guess (although I see some groups around us going gangbusters!) So just from my own observations, for whatever they are worth, here are 5 ways to Kill off your Homeschool Group.

1. Stop Having meetings. That way no one connects and new people never have a chance to come and make friends.

2. Don't have strong discernible leadership. Spread the leadership over a large committee that way no one person has a vision or a focus and no one is ever quite sure who to go to.

3. Make a big controversy over something that has almost nothing to do with homeschooling. Point out all the ways people in the group are different and make sure everyone sees where the battle lines are. Then folks can just break off and take like-minded folks with them, further diluting the effectiveness of the original group.

4. Miss certain touch points. If you have a yearly picnic - miss it this year and don't tell anyone why. This is more effective if you can combine it with another missed event like dues notification. Then people really will start to wonder if the group is still going on or not.

5. Go out of your way to make it difficult for new people to join Don't advertise your meetings and make sure all the topics are only of interest to old timers.

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